Seasons Calendar

Calendar of the Northern Continent

Written by RiverFang

The races of the Northern Continent choose to mark their days by the seasons, using the cycle of growth of the flora and fauna of the land to explain the passage of time. In the decades since the Eldritch War, this has become the communal way to mark the days, no matter the race or origin of those that call the Northern Continent their home. It is a simple system, one developed as a way to bring the races together in a time of rebirth after the war, and it has stuck to the continent, much like the remains of the war itself.  

History of the Calendar

The calendar itself began as a human invention, as the farmers of the Great Plains followed a similar system already. Their system marked the days and months by the growing seasons and the changes of the days. While a system was easily utilized by much of the Human Empire, its simplicity and its fit more for the Humans often left the other great races of Vóreios with much to be desired from a system that was to be universal.   The Dwarves made their opinions known, noting that the cycles of the sun and moon meant little to them beneath their mountains. The Halflings of the Little Greenwood spoke much the same, calling that the trees of the forest often hid the sun above. With the complaints and ideals in mind, it fell to the Elves to create the system that would mark their time. With months and weeks varying not at all in length, and the naming conventions found in a middle ground, the Seasons Calendar became the measure of time in the Northern Continent.  

Months


The months of the Seasons Calendar are named for the phases of the seasons, equating each season to a single day. There are twelve months in a year. Each month contains five weeks of six days each, creating a symmetrical cycle over the course of the year.  
Months & Their Names
1: Spring's Morning
2: Spring's Noon
3: Spring's Evening
4: Summer's Morning
5: Summer's Noon
6: Summer's Evening
7: Fall's Morning
8: Fall's Noon
9: Fall's Evening
10: Winter's Morning
11: Winter's Noon
12: Winter's Evening

Days


The Seasons Calendar was designed to have six days of the week, matching the stages a flower goes through in life. This was the idea of a witch, although many do not know that fact. The six days in a week with five weeks allows for months that begin and end with the cycle of flowers. Often, the actual names of the days are ignored in favor of using phrases such as the fifth day, the second day of the third week, or on the day of the sprout.  
Days
1: Seeday
2: Saphday
3: Sproutday
4: Budday
5: Floweday
6: Riphday

Seasons


The seasons are an important part of the Seasons Calendar, although the seasons themselves do not line up perfectly with the months. The evening month of each season marks the change into the new season.  
Seasons
Spring: 21 Winter's Evening - 20 Spring's Evening
Summer: 21 Spring's Evening - 20 Summer's Evening
Autumn: 21 Summer's Evening - 20 Fall's Evening
Winter: 21 Fall's Evening - 20 Winter's Evening

Celestial Events


Some cultures of Northern Continent continue to mark the days by the phases of the moon. While these moon phases are not explicitly named or marked as part of the Seasons Calendar, many take note of the changes and use the phases of the moon to inform them of the passage of time.

Time in Isekai

Throughout the centuries, there have been numerous ways that the races have measured time. Long-lived races, such as the Elves, have often had more stringent systems, keeping time in days and hours, with names for many specific combinations of time throughout their life. Those that lived in the underground, such as the Dwarves and the Drow, tended to keep time by the moon, marking the phases between their ventures to the surface. Others still kept time by other means, through the sun, the cycles of waves on the seas, even the cycles of specific crops.   The Seasons Calendar was the first attempt to make a universal measure of time, but this measure only applies to those who make their home on the Northern Continent. The more exotic races of the Southern Continent tend not to fall in line with each other for such trivial matters. The Dragons also see this measure of time as a pointless endeavor due to their lifespans, but the system has helped better explain the histories that have since been left.  

Uses of the Calendar

Many have adopted the Seasons Calendar for a multitude of reasons, most often for the ease of tracking trade and the number of days a particular route may take. In some cultures, the simplistic calendar allows them to better coordinate celebrations of the gods across the expanse of Vóreios. The calendar is often used to track holidays and events that only coincide with lunar events, but this requires some magic to do this with any accuracy.


Cover image: Crystal / Qartz by Dasom Hyun

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