i leave you full eclipse like the moon blocking the sun

Day and Night on Alternia!

So quite a while back I was drawing a picture from a rp about one of my trolls going out “at night” to catch fireflies in the dark before realizing Alternia is backwards, so there was nothing special about going out “at night”, all trolls go out “at night” and there was nothing analogous to our nightime when a troll could go out to catch fireflies in the dark. It’d be dumb to go catch fireflies when the sun is up! Which got me thinking about the cycles of day and night, and since anontrolls just made a post about the same thing, I got inspired to actually write this up!

As a note: this is highly highly non-compliant with canon facts regarding the number of perigees, equinoxes, and bilunar perigees Alternia seems to have because canon is CONFUSING.

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The Rabbit, The Moon, The Man

I heard one time that in Asia when people look up at the moon they commonly associate an animal with the satellite’s features, most notably the Rabbit. In the West it more referred to a man or a human face (Man in the moon).

The moon is also mostly referred to as a feminine aspect, gentle, shy, ever changing. Whereas the Sun is the masculine opposite, intense, bold, never changing.

When an old man begged for food, the monkey gathered fruits from the trees and the otter collected fish, while the jackal wrongfully pilfered a lizard and a pot of milk-curd. The rabbit, who knew only how to gather grass, instead offered its own body, throwing itself into a fire the man had built. The rabbit, however, was not burnt. The old man revealed himself to be Śakra and, touched by the rabbit’s virtue, drew the likeness of the rabbit on the Moon for all to see. It is said the lunar image is still draped in the smoke that rose when the rabbit cast itself into the fire.

A version of this story can be found in the Japanese anthology Konjaku Monogatarishū, where the rabbit’s companions are a fox and a monkey…

Oddly enough I feel that when Kaneki face Arima in the original, he basically cast himself into the fire as an offering to the “old man”.

During his time in Cochlea, Arima changed Kaneki into a completely different person “Haise”. But, at the same time, Kaneki started to change/effect Arima. (As you can see by this panel and Arima fighting with his inner sexuality… :P)

Haise also embodies many of the aspects Luna (the moon) has. Embracing even more feminine qualities then what Shironeki displayed. But, Haise also embraces more of the “maternal instinct” than Kuro, who was more a child/adolescent persona who was more dependent on others than Haise was. (Not denying Haise depends greatly on his “family”, but his way of thinking was more independent and adult than Kuro. As you can leave him in the house alone with an oven and not worry about that house burning down…)

And as we all know, Kaneki will not f#cking stop changing every few chapters. One moment he’s a loveable book dork, then a edgy hooligan, then a monstrous basket case, then a mother of 4, then a childish suicidal asshole, and whatever he decided he want to be now (hopefully “happy”).

There is more information on eclipses and a little Hidekane under the cut!

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