> Hopefully a simple (dumb) question:
Neither, alas. ;-)
> What is a moon, in Gloranthan terms? What is the difference between
> moons, planets and stars?
I've heard Greg say that it may be: planets are masculine, moons are feminine; planets are sunpath objects, moons are southpath objects; moons are "defiant" entities, in some sense. (And no, these definitions aren't consistent with each other, or other known uses of the terms, in all cases.)
> Is there a physical difference: stars are holes in the Dome, planets
> are small suns, and moons are big chunks of rock?
I think different cultures have "equally correct" (or equally correct enough to be getting by with -- I'm not sure I'd care to tangle with the Buseri on this myself, when it gets down to the ability scores) perceptions of the "true nature" of each of these.
> I like the idea that navigators
> can use the red moon though. Measuring the shift between her and Kalikos
> could help find out if you drift too far east or west when voyaging
> north-south. But it matters that the shift be measurable.
Right, the RM is the most potentially useful object for doing this; notwithstanding the fuzzy area of its apparent distance or observable direction, if it's always seen in the sky in the same direction as the Crater, then that gives one a bearing, sufficient to put you on a known "line".
(As one Great Digest Debate threw up, if you can do this, and find north, _and_ get one other such bearing (say on Magasta's pool, via the dread Tin Compasses, [biggest] *and* [of all] have a sufficiently good map, then you can "triangulate" your position on the lozenge.)
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