An artist's interpretation of Dakai, surrounded by its Astroluces. The Astroluces are shown in different Phases for the sake of displaying their differing appearances.

The six Astroluces ('as-trō-'lü-kes, sing. Astrolux) surround Dakai, one on each of the six orthogonal directions. Each Astrolux is stationary. They are equidistant from each other, and from anywhere on Dakai, at least one Astrolux may be seen.

Discovery and researchEdit

Originally, there were only thought to be between one and three Astroluces by any given Dak; no one had any reason to believe that there were more than one could see. Those residing directly under an Astrolux believed there to only be one; those residing at the circumcenter of three would believe those three to exist; et cetera. However, when the explorer Karlan Pontus first circumnavigated Dakai in the 34th century D.C., he noted that as one Astrolux faded out of view, he became able to see another. This fascinated him, and he recorded this in his findings. In the year 2816 D.C., the scientist Gottswell Serrata plotted the coordinates of the Astroluces and discovered that they lay at the six geographical poles of Dakai.

Time measurement based on AstrolucesEdit

The Astroluces have synchronized cycles. One cycle has four Phases: in Phase I, the Astrolux will be perfectly dark, leaving citizens of Dakai to need to get by on artificial light. In Phase II, the Astrolux gradually lighten. It will be at peak brightness throughout the entirety of Phase III; then over the course of Phase IV, it will fade back to darkness, and the cycle repeats. Fade into brightness, then stay at peak brightness, then fade to darkness, then stay dark and so on. Each Phase of the Astrolux takes an equal amount of time. Time is generally measured in Phases, Cycles, and Years; one Year is defined by 100 Cycles.


Karlan Pontus, Gottswell Serrata

LtCrunkSizzleton 20:24, September 10, 2010 (UTC)