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Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:33 AM

Time Keeping in Eternal Lands
by Derin

The world of Draia, in Eternal Lands, uses it's own calendar. This calendar is known as the Calendar of the Elders.
It has a year of 360 days, and each day is 6 hours long-for game time. The hours in a day of the story world is 24hours, just like irl. The time can be measured through the use of an Astrolabe
or similar instrument. The Elder-year has 12 months of 30 days, each month is divided into five 6 day periods.


The Calendar of the Elders


Draians share a common calendar, know as Calendar of the Elders.
It is not known who devised the Elder Calendar or when it was first used, but it has been used for many centuries.
The naming of the months have become a common practice developed over the centuries and today it
is firmly embedded in the cultures across Draia.
This world also has 2 moons that could have played a role in the formation of the calendar.


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Aluwia
Aluwia marks the beginning of the Elder year. It is the first month of spring, also know as Month of Aluwen, The birth or The beginning.

Seedar
The second month is Seedar. This month is a month spent planning, planting, and preparing. Also know as Seed-time.

Akbar
Rain month. Prayers go to the hope for rain. With the aid of Centau the lands may be blessed with water. End of spring.

Zartia
The month of beauty. Flowers are abundant and the lands are fertile. Name from Zarin, the Goddess of Beauty and the Arts.

Elandra
Midsummer, the peak of summer which is a blessing in some parts and a hot dry month in the rain/dry season parts. Name from Elandria.

Viasia
Month of the mystics, also called Goldleaf. Wielders of the magical or arcane will feel a special bond to the lands. End of summer.

Fruitfall
Time to harvest, beginning of autumn and also a time to remember lost ones

Mortia
Darkness falls over the lands. This is height of decay. Supplies not prepared will rot, animals born likely to be freaks. Followers of Mortos, the god of destruction, hold this month in high esteem.

Carnelar
Month of wise choices. Winter is coming, it is time to make preparations. Gathering of supplies for the winter, many sacrifices to the gods. End of fall.

Nimlos
Sometimes refered to as "the flake" or "the end" Beginning of winter/rain season.

Chimar
The Month of the Chimeran wolves. A harsh cold month even the rain forests/jungles are colder than usual.

Vesepia
Month of suffering and betrayal. Many deaths as supplies run out. End of winter/rain season.



The days of the Elder Calendar


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There is no such term as week in the Elder-calendar. When referring to a date, you state the day, month and year.
The days of the Elders are: Aurun, Dranun, Worun, Mortun, Zarun and Terun.
Aurun is the First Day and the mark of dawn, the first light or the beginning. This is a work-day for the commoners.
Dranun is the World Day, where important decisions are taken. This is a work-day for the commoners.
Worun is the Weather & Godsday, which means that you often do Temple service. This is a day of worship for the commoners.
Mortun is the Day of sorrow. The day is in memory of the dead. This is a work-day for the commoners.
Zarun is the Joy-day, a day of happiness. There is usually some kind of festival held at night after work.
Terun is the Day of the Loved Ones. For the commoners its a half day of work, then rest.
So, for example, you might say: Today is the 3rd Worun in Mortia, when talking about the 15th day in the 8th month of the Elder year.
A more common practice is to say; Today is the 15th of Mortia.




Comparison beween the Elder Calendar and the Earth Calendar
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When compared to our Calendar, the Elder Calendar does not begin in the middle of winter, but at the beginning of spring.
So the equivalence of Aluwia is the month March in the real world calendar.
The length of the calendars differs also a little. The Elder year has 360 days and no leap-years.



This same info can also be found here:
http://www.eternal-l...ge/calendar.php




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