Calendars

Calendars

There are currently two calendar systems being used in the Known Lands at this time. They are known as the High Calendar and the Low Calendar. The only real difference in the two is nomenclature. Both conform to a 340-day year, comprised of 12 28-day months and 4 holidays, which fall outside the monthly count. A day is 24 hours long; a week, 7 days.

The High Calendar

This calendar has been in use for several millennia, though in current times it is used almost exclusively by scholars, clergy, mages, and government officials. Everyone else primarily uses the low calendar. The breakdown of common nomenclature is as follows:

An Age = an Epic
Year = Volume
Month = Book
Week = Chapter
Day = Page

Thus, an event happening on the 4th day, of the 2nd week, of the 3rd month, in the year 1452 of the Second Age, it would read as follows in the High Calendar

Epic 2, Volume 1452, Book 3, Chapter 2, Page 4

In rare instances, documents using the High Calendar have been known to further break time down using the following nomenclature:

An Hour = a Paragraph
Minute = Sentence
Second = Word

So, if the example above needed more detailed documentation, it would continue the breakdown:

Paragraph 8, Sentence 32, Word 12 (the 12th second, of the 32nd minute, of the 8th hour)

The Low Calendar

The Low Calendar is the one used most widely throughout the Known Lands. Even the scholars and courtiers use the Low in their speech, saving the High for purposes of detailed documentation. The following will list the nomenclature of the Low Calendar next to its appropriate correlation:

January = Krystalmont
February = Winterhart
March = Snowmelt
April = Springdawn
May = Faedance
June = Midyar
July = Fosterrage
August = Bloodstain
September = Mourning
October = Twilight
November = Harvestin
December = Darkness

Sunday = Overture
Monday = Foundation
Tuesday = Expansion
Wednesday = Intermission
Thursday = Divergence
Friday = Culmination
Saturday = Conclusion

The terminology for the weekdays, and for the entirety of the High Calendar, is a holdover from the days of the Dragon Empires of the First Age. At that time, and arguably ever since then, stories were the highest form of currency. In homage to this, the days of the week were named using the terminology of story elements. All other terms (years, hours, etc.) use their real-life equivalent. Although in the past years were counted using an abbreviation of the current age (i.e. 2470 T.A. for year 2470 of the Third Age), this is rarely the case any longer. Most people count the passage of years After the Fall as opposed to Fourth Age. Thus, the current year would be counted as 25 A.F.

Holidays

There are four holidays that are part of neither the High or Low calendars. Falling at quarterly intervals throughout the year, they are roughly equivalent to the solstices and equinoxes, dividing the year into four seasons. The holidays are:

Resurgence: Falling between the months of Snowmelt and Springdawn, Resurgence is a day of renewal and celebration. Representing the beginning of spring, the day is marked with feasts, tournaments, carnivals, weddings, and any number of other celebrations. The only constant in any celebration held on this day is the Bard’s Tourney. Any bard can enter these contests, and the winners are awards prizes dependant on the celebration they are performing at. All performances held during the tourney are dedicated to The Storyteller, father of the gods and the patron deity to bards throughout the world.

Liberation: Also called the Day of the Dragon, this holiday falls between the months of Midyar and Fosterrage, and heralds the beginning of the summer season. Celebrated as a day of rest, all work stops for a full day. For many, the holiday gives rise to celebrations akin to those on Resurgence. For others, it is simply a day of relaxation before the heat of summer truly sets in. Many of the parties and other celebrations on the day are dragon themed, some even including wondrous shows of magical fireworks.

Reminiscence: Falling between the months of Mourning and Twilight, this day marks the coming of autumn. Unlike the previous two holidays, this day is one of quiet reflection and remembrance of the dead, specifically those who have fallen in battle. As the weather turns colder, military campaigns wind down to begin preparation for the winter snows, and planning for the next years battles. This day serves as a reminder of the cost in lives of those campaigns. Memorial services are held throughout this day. Many people also take the day to clean up and decorate cemeteries, monuments, and other places dedicated to the dead.

Hoarfrost: This is the last day of the year, falling after Darkness ends, and marking the beginning of winter. This holiday is spent in preparation for the winter storms, and in contemplation of the year just past. Most churches, especially those sects devoted to the cause of good, hold quiet candlelit services, asking their gods to forgive past trespasses and to protect them through the coming year. No secular events of any note are held on this holiday.

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