Campaign of the Month: January 2013
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Constellations of Tellene
|Addler: This constellation appears in the late spring and summer skies. Early in the evening, during twilight, this constellation is often mistaken for Madam.
Beech-staff: This constellation appears late in the spring and stays visible through the fall equinox.
Bloodtaster: This large group of stars is first visible low in the early spring sky and heralds the opening of campaign season. Late every summer, Bloodtaster “splits” Pelselond, marking the final month of campaign season before the onset of winter.
The Caregiver: This constellation resembles the profile of a dog’s head. For three months during winter, it appears high in the sky. It is best seen one hour before sunrise.
|The Enlightener: This large constellation precisely forms a triangle within a circle, within a square. It remains unchanged year round.
The Eternal Bard: This constellation resembles a peacock. The Eternal Bard begins in mid spring and lasts until midsummer. It emerges low in the sky and is visible from midnight to sunrise.
The Full Circle: In early spring and continuing through late summer, this circle of stars appears high in the sky. Every 100 years, these stars encircle Diadolai and mark a four-day period of natural disasters—earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.
|The Goblet: Over the course of fall and winter this glass-shaped constellation appears to “tip” in the sky and slowly “empties” until it is completely inverted by mid-winter.
The Great Builder: This grouping of stars forms the shape of a brick low on the horizon. It begins in late winter and lasts through spring. The Great Builder is most visible at dawn.
The Hammer: A warhammer is this constellation’s pattern. It appears during the spring months, and somehow the Hammer is visible even during the most violent of storms.
The Harvester: This constellation shaped like a scythe is first seen in the fall. It is located low in the sky near the horizon and the constellation appears to be reaping Tellene.
|The Hearth: This constellation appears in the western sky, near the horizon in late spring. On the evening of the Autumnal Equinox, the sun sets perfectly within the constellation giving it the appearance of a glowing fireplace.
The Hood: This rotating group of stars forms a dagger. It is visible in the north sky during the winter months. The Hood initially appears blade down, but slowly rotates and reaches its zenith on the winter solstice. It then declines and disappears with its blade down.
The Hunter: This weapon-shaped configuration of stars first appears late in the summer sky and lasts through the fall and into the early winter. It is rumored that a worthy hunter who prays to this constellation will be rewarded with a kill.
The Jealous Eye: This orb-shaped constellation appears low on the horizon in midsummer and disappears during late fall.
|The Keeper: This constellation is in the shape of a lion. The Keeper appears in late summer lasting until early winter and is ever watchful high in the sky.
Madam: This constellation appears low in the spring sky and signals the spring thaw. As the spring goes on, the Madam rises in the sky until mid summer when she vanishes from the sky.
Old Lucky: This group of stars moves from high to low in the winter and spring skies. Many people consider the variable number of stars shining through the face of this constellation to be a lucky number.
The Pure One: This large star cluster seems to form a rose. During the spring months, the Pure One emerges low in the sky and reaches its zenith about mid-spring. It remains radiant for three weeks, then declines and disappears by the beginning of summer.
|Ribsplitter: This constellation first appears low in the fall sky and is very difficult to see. As the winter progresses, it rises higher and higher in the sky until spring approaches. It then descends and is no longer visible by the first day of summer.
The Riftmaster: This collection of stars forms a key. It is visible during the winter for two months. The Riftmaster illuminates the sky one minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve. It is believed to open extra-planar gates worldwide for one minute, allowing any creature to pass.
The Scales: This constellation appears in late summer, fall and winter. When it first appears, it seems to be tilted to one side, but by the first day of fall it is level.
|The Shimmering One: These eight stars form a circle located high in the sky. During the summer months, the circle is visible for two hours, beginning one hour before midnight. On midsummer night’s eve, the constellation encircles Veshemo. This event causes the effects of all spells cast by a Moonknight to be doubled.
The Staff: These four aligned stars seem to form a walking stick. The Staff appears on the first night of spring and it can be seen until the last day of summer. It mysteriously travels a different path each year, seemingly at random.
Stinger: This star pattern depicts a scorpion, ready to strike. It is seen only during the winter months. On the coldest and dreariest day, Stinger turns red. It is believed that on this day the Vindicator takes his revenge.
The True: This is a sword-shaped constellation. It appears in midsummer with its blade pointing toward Tellene. It is last seen on the winter solstice with its blade pointing toward the heavens.
|Valor: This major constellation appears in the late winter and remains visible through the midsummer. It is at its zenith during the spring equinox.
Wavecrusher’s Harpoon: This constellation appears high on the horizon and slowly moves across the fall sky.
The Whip: The Whip first appears in early summer and quickly reaches its highest point in the sky during the hot, dry, “dog days” of summer. It is during this time that one or all of the moons pass before the Whip and appear to get flogged.
Zymur’s Bottle: Zymur’s Bottle appears in the sky during the spring and remains visible for most of the summer. When Pelselond passes through the constellation, or “sips from Malmsey’s mug,” it signals the maturity of last year’s wine.