Time and Calendars

This calendar has been used for 2 past Eras – (that would convert to approximately 3000 years).

The world is currently at the beginning of the Third Era, at the end of Bomes’ Soun. Chiron’s Rhan is the summer about to begin.

Breakdown of Time Within an Era

Each era consists of 12 seasons (6 full cycles of season), which are named after the gods in the order indicated in the chart below: {Abnar’s Rhan, Abnar’s Soun, Bomes’ Rhan, … Fell’s Soun}. Recall that each god is associated with a closed knot. The season is indicated by the over/under orientation of the crossing of the god’s knot.

Within each god’s season, there are 5 periods, each named for one of the other gods in the same order. Thus, the five periods of Chiron’s Rhan will be: (1) Abnar, (2) Bomes, (3) Dalff, (4) Elspeth, (5) Fell.

Each period is broken into 16 annums. At the start of each, a sacrifice is made to the period’s god that reflects the aspects of the season’s god. For example, during Chiron’s Soun, at the start of each annum of Bomes’ period, a small temple might sacrifice the most intelligent pup of a litter of husky dogs – a sacrifice to Bomes, god of animals, that reflects Chiron’s virtue of intelligence. Formally, the years are named after the 16 great virtues, however they are more commonly referred to by number.


Written Annual Dates

Annual dates are written by combining the formal numerical knots and the gods’ knots. And a date totem, is always begun with a red clay bead. Rhan vs. Soun is denoted by the over/under direction of the crossing of the knot representing the season’s god, thus, flipping a date totem changes the season, from which comes the phrase “The turn of the season” which occurs between rhan and soun of each god’s duration.

Breakdown of Time Within an Annum

Within this era, it became a religious and then social custom to break each annum down into three tiras, and each tira into 30, 6-day mineras, again typically referred to by number, but, formally, each is named for either one of the 30 most common elements found on Lly (there are 36 elements scientifically recognized, however the six least common are omitted from the calendar). The first minera of each year is the element “blood.”

Further, each minera consists of six days: has 6 daylights and 6 nights following the same naming convention as eras: {Day 1: {Abnar’s Rhan, Abnar’s Soun}, … Day 6: {Fell’s Rhan, Fell’s Soun}}. Again, every evening, one can simply flip the written form of the date to go from God’s Rhan to God’s Soun. And the phrase “The turn of the day” similarly evolved.

Lastly Days and Nights are each broken into 5 periods, called “marks”, they are typically referred to only by number, although some monasteries treat them as literal microcosms of the 16 annum, and make a set of 16 prayers to the appropriate god every daily period.

Unit Equivalence to Subuit Length for Comparison Set of Possible Names
Era 12 Seasons Roughly 1500 years {0, 1, 2, 3, 4…}
God’s Seasons 10 Periods 250 years, ~10 generations {Abnar’s Rhan, Abnar’s Soun, Bomes’ Rhan, Bomes’ Soun, Chiron’s Rhan, Chiron’s Soun, Dlaff’s Rhan, Dalff’s Soun, Elspeth’s Rhan, Elspeth’s Soun, Fell’s Rhan, Fell’s Soun}
Single Season 5 Periods 125 years, ~5 generations
Period 16 Anum 25 years {God besides the seasonal god}
Anum 36 minera 1.25 years {0, 1, 2, 3…15} or, formally, one of sixteen virtues
Tira 3 minera 36days
Minera 2seamin 12 days {0… 34} or, formally, one of the 35 natural elements
Seamin 6 days 6days
Day 24 hours 24hours {0-s, 0-w, 1-s, …5-w} God/Season’s Day

Time and Calendars

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