The time of year means more than which crops grow and what weather reigns. In the New Albion setting the time of year carries supernatural weight and significantly impacts mortal lives as the months pass and seasons change. These influences, the cycle of seasons and the constellations, form the basis for how the passage of time is recorded.
The following entries are the two most prominent calendars in use on the Material Plane in modern day. Although others exist and have existed, the Carturian and Halachan calendars are broadly accepted in every major mortal culture on the Material.
The Carturian CalendarEdit
Developed by an association of scholars, explorers, and mystics, the Carturian Calendar records the changing Constellations and their effects on the realms. This calendar is a living document, as the shifts and changes in each year's night skies must be recorded. The Major Constellations are the best recorded, and it often falls on local record-keepers to observe the rise and fall of Minor Constellations in their given region. Carturian scholars often pass their records through correspondence to larger cities where their more experienced brethren reside, who in turn meet at notoriously argumentative councils held to consolidate their gathered celestial data.
- The Knife-and-Knight
- The Phoenix
- The Serpent
- The Swarm
The Halachan CalendarEdit
Codified by the druid-sages of Lachloss, the Halachan Calendar records the effects of the time of year on the realms. The Prime is suffused with a highly reactive layer of mana which surrounds the world like a second skin. Mortals can weild this mana to work feats of natural magic, but its most common form is the cycle of seasons. Each season has different effects on the world in its time of passing, and each month its own influence as well.
The year is organized into four seasons. Each season is eighty-one (81) days long and consists of three twenty-seven (27) day months, for a total of three-hundred-twenty-four (324) days.
The seasonal calendar goes as follows;
The months of the year go as follows;
Early Spring; the New Year
|Aborast||Late Summer; the Mid-Year|
|Candlepyre||Late Winter; the Year's End|
Days of the WeekEdit
A week in the Halachan Calendar is nine days long. Each month begins on First Day and ends on its third Last Day. The only variance is that First Day takes the appropriate title for whatever week of the month it is; Second Day for the second week, and Third Day for the third week.
In order, the days are;
Records and WritingEdit
Practices vary across the realms of which order to present the date in, but common use is to present the day, month, and then year and age. In cultures where accounting and beaurocracy are of importance, the date is typically recorded in an abbreviated or numerical format.
- Sondae the 11th, of Veltenner, Year 160 of the Second Age.
- Son 11, VELT, 160, 2A
- 11 / 4 / 160 / 2