The procrastination fog wears off and I’m tired of endless anime marathons. I play Diablo II LOD a bit to let my brain rest and switch to the necessary topics. Though it is fully impossible until I have my latest book edited — I will be returning to that story soon to prepare it for publication.
This week I finally got my hands on the maps and installed Fractal Terrains to get some work done for the Rjg. The map is freshly re-generated, and I need to fix places where continents stick together and place mountain chains where they actually belong and not in the center of each continent.
This world is still in a state before some great geographical discoveries were made, so all my folks stick to the same continent. Some of them attempt to travel the seas though. This is the part of the globe the story takes place in:
Important work to do: give everything names. I have only a couple of geographical names so far (I add them as I write and the third chapter requires more work in that department).
Dannan is a huge planet, with a mass of 2.7 Earth masses and mean radius of 8854 km. Its orbital period equals 0.52 Earth year’s and surface gravity is high — 13.73 m/s². Current land coverage is at 38%. I’m using my old notes and calculations, and I have to admit I no longer remember what was what and why I crunched some of the numbers — that was all done in 2010!
And speaking of planet being on its side, the amount of solar energy received per day per unit area by season and latitude (Kilowatt-hours/meter²) it gets can be summed up like this:
Even with it’s dim star (current luminosity 0.27 solar) the climate of Dannan is actually mild enough to support life. Oceans store heat that is released into atmosphere during polar winters. Polar summers aren’t deadly either, since the orbital period is quite short and there’s that cloud coverage too. Along with ocean circulation, all these things add to the weather and wind patterns, and how biomes and people had evolved, so thinking about it is quite fun.
I haven’t decided on calendars yet, mainly because of that short year and how it impacts all cultures there. And that’s what I’m going to work on next.