Calendar Systems

Al Azraq is orbited by two moons, Hilal and Kammar. Kammar is larger and orbits at a slower rate; as a result, Al Azraq’s months are based on the orbit of this moon. On the other hand, the much smaller Hilal orbits at a much shorter period, of only eight days. The two share synchronous moonrises at the end of Hilal’s every fourth circuit.

As a result of these cosmographical details, every culture on Al Azraq has an 8 day “week,” four of which fit into a 32 day long month. Al Azraq’s year is slightly longer than our own, at 384 days long. Below are the month names for the various cultures of Al Azraq. Since the Zamarrid New Year is marked at the end of our January, the calendars below start with the equivalent of our February.

Zamarrid
The months of the Zamarrid calendar are named – of course – after the various dragon gods, giving outsiders a crucial peek inside the Zamarrid state religion.

February – Aashib (White Dragons)
March – Kluth (Black Dragons)
April – Kassam (Blue Dragons)
May – Kytha (Green Dragons)
June – Nahaas (Brass Dragons)
July – Rising (Bahamut’s month)
August – Thabaat (Gold Dragons)
September – Fidataan (Silver Dragons)
October – Rahaan (Copper Dragons)
November – Alleas (Bronze Dragons)
December – Ahmaan (Red Dragons)
January – Fall (Tiamat’s month)

Human Kingdoms
Human month names are based on weather or activities notable in the given month. They reflect the patterns of life in the colder, wetter human territories.

February – Frost
March – Chills
April – Thaw
May – Blossoms
June – Nets
July – Zenith
August – Sails
September – Rains
October – Colors
November – Ropes
December – Nights
January – Ice

Elven
However the Elves derived the names of their months has been long forgotten, both by the Sea Elves and by the other races of the world. Many scholars still use the Elven names as a “neutral” reckoning, free from civilizational bias.

February – Lùnasa
March – Earrach
April – Aibreán
March – Haf
June – Meitheamh
July – Iuìl
August – Fémhar
September – Meàn
October – Deireadh
November – Gaeaf
December – Nellaig
January – Eanáir

Xarir
The Xarir calendar has fallen out of use everywhere but within the Xarir remnant, although those doing business with them might need to know the Xarir Imperial Reckoning. The names of the Xarir months reflect the values of the old empire.

February – Dawn
March – Awakening
April – Expansion
May – Ambition
June – Glory
July – Power
August – Domination
September – Wrath
October – Storms
November – Decline
December – Slumber
January – Graves

Typically, the date is given by noting the day of the week, which week of the month it is, followed by the month, and then an indicator of year. Each culture has its own reckoning of years, (except for the Sea Elves, who don’t seem interested in maintaining chronicles) and there is no agreed-upon standard. As a result, many dates are given in the year of a given ruler, and archivists maintain detailed lists of rulers and the lengths of their reigns. The Zamarrid have introduced an additional wrinkle, in the form of indictions: 15 year tax cycles. By combining indiction year with reign information, most scholars can fix dates with relative accuracy.

By way of example, today’s date (April 17) would be given as:
“The Second Day of the Third Circuit of the Month of Kassam/Thaw/Aibreán/Expansion in the first year of President Trump” in legal or scholarly documents.

For informal purposes, people would just give the day and the month: “17 Kassam,” for instance.

The campaign will begin on the Fourth day of the Second circuit in the month of Kytha (12 Kytha) in the 23rd year of the reign of Empress Jalilaa V. Or, in human reckoning, 12 Blooms in the third year of the reign of King Sevar Rivas I. It is late spring: not the ideal time for sailing across the Sundering, but not the worst time, either.

Calendar Systems

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