Almea

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Almea [al ˈmɛ ja] is a world. It is the home to several intelligent species; the most populous resemble ourselves and are usually referred to as humans.

Astronomy

Almea is a terrestrial planet with an ecosphere much like ours, the third planet of the Class G star Ënomai. The Almean year is 328 days long (the Verdurian calendar has 12 months of 27 or 28 days, and a leap day, Kasten, is inserted every five years). The Almean day is slightly longer than ours (by about half an hour).

Almea itself has three moons, none of them as large as our own. (Almea thus has smaller, but more complex, tides than Earth.) In descending order of size, they are Iliažë, Iliacáš, and Naunai.

The first of the moons has a period of a little less than 28 Almean days, thus marking an iliažyoš or month; Naunai has a period of just six and a half days.

Preceded by:
Išira
Almea
Ënomai III
Succeeded by:
Vlerëi

Geography

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Almea has three continents:

All the most advanced human civilizations are in the southern hemisphere. There are also two enormous islands, Neinuoi east of Arcél, and Palthuknen in the far north.

A magical barrier, the Zone of Fire, located at the equator, impedes travel between the hemispheres.

Words for World

Most Almeans do not think of themselves as living on a planet, but as living in a world. This is usually contrasted to other worlds, but those are usually spiritual dimensions.

  • In Meťaiun the world was *Orandami "all-land"; Kebreni Oradam
  • In Cuêzi the world is Ataiggār 'the place of life'.
  • In Caďinor it is Alameia 'earth and water'; Ver. Almea, Bar. Alamech, Ismaîn Alameʐe, Sarroc Lamieȟa.
  • The Wede:i term is Komoma 'the big house', producing Ax. Komeï, X. Komei.
  • The Old Skourene is Ṭaldoḷ 'every sea'.
  • For the Tžuro this world is the Mejkome, the 'body-world'.
  • In Dhekhnami it’s Namshê ‘every land’.
  • In K'aitani it's Fačar ‘everything-place’.
  • In Uytai the world is ʔarkhel ‘all-corners’.
  • The call it Dòŋǎ 'death world' (i.e. the world of mortals).
  • To the elcari it's Jôphên 'the great mountain'.
  • The flaids call it Metcheren 'the great lands'.

Mythical cosmology

In Cuzeian monotheism, it was Iáinos who conceived Almea and then Eiledan who made it.

According to the Caďinorian religion, the Creator has two aspects, Aranotu, the Maker, and Leanota, the Shaper. Aranotu created the basic ftaconi, Almea, Ënomai, and the stars, and Leanota gave them their properties and their detailed appearance. They created as well the First Pantheon to rule over them, and then departed from the world. These creation deities are not a part of the pantheon and are not worshipped nor considered in the religion.

The Wede:i pictured the Xengi plain in the form of a house, with the mountains to the west, north, and east and the sea to the south as its walls. It was believed that both gods and animals lived either below ground (or underwater), or in the sky. For them, Almea was one of 100 mureši (planes of existence), with 25 below Almea and 75 above.

Almea was conceived of as flat by people such as the Wede:i and the ancient peoples of Arcél. Some cultures had conflicting ideas and argued about it, notably the Axunemi. At least one Axunemi scholar maintained that Almea is the inside of a sphere— because gravity must draw us toward the higher mureši, and the 74 higher mureši could only fit outside the sphere.

According to the majority view within Jippirasti, it is eternal and uncreated. Jippir is God not becase He created the world, but because He is entirely independent of it. Similarly, the believe in an "inner world" totally independent from Almea and its gods.