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Calendar

The reckoning of days on Aeldos varies from region to region, but most areas recognize the Urul Calendar, the calendar of the first empire.

10 Months: One for each Ayr, and a 3 day dark period of the one. The calendar is typically depicted as a wheel with spokes representing the months and days marked along the spokes. The wheel is turned from month to month and a marker moved along the spokes to represent the day, with the exception of the 3 days between each year which are considered ’empty days’. These are special days handled in different ways by each culture.

For those cultures that follow the Urul/Selenian calendar most Aeldan months consist of 5 weeks of 7 days plus a 2 day liminal period at the end of the month. How that 2 day period is treated depends on culture; some use it as a rest period, some for religious worship, etc. in Allfrerhem it varies depending on month.

Seasonal periods vary significantly across the continent according to regional conditions, with extended winters in the Svertheim and Vandar regions and minimal seasonal variation in Nehep and the Badlands but the there are, generally speaking 5 Months of Growth (roughly analogous to Spring and Summer) and 5 Months of Decline (roughly analogous to Fall and Winter).

Month Name Ayr Month # Days Season Role Telling
Voca Voice 1 37 Spring Growth And the Voice revives the world
Omoth Artisan 2 37 Spring Growth The Artisan crafts the plants anew
Oxoth Empath 4 37 Spring Growth And the Empath brings verdancy
Aiath Deviant 5 37 Summer Growth The Libertine revels in the growth
Iwith Exile 3 37 Summer Growth And the Judge sees that balance must be restored
Ototh Warrior 6 37 Fall Decline The Warrior struggles against the fall, the coming of death
Amath Tyrant 7 37 Fall Decline And the Tyrant rises bringing decline
Ixith Scholar 8 37 Fall Decline The Scholar watches and writes the record of the cycle
Axath Scourge 9 37 Winter Decline And the Scourge brings ruin to the world
Tenebras Death 10 37 Winter Decline All is quiet and still
Ahmth The One ‘0 3 Winter Decline  

Alternate Tellings:

  • 12 lines. 9 ayr, wrapped around a 10th, joined by death itself, and the one, the originator, beginning it all again when life is at its hardest

The treatment of weeks vary by region. In Allfrerhem and Selene for example they have 7 day weeks and the leaders allot 5 days work and 2 days rest. In Victra there is only 1 rest day per week.

The Calendar measures years or Annum in the old tongue starting from the Stellar Conjunction, an event which occurred early in the first empire. This conjunction saw the alignment of Aeldos’s two moons and the sun and has not been recorded since. The current year for the Encircled Path 8360.

Aeldos has two moons, but only one is typically visible. The second moons orbit only brings it into visual range once a century.