While there is no universal calendar for the world, both Northern and Southern continents use a lunar-based dating system, which runs 12 months and about 360 days. These calendars are for the purposes of yearly planting and farming, and years are not kept track of in a formal, global manner. (For the purposes of player understanding, the first month would correspond with January, and the first day would correspond with Sunday)
Common Northern Calendar
- 360 Days
- 12 Months per year: Mid-Winter, Late-Winter, Early-Spring, Mid-Spring, Late-Spring, Early-Summer, Mid-Summer, Late-Summer, Early-Harvest, Mid-Harvest, Late-Harvest, Early-Winter
- About 4 weeks per month
- 7 days per week: Vakuday, Hyladay, Usriday, Fusharday, Kisuiday, Agheloday, Shaynaday
Common Southern Calendar
- 361 Days
- 12 Months per year: Mid-Hunting, Late-Hunting, Early-Dry, Mid-Dry, Late-Dry, Early-Rains, Mid-Rains, Late-Rains, Early-Grow, Mid-Grow, Late-Grow, Early-Hunting
- About 4 weeks per month
- 7 Days per week: Q’warrisday, Lwesday, Usrisday, Rhamutsday, Hokatsday, Aghelosday, Hylasday
- Echroy uses alternate day names: Khalmarrasday, Teksday, Niransday, Istisday, Setmeksday, Rumalsday, Q’warrisday
There are several dozen historical calendars, used to date events and record the histories of various nations. However, these calendars only reliably date back to after the Great Lek’re War, and even then, there are frequently multiple versions of the same calendar, and conflicting accounts with other calendars. Attempting to accurately date any event more than 500 years old is frustrating at best.
The Avanikan Calendar – one of the more widely accepted calendars on the Northern Continent, based on a calendar begun at the founding of the city Avanika. Unfortunately, after the fall of Avanika, the dates became irregular, and multiple versions of the calendar exist. According to the widely accepted AC, the founding year was 0, and the current year is 2207, however, variations of the calendar also give the year as 2179 or 2196.
The Imperial Calendar – A calendar originating in The Corsil Empire, also used by other Northern Continent scholars and historians, due to its precise accuracy. The Imperial Calendar was founded at the merging of the three kingdoms, and defines multiple eras; Pre-Foundation, Mei-in, Hoen, and Daksin.
- Pre-Foundation: based on the histories and calendars of the three kingdoms which merged to form the original Empire, this era has some events which do not accurately correlate. The dates are measured backwards; starting in 413 PF, and descending to the founding year – 0.
- Mei-in: Named after the first Emperor of the three merged kingdoms, this era lasts for 357 years.
- Hoen: Named after the Emperor who began the militaristic expansion of the Empire. This era lasts for 682 years.
- Daksin: Named after the Emperor who presided over the Empire when it reached it’s current size. This is the current era, and has lasted for 579 years.
Overall, the Imperial Calendar lists the current date as either 1618 IC, or 579 ID.
The Aquirran Calendar – Used solely by the Sea People, and even then, not much by their scholars. The Aquirran calendar dates back only to the founding of Aquirra. According to the AQ, the year is 1089.
The Royal Calendar – Used in Echroy, dates back to the dark years, but exact dates are somewhat unreliable; early accounts indicate kings and queens living hundreds of years. However, the calendar is still the primary calendar of Echroy. According to the EC, the year is 3002; or 430 Rumali Dynasty.
The Stone Calendar – Based upon a complex calendar carved into marble, and embellished with precious stones located at The Palace of Wisdom in Sa’Nar. This calendar is very old, and is believed by some to date back to the Great Lek’re Empire. Others insist that it was a more recent creation; but either way, it was not built into the palace, but rather added at a later date. The calendar is carved with a series of pictograms and runes in Old Lek’re, and is circular, divided into sections. Most scholars agree that it is both a record of ancient history, as well as a prediction of years to come, punctuated by regular lunar and solar events, and the presence of comets. The stone calendar is not in common use. It is believed that the SC gives the year at 4207 – it predicts up to the year 5042.