A Sign of Things to Come
The Calendar and Time Keeping
The current date is:
Keh, 4th of Mar, 911, in the time of the Hydra under the Leviathan.
There are four calendars in use in Aorthe. The two most common are the Telsean Calendar, developed by a monk of Savras, and the Iranaon Calendar, based upon those found in Iranaon ruins. They both begin counting years incrementally beginning with the assumed date of the Rend-Asunder. Both divided into twelve months. The Telsean is broken into months of of 30 days, those days in 24 hours, those hours into 60 minutes, and those minutes into 60 seconds. They are attuned to easily observable phenomena, like the phases of the moon. The Iranaon calendar is broken in months between 28 and 31 days and is identical to our modern calendars.
As far as monitoring the continuation of time it is very useful. its weakness lies in the fact that it is based upon an assumed date. The true date of the Red-Asunder is unknowable, so Telsea prescribed it to be exactly 800 years before the invention of his calendar and began counting from there. For all anyone known, the Red-Asunder was actually 100 years, 1 million. There is no way yet to tell.
Janvier January (Jan-vee-err)
Feiber February (Fey-bear)
Avril April (Ah-vril)
Mai May (My)
Yun June (Yoon)
Julliet July (Joo-lee-ette)
Aout August (Owt)
Septembre September (Sep-tem-brea)
Octobre October (Ok-tahb-brea)
Novombre November (No-vahm-brea)
Decam December (Day-sam)
The third calendar is an ancient one. No one is sure when it was developed or how long it has existed because it does not actually count years, but rather demarcates them through a series of complex astrological calculations based upon the inferred position of Aorthe in the Astral. These equate to four different quarters, each named after a constellation that indicates the world’s position, and roughly aligned with the seasons. After this, there is a cycle named after creatures with different numbered appendages (some heads, some legs.) Once the cycle reaches the last creature, it simply repeats.
It would be recited thus: The time of the Hydra, under the Behemoth.
In 621, archaeologists working in a place that would later be known as the Beau-Pierre Solarium recovered an artifact that included these calculations, and were soon able to break the code. Shortly after, it was discovered that this system of time-keeping was remarkably similar to those already in use by certain tribal people. Since then it has become a semi-official part of the calendar lexicon, adding the name of the year and the quarter to the Telsean version.
~February to April: The Leviathan
~May to July: The Behemoth
~August to October: The Zyz
~November to January: The Horsemen
the Death Dog
The Ettin Twins
The fourth calendar is nation specific – many nations count the passage of time by the rule of their kings or queens. In Oublia, for example, it’s most common to have the locals express the year as “15th year of Augustine III, long may he reign.”