- "They came in their silvery vessels. Impossibly powerful. Mysterious. Then our world was frozen, huge and empty. Life was simple, barbaric, without language, knowledge or civilisation. They changed us. They changed everything. We only know them as the Old Ones.
They had the power to move worlds, to bring them closer or to move them away from the eternal heat of the sun. That's what they did, bringing our cold globe back to life. But this unbalanced the other worlds, because everything is connected. Then they moved them too, forming an impossible harmony among the spheres, a perfection that can still be seen today by observing the heavens.
See the five children of Asuryan: Charyb, the closest to the sun, only takes 80 days to go around; while Deiamol takes 133 and a third of days; Tigris, 200; our world, 400; and Verdra, 800. Compare this to the five Councilors: Lokratia takes 1,600 days, four of our years; Isharna, 10 years; Loekia, 30 years; Voelia, 150 years; and blessed by the Old Ones - is an impressive sight even after so many millennia."
- —The Book of Days, Finreir of Saphery[1a]
List of Heavenly Bodies
Comets and meteors
- Twin Tailed Comet - A portent of important/dangerous times, noted by all races but especially revered by followers of Sigmar and Sotek.
- Comet of Cassandora - Sometimes described as a "meteorite" which is called via magic.
- Great Maw - A warpstone comet which impacted the Warhammer World, becoming a god of eternal hunger and tormenting the Ogres, turning a once green area into a colossal crater.
The Star System of the World is comprised of ten worlds. The primary five "the children of Asuryan" are:
- Charyb - The closest to the sun; revolution of 80 days.
- Deiamol - "The Burning World." Described as a deep red dotted with countless interlocking circles. It is the second planet,[4a] and is slightly smaller than Charyb.[4c]
- Tigris - Revolution of 200 days. Comes before the Known World.[4a]
- The Known World - "The Fated Place", revolution of 400 days. Two moons orbit the known world - Mannslieb and Morrslieb.
- Verdra - The fifth planet, described as a green sphere, and with visible continents. Revolution of 800 days.[4a]
The last five, called "the Councillors" are:
- Lokratia - Surface covered with meteor scars. Revolution of 1600 days. Described as ash-grey, with orange lines across its surface.[4a]
- Isharna - A sixth planet described as "a mass of hot gasses" and "striped with red and orange". Revolution of 4000 days.
- Loekia - Revolution of 12,000 days.
- Voelia - Revolution of 60,000 days.
- Obscuria - Deathly pale apart from three bruised smudges, a smattering of tiny black pinpricks, and covered with ice. Its existence is disputed in the Empire and deduced from theoretical arguments (though according to Bartolomi Kereveld, only if they don't understand calculus).[4a] All said, the Celestial College has always known Obscuria was 'somewhere', thanks to what Kereveld calls a 'doppler effect' it has in the magical field. Until Kereveld's expedition to Lustria, the College had never been able to accurately calculate its ellipse.[4b]
Stars and Constellations
Many inhabitants of the Empire believe that the stars or constellations one is born under have a hand in determining one's fate.[2a]
- The Big Cross[2a]
- The Bone Saw[2a]
- The Broken Cart[2a]
- Cacklefax the Cockeral[2a]
- The Dancer[2a]
- The Drummer[2a]
- Dragomas the Drake[2a]
- The Fang of the Wolf[3a]
- The Gloaming[2a]
- The Greased Goat[2a]
- Gnuthus the Ox[2a]
- Grungi's Baldric[2a]
- The Limner's Line[2a]
- Mammit the Wise[2a]
- Mummit the Fool[2a]
- The Piper[2a]
- The Polar Star[3a]
- Rhya's Cauldron[2a]
- The Two Bullocks[2a]
- Vobist the Faint[2a]
- The Witchling Star[2a]
- Wymund the Anchorite[2a]
- In the star chamber of Ytzel Cho, it is shown that the sol system dwells within a spiral galaxy. The star chamber is also able to determine the appearance of Morrslieb down to the day.[4c]
- 1: Tome of Salvation
- 1a: Unpublished passage
- 2: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- The WFRP Companion
- 2a: pp. 46-52
- 3: Beastslayer (Novel) by William King
- 3a: Chapter 6: A Hero's Welcome
- 4: The Burning Shore (Novel) by Robert Earl