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Realmspace is the term used to describe the Torilian system and its surrounding environs. To those on the surface of Toril, Realmspace is called the Sea of Night, while the Netherese refer to it as the Skyward Realms. Realmspace consists of wildspace (empty vacuum), a sun, eight planets and their satellites, and a variety of asteroids, comets, and nebulae. (For more see Realmspace.)


The Sun

The largest fire body of Realmspace is located at its center and radiates a comfortable amount of warmth throughout the entire sphere. It is particularly susceptible to solar flares, which erupt almost continually. (For more see The Sun.)  


One of the two Dawn Heralds, this small, amber-and-green-colored planet is closest to the sun and mostly populated by halflings and umber hulks. It is covered in canyons that dwarf the Great Rift, and the equatorial regions are unlivable because of the sun's proximity. (For more see Anadia.)  


Coliar is a gas giant mostly populated with avian life-forms and other flying creatures. Floating islands of water and earth revolve around the planet's core. Elminster is said to own a resort on one of these islands. The planet is covered with clouds and it appears as a gray-white sphere from Toril. It is considered one of the Dawn Heralds. (For more see Coliar.)  


The third planet in the system is the most populated, teeming with life, approximately 60% of the surface is covered with water. Fauna on Toril ranges from creatures living in the air, on the land, under the water, and in subterranean habitats. This planet was formerly known as Abeir-Toril. (For more see Toril.)  


Toril's "twin planet" exists near Toril's orbit but is located within a "pocket dimension" that is out of synchrony with the rest of Realmspace. It has roughly the same characteristics of Toril. (For more see Abeir.)  


Selûne is Toril's largest natural satellite. It orbits about 183,000 miles from Toril, although some sages from the late 14th century DR claimed that its orbital distance was only about 20,000 miles. Only one side of it ever faced the planet; the other side was called the "dark side", yet it is not always dark. This is where most activity takes place. Although Torilians had named it after the deity Selûne, the moon's own inhabitants named their home after Leira. Trailing in the orbit of this satellite are the Tears of Selûne. (For more see Selûne.)  


The first of the Five Wanderers, Karpri, the fourth planet in the system, is an oceanic world. It is an absolutely beautiful place to behold from wildspace. From Toril it appears as a large star but as a sapphire ball with white caps when viewed by magical means. The poles are covered in pack ice hundreds of miles thick and stalked by deadly cold-loving predators, while floating on the equator's waters can be found seaweed, which at some points can support up to five tons of weight but are also home to massive, dangerous insects. The waters of the world are inhabited by aquatic elves and predacious sea life, making this planet as dangerous as it was beautiful. (For more see Karpri.)  


The next of the Five Wanderers, Chandos is another oceanic world. Its seas contain lumps of rock that, when piled high enough, created highly unstable islands. Those living on these islands are the human, dwarven, and orcish descendants from a pair of spelljammers that crash-landed here long ago. Over time, they lost their technologies and developed an enmity for each other, forgetting their pasts and becoming primitive. From Toril, this planet appeared as a greenish-brown smudge, which changes over time. (For more see Chandos.)  


The third of the Five Wanderers is a gray planet that had a beautiful ring and three satellites observable from Toril. In truth, Glyth is a harsh, ringed planet that, as of the mid-14th century DR, has been occupied by the dreaded illithid for about a century. Plant life is continually burned by the harsh atmosphere or by the mind flayers to prevent their humanoid cattle hiding from them. A remarkably pure, edible gelatin "water" can be found in the place of seas, and while the planet still has ice caps as normal, nothing lives there. Most activity occurs underground. As well as the planet's rings, Glyth orbits by three satellites. One, known as Haven, is a hollowed out asteroid and treated as neutral ground for the different mind flayer factions. Another, Mingabwe, is a trading port for non-illithids. Orbiting Mingabwe is Polluter, an unmapped asteroid. A group of over 300 mercenaries from the Code Helm reside here conducting raids against illithids in the system. (For more see Glyth.)  


Garden is not actually a planet. It is a series of earthy-masses connected together by a massive plant. Non-sentient life-forms create a balanced ecosystem with the many varieties of plant life growing here, but otherwise it is populated by pirates. Garden is also orbited by twelve satellites. Garden can rarely be seen from Toril, but when it is spotted, it appears as a tiny green speck. (For more see Garden.)  


The last of Toril's Five Wanderers, H'Catha, appears as a crystalline glimmer of white. Consisting of a flat disc of 300‑mile-thick water with a single mountain in the center, close-up, this world looks like a giant wagon wheel, with the Spindle (the mountain) always pointing directly at the sun. Near the base of the mountain, six ports, each owned by a different type of beholder accepts spelljamming traffic from other beholders, (not ones who lived on H'Catha, as that would provoke a war,) and a mysterious humanoid race. Other species are only allowed to land if they have goods to trade and leave as soon as they are done. The world is orbited by two satellites, Turnbetl and Lumbe. (For more see H'Cath.)
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Realmspace, Torilian System, Sea of Night, and Skyward Realms
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