Most peoples of Enland use a calendar derived from the lunar cycle. There are twelve months in a year, called Moons, each corresponding to a 25-day cycle of the Moon's phases. There are thus 300 days in each year. The year begins on the first day of Firstmoon, and ends on the final day of Lastmoon.

Years Edit

There is no universally-held standard of counting the years. The Halyan Empire, for instance, uses a system of eras named for the reigning Emperor, beginning with his coronation and ending with his death; the current year is thus 15 Miron. The Kingdom of Fehrlang simply counts from the first full year of King Aureg I's rule, making the current year 796 OTK ("Of the Kingdom").

Months Edit

The year is typically divided into four seasons, each of three Moons.

Spring Edit

  • Firstmoon
  • Sowingmoon: Yearly Spring planting of several important crops, including wheat, barley, and oats
  • Floweringmoon

Summer Edit

  • Vigilmoon: A time culturally associated with watchfulness, as crops are carefully tended and military campaigns begin
  • Burningmoon: The beginning of the hottest months of summer
  • Middlemoon

Autumn Edit

  • Harvestmoon: Harvest of the crops planted earlier in the year
  • Secondsow: Fall planting of hardy winter crops
  • Fall-Leaf

Winter Edit

  • Barrenmoon
  • Firstsnow
  • Lastmoon

Days Edit

Each Moon is made up of five weeks of five days. The days are named differently throughout Enland, but in much of the western continent, including Fehrlang, Halya, and Eostre, they are referred to by the following names:

  • Godsday: The first day of the week is the default day of worship for one's local, tutelary, and family deities
  • Folksday
  • Midweek
  • Lordsday: The day on which much official business is done; rent is due, taxes are collected, and so on; a popular market day in settlements large enough to have a regular market
  • Forebearsday: The last day of the week is the default day of reverence for one's ancestors

Holidays Edit

Every people keeps their own holidays, but there are a few that are more or less universally celebrated. These include:

  • Gods' Rest: The first day of each Moon - always a Godsday - is typically set aside as a day of rest and religious practice. While this is merely a social norm and not a legally binding expectation in many places, the Gods' Rest is legally protected in the Kingdom of Fehrlang by decree of King Hammen II, and forcing one's subordinates, servants, or even slaves to break it is punishable by fines.
  • New Year: The first day of Firstmoon is a day of celebration, typically with feasting, dancing, and song. Each people celebrates it differently, but it is universally held.
  • Harvest Festival: These festivals occur at different dates across the continent, based on the dominant crop and ideal dates of harvest in various places but almost all fall within the eponymous Moon. Traditions vary, but all cultures celebrate the beginning of the harvest.