The Night Sky

The vivid brilliance of the night sky washes out most of the stars. Only the brightest are visible, so the inhabitants of Zenth never use expressions like 'as numerous as the stars'. Instead, their sky is filled with shimmering waves of light and fire of every colour, coiling and flowing like stellar fireworks.

Dwarves call it the Mandala, and celebrate its beauty and distance, separation from and unaffectedness by from the world. Many dwarven homes have a box of coloured sand where people can make their own mandalas as a form of meditation and artistic expression. The Beholders of the Sky sect believe that the Mandala is the dreaming mind of the Cosmos, and that one can divine the feelings of reality itself through study of the patterns.

Elves call them the Colour Paths, a map of celestial roads and tracks the spirits of the dead travel.

Orcs are a practical people, and sky-gazing is a synonym for wasteful daydreaming to them. Their only legends concerning the Nebula is that it was painted by the first artist, a minor figure in their pantheon of vocational gods.

Some goblin myths state that it is another world, much like this one but brighter, a swamp made of brilliant pigments, rivers of light and pools of radiant colour.

Dryads believe it is the rainbow canopy of their many-faced god, the shimmering leaves of its head as it supports the sky.

The nebula seems to have been one of the few things that humans weren't afraid of and took comfort from. The ceilings of their caves are often painted with a swirling array of bright, natural pigments, mimicking the night sky.