We did the constellations over our planets’ heads a while back. Now let’s zoom in and look at their home solar system!
Useless trivia of the day: this is a much-retooled version of a star system I originally made up for some Sailor Moon fanfiction. So that last panel features characters from 2016, wearing outfits that were designed in 2004, for characters originally invented in 1998.
Órrinn | Drengr
Hot rocky planet. Surface has lava oceans. Possibly the core of a former superhot gas giant, its gaseous layers stripped away by intense solar wind.
The World | Earth
Habitable zone! Metallic core, silicate surface largely covered by ocean, tectonic plate activity. One major continent, so the weather is volatile.
The Moon | Huginn
The Moonlet | Muninn
Éagrinn | Veidhimadhr
Cold rocky planet, dense and heavy. Non-active core means no magnetic field; atmosphere is thin and getting thinner.
Racrinn | Gørsimi
Cold planet too carbon-rich for water to form. Graphite surface, diamond substratum, tectonic and volcanic activity, carbon smog clouds.
Mhuirinn | Dómari
Distant ice giant: rocky core, slushy fluid mantle, tons of atmosphere. Faint rings and a whole mess o’ moons.
Not shown: all the miscellaneous small bodies in the system. Lots of comets, asteroids, and iceballs.
Holly: This is our solar system! Sizes are to scale . . . distances are not. We live on the second of five planets from the sun.
Ceannis got our names for the planets from the ancient Gulf empire. The Ceannic language descends from proto-Gulf.
Up in the polar countries, the planets were associated with supernatural figures — Sønheim still uses those names, although nobody worships the deities these days.
Modern telescopes mean we’ve discovered a ton of new objects in just the past hundred years! New names get decided by our International Astronomical Union. They pick the names from a variety of traditions, and try to start as few fights as possible.
Rowan: I have one! Why are we dressed up for this? And who are we supposed to be?
Violet: Just roll with it.