Ántouist Star Chart
In addition to closely studying religious scripture, the Ántouist monks of Dántaine also devote time toward understanding the natural laws of the world. A significant part of this effort is dedicated to astronomy: the science of the heavens themselves, crafted in Ántou’s perfect image. Monasteries periodically craft detailed star charts, cataloging not only the stars in the sky but also their motions, along with various other details. This map is one such star chart, focusing on the orbits of the known planets.
Ántouist cosmology describes a geocentric universe, with each of the five planets, the Sun, and the Moon, all orbiting around the Earth. This cosmology necessitates epicycle orbits to account for the retrograde motion of the planets, and the monks place great importance on the details of the epicycles. They believe that the patterns arising from the orbits have deeper meaning; just as numerical codes such as the Fibonacci sequence are found in botany, so too may mathematics be reflected in the stars.
This map also displays three comets: the Great Comet, Treville’s Comet, and Sant Treoyse’s Comet. These celestial objects hold religious significance, acting as omens for certain events and being referenced multiple times in prophecy. In addition, the Great Web of Stars is labeled — this dense ribbon of stars, dust, and haze may be seen on clear nights and there is still some debate over what it truly is.
On the bottom left of the map is a simple star chart, using the same axis as that of the main chart. This exists to give reference points for the locations of the planetary orbits; the reader is expected to recognize (or have a more-detailed map on hand for comparison) the major constellations, and from there should be able to place the planets on the sky.
Love this, Beiji! Looks very authentic and detailed. Always love astronomical lore