Signs and portents
An introductory guide to astrology, this book is of unknown origin, but has many versions and variations. The earliest copies are known to be in Save-K’norian temples; legend has it they are tracings of astrological maps carved (or painted) into the hills near Berema. The work lacks the mysticism and lore of other astrological texts, but instead provides charts and details of the movements of the stars through the heavens; citing when their lights grow and dim throughout several different types of calendar. The most impressive aspect of this work are the maps, which detail the faintest of lights that are not always visible to the naked eye.
The maps are often contradicted by other works, and hotly debated by scholars. Typically the maps are eventually proven accurate either because there is a discrepancy between the current calendar and the calendar used, or the lesser lights are believed to have moved their position since the maps were originally made.
The book is popular among astrologers as, while it lacks the deeper understanding of the stars, its maps are without rival. Overlays and additional names are often added to the copy of the original work.
There are three accepted variations of this work, although most owners end up personalizing their copy with “corrections” and all manner of marginalia.
The classic stars
The classic stars is a relatively true copy of the star maps, with one or two blank pages between each. The maps are typically depicted as a large mass of black permeated by white spots of varying sizes, often with white lines to denote the star-lanes upon which each relies. On the rare occasion, the reverse is drawn, but it is not a popular look.
Location: Found almost anywhere astrologers gather.
The annotated stars
The annotated stars is a high-quality copy of the classic stars with a page or two of additional information, such as an index of the stars and tables showing their comparative size.
Location: Typically this is a copy of a particular master’s studies. Individual copies have different additional information and are known to contradict one another. Students of a given master often pay to have their master’s work copied so that they can add to what the master has learned.
The definitive stars
A further set of annotations (and marginalia) on the classic copy.
Location: This rare version combines the work of two or three masters, often correcting contradictions and changing the timeline to match the current calendar.
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