Calendar and Cosmology
The commonly used calendar of the lands of the Gold Meridian is based on those used by historically human- and half-elf ruled kindoms. Dwarves, elves, and other races of the world account time similarly, though the names of the months and the holidays celebrated are quite different.
A year is marked at each complete 360 day revolution of the Sun around the World. The year divided into twelve months of 30 days each, marked by the revolutions of the Moon. The year is also divided into two phases based on arcane lore: the Bright Half, beginning on Pelor’s Feast Day, when the Feywild is believed to align more closely with the world; and the Dark Half, beginning at the Feast of the Dead, when the veil between the world and the Shadowfell grows thin.
Each month begins with a fortnight of two seven-day weeks, known as the Waxing Fortnight. The fifteenth of the month is a holiday, called Full-Moon Day. This is followed by another fortnight, called the Waning Fortnight. To close out the month, another holiday occurs on the 30th day, or New-Moon Day. The celebrations held at these holidays differ from month to month, honoring various gods as well as marking the passing of the seasons and important agricultural events.
Months of the year, with their associated Full-moon Day holidays
|Name of Month||Holiday||Other Notes|
|Coldmoon||Feast of Fools|
|Hearthmoon||Corellon’s Feast||first day of Spring falls on the Full-moon Day|
|Stormmoon||Kord’s Feast||In some lands a feast to Bane is celebrated instead. “Greensun” (the vernal equinox) falls on the last day of Stormmoon|
|Lucky Moon||Avandra’s Feast|
|Rising Moon||Pelor’s Feast||first day of Summer falls and the Bright Half of the year begins on the Full-moon Day|
|Brightmoon||Feast of the Trees||“Longday” (the summer solstice) falls on the last day of Brightmoon|
|Hungry Moon||Poor Feast|
|Harvest Moon||Ioun’s Feast||first day of Autumn falls on the Full-moon Day|
|Maskmoon||Sehanine’s Feast||“Redsun” (the autumnal equinox) falls on the last day of Maskmoon|
|Falling Moon||Feast of the Dead||first day of Winter falls and the Dark Half of the year begins on the Full-moon Day, this was the beginning of the new year in ancient times|
|Darkmoon||The Raven Queen’s Feast||“Longnight”, the last day of Darkmmoon, is the Winter Solstice as well as the last day of the calendar year.|
The Days of the Week:
The Sun and Moon are but two of seven celestial bodies which are both visible to the inhabitants of the World and move in regular cycles, unlike the cold and distant stars. The names of these are presented below along with their orbital period and miscellaneous notes.
|Name of Celestial Body||Orbital Period||Other Notes|
|The Moon||30 days||Known as “Noorah” in some ancient writings|
|Ordann||120 days||A dark, non-spherical object that seems to glint like metal at certain times of the year|
|Jeddoth Tanar||240 days||A sullen red orb that is said to presage war and ill-luck|
|The Sun||360 days||Known as “Halar” to the scholars of antiquity|
|Orsoom||480 days||Brownish-orange atmosphere, seemingly wracked by storms|
|Orzen||720 days||Seeming to lie beyond a belt of rocky objects thought to be the remains of a destroyed world, its purple-grey color is at odds with ancient texts that describe it as a blue-green sphere|
|Orander||900 days||A dim, distant, and little known object|
The Golden League and most of the lands of Tellaven and Ash’okah count the years since the founding of the High Kingdom in the Age of the Successors after the fall of Arkhosia and Bael Turath. This is abbreviated to “King’syear” or simply “K” (the kah rune in the Common tongue). At the start of the campaign the year is K698.