|Golarion's Moon (Somal)|
|Atmosphere||None except in Pockets and the Moonscar|
Source: People of the Stars, pg(s). 11
Golarion has one large, grey, crater-scarred moon, which was called Somal by the Azlanti. Golarion's moon is tidally locked, and thus always shows the same face to its planet, causing much speculation about what actually is on the dark side of the moon. Size-wise, the moon has a surface just seven percent that of Golarion's.
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From Golarion, the moon is seen to have a shadowy area on its lower quadrant. Astronomers document this as a mountain range or a canyon; they are wrong. The Moonscar was formed over 12,000 years ago during a disaster which led to an invasion of the moon by the Abyss: the Moonscar is an horrific forest home to demons, abyssal plants and monsters. The Moonscar is dominated by succubus-mothered half-fiends who are a great threat to the peoples of Golarion. The fiends are capable of travelling from the moon to Golarion to snatch victims to return to the Moonscar, there to corrupt and breed and further the half-fiend population. Even more insidious is the return of some of the victims, after corruption, to twist their earthly homes to chaos and evil.
Golarion has a lunar calendar which follows the phases of its moon. Each full moon is given its own name and, in order through the year, they are:
- Long Moon
- Fated Moon
- Rebirth Moon
- Flood Moon
- Blossom Moon
- Sweet Moon
- Lover's Moon
- Swarm Moon
- Harvest Moon
- Hunter's Moon
- Black Moon
- Cold Moon
It is not known what the thirteenth moon would be called when a year contained thirteen full moons.
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