The Holy Planet Parallax – a Fragment

I must tell you now of the story of the time period immediately following the first Great Cosmic Disturbance to the Sol system, when the independently inspired Arch Daimon Beelzebub decided it was time for him to retire from that system for a spell.

You see, it happens to be the case that when great cosmic shocks like this occur on a galactic scale, they open up certain windows of opportunity, where things which might ordinarily seem impossible suddenly become quite possible and even more desirable. It may for instance open opportunities for travelling great distances, or perhaps to create some great new source of beauty or inspiration. Sometimes even great sources of fiery wisdom and superstantial essence will become available for those who are ready to receive it. This is one reason the Arch Daimon Belial had always taught his students to be aware, to be wakeful, and to be watchful; so that the would be prepared to act when the opening occurs.

In the case of Beelzebub, he used the opportunity to journey far across the vast and unlimited Cosmos until he arrived in the system of Episuub and it’s outermost orbiting body, the Holy Planet Parallax. Now, before getting too deeply involved in all that transpired from this sojourn, I must first tell you some things about his very interesting planet.

The star Episuub was then what you would call a Red Dwarf, emitting a stream of energy somewhat subdued in comparison to your own stat Sol. Around her three planets orbited rather closely, all of which were gaseous and too hot for life. But somewhat further out was a fourth planet which enjoyed hospitable conditions not unlike what you enjoy on Earth. This was the Holy Planet Parallax, or as it was casually referred to: Parallax.

What you may find curious about Parallax is that is was ‘tidally locked,’ meaning that it did not enjoy it’s own rotation independent of Epi Sub, but rather – like your own Moon always presents the same face to Earth – the same face of Parallax was always facing Episuub. So, only one side of the planet ever got any sunlight, the other side was in perpetual darkness. Thus there was a Light Hemisphere, and a Dark Hemisphere; casually referred to as the ‘light side,’ and the ‘dark side.’

Parallax was overall only slightly larger than your Earth. On the light side, the sun was always in the center of the sky. You could always tell where you were on the planet by observing the position of the Sun. In the center, it was the hottest and the brightness there was about the same as your Earth one hour before sunset. As you moved away it got gradually darker until you reached the outermost rim of the hemisphere, where it was always twilight until you finally crossed that line and entered the dark side of the planet. Where ever you stood in the light hemisphere, your shadow pointed in the direction of the dark side, and the closer you were to it the longer your shadow was. Therefore the basis for describing movement was that one was always moving either toward the light side, or toward the dark side.

There was a central and circular landmass that was humid tropical region in the center directly beneath the sun, and giving way to lush plains and hill country before reaching the shores. Then about mid-hemisphere several series of islands. Then more ocean before vanishing in the eternal dusk. The seas became increasingly angry around the Outmost Rim, and there were frequent hurricanes and tropical storms that would move from the dark side into the light side.

If one managed to cross through one of the safe channels to the dark side one would still tread water for maybe a quarter of the hemisphere before striking land, and then it was a an amazingly large land mass at that taking up the rest it. It was generally hilly area giving way to mountain and then even larger mountains until you reached the center where there was one great mountain that was then the tallest mountain know of in all the cosmos. With no sunlight ever it was naturally very cold, but a number of highly volcanic areas produce a certain regularity of heat from the planet core that helped moderate the atmosphere there so that it was amenable to organic life, although at still quite cold, in many areas not unlike your own ‘Sibera.’

 

 

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