Calendar of the Northern Continent
History of the CalendarThe 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.
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 Names1: 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
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.
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.
SeasonsSpring: 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
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.