I’m sitting at a well worn desk. Hovering above me, just out of reach, is a softball-sized orb. This orb is a clock of sorts. The Travelers use such devices to keep the Realms where they live in sync with Earth’s ancient calendar.
Currently, the usually lit orb is dimmed—at least the side facing me is. This is normal, at least for today. You see, this orb is a replica of Earth’s own satellite, whose waning and waxing has been used to determine the timing of festivals throughout history.
Today, the orb is dark. This phase is known as a new moon. It is the second new moon for the month—at least for the western hemisphere to which my little moonlet is synced—which makes this particular new moon a black moon.
Of course, the moon can also be considered black for other reasons:
It might be the third new moon in a season of four new moons.
It might be the missing new moon of a calendar month.
It might be the missing full moon of a calendar month.
Or, it just might be that one of my little creatures decided to paint the whole moon black and be done with it.
That last one would totally screw up all lunar-based festivals, but that hasn’t stopped them in the past.
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures