Fun Facts About the Sea of Stars!
There is no Sunrise! The Sun lives in a prison in the sky, each morning his cell is opened, looking like the end of an eclipse, and he moves across the sky. At night, he returns to his cell and the door is closed like an eclipse and then darkness. Bonus Fun Fact! If you listen really hard, sometime you can hear the cell door shut.
Dragons are fun!
There are Stars Everywhere! The skies are full of stars at night, many more than on Earth. If you look down off the side of an island, down, down, down you will see more stars! Everywhere we are surrounded by stars. Complete astrological charts are a major challenge.
The Seasons are the same across the Sea of Stars! The days are longer in summer and shorter in winter and that is universal everywhere in the Sea of Stars as decreed by the Empress. Bonus Fun Fact! The Empress’ Birthday is celebrated on the day with the most sunlight.
The Islands Move! But they move slowly and in predictable patterns. Occasionally rogue and uncharted islands are discovered but that is rarer every year. Bonus Fun Fact! Finding an unclaimed island can make your fortune!
Imperial Currency is always Good! The coins minted by the Imperium are made to fixed weights and purity that is universal. Imperial Auditors insure that other people do not debase the currency and those who do are punished harshly.
Dragons rule, but are rarely seen. The Empress divided all of the lands up among the victorious dragons; All places are ruled by dragons. However most dragons do not care for the day to day tasks of rulership and are busy elsewhere often assigning satraps to rule in their stead. Most people will go their entire life without seeing a dragon.
Skyships are fast but Gates are faster! Skyships travel the sky as fast as the wind but the swiftest way to traverse the Sea of Stars is to pass through one of the Seven Gate Cities to Shel’lioc, the Capital, and then to another Gate City. The Seven Gates are the only reliable means of long distance travel magic.
The Empress will accept a public challenge and fight for control of the Empire! There is a place in the Capital, the Crown Pentagram, where anyone may Challenge the Empress for the right to rule and she will meet the challenger in single combat within three days. Bonus Fun Fact! No one has challenged the Empress in over a century.