What is the Galaxy named?


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Simple question for the community: what's the name of the galaxy where all the action happens? Does it have a name?


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Before the Gap, Golarion civilisations has a number of names for their galaxy, including Desna's Path, Godsea, Moontail, Sun Road, and Valley of Heaven. Seriously though, I’d like to know the answer to this question as well.


Wait are those actually from Pathfinder or did you just come up with them now?


Xenobiologist wrote:
Wait are those actually from Pathfinder or did you just come up with them now?

Distant world mentioned a name for the milky way, but I don't know if they had a name for their own.

Personally, I like to call it Andromeda.


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Xenobiologist wrote:
Wait are those actually from Pathfinder or did you just come up with them now?

((Gasp!)) I say, how dare you to question my honor, howdareyou. The very idea that I would spread misinformation around this board, posing my own alterations as fact in hopes it catches on with a developer who fails to fact check it and is smuggled into a rulebook someday through methods most insidious! How dare you! Preposterous! Poppycock! I am sticking my tongue out at you, haha!

Ahem. It’s in People of the Stars. You can also check it out on the Pathfinder wiki. I probably should have sourced that. :p Good form checking, Xenobiologist.


Garretmander wrote:

Distant world mentioned a name for the milky way, but I don't know if they had a name for their own.

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Also in People of the Stars, reference is made to the Milk Spiral, i.e. the Milky Way, as one of the galaxies (among others named) that can be seen in Golarion's skies.

As for the name of Golarion's galaxy:
Opsylum's list is pretty comprehensive...

& That's about it.

It doesn't really help in mapping it to any RW galaxies, although the fact that our galaxy (as seen from Golarion's night sky) is clearly a spiral implies that the Milky Way is head-on to theirs, i.e. top/bottom facing rather than side-facing (or even possibly oblique, like Andromeda is to ours, although that doesn't necessarily mean that Golarion's galaxy is Andromeda - angles & such).


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With the Drift, galaxies kind of lose a bit of emphasis -- all distances are relative to Absalom Station thus far.


Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
With the Drift, galaxies kind of lose a bit of emphasis -- all distances are relative to Absalom Station thus far.

Its relative to the number of drift beacons you have, the physical distance is almost irrelevant.


I personally think that Golarion is in one of the Magellenic Clouds.


EltonJ wrote:

I personally think that Golarion is in one of the Magellanic Clouds.

Well, based on some of the names given for Golarion's galaxy (Desna's Path & Moontail in particular), there is the implication that you can see a band of more densely-packed stars arcing across the night sky (much like our own), which would mean that Golarion is located within some sort of spiral-type galaxy...

But, as nothing has been confirmed about it in canon, we're free to decide for ourselves what works best for our games, so...

Carry on!

--C.


Thanks for the names!

On another thread I saw a quote that the Galaxy has at least 100 billion stars. That's how many the Milky Way has, but higher than estimates for the Magellanic Clouds and lower than estimates for Andromeda.

I wasn't aware, though, that it's supposed to exist in our real-world universe. It surprises me since Golarion seems to be the fantasy version of Earth, Akiton is the fantasy Mars, Castrovel is the fantasy Venus... in general each intelligent species has a single home planet in Starfinder, so it would be weird for humans to be native to Earth (where we obviously evolved) but also Golarion. (Then again, the Damai are also humans except for the skin color...)

Seventh Seal wrote:
Also in People of the Stars, reference is made to the Milk Spiral, i.e. the Milky Way, as one of the galaxies (among others named) that can be seen in Golarion's skies.

Now I'm curious what other galaxies in the universe are named? Please share? :)


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Sure!

Other galaxies name-dropped in People of the Stars (p.21) are:
the ruby-tinged Dragon Galaxy, the pincered Crab, & the two-armed Swirling Eye (as well as the aforementioned Milk Spiral).

Also, the same book confirms that "Golarion's own galaxy is observable with the naked eye as a dense band of bright stars slightly offset from the plane of the ecliptic" (p.21).
So, it's very unlikely that Golarion's galaxy is anything but a spiral galaxy (although, there are a number of varieties of such!), which the Magellanic Clouds are not...

That's about it regarding Golarion & galaxies.
(Opsylum has already listed the various names by which different cultures - not identified - refer to Golarion's galaxy.)

So, yeah.


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
With the Drift, galaxies kind of lose a bit of emphasis -- all distances are relative to Absalom Station thus far.
Its relative to the number of drift beacons you have, the physical distance is almost irrelevant.

Isn't it specified that, even with Drift travel, intergalactic distances are insurmountable?


FormerFiend wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
With the Drift, galaxies kind of lose a bit of emphasis -- all distances are relative to Absalom Station thus far.
Its relative to the number of drift beacons you have, the physical distance is almost irrelevant.
Isn't it specified that, even with Drift travel, intergalactic distances are insurmountable?

No, just that anyone trying to go too far past the galactic edge never comes back.

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