Calendar

(pp188-189)

(Lee Barklam)

Cultures throughout human history have recorded the passing of the moons and the seasons, originally to plan when to plant and harvest crops, but later, as societies developed diplomacy and commerce (for example), the passage of time needed to be recorded in greater detail. The Dragon Warriors world is no different and while each culture may have a different method of recording time – different names for different months or days, or maybe an entirely different way of partitioning the year – an example calendar is attached to this article to give GMs a means by which to track the passage of time, important not just to be able to age the characters and describe the weather, but religious festivals, harvests, work, etc., are all dependent on the date or season of which the GM needs to be aware.
The tracking of time is also useful when characters undertake non-adventuring activities to ensure that all the characters that are about to embark on a new adventure are actually available for such!

In coming up with a naming convention for days and months, consider the influence of the Gods – seen by many as the only force powerful enough to protect devout folk from the horrors of plague, famine, death, war and other sundry strifes. I have named the days of the week in my campaign after patron saints and each of the 12 months of the year are important to one of the 12 angelic virtues. The GM should feel free to take liberties with this calendar and naming convention – the similarities to our own is purely to facilitate a player’s comprehension of it!

Days

There are seven days in a week: Syfsdae, Otyrsdae, Ambersdae, Merkatdae, Freyadae, Boldersdae and Haligdae, named after the following patron saints:
  • St Syf is the patron saint of carpenters and shipwrights.
  • St Otys is the patron saint of masons, architects and engineers.
  • St Ambrose is the patron saint of smiths and glassworkers.
  • St Merkator is the patron saint of scribes, sages and cartographers.
  • St Freya is the patron saint of farmers and shepherds.
  • St Bolder is the patron saint of potters, thatchers and weavers.
  • St Halig is the patron saint of the elderly and the afterlife. The day devoted to him is a day of rest, veneration and remembrance.
There are, obviously, many more patron saints than these covering a diversity of portfolios (orphans, minstrels, the wronged, the lost, etc.), but these are the saints with the richest lore.

Not all countries (or even regions) in the Dragon Warriors world follow the same calendar - some follow the older 8-day week and still others use the 7-day week, but do not agree on which day it is today..

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