Knave of Fates
Calendars of Toreen
There are three primary calendar systems in common use among the known peoples of Toreen, each a glimpse into the history and culture from which they derive. The year is 343.143856 days long, with the orbital period of the menacing, rust-colored Karos (the moon of war, strength, and agriculture) at 48.04 days and the period of the smaller, light blue Bensiliy (the moon of love, wisdom, and creation) at 28.97 days. Every 1001 years these two moons align to create a solar eclipse over the continent of Marit.
All of these calendars are marked by months and days, and use 7-day weeks. They each have a “correction day’ built in every seven years, and an additional “epoch day” every 1001 years, generally on the day of lunar alignment. Hours, minutes and seconds divide days.
The oldest of these calendars is the Table of Celestial Reckoning (TCR) of The Beat’xo , with date notation as numeration of Celestial Princess-year of reign-month-day, i.e. 8-438-3-7 is the 7th day of the 3rd month of the 438th year of the reign of the 8th Celestial Princess. The current date is 15-949-12-19.
The Celestial year begins on the vernal equinox. The first month is the “Princess Month” of the year is 5 weeks long and named for the reigning Amatsuotome (Celestial Princess), followed by 4-week months each named for one of the major houses in order of court rank (once variable, now set by tradition)–Magyos, Kattare, Rusba, Jianku, Ueno, Qa’g’am, Situ, Vei’nat, Tengku, Bui-xu, and Olam. It is not uncommon for Amatsuotome to refer to the first month instead as Yu (“remainder”; not a house, but everyone else) .
The seven day names are translated as Gwelde (“plow”), Urpila (“wheel”), Agorregi (“forge”), Niri (“tome”), Sega (“sickle”), Ezpata (“sword”), and Santua (“icon”).
Each “House Day” occurs every 7 years following the “Princess Month”, and each “Celestial Day” begins the year every 1001 years, whereupon the next Amatsuotome is crowned and begins her reign. It also triggers “The Choosing” (see “Grel”).
Each day is structured around 13 hours, each having 77 minutes, with each minute having 91 seconds, for a total of 91,091 seconds per day. This creates the shortest second recognized on Toreen. A common phrase is “shorter than a Pure second.”
The Kambric Marker (km) dates back to the reign of Dorodan, the first and greatest of the Kambral kings. As “seven” is the most sacred of numbers to the Kambral, the year is comprised of 7 months, of 7 weeks, of 7 “daes”. Date notation is year-“dae name”. The current date is 7077-Tinsoddadae. The table below determines the name of any given dae during the year:
Order Month Week Day “Dae”
1st Dar- nik- aen- -dae
2nd Mor- bes- da- -dae
3rd Fel- sod- tri- -dae
4th Tin- gam- keith- -dae
5th Ral- pis- koig- -dae
6th Kor- zel- sekd- -dae
7th Les- vom- segem- -dae
For example: the first day of the third week of the sixth month would be “korsodaendae”.
The Kambric year begins on the autumnal equinox. “Clan Dae” is celebrated every 7 years to begin the year. “Dorodan Dae” is celebrated on the same day as the “Celestial Day” eclipse on the vernal equinox every 1001 years.
The Kambric time system is based on even divisions. Each dae is divided four times over, creating 16 hours, and each minute and second is divided in half six times, giving each 64 units, for a total of 65,536 seconds per dae. This creates the longest second recognized on Toreen.
The Imperial Calendar (I.C.) is patterned in some ways on the Kambric Marker, but with heavy overtones of anti-Beat’xo influence. It derives its origin from the beginnings of the Zalamir Empire. The seven days of a week are Zurrabe, Amailube, Dosanbe, Yeksanbe, Caharsanbe, Parjanbe, Aitzube. The seven months comprised of 7 weeks each are: Nisenu, Simanu, Dumozu, Shamish, Kislimu, Tebitum, Makarusa.
The I.C. year begins on the summer solstice. “Imperial Day” begins every seven years, and is a renewal of loyalty to the empire. In countries outside of the empire using this calendar, it is known as “Sovereign Day”. “Reckoning Day” occurs on the autumnal equinox following the Beat’xo “Celestial Day” and is a day of repaying and forgiving outstanding debts. The date format used is year~month~day. The current date is 2493~6~3.
The royal clocks function using a base of 6, one of the numbers some scholars believe is anathema to magic. 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute for 86,400 seconds per day.