THE FIRE CONSTELLATIONS

THE SWORD - THE FLAME - THE LYING

Fire Constellations represent the three Star Constellations related to the Deities of the element of Fire. When the Constellations of Fire snap into form the skies are remarkably brighter than at all other constellations and have in common that they mostly indicate things of disorder, chaos or evil nature. Throughout history fire constellations were often connected to the beginning of wars, catastrophies or barrennesses.
 

THE CONSTELLATION OF THE SWORD/THE ARROW RETURNING
(Armeros, God of War)

The Sword, the Arrow Returning

Description. The star constellation of Armeros, the God of War, consists of a group of six stars with a single star faroff to the northwest (when the constellation is in place), while a group of five stars gathers to the southeast, four of them more or less in a single line, one seperate a bit off. It is said that the constellation represents Armeros' proud sword pointing upwards, thus challenging an opponent - at least this is the common interpretation of human astronomers. Elves read something considerably varying in the same sign, a fact which also indicates the differences in the cosmological role of the races: According to elven myth the six stars of Armeros represent an elven arrow. It is returning to the one who fired it. While humans view the Sword of Armeros as a sign of heroic warefare, elves fear the Arrow Returning as a reminder of the undeniable fact that the Everlasting War (Styrásh: O'kroi or O'kroi) of the world is constantly continuing. It is no coincidence that the sign of Armeros marks the month of the Awakening Earth as for the elves the fight between the Element of Earth (Styrásh: sá mód or sá mód) versus the Wind (Styrásh: só avásh or só avásh) dominates the universe and is permanently renewed.

Movement. The guiding star for the Sword - which was already discovered and observed by Cournan - is located at the Sword's point and it shines in a slightly reddish color. It is being carried to the northeast by the Southwest Darkwind and is named the Ánthae-Shé (styrásh for the malice of "hate"). The constellation appears to twirl around the invisible line of the blade as it moves across the sky, taking approximately eight days to describe a full circuit. However, like at many other constellations this movement within the constellation is very unsure, as the struggle between light and dark forced by the several accompanying minor darkwinds is disturbing constantly and everywhere. The guiding star is tossed and turned wildly as if it were a leaf blown in a strong wind, while the spinning Sword tries to orient itself vehemently on the guiding star, but never quite succeeds until its month, when it lurches against the flow suddenly and results in the glittering Sword... - When the constellation of the Sword can be viewed properly from Aér'aí'chán this night marks the third month of the Santharian Calendar Calendar, the month of the Awakening Earth.
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THE CONSTELLATION OF THE FLAME
(Foiros, God of the Sun)

The Flame

Description. The star constellation of Foiros (God of the Sun) consists of a group of five stars which form the sign of a cross. It is said to be a representation of a Burning Flame, spread in all directions. The constellation's coming is often feared by the farmers, especially when it turns out very bright at the current year. A very bright constellation usually indicates that a time of hardship and sorrow is nearing, where the rains seize to fall on the lands for several days - at least this is what Santharian farmers want to believe.
 
Movement. The Flame's guiding star is the central star of the constellation. It is pure white in color and extremly bright. The constellation as a whole moves contrary to the path of the Injèrá, in fact from S to N, and is being carried by the South Darkwind, the Kháelvan-Sheé (styrásh for the malice of "devotion"). 

The Flame of Foiros is the brightest of all constellations in the Aér'aí'chanían sky, with the sole exception of the Daystar. Unlike many others the Flame is a also fairly stable constellation: The stars following the guiding star don't move much, but trail a bit behind the guiding star, then mysteriously snap into place with the guiding star at the exact center at the time of the beginning of the month of the Burning Heavens, drifting away again at the end. When the constellation disappears completely in the north at the end of the Month of the Passing Clouds astronomers can often observe that the stars following the guiding star move closer to their guide, and sometimes even seem to crash into it. The elven astronomer Kará'kái interprets this behaviour from the elven ethical point of view as the extreme concentration of the burning energies of the Cár'áll towards the Other (in this case the darkness of Coór itself) resulting in the malice of devotion.
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THE CONSTELLATION OF THE LYING/THE SNAKE
(Etherus, God of Excess)

The Lying/ the Snake

Description. The constellation of Etherus (God of Excess, Desire, Lust and Love) consists of a group of eight stars forming a more or less ordered horizontal line. It is said to be a representation of the juvenile and androgynous Etherus Himself when He passed out from his many excesses at the Isle of Paradise, the Mène'chrónn, at the Beginning of Time. Etherus lay weakened and unmovingly on the ground and as it was impossible for Him to move with his limbs but the desire of lust still wasn't appeased He used the pure strength of His body to move along in order to reach further pleasures. It is traded that Jeyriall created the snake when she saw Etherus and that She made it cunning, vicious and slow moving, but dangerous and poisonous like Etherus. Like the manyfaced Etherus the snake changes its appearance periodically by re-newing its skin. This element can also be spotted by the star constellation of the God, which always reminds of the Lying Etherus (in both meanings of the word) as well of the Snake, but every year the constellation appears slightly different from the past one, bearing an undeniable randomness which cannot be explained thoroughly by the astronomers.

Movement. The constellation is being carried NNW by the ESE Darkwind, thus being influenced strongly by the darkness of Coór the further it moves towards the north, getting more and more irregular. The wind carrying it bears the elvish name Zéhman-Shé (denoting the malice of "gluttony"). The guiding star of the constellation is the base of the neck star and shimmers very dim in orange color. The constellation has one of the most complicated paths: The path oscilliates, with each rising point different from the previous one, in a complicated, difficult to figure out pattern. The constellation itself looks nothing like a snake except in the month that it belongs to. The rest of the time, the guiding star rocks wildly back and forth, with the other stars swirling around it in a mockery of gravitational attraction, orbiting swiftly and unpredictably in at least three, and maybe four dimensions. It snaps into the form of a snake on the first day of the month of the month the Singing Bird.
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