The Moon Wants To Murder You: Fact or Fiction?
I see the bad moon a-risingEven as humanity's understanding of the cosmos grows, dangerous secrets lurk in the night sky. In the Shadow, the moon hangs over the world like a sword of Damocles, a harbinger of the end to come. Far from an inert hunk of space-rock, the moon is a potent magical force that reaches across worlds like few others can. Nobody is really sure what the moon is, but every sign points to the bastard being trouble.
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today
Bad Moon Rising
I hear hurricanes a-blowingFor denizens of the Shadow, the moon has been an ill-omen for as long as anyone can remember. Even in the Prime, it's blamed for everything from causing insanity to natural disasters, and perhaps for good reason. Like a living, hungry thing, the moon gazes down on the earth, waiting for its chance to devour everything - or so the more paranoid wizards proclaim. Others say it is a living god, a creature from beyond space and time, or an unholy cocoon, just waiting to hatch.
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin
Every now and then, one of these things from the moon will find its way to the world below, and that's not good.No story from those who have been there ever has a happy ending - they speak of alien cities that shouldn't, chasms of hungry teeth, unholy terrors lurking in every shadow, and a voice that calls for the doom of all things. Most explorers don't return at all.
But that doesn't stop people from wanting to go, thinking they're the ones who'll beat the odds. Some are sure they'll find power or treasure; others seek the truth. It's a real be careful what you wish for kind of situation.There is only one known Gates to the moon; the Gates of Tomorrow. It is a neolithic monument from ages past, standing stones whose physical representation in Prime have long since withered away. They remain in the Shadow the stone growing like wild-flowers as the moon moves towards its fullest, withering again as the moon does. It isn't known who built them or how they were imbued with such power, the most likely culprit being some critter from the Beyond, or even the moon itself. Every total lunar eclipse, they unfurl like a lotus flower and open the door to the moon - and a path for whatever's up there to reach the world.
Don't go around tonightWhatever it is, the moon exerts a powerful influence on magic, tugging at the weave of reality from its place in the Shadow. When it is full, monsters emerge from their hollows with an uncommon frenzy, and the mist hides strangers never seen before. The ebb and flow spark a charge of energy into the world, dangerous and wild. For some mystics, it is a source of power, even if they aren't exactly what they're tapping into to fuel their magic.
Well it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
Like children playing with a nuclear reactor.
Moon-powered spells never seem designed to pet puppies or summon candy for children, either.Werewolves are the most infamous example of a monster seemingly controlled by the moon, but not the only one. Some broods of vampires seem driven to a hunger frenzy by the full moon and slumber as it waxes.
Shadow of the MoonThe Shadow lies atop the mortal world, like a veil of oil on water. It's where things that go bump in the night hide when the sun goes up, where magic dwells, and where wizards and witches live away from prying eyes. It's a plane of existence that mirrors the world. From here, people in the Prime are like insubstantial shades. It isn't quite a 1-to-1 translation of the real world, but close - and the shadow of the moon is a forbidding, dangerous place, even for the most powerful warlock.
Like an oily stain across reality, the Shadow co-exists with the real world and hides monsters of magic.
Apocalypse Party PactsOne part Burning Man, one part vigil, the Apocalypse Prevention Party is an irregularly held festival deep within the Shadow. Here, party-goers bar the Gate to the Sea of Tranquility on the moon in the rare times when the gate opens, preventing anyone from going up there and doing something stupid.
The Apocalypse Prevention Party
Saving the world and getting drunk at the same time.
LunacySome folk don't take well to the idea of some impossible god-beast always hanging in the sky, watching their every move. They go moon-mad, obsessing over whatever doom the moon promises to the world or even them specifically. How they respond depends on the magi in question - some hole up bunkers every night, preparing for 'the big one', while others adopt a sort of strike first mentality. Between those two extremes are those just stricken by paranoia, treating moonlight as if it was radiation.
It's always up there. Watching us. Waiting...