Now that I have a copy of the book itself I'm starting all over again. Being one of those who prefers to do it from the top down we're starting with cosmology. Or, to be more precise, the metaphysics
In this case we're taking metaphysics as referring to the basic nature of reality; the basics of how things work. For The Ki Project we decide to make reality realistic. Real Physics is the term used, so that's what we have.
Now we are dealing with a world where magic works; doesn't that make it a magical world? No. For the difference between a magical reality and a scientific reality is, in a scientific world not only is the world understandable, that understanding can be taught. It is also imperfect and while it can be improved it can't be perfected. In a magical world understanding comes through revelation at it is, for all intents and purposes, a perfect understanding.
So what's with the magic?
On Ki reality allows for magic. The reality Ki exists in has a 5th force, for the sake of convenience we'll call this force heka (pronounced "hay-Kah); from the ancient Egpytian hekau ("hay-kow") or "words of power". Heka is the force behind the phenomenon we call magic. "Magic" itself is the word for the science of heka; the study of the phenomenon. Dweomer refers to the art, the application of the study. Dweomercrafting refers to the actual manipulation of heka, the working of magic. What on other worlds they call spell casting or magic use is known on Ki as dweomercrafting, and those who practice it as dweomercrafters.
And that is the metaphysics of Ki.
Here I made a few changes. For convenience sake we'll be dealing with one star, Ki's Sun. This star being a yellow dwarf much like our own sun. Ki's Sun has 8 worlds. The first four are considered close to the sun, the last four far from. This affects size and composition. We start first with size
1. (9) Terrestrial
2. (18): Huge
3. (13) Terrestrial (this is Ki)
3. (4) Tiny
5. (14) Huge
5. (6) Terrestrial
6. (17) Huge
7. (1) Tiny
8. (20) Enormous
So technically speaking Ki's system has only 6 worlds, the two at orbits 3 and 7 are more properly speaking dwarf planets, accompanied by a swarm of other dwarf planets and sundry asteroids and chunks of stuff. We go on now to what each world is made of, it's composition, starting with #1:
1. (16) Earth (this would be a water world were it further from the sun).
2. (4) Air.
3. (12) Earth
4. (9) Earth
5. (14) Air
6. (17) Air
7. (2) Earth
8. (18) Fire
Finally we come to each world's moons and their compositions. But that will wait for our next installment