The Twilight Herald
Tears of Selune
The Tears of Selune are a collection of hundreds of very small but bright celestial bodies (asteroids) that orbit Toril in Selune‘s wake. The Tears act like any such bodies in a Torjan point, meaning that they do not stay in place but actually orbit around a common center in whirpool fashion. Viewed from above, the Tears appear to be a very large disk of hundreds of assorted bodies, none of any rearkable size. The Tears are visible as points of light like stars, too small for viewers to discern thier actual shapes.
the individual orbits of the Tears are not exactly coplanar with the orbit of Toril and Selune, but they are close. As a result, thier appearance in the night sky of Toril is that of a flattened ellise of bright “stars,” trailing Selune by sixty degrees across the sky, along the ecliptic. Typically,an average human can cover Selune’s image with his clenched fist at arm’s length; the Tears, however appear to span an arear of the night sky almost three handspans wide and about three fingers deep at arm’s length. The relative positions of individual Tears change from night to night as they orbit their common center.
The Tears are not bright enough to be seen during the day, though Selune often is. Though the Tears are bright even when Selune is new, they are not always visible in the ight sky, since they too have rising and setting times, and thus might not be up at night. The first Tear rises or sets about four hours after Selune does. Because it is so long, the full set of Tears takes about three hours to rise or set, from first Tear to last. The combined effect of the Tears is not enough to cast shadows at night.
Like Selune, the Tears are believed by some sages to be inhadited, though very few people could make a reasonable guess as to who lives there. Fewer still have actually been there and reported back.
Circa -3500 DR an astronomer from Shou Lung, Tu Pi Chei, reported seeing many objects ‘pop’ into existence. Soon, all of Toril’s oceans were wracked by massive tidal waves. The Emperor was informed and the next night he too looked at the sky and saw the new objects. Twenty astrologers were tasked with determining their meaning. Most said that Shou Lung would expand inland, some said that a member of the emperor’s family would soon die, one claimed that the emperor himself would become pregnant (that astrologer was immediately put to death). Shou Lung did indeed expand inland soon after and is now one of the largest countries on Toril. The emperors wife also died in childbirth later that year.
The elves of Evermeet took it as a sign that the gods were pleased with their magical research and view the Tears with pride, while the goblinoids believed they were part of a plot by human mages to bathe the night in moonlight. They feared that the night sky would soon be filled with moons thus eliminating their precious darkness. Many have set out to kill as many humans and elves as they could for just this reason.
Spacefarers tend to believe that they were created by a deity new to the sphere to hide the castle in the center of the cluster where it lives. Many have attempted to investigate the castle but none have returned alive.
Most human legends tell of the goddess Selûne who fell in love with a handsome warrior who turned out to be an evil shapechanging monster bent on destruction and conquest. She sealed the warrior and his minions in a gem made of her life essence and wept with the tears coming to rest trailing the satellite of her namesake.
The popular belief amongst those versed in such matters is that they are just a normal asteroid cluster that got caught up in the wake of Selûne. There are hundreds of them, circling each other, though the focal point of their revolution is actually a castle.
The truth however, is that the tears are the result of a magic-fueled weapon created by dragonkind to destroy the King-Killer Star but when they fired it, the weapon missed and hit Selûne instead.