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Astronomy is a recurring theme in Realms of the Haunting, and on this page, we shall speak about the various references, objects and locations pertaining to this subject.

Florentine's ObservatoryEdit

Switching on the light to explore the extensive confines of the actual Observatory, we find that the window side contains a planetary of sorts, granting us an awe-inspiring vista of the black, starry sky. Additionally and expectedly, the room is filled with various TEL1.telescope Telescopes, but our attention is soon grasped by the writing table in the centre, with an overturned chair beside it. In addition to QuillInk2 an Inkwell and a Quill with golden nib, we collect a Parchment-UnkownPlace2 Sketch of a place we've not yet come across, as well as a Starchart2 Starchart with particular emphasis on Venus. Rebecca mentions the planet's cognomen "Morning Star" and goes on to explain that the planet marks Lucifer in the sky. Elaborating on the word's etymology, "Lucifer" (from the Latin lux, gen. lucis, "light", and ferre, "to bear, bring") can be translated as "Light-bearer" . In Christian theology, the term's "Lucifer" has come to be associated with Satan as the fallen "son of the dawn"[1]. In the latter passage the title of "Morning Star" is given to the tyrannous Babylonian king, who the prophet says is destined to fall. This passage was later applied to the prince of the demons, and so the name "Lucifer" came to be used for Satan, and was popularized in works such as Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost, while one of the greatest influence (at least on English speakers) certainly has been its use in the King James Version of the Bible (more modern English versions translate the term as "Morning Star" or "Day Star"). The word "Lucifer" has also frequently been used by early Latin writers such as Cicero[2], Pliny the Elder[3], Vergil[4], and Statius[5].

Temple of the Morning StarEdit

An Order which has been founded by Florentine, apparently in veneration of Lucifer, the Morning Star.

Red MoonEdit

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During one of the cutscenes in which Adam and Rebecca first happen upon the Mansion's central courtyard with the hanging skeletons, Memory's Garden, a red moon can be seen. This can be interpreted as a reference to a passage from the Book of Revelation that talks about the opening of the sixth seal:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.

From a scientific point of view, the red colour of the moon is attributed to a lunar eclipse when Earth intercedes between its satellite and the Sun, interrupting its immediate exposition to sunlight. Some of the light rays coming from the sun, however, are being refracted by particles in the Earth's atmosphere. They get redirected behind the Earth and onto the Moon, hence it's still visible in a copper sort of red. The more atmosphere that sunlight travels through, the more the blue and green parts of the spectrum are scattered (cf. sunrises and sunsets).[6]


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