As I stated on Monday, now that I've started my query process, I am welcoming in 2013 with a series of posts regarding elements found in the Pendomus Chronicles.
There's a lot of cool, quirky things happening not only the world-building, but also the characters. Before I get to the group of misfits you'll meet when reading book one, I want to start off first with the planet itself.
While it's not overly examined in the first book, the fact that Pendomus is tidally-locked will play a larger role as the series goes on.
What the hell does tidally-locked mean, Carissa?
You know what? I'm glad you asked.
|Due to tidal locking, the inhabitants of the central body will never be able to see the satellite's green area.|
According to the Great and Powerful Wikipedia, "Tidal locking (or captured rotation) occurs when the gravitational gradient makes one side of an astronomical body always face another, an effect known as synchronous rotation."
Okay... uhm... yeah... HUH?
Basically this means that Pendomus is not rotating on an axis. One side of the planet is always facing the sun, the other always facing into darkness. In essence, it is a satellite, circling its sun. Look at the picture to the right and pretend the central body is the sun. Make sense?
Believe it or not, you're already extremely aware of how tidal-locking works. We have our very own tidally-locked entity here on Earth.
Do you know what it is?
Yep. The moon.
|Since the Moon is 1:1 tidally locked, only one side is visible from Earth.|
The stage for book one is set on the temperate band between the light and dark-- Not scorching hot and facing the sun, not frigid cold and facing the darkness. Instead, cold enough for snow and always perpetual twilight.
Still confused? Send me your questions. Think it's wicked cool? Let me know!
Next Friday: I'll discuss another cool phenomena happening on Pendomus: Sundogs.