Two Criterion Constellations
The Two Criterion Constellations
The Criterion Constellations are the two constellations which most closely line up with Alysia’s northern and southern poles. These constellations have been extremely important to navigation be sea form the Parthian Age. With the near perfect alignments of the stars Acrux and Alchiba, navigation became more science than art with navigators being able to determine their near exact location based on season and position of either Acrux or Alchiba. Crux – the Cross and Corvus – the Raven have been considered the to lesser judges of Alysia from the early days of the Parthian Age. Today it is popular to call Phos the great judge with the Criterion as the two advocates: the Raven as prosecutor and the Cross as the defender.
Crux – the Northern Cross is a constellation located in the northern sky. It is one of the 48 constellations cataloged by the First Age Astromancer Ptolemy. The star at the top of the cross is call Acrux. Due to Acrux brightness and almost perfect alignment with the northern pole Alysia, it is an excellent aid for navigating on both land and sea in the northern hemisphere of Alsyia. Crux, pictured to the left, is made up of just 4 stars: Acrux – locatd at the top of the cross, Mimosa – denotes the left side of the crossbar, Gacrux – located at the bottom of the cross, and Cru – denotes the right side of the crossbar. Great goodness has always been associated with the Northern Cross but in more recent times it has had a strong association with Phos.
Corvus – the Southern Raven is a constellation located in the southern sky. It’s name is taken from the Ancient Elven for Raven or Crow. It is one of the 48 constellations cataloged by the First Age Astromancer Ptolemy. The star at the Raven’s beak is Alchiba. Due to Alchiba’s near exact alignment with the southern pole of Alysia, it is an excellent aid for navigating on land and sea in the southern reaches of Alysia. Corvus, pictured ot the right, is made up of 5 stars: Alchiba – located at the beak, Minkar – which is connecting point from the body to the beak, Gienah – which is in a line from Alchiba and Minkar, Algorab — located between Gienah and Kraz, Kraz — located between Algorah and Minkar. Death has always been associated with Southern Raven but in more recent times it has had an association with freedom from oppression.