By Bruce R. Cordell
The legendary blue moon, Iltani, destroyed itself in a cataclysm 100 years ago, and its shards rained down upon the world. Only a few people know the reason why Iltani existed and what its destruction portends. They are the Moon Catchers, and their mission is to gather as many shards of destroyed Iltani the Blue as possible. Eventually, they intend to reassemble those shards and place the moon again in its position high above the world. Their organization is tiny but far-flung, spread around the world in towns and uncivilized regions. Although they are not well known, they welcome to their ranks anyone who shares their concern for the fate of the world.
Another moon once graced the sky. It shone blue and cool—a coin-sized gem sailing the night. Called Iltani the Blue, the moon had the reputation of being a good omen when it was viewed waxing full, especially by travelers and explorers. Old songs and sayings sometimes touch on Iltani, though few recognize the allusion as referring to something that once was real. For most, “once in a blue moon” is a figure of speech, meaning something that rarely or never occurs. However, Iltani the Blue was real, and its absence is keenly felt by those who know the truth.
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About the Author
Bruce Cordell is a D&D designer, but during his thirteen years in the game industry, he has dabbled in miniatures, board games, collectible card games, d20 games, and more.