Timekeeping

Edelrend’s calendar is fairly simple and straightforward. It consists of 12 months, each with 30 days divided into five different six day weeks. The typical (and most ancient way to refer to the date was to call the number of the day, month and season, then the year; for instance, “The 12th day of the fourth month, in the Season of Warming, in the year 632.”

As recently as the last 400 or so years humans have fallen into the habit of using a translation of the Elven calendar which has a name for each month in the year and they use an elder system of day naming, dating back to the first Court of Glimring.

Calendar months (beginning with what we would know as March) were previously referred to by the translation of their Elven name:

Newchant, Dewfall, Newgraze, Lightsong, Longsun, Windgasp, Fieldturn, Lastreap, Longwind, Darkeves, Icegale and Breakthaw.

However, currently among men, the months would be called by a shortened version:

Chant, Dew, Graze, Song, Sun, Breath, Work, Reap, Wind, Eves, Ice and Thaw.

The seasons are called Waking, Warming, Slowing, Freezing corresponding to Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

And so too the six days are referred to as MansDay, ToolsDay, WhimsDay, ChoresDay, FieldsDay & SettlesDay. It is traditional for any feast or holy day NOT fall on WhimsDay, which is the day for one to follow one’s own pursuits.

The days refer to the cycle of man’s conquering the dragons: Mans is to commemorate the triumph of humanity over the dragons, Tools to honor the swords they used, Whims to commemorate Herras and the time he rested when the deed was done, Chores for the days of rebuilding, Fields for those that fed the masses and Settles to commemorate the cities and the calm they hold against the wild.

Those born at certain times of the year are supposedly prone to specific traits, but most think of this as pure superstition. But it serves a purpose much like astrologic symbols do in our world.

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