Chaos in the Old World
Scholars report that the Known World takes 400 days to travel around its sun (a much larger and hotter star than our own) and is orbited by two moons. The larger of these – known in The Empire as Mannslieb (or “Beloved of Manann”) – has a cycle of 25 days from full to full, and looks not unlike the moon of our world. The other – named Mórrslieb (or “Beloved of Mórr”) – is erratic, appearing now closer, now further away than its partner.
There are two main legends concerning the origins and nature of Mórrslieb. According to the first, it was once a gateway in the sky, through which daemons came to prey upon the people of the Known World. Mórr inflicted a great and terrible death upon them and fashioned the second moon out of the wreckage, so that mortals would never forget how the god had saved them. The second legend maintains that when Chaos first broke through into the Known World, a great block of warpstone was hurled high into the sky, where it now circles endlessly, spreading Chaos on the lands over which it passes. This legend is believed mainly by followers of Chaos who hold festivals when Mórrslieb is full. The truth remains a mystery.
The seasons are important to adventurers. Nobody is going to want to trek into the mountains at the beginning of Kaldzeit. Adventuring, like waging war, is best left to late spring, summer and autumn. Winter in the Empire is cold and inhospitable, and most people – adventurers included – would prefer to stay within reach of a warm hearth and a dry bed…people do not, however, always get want they want!