Some Notes on Draconia

These are a few things to know about the world Misfit Magic is set in before you dive in. Well, to be honest, you can likely get away with not knowing any of this, but maybe it adds a little colour.

Draconia is about 2% smaller than the Earth and it’s average distance from its star (a G2V, just like our Sun) is 0.93AU. It has one moon, which is tide-locked to the planet (like ours) so that you always see the same face, but that moon takes 12 days to orbit Draconia.

The 12-day lunar cycle is reflected in a 12-month year of 328 days. Most months are 27 days, except for the three summer months and the last month of the year, which have 28 days. Weeks are seven days long (because there are seven colours of dragons). Days are 24 hours in length (actually; I did the maths).

As far as seasons go, Draconia diverges from Earth in a couple of ways. Earth has quite a pronounced axial tilt and a fairly circular orbit. This means that our seasons are largely governed by our axial tilt: summer when our hemisphere has longer days, winter when they are shorter. Draconia has, basically, the same seasons in both hemispheres because its orbital eccentricity dominates. The average surface temperature in summer is 52.6C/126.6F, while in winter this falls to 6.9C/44.4F. The axial tilt is also smaller than Earth’s and faces ‘the other way.’ Winter days in the northern hemisphere are longer than summer days, but the differences are smaller overall.

There are two (known) major continents and one fairly large island on the planet. In the north is Frostfall, noted for having a number of fairly tall mountains and a region of permafrost up around the pole. In the south is Greenland, a continent largely composed of savannah, forest, and jungle. Greenland tends to get more extremes of weather since the axial tilt adds to the effect of the orbital eccentricity. Between Frostfall and Greenland lies Concordance, and on Concordance is Concord City, which is where our story will unfold. Concordance is an island about 620 miles east-west and 510 miles north-south. It’s just north of the equator, which makes for a fairly equitable climate, though it can get pretty hot in summer.

Concordance used to be the home of one of the royal dragon families until the Majesty War almost 1000 years ago. Following that war, the other families decided that they needed to settle their differences without (too much) bloodshed, and since they had wiped out the rulers of the island, they would make the newly renamed Concordance the place to meet and discuss problems. Concord City was created specifically as a meeting place and the island’s government is more or less democratic since none of the families wanted any of the others owning the place. Thus Concordance has a fairly liberal legal system, fairly just taxes, actual representation for all dragons on the ruling counsel, etc.

Under the True Freedom For Women Act of 634, all bra manufacturing on Concordance was made punishable by hanging and all female dragons under the age of 600 were banned from wearing bras. After 600, scaffolding was made a state medical benefit. The legal system is that good.

One of the paragraphs above is a joke. Which one is left as an exercise to the reader. I’m trying to do a map of the planet, though you won’t really need it for this book. Fantasy worlds are supposed to have maps. If I can get the software to do what I tell it to do.

Additional: I was asked for the days and month names. This is copied straight from my OneNote reference.

Weekdays: Royalday, Indigoday, Redday, Blueday, Greenday, Yellowday, Silverday.

Months

  • Snowfall, 27 days.
  • Springate, 27 days.
  • Planting, 27 days.
  • Newling, 27 days.
  • Summergate, 28 days.
  • Midsummer, 28 days. Leap years add an extra day.
  • Highsummer, 28 days.
  • Autumngate, 27 days.
  • Harvest, 27 days.
  • Autumn, 27 days.
  • Wintergate, 27 days.
  • Midwinter, 28 days. Leap years add an extra day during the midwinter festival.
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9 responses to “Some Notes on Draconia

  1. I’m sure good jokes should be believable …. and no-one’s going to believe in democratic dragons, right?

    Waiting to read this, anyway.

  2. Agreed would really like to read it ASAP

  3. That paragraph about the climate was completely undeliverable.

  4. I didn’t understand the calendar. If the moon cycles the planet in 12 days, how come the months are much longer?

    A Joke? Surely not the facts about bras? 🙂

  5. Cecil Montague

    Looking forward to this. Will be spending the next week in airports and hotels and this might just keep me sane.

  6. It all sounds astronomical sound and like a place one would like to live but that remains to be seen.

  7. I hope this is not too spoilery:

    Just reread the initial scene and I’m puzzled: “[referring to the statue of Celestina] true dragons really had little in the way of facial expressions. They were incapable of articulate speech,”, but Charley talks a lot in dracoform. Does that mean she’s not a “true dragon”?

    • I think we’re okay with “spoiling” the first page. 🙂

      Dragons have three forms: normal, dracoform, and true dragon. When born, they have just their normal form and, as pointed out, they generally get their dracoform in their teens. The dracoform is humanoid and usually looks much like their normal form, except for the scales and claws, and their eyes change to a flatter, metallic colour. Some have some altered physiology such as more muscle mass, slight increase in height, or changed hair colour. Jesse, for example, has brown hair in her normal form, green in her dracoform. Dracoforms all have the power of flight, but blue dragons are almost always faster than all the other colours.
      The true dragon form comes between 140 and 200 years and marks the transition into true adulthood (they can have children). True dragons are big lizards with wings and are, essentially, a battle form, designed for protecting children. Oddly, true dragons don’t have exterior genitalia: to actually mate, a dragon has to assume normal or dracoform, and childbirth is always done in normal form as it gets dangerous to shift at all in the later stages of pregnancy.

      So, the statue is of Celestina Nightsky’s true dragon form. Charley is eighteen or nineteen (I forget which birthday she’s having at the start of the book) and is far too young to have a true dragon form. She flies in her dracoform, which can talk as well as her normal form.

      Kind of a long reply, but I hope that’s cleared up the confusion.

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