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The World of Amalthea

Terryl Whitlatch | May 8, 2017

The World of Amalthea Map

What is Amalthea?

Amalthea is the planet. It was formed in the same way that Geo-Astrophysicists theorize that Earth was formed by gravitational condensation of matter/primary elements and cooling resulting in an orbit around a sun. There are three sun stars in Amalthea’s trinary solar system, but only one is the life-sustaining one around which Amalthea orbits, and which has the major effects on its weather, climates, and tidal surges. The name of the star is Vie (‘Vee’). The other two stars are much farther away and appear like bright pin picks in the night sky. They are a large blue star (Cerulia) and a dying red giant (Carmina), and there are planets (worlds) that orbit around them as well.

Amalthea has two moons which also affect tidal surges. These moons are positioned on opposite sides of the planet relative to one another, of the planet, so that one is the ‘Day’ moon (Joura) and the other the ‘Night’ moon (Gloama). They go through the same phases (New Moon/Waxing Crescent/First Quarter/Waxing Gibbous/Full Moon/Waning Gibbous/Last Quarter/Waning Crescent/to New Moon again.

Amalthea has three major continents (Ungallah, Kaidab, and Hokazu) and a major tropical island archipelago (Za’la Toa), and there are also isolated islands scattered across the oceans. There are two hemispheres: the Southern, where Ungallah is located, the Northern, where Kaidab is located, and the long narrow continent of Hokazu straddles both hemispheres. The Za’la Toa Archipelago is on the direct opposite side of the planet from Hokazu, just above the equator. There are five major oceans: The Maladah, the Paisix, the Azzhurah, and the Northern polar, Borealis, and the Southern Polar, Oostrealis.

What is the climate like?

The climate zones are similar to those of Earth—there are cold, icy polar regions, tundra/taiga temperate regions, semi-tropical regions, and warm equatorial regions.

What is the weather like?

The weather is also similar to that of Earth and is driven by both Amalthea’s orbit around Vie and the pulls of the ocean tides due to the orbits of Joura and Gloama around Amalthea. So, there are sunny skies, winds, and breezes, storms (tornadoes, hurricanes, gentle rain storms, snow storms/blizzards, sand storms), cloudy/overcast days, etc. depending on the season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and the summer and winter equinoxes). All this is further affected by the climatic zone and geological elevation (i.e. feet above sea level, desert basins vs. high mountains).

Topics: Illustration

Terryl Whitlatch
Terryl Whitlatch on May 8, 2017

Terryl Whitlatch is a scientific and academically trained creature designer and concept artist. Combining in-depth knowledge of zoology and animal anatomy with incredible illustration skills, Terryl is celebrated as one of the top creature designers in the world. Terryl has worked with many studios, including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, on such films as Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Brother Bear, Jumanji 1 & 2, Men in Black and The Polar Express.