The Malazan world had one easily visible Moon and at least three others too small or distant to see and perpetually occluded from the sun's light. There were several regions of the moon that appeared to some as seas, with the largest being known as Grallin's Sea.
- "Grallin's Sea. That’s the big one. The Lord of the Deep Waters living there is named Grallin. He tends vast, beautiful underwater gardens. Grallin will come down to us, one day, to our world. And he'll gather his chosen and take them to his world. And we'll live in those gardens, warmed by the deep fires, and our children will swim like dolphins, and we'll be happy since there won’t be anymore wars, and no empires, and no swords and shields."
- ―Apsalar on the Gardens of the Moon
Ceda Kuru Qan revealed to Brys Beddict that there were three additional moons other than the one known to the general population. According to the Ceda, early texts suggested that the moons were not always so difficult to see.
- "There are actually at least four moons, lad, but the others are not only distant, but perpetually occluded from reflecting the sun's light. Very difficult to see, although early texts suggest that this was not always so. Reasons for their fading as yet unknown, although I suspect our world's own bulk has something to do with it. Then again, it may be that they are not farther away at all, but indeed closer, only very small. Relatively speaking."
- ―Ceda Kuru Quan
Kalam Mekhar observed that the moon in the night sky looked misshapen and rougher around the edges, as if the surrounding darkness was gnawing on it. He was not sure if it had always been that way or if he had just never noticed.
Mogora used a healing ritual that drew on the moon's power to save the life of Mappo Runt. To Iskaral Pust it appeared that his wife had pulled the moon from the sky to hang above them almost within reach. Elsewhere, Cotillion was mystified to see that the moon's light had been stolen.
While traveling on the Olphara Peninsula, Karsa Orlong and Samar Dev noted that the moon had grown larger and was surrounded by a strange corona. At the same time it appeared to be crumbling and breaking up. The Teblor noted that the desert folk believed gods dwelled there and he wondered if those gods waged war among themselves. Samar Dev scoffed at his superstition, and presented her scientific viewpoint. The moon was one of several heavenly bodies that had broken off from their world. Perhaps one of the others had collided with it as there was much more dust in the air in recent times. She suggested observing the tides to measure any change to the moon as it was the moon's own breath that regulated them.
The night after the battle between the Malazan Imperial Fleet and the Third Edur Imperial Fleet, Apsalar and Squint conversed aboard the deck of the Froth Wolf. Squint observed that the moon appeared to be nothing but a blur. He theorised that the moon was a distant world with armies clashing and kicking up dust that obscured its light. Apsalar said she once thought the moon was a place of cities without war and of beautiful gardens of flowers that were always in bloom. Crokus had once told her that he had fallen in love with her the night she told him her stories of the moon.
Scillara and Barathol Mekhar agreed that the moon looked as if holes had been poked through it with dark blotches where ash either rose or pieces had broken away. Barathol noted that the moon was said to be another realm with people on its surface. He speculated that something had fallen from the sky onto the moon much the way the Crippled God had fallen onto the Malazan world.
Barathol's musings appeared to be correct as not long after an arc of a dozen blazing suns fell from the sky towards Otataral Island. Ganoes Paran saw them and immediately thought he should have paid more attention to what had happened on the moon. He feared the descending balls of fire were a salvo in the war between the gods. The Master of the Deck made a hurried bargain with Hood that saw Heboric return to life. The historian sensed millions of voices akin to the Jade giants of the island plunging from the sky. They spoke of crossing a vast dark span of emptiness to crash through one world before falling towards another larger one. As they plummeted towards the ground dozens of jade hands like Heboric's own reached up through a green dome covering the island and stopped them.
As Lady Challice Vidikas regarded a wedding gift that recreated the moon in glass, she noted that the details on the moon's face exactly matched the real one from when its face had been fully visible instead of blurry.
Two or three times a century, Malaz City experienced an event known as a Shadow Moon, when "every portal, every gateway, every fault between Warrens, all open a crack." It was unclear if this event had any connection to the physical moon.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Midnight Tides, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.313
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 19, US MMPB p.531
- ↑ Midnight Tides, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.111
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.65
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.193
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.418-420/422
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.420
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.574-575
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.741
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.748
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.775-776/781-782
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.784-787
- ↑ Toll the Hounds, Chapter 7, US MMPB p.316
- ↑ Night of Knives, Chapter 4, US TPB p.159
- ↑ Night of Knives, Chapter 2, US TPB p.51
- ↑ Goats of Glory, p.17