The Common Calendar

An inclusive calendar used as a tool to spread propaganda through education.

Overview

The brightest scholars of Kweil have recently refined the ancient calendar that has been used across the Melopian Commonwealth for thousands of years.   In an effort to increase literacy and productivity levels across the Commonwealth, they also want to provide better standards of education on a globally reaching scale as part of their new efforts to win the trust of foreign allies from beyond the new rifts that the Rupture opened just fifty years ago.  

Education & Inclusivity

Two Sides

The calendar is a circular design and is double sided. One side of it is transcribed locally in the prominent language of the country it's used in, and the other is written in Rréraliázi (the common language growing in increasing popularity throughout Commonwealth territories and beyond). This allows for the users to easily compare the translations and learn the common language much easier.

Two Shapes

The inner pentagon reflects the calendar terms used by folks of The Jolundrian Empire, which are intentionally depicted in slightly smaller writing as they are meant to serve as a reference to the months of the commonwealth.   Painted calendars are more expensive but use beautiful gradients to depict the changing of temperatures across the seasons, marking the difference between the two shields of Melior.
 

Moon Cycles

The unique design of the calendar depicts the cycles of the moon around the outer rim - the four enclosed moons mark the events of the two equinoxes and solstices of the year. The addition of this aids seafaring folk alongside their tidal charts, and is inclusive of folks who practise faiths relating to nature or lunar cycles (as many of their ancient traditions are celebrated on significant lunar events).  


 
The Common Calendar by TJ Trewin
 


Propaganda Souvenirs

The common calendar acts as a means of both education and propaganda for spreading popular opinion of the Melopian Commonwealth. In their efforts to gain new allies, guides and translators camp near the safest of the open rifts and greet foreign folk from other realms - they teach them the common language, Rréraliázi, and give them a shiny brass calendar coin.   The hole that marks the beginning of the new year can be used to fasten a cord or chain through it to wear it on one's belt or necklace, or this hole can be used to nail the calendar to a wall for easy reference and decoration.

Days of the Week

  1. Talkaz
  2. Dalkaz
  3. Jolkaz
  4. Kolkaz
  5. Gulkaz
  6. Rulkaz
  7. Lilkaz

Important Dates

New Year - 1st Talagar
Primal Equinox - 14th Jokagar
Primal Solstice - 1st Kolagar
Second Equinox - 14th Holagar
Second Solstice - 1st Liligar
Related Species
Durations
There are 7 days in a week, 4 weeks in a moonth. (or 28 days in a moonth), and 10 moonths in a year (with a total of 280 days in a year).   The year is divided into 5 distinct seasons, each lasting 2 moonths (two lunar cycles).

Moon Phases

The phases of the moon are named after aspects of heraldry, which refer to specific locations on a coat of arms. Dexter the left from that of the viewer and Sinister the right for the viewer.  
Moon Phase Name
Dark
Sinister Stroke
Sinister Crescent
Sinister Quarter
Sinister Full
Bright
Dexter Full
Dexter Quarter
Dexter Crescent
Dexter Stroke
 
The Imperial Calendar
Whilst the numbers of the imperial calendar used by The Jolundrian Empire are the same, they present theirs in a grid of ten squares and focus heavily on their superstitious numbers, so much so that they mark all of the unlucky dates in a darker colour so that it's easier to avoid gatherings and celebrations on these days.  
The Jolundrian Calendar
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The Jolundrian calendar is an orderly system of equal weeks and balanced months.



Cover image: The Common Calendar header by TJ Trewin

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Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
16 Dec, 2021 03:33

Really beautiful work, a bit of a complicated calendar but if it works with the physics of the world "thumbs up".   Regarding the gorgeous graphic, it might worth making it spin like the Ethnis Logo just so we can read it. <3

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16 Dec, 2021 11:34

Excellent suggestion, thanks so much! I've added it in :D I may need to adjust the speed a bit


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Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
16 Dec, 2021 12:55

It looks amazing

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16 Dec, 2021 07:43

That calender centerpiece is amazing looking :O


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16 Dec, 2021 11:34

Thank you so much! <3


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16 Dec, 2021 13:16

Wow, another beautiful article with a really interesting design. Top-notch!

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18 Dec, 2021 19:36

Thank you!


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18 Dec, 2021 11:56

So beautiful and cool! Love the spinning calendar obviously but also the moon phase names. A different type of peek into the world but a fun one!

18 Dec, 2021 19:36

Thanks so much! :D


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Janet Forbes
19 Dec, 2021 09:09

Wow, what a striking article! You've got a wee typo in the second paragraph:   "to win the trust of foreign allies from beyond the new rifts that the Rupture that opened just fifty years ago." (you can remove the second "that")! <3

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    20 Dec, 2021 12:26

    Ooo good catch, fixed! Thanks so much :D


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    19 Dec, 2021 13:25

    Ooooo spinny! <3 Beautiful work, TJ. I love that you've managed to make a calendar that encompasses different cultures.   I also love the word 'moonth'. XD

    20 Dec, 2021 12:26

    Thank youuu!


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    6 Jan, 2022 03:01

    I really, really, really like this. Like, a lot. So much that my mind's still running circles a little with glee at the fact that something so thoughtful and pretty actually exists. I love the details and I love all of the little notes that you've included to make this facet of the world "real". I'm especially impressed with the referenced Jolundrian calendar, because it just adds more and shows that there's been a lot of thought placed not only in this calendar which is commonly used but there's also another calendar which serves another purpose. Amazing! Great job. :)

    17 Jan, 2022 11:07

    aaa thank you so much!! :D


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    9 Jan, 2022 00:00

    You have already heard all I have to say about this amazing, mesmerizing calendar (and saw me staring at it with a stupid face for minutes) but here is a little more :) <3  

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    17 Jan, 2022 11:08

    Thank youuuuuuu <3 <3


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    Aster Blackwell
    16 Jan, 2022 02:24

    I'm mesmerized. Beautiful work!

    17 Jan, 2022 11:08

    Thanks!!


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    17 Jan, 2022 09:35

    OMG. TJ, this is incredible, you can really tell how much thought and planning went into this. The calendar itself is really amazing to look at -- there's so much information and beauty mixed into it at the same time, I'm in awe. Having it spin is fantastic, and I almost wish I could grab it and spin it myself xD   Then the information throughout the article explaining each part of the calendar, and some of the history behind it, is really excellent as well! I really loved the different names for the moon phases too.   This is goin straight into my reading challenge article :D


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    17 Jan, 2022 11:08

    aaa thank you so much Stormbril!! :D


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    Grandmaster AzounIV
    Luca Poddighe
    24 Jan, 2022 23:18

    Fantastic presentation and look for this article! How did you make the image that moves around? Is it CSS magic or an animated gif? Or something else entirely...

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    25 Jan, 2022 09:14

    Thank youu! Yep, I used CSS to make it slowly spin :)


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    Grandmaster AzounIV
    Luca Poddighe
    25 Jan, 2022 10:21

    I will figure it out one day! (Closing a fist in the air!) :D

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    Starfarer Theta
    26 Jan, 2022 03:27

    Visiting this article again to say that I like how much you've manage to cover with this article. The design of the common calendar is great and having it spin is a nice touch. Well done!

    26 Jan, 2022 21:29

    thank you so much! :D


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