Calendar of Oryth

Meaning and Significance

The Calendar of Oryth is designed to pay respect to the godly entities of this multiverse as well as the elements of magic itself.

Eras

The beginning of an era marks a world-changing event in history. For example, the Era of Ascension signifies a the in history that The Ascended slew the mighty terrasque and ascended to divinity. At the beginning of every era, the year is marked as Year 1, starting the calendar over rather than continuing the number from the previous Era.
Example: "The 541st Year of Rebirth" is actually the 6,373rd year of recorded history.

Years

Each year of Oryth is comprised of exactly 315 days or 15 months. A year is measured by the time it takes for Oryth to make a complete revolution around Peloris, the celestial body at the center of the system.

Seasons

The seasons of Oryth are divided into 5 seasons. They are the Seasons of Sowing, Growth, Tending, Harvest, and Rest respectively. Each gets its name from the phase of agriculture the farmers of the lands work their crops.

Season of Sowing

Beginning on the 13th Day of Fharbis, the Season of Sowing is when the ground is best suited for the sowing of seeds and planting of crops. This is when the people of Oryth work tirelessly to make sure that every inch of farmland is organized and accounted for. Aside from agriculture, however, this is alternatively seen as the Season of Love and is when the most romantic gestures are seen including the presenting of flowers, picnics, and gift-giving.

Season of Growth

Beginning on the 13th Day of Istbis, the Season of Growth is when the labors from the previous season begin to show. The first sproutlings begin the break the surface and the last of the crop rotating finishes. The season is said to be the best time for self-reflection and metaphysical growth according to the sages and oracles of the land. Many seek recognition from their various deities and hope to build onto their futures by worshipping in an attempt to gain favor from higher beings.

Season of Tending

Beginning on the 13th Day of Celebis, the Season of Tending marks the time of the year where laborers fortify their crops to survive until the Season of Harvest. This is the season that many pests try to claim the crops for themselves and must be dealt with pesticides for insects or brute force for burrowing critters. This is also the hottest time of the year where many tourists will flock to areas with large bodies of water for refuge from the blistering heat of Peloris.

Season of Harvest

Beginning on the 13th Day of Boccbis, the Season of Harvest is the final process of the agriculture cycle. Crops are harvested and stored. Animals are slaughtered and salted. People prepare for the following season of unforgiving cold.

Season of Rest

Beginning on the 13th Day of Olibis, the Season of Rest is the season where the people of Oryth simply try to survive the harsh months of cold. Most towns have little-to-no tourism, merchant profits go down, and adventures tucker themselves in whatever town they happen to come across. There are those, however, that test their metal during this brutal season and the rewards can be worth the risk since people are more inclined to pay higher due to the scarcity of those looking for jobs. As grim as this season can be, however, it also marks the coming together of the community during the most widely celebrated holiday, the Day of Curiosities.

Months

Each month of Oryth is comprised of exactly 21 days or 3 weeks. A month is measured by the time it takes for Obis to make a complete revolution around Oryth.
Each month of the year is named after a deity in order to pay them reverence:
Cuthbis - The Month of Saint Cuthbert
Fharbis - The Month of Fharlanghn
Erybis - The Month of Erythnul
Ehlobis - The Month of Ehlonna
Istbis - The Month of Istus
Hexbis - The Month of Hextor
Heirobis - The Month of Heironeous
Celebis - The Month of Celestian
Nerubis - The Month of Nerull
Pholbis - The Month of Pholtus
Boccbis - The Month of Boccob
Ralibis - The Month of Ralishaz
Zagbis - The Month of Zagyg
Olibis - The Month of Olidammara
Trithbis - The Month of Trithereon

Days

The days of Oryth are 26 hours longs and are typically separated into 13 hour "night and day" cycles. 13 is considered a lucky number in many societies as the five seasons all begin on the 13th of their respective months. It is said the 13th hour of day and night are the best time for magical rituals and ceremonies to take place and often behoof magical boons for those casting during them.
Each day of the week is named after the mystical energies of creation:
The Day of Sound - Sondis
The Day of Entropy - Mordis
The Day of Heat (or lack thereof) - Colsdis
The Day of the Mind - Psydis
The Day of Radiance - Raddis
The Day of Force - Fosdis
The Day of Lightning - Shosdis

Brevis Solstice

The Brevis Solstice, also known as the Day of Tricks, is marked by the 1st of Cuthbis and is the shortest day of the year. It received its nickname the day that the gnomish god, Garl Glittergold, collapsed a cavern on the kobold god, Kurtulmak. Though this holiday is hated universally by kobolds, it is loved by children and humorous folk throughout the lands. It is traditional to play harmless pranks on loved ones and yell out "Finc!", the gnomish word for "trick", when someone falls for a joke.

Day of Breadgiving

Marked by the 20th Day of Cuthbis, this event was originally a charitable event for Tok refugees. Subsequently, it has become a day dedicated to feeding the hungry in general. Followers of Saint Cuthbert take the opportunity to preach and gain converts and provide security for the event. The faiths of Pelor and Rao also participate.

Day of Affection

The Day of Affection is marked by the 2nd of Ehlobis and has its roots from when a secret admirer would profess their feelings to the object of their affection. Traditionally, this is done with a seed of the persons' favorite flower or plant. If the seed should bloom during the following Season of Growth, it was considered good luck and a favorable relationship to come. Annually, lovers will often plant a tree to represent their relationship together. The largest and most beautiful forests representing everlasting love.

The Blooding

Starting on the 8th day of Hexbis and ending on the 14th, the Hextorians of Tok exhibit their strength, fitness, and martial prowess, sacrificing the lives of war prisoners to feed their god. Others cut themselves, offering their own blood to Hextor. The week of The Blooding was deliberately placed before the Day of Attonement so that war prisoners would never be absolved of their sins from what the Hextorians believe are heretical gods.

Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement is marked by the 15th of Hexbis with the sole purpose of confessing the worshippers' sins in accordance to their given gods' decree. This is different for everyone depending on which god they hold closest to their heart. It is said that no matter the god, the disciples' sins will be forgiven.

Longus Solstice

The Longus Solstice is marked by the 10th of Heirobis and is the longest day of the year. It a day of welcoming and even the secluded and slightly xenophobic dwarven people of Bhar Thadrim open their gates to celebrate Tsharithius' largest festival of the year, the aptly named Longus Solstice Festival where people of all walks of life and sentient beings are welcomed with open arms (especially those willing to spend the coin). This celebratory attitude is not exclusive to just the dwarves of this great city, but all throughout the lands. Large and small cities alike hold festivals and events, drinking and being merry, celebrating the day that Peloris shines brightest.

Night of Hopeful Dawn

Marked by the 1st of Celebis, the Night of Hopeful Dawn is a holy night for the church of Celestian due to the stars being so easy to observe without the light of Obis and the rotation of the Oryth aligning just right. Many flock to high points all throughout the lands in order to see the galaxy in its full glory.

Day of the Departed

The Day of the Departed is marked by the 21st of Nerubis and is a day to honor those no longer of the Material Plane. Many make shrines to their ancestors and tell stories of their lives in remembrance. It is often said that the soul of an individual will fade away even in the afterlife when the last person forgets of their memory. It is believed widely that being forgotten is worse than death itself. Large ceremonies and parades will be held for those of great import.

Discovery

Marked by the 12th of Boccbis and the day before the beginning of the Season of Harvest, Discovery honors the magical discoveries made in the previous year. Every five years, the holiday is expanded to include testing for magical talent and expeditions to rediscover lost lore. This is the one day of the year that magic prowess is allowed in the realm of Tok and the day the recruitment for promising Spellbreakers. Should the magic adept fail the Spellbreaker Trials, however, they are sentenced to death to be carried out at midnight with the turning of the Season of Harvest to symbolize the harvesting of their magic.

Day of Feasts

The Day of Feasts is marked by the 10th of Zagbis and is traditionally timed with the first appearance of daylight's first sighting of the moon. It is said that no one is a stranger on the Day of Feasts and people from all walks of life gather to feast before the coming of the cold season. People sing songs, tell tales, and cook their finest dishes to celebrate the accomplishments of themselves and their peers. This holiday is a favorite among Halflings and Gnomes.

The Masquerade

Marked by the 13th of Olibis and the beginning of the Season of Rest, The Masquerade is a day everyone places masks on them and are free of all judgment. People rid their inhibitions and dance and sing, eat and steal. Come the night time, they revel in faceless, but harmless debauchery.

Day of Curiosities

The Day of Curiosities is marked by the 7th of Trithbis and is the most widely celebrated holiday in all of Oryth. It is the one day of the year that in accordance with the Laws of War that no blood shall be shed between the nations of Hroff and Tok. It is customary on this day to give three gifts. The first gift is a handmade gift presented to one's parents, the second, a bought gift for one's closest friend or friends, and the third, a gesture of kindness of no material solidarity to a complete stranger.


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Estimated History

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Before the Era of Ascension there was no official record of history. Events were instead passed down by stories, artistic renditions, and the musings of calligraphers. The Scholars have done their best to chronicle these events based on the research they could gather, but all events are subject to discrepency, illegitimacy, and bias. Therefore, they should be looked upon as myths and legends rather than written truth.

  • -7 EH


    An Unlikely Union
    Expedition

    Roland, Alexander, Pippin, and Rubin meet for the first time in what they didn't realize would lead to the changing of the realm and eventually lead to their divine ascension.

  • -4 EH


    Roland's Magical Goods
    Founding

    Roland opens up an inter-dimensional magical store selling created weapons and wonders.

  • -2 EH


    Chaos Organized
    Diplomatic action

    Roland, Alexander, Pippin and Rubin treat with the barbarian tribes of Kurok in the nation of N'all, the Elven people of Alandis in the nation of Hroff, and the Human Phalanx in the nation of Tok, uniting them under one banner to rise and fight against the mighty Terrasque.

  • -1 EH


    Fall of the God Eater
    Era beginning/end

    Roland, Alexander, Pippin, and Rubin rise up to slay the Terrasque and are awarded with divinity becoming known as The Ascended.

Era of Ascension

1 2000

The legendary heroes of Roland, Alexander, Pippin, and Rubin rise up and defeat the mighty Terrasque. earning them a place among the gods.

  • The Year of the Scholars
    The Scholars of Oryth
    Era beginning/end

    The Scholars of Oryth, or simply "The Scholars" as they are known today, formed a world-wide organization with the sole purpose to chronicle the events of The Ascended and their rise to godhood. After the chronicling was completed, they continued chronicling all significant events that happened in Oryth. One member from each nation is selected to become one of The Scholars in order to create as unbias of a chronicling of history as possible. To be selected for such a prestigious role is one of the top and most recognized honors throughout the lands. They decide when a new era starts or begins and whether someone's name is significant enough to go down in history.

  • 333 EoA

    8 Heirobis 13:00

    Founding of the Nation of Tok
    Founding

    The Nation of Tok was formed under the banner of Heironeous, as The Ascended defeated tyrannical Hextor once and for all.

Era of the Godless

2001 3419

The Four unite with their lust for power and systematically kill and insight the War of the Gods until they are the only divine beings in existance. They then mysterious disappear. The Scholars speculate they created an entirely new multiverse for themselves and descended to mortals for the purpose of seeing if they could do it all over again.

  • 85 EotG

    12 Ehlobis 9:00

    Discovery of Obinite
    Geological / environmental event

    Found by Gnomish Excavator, Hodin Feperlump, when mining for mithral ore. Much to his surprise, he discovered a bluish ore that seemed to react to air, lighting the vicinity. Due to the blueish aura akin to the moon, he dubbed the mineral "Obinite" which, coincidentally, was later discovered to be the origin of the material.

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  • 101 EotG

    21 Celebis 01:00

    Formation of the Children of Crimson
    Religious event

    This day marks the emergence of the Children of Crimson, a secret cult sworn to the dark goddess, Indryth. On the day her red star shown brightly in the midst of the moon Obis being in the old, they knew that their sovereign would return and that her will be done.

    Location
    Abyss
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Era of Healing

3420 5831

After the defeating of the undead risen terrasque, the Prince of Tok returned to his father's kingdom, slaying the tyrant in fair combat. The Prince became the rightful king and worked a treaty with the King of Hroff, and there was a millenia of peace. But peace only lasts so long...

  • 116 EoH

    6 Fharbis 24:00
    116 EoH

    5 Erybis 25:00

    Night of the Forestmaw Ride
    Civil action

    The Nights of the Forestmaw Ride is named after a time where the hobgoblin, Jeremiah road across the country of Ma'kylava, warning the Skjadi people of the rise of the Lyran armies who sought to take over the continent and reform, what they perceived as, barbaric tribes throughout the lands. They wished to do so by force. Jeremiah Forestmaw rode for 20 straight days with little food and water until eventually making it to the southern region, where he was stopped, and eventually killed by the Ro'am tribe of Hobgoblins who viewed the Forestmaw tribe as traitors to their goblinoid culture.

  • 1300 EoH

    12 Celebis 25:00

    Formation of the Obis Assassins
    Founding

    The founding of the Obis Assassins, a sect of deadly killers that use the light of the moon to coordinate the marked killings of political and religious figures.

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Era of Rebirth

5832 and beyond

Individuals began being born with raw divine power and groups of people would find each other, manifesting a divine being (known as an Avatar into) into existance. After the Avatar Eikon ascended to full godhood, the divine spark was sacrificed in order to bring the old gods back to life, becoming the arbitors of creation once more.

  • 161 EoR

    13 Zagbis 13:00
    162 EoR

    13 Zagbis 13:00

    Anno Legiar
    Celestial

    Also known as the Year of the Green Sun, this is the year that Peloris' light was overcast by his infernal brother, Legiar in an ancient ritual cast by the mindflayers in the underdark. By riding the world of the light of Peloris, the beings of the Underdark were able to attack the surface world at full force. Those who died under the Green Sun's light would be animated into monstrous mockeries of their former selves. The heroes known as the Mighty Rams, Kaitla the Elven Archer, Rada the Dwarven Druid, Neeq the Kobold Rogue, and their faithful Celestial Ram Aziraphale, were able to force Legiar into a mortal form and defeat him, casting him away to the realm from wince he came.

  • 541 EoR

    3 Olibis 08:00

    Emergence of the Magical Disease, The Entropic Scourge
    Disaster / Destruction

    The first sighting of the Entropic Scourge as it creeps into the southern mountains of Hroff in the Mercidos Peninsula of Tsharithius.

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