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[RP News] Ultima Canon - Celestial and Moongate Lore

Discussion in 'UO Baja' started by WarderDragon, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. WarderDragon

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    Celestial and Moongate Lore

    In relation to tonights event.

    Category: Astronomy - The Codex of Ultima Wisdom, a Wiki for Ultima and Ultima Online

    Astrological Alignment

    There was once a time when much consideration was given to the phases of the moon and the movements of the heavens. There was much concern over an event, the re-occurrence of which is eminent, called the "astronomical alignment." It was said that the astronomical alignment would create a gateway between this world and another. In recent times the astronomical alignment has been all but forgotten. With the end of the time of magic, it is doubtful that such an event will have any significance to anyone but astronomers.
    - Book of Fellowship (Ultima VII)

    Celestial Britannia

    Each night at the apex of the first moon, Trammel, the eight moongates appear, rectangles of shimmering blue light rising from the ground. They remain until Felucca reaches her apex. While the moongates are open, a traveler entering one will instantly be transported to another moongate in a different locale.

    The traveler's destination is determined by the phase of the moon closest to midheaven. Moongate travel is said to be fast and safe; however, there have been confusing and conflicting reports of what transpires when the moons are equidistant in the midheaven. Moongate travelers should exercise caution.

    - The Book of Lore (Ultima V)


    There exists an extraordinary cosmic association between the gravity of the moons and the delicate fabric of time and space. As though pulling the strings of some cosmic marionette, the moons cause radiant moongates to appear on the land below. Step through one of these shimmering corridors of light and you will be transported to a new time or place. Moongates generally appear at locations where fragments of extraterrestrial rocks called "moonstones" have been buried. There are at least two types of moongates - blue and red.

    Blue moongates, generated by moonstones, generally focus on destinations in but a single world - the world in which they appear. Their power, awesome though it may seem, is limited, allowing the traveler to teleport only from the location of one moonstone to that of another. The moonstone the user travels to is determined by the phase of the moon that appears directly overhead in the sky. Through experimentation and observation, the moongate traveler can correlate the phases of the highest moon with the destination the gate will select.

    Red gates, generated by the powerful Orb of the Moons, can send the traveler anywhere in Britannia. In fact, the holder of this black stone can teleport to worlds other than his own. I, Lord British, have used the red gates often, but there is, no doubt, much more to be learned about these gates.
    - Compendium (Ultima VI)

    The Moons
    #1 WarderDragon, Aug 29, 2012
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