The Old World where Warhammer is set has two moons.

Morrslieb, also called the Shadow Moon, is one of two moons orbiting the world. The other is Mannslieb. Morrslieb is a giant black and green lump of rock that is seen as a symbol of Chaos and unvarnished evil to many. Morrslieb has eclipsed Mannslieb several times inhistory, an event that always heralds dark times, and the last occurrence of this was just before the terrible Storm of Chaos when the Chaos Champion Archaon’s Chaos army attacked the Empire and the Dark Elves attacked the High Elves. Such portentous times are often (but not always) accompanied by sightings of a twin-tailed comet shooting across the skies, much like the one that signified the birth of Sigmar millennia ago.

Morrslieb’s name translates from Old Reikspiel as “Beloved of Morr”, the Old World’s god of the dead, and there are a great many myths and legends that explain the Dark Moon’s nature. However the deity Morr, unlike the moon Morrslieb named for him, is not associated at all with Chaos or evil, but rather the ending of life as well as dreams and portents.

Where Mannslieb is full every 25 days, on a constant and predictable cycle, Morrslieb is not. Indeed, few have been able to accurately predict Morrslieb’s cycle, and the moon’s appearance varies from night to night, sometimes appearing nearer the world, sometimes further away – it has been speculated by Imperial scholars that it appears differently when viewed from different locations, such that a man perceiving it as full over Altdorf would see it waning were he in Ubersreik. In spite of this arcane irregularity, there are only two nights where both Morrslieb and Mannslieb are full during the year: Witching Night, the first day of the year, and on Geheimnisnacht (“the Night of Mystery”) exactly 6 months later, about a month after the Summer Solstice.


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