The universe Children of the Sky takes place in is different from, yet parallel in many ways to, our own. The planet used as setting is Dalia, described in the beginning of the novel:
A small planet, one of seven orbiting around a large, powerful sun. Dalia has two moons and five celestial bodies seen only as bright green lights in the sky; these green lights are called "Great Stars" by the people of the planet. Dalia contains two hundred and seventy organized countries, countless cultures, and various ethnicities. Racially, there is a great tendency for homogeneity in countries, and most places harbor terrible racism toward foreigners.
Magic cradles the world, rare to be seen in nature but somewhat controllable in the hands of trained humans. Mages study the world for years and soul-search deeply in order to understand themselves and Dalia enough to control magic; however, these mages pay the price for such power, as magic sorely drains their energy. The many years of study and training render the ability to use magic practically impossible for anyone under the age of twenty-three.
The inhabitants of Dalia worship the five great Stars, and credit the Stars with the beginning of the planet. Although four of the Stars - Staliktis, Folltaer, Halitan, and Sordin - orbit around Dalia, the other Great Star does not: this fixed Star, brightest of all, is named Cerkin. Cerkin is considered the greatest of the Great Stars, and the only one able to destroy the other four.
Another unique feature of Dalia is its assignment of spiritual creatures to gender. Similar to the guardian angel concept, undetectable magical creatures - fairies for males and dragons for females - are believed to watch over humans and lead them through puberty. This equates to many practices common in Dalia, such as using fairies and dragons to symbolize males and females, respectively (an all-female dormitory would be marked with the image of a dragon, for example), and referring to sexual maturity as "having been led by the fairies (or dragons) into adulthood." This idea is explained and referred to in Children of the Sky, but is more common in other works of mine that take place on Dalia.
On that note, Children of the Sky is the first rather than the only novel of mine to use Dalia as setting. Many of my other works-in-progress take place on Dalia as well.
A small map of Dalia drawn by Amethist (with the section of the North Children of the Sky takes place in shown in more detail) is available in the beginning of the novel, along with a very basic Star diagram.
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