The only thing I can think of that would cause longer nights (that is, nights that are longer in proportion) would be some orbiting object that blocks out the sun. (This comes to mind because I recently read The Ringworld Throne, and Niven's Ringworld has "nights" because of "shadow squares" despite its entire habitable surface facing the star.) Or, as one planet in one Star Wars novel I read many years ago was described, have the only habitable areas of the planet be in deep valleys or ravines, so that the valley walls obscure the sun when it's not sufficiently overhead.
To make nights darker, I can think of two ideas: a thicker atmosphere (which probably rules out the second idea above for longer nights), and simply fewer light sources in the sky (fewer other planets, no moon, fewer nearby-in-astronomical-terms stars, etc.).
Originally inspired to write by reading C.S. Lewis, but can be as perfectionist as Tolkien or as obscure as Charles Williams.
Author of A Year in Verse
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includes the following "departments":
- Background on the Shine Cycle, my planned fantasy series, spanning over two centuries of an imagined world's history, several universes (including various alternate histories and our own future), and the stories of dozens of characters (many from our world).
- Strategic Primer, a strategy game I'm developing, played by email, assisted by programs I'm developing. The current campaign (moving slowly, less than one turn a month) always needs more players.
- My poetry.
- Miscellaneous essays.