The Moons of Eora

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The Moons of Eora
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The Moons of Eora is a book in Pillars of Eternity.

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Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.

Look up into the night sky and you'll see the moon Belafa. Ubiquitous and persistent, she remains forever in view but also forever out of reach. What many people do not know, however is that our world is actually orbited by two moons: Belafa and Cawldha.


Hanging low and large in the sky, Belafa travels swiftly in her race around the world - completing an orbit in about eighteen days. This proximity and speed can cause extreme tide conditions in some areas, making the seas shift so quickly and rise so high that there are some beautiful coastal areas that are virtually uninhabitable for a good portion of the year. Before we learned the truth behind the cause of the tides, legend held that Ondra, the goddess of the sea, was in love with the moon and when she saw it in the sky the tides, great waves, and violent storms that happened were her attempts to reach it. This is why the moon is formally called Senn Belafa or Ondran Belafa - The Beloved or Ondra's Beloved.


315 years ago, the Grand Empire of Vailia suffered from terrible storms and terrifyingly high and low tides. Records show the same thing was happening in the Aedyr Empire and that several new Aedyran colonies along the Dyrwood coast were completely destroyed by storms and high tides that engulfed the settlements. At that time, during an eclipse, Glanfathan astronomers spotted something small orbiting near the edge of Belafa.

After much study, they realized it was a small satellite with an extremely irregular orbit. They called it Cawldha Debh, or The Black Runner. Since it is smaller than Belafa, it doesn't have much effect on the world, but when it aligns with Belafa's orbit, it wreaks havoc on the tides and weather everywhere. This happens with an erratic frequency and severity and have been dubbed ‘Lovers' Tides.’ Cawldha has been rolled into the Ondra myth and when they are both in sight, her desire to reach them is increased tenfold, which is what causes the terrible weather.

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