Lore:Secunda

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Secunda
Type Moon
Realm Mundus
Secunda's appearance when full

The lesser of Nirn's two moons, Secunda, or Jone, is acknowledged as one of the attendant spirits of the mortal plane, and, as such, is both temporal and subject to the bounds of mortality.[UOL 1] Secunda, which exists as a separate plane, has long since perished; it was Secunda's death which led mortals to perceive it as having both texture and limited size, as well as imperfections of color, all of which are the results of its decay from its former investiture of pure white.[UOL 1]

While regarded by various cultures as an attendant spirit of their god planet, minor god, or foreign god, Secunda is not displayed within Dwemer orreries,[UOL 1] neither does it hold a position within the pantheon of Imperial gods. In Khajiiti culture, walking the Path of Jone and Jode is a necessary step for a Lunar Champion seeking to become the Mane.[1] The Bosmer regard Jone and Jode as spirits of fortune, both good and bad.[2]

When Hircine's Great Hunt begins, Secunda turns a deep shade of red and becomes the Bloodmoon. The hunt is believed to end when the Bloodmoon disappears. The Bloodmoon is said to symbolize the blood of the Hunter's Prey, and those wishing to join the Great Hunt craft rounded bone pendants that are stained with blood to symbolize it.[3][4]

OriginEdit

Secunda received its title from the Aldmer, who knew the plane as Jone ("Little Moon God").[2] Similarly, Secunda finds itself invested with a position of authority and reverence among the Khajiiti pantheon, as its phase at the time of their birth - along with that of Masser, the greater of Nirn's moons - determines their form.

Fal Droon's The Lunar Lorkhan suggests that Secunda originated as one of the halves of Lorkhan's "flesh-divinity", cast within the bounds of Nirn at the time of his destruction, and thus, is a personification of the dichotomy that Lorkhan legends often rail against: ideas of good versus evil, being versus nothingness, and so on. It is believed that Secunda was thus purposefully set in the night sky as Lorkhan's constant reminder to his mortal issue of their duty.[5]

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  • Just like Masser is based on pictures of Mars, Secunda might be based on pictures of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Events of The Den of Lorkhaj in ESO
  2. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The Wood ElvesBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  3. ^ Korst Wind-Eye's dialogue in Bloodmoon
  4. ^ Bloodmoon Pendant on the official UESP ESO item database
  5. ^ The Lunar LorkhanFal Droon

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ a b c Cosmology