Sunday, January 8, 2012

Time, Seasons & Calendar in My Campaign

Month of Newyear, 10000 SRE
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The calendar generally used in the Aeternal Realm of Sylvaeon by the humanoid species marks the ending of a Great Cycle of Aeons this year. The year 10,000 is according to Elven reckoning and this time period covers most of the remembered history of the Realm.

The year of Sylvaeon is 360 days long, consisting of twelve months of 30 days each.

The Silver Moon, which is associated with the White Lady, has a phase cycle of 30 days. It reaches fullness on the 15th of each month. The Blue Moon, which is closer to Sylvaeon and smaller than the Silver Moon, has a cycle of 20 days.


The Months are named:
  • Newyear
  • Moons
  • Wind
  • Rain
  • Bloom
  • Sun
  • Growth
  • Blessing
  • Toiling
  • Harvest
  • Frost
  • Endings
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The days of the week are:
  1. Lordsday
  2. Ladysday
  3. Airday
  4. Waterday
  5. Earthday
  6. Fireday
  7. Starday
Lordsday is the sabbath of the Templars and no work or commerce is allowed within the city state of St. Valens on that day. People are expected to attend religious services on Lordsday.

Ladysday is the day of choice for most of the special events held by the White Lady of Sylvaeon. The Elves and Fey beings hold this day as their day of rest and socializing.

The days with the 4 basic element names have significance to alchemists, druids and other types.

Starday is a favorite day of watchers of the heavens... if a falling star is seen on a Starday night, it is considered a good omen by the Folk.

A day in Sylvaeon is 25 hours in length.

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The four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter are approximately the same as Northern Europe in climate and span.

Rumor:
The ending of a Great Cycle brings both woe and weal to the Realm.

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I am trying to get together the group to play this and the campaign should be starting this week or next, depending on how well scheduling goes :)  Wish me luck!

3 comments:

  1. Well detailed! Is anything measured by the cycle of the blue moon?

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  2. It has a typically "lesser" place in the scheme of things, but yes, there is a significance to it - I may blog about it later, but not wanting to give it all away as of yet ;)

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  3. I took some ideas from the Arduin and Ptolus calendars, altered them a bit or added my own names, etc. I like aspects of both of those, but was not satisfied with the obscure Arduin month names, nor some of the things I've seen in various gaming calendars, so I reinterpreted them for myself. I found out later that my "saturday" of Starday is also something used in a Greyhawk calendar elsewhere, though I did not take it form that. It seems that human beings think alike.

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