Time and Seasons

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The Fey consider marking the passage of time as an afterthought at best. It is much less important that celebrating the present and excitedly anticipating the future. What is past has passed, they say, and give it not another thought.

But almost every other people record the passage of days, months, seasons and years with a reverence for what has gone before. In Ishtaduk, for example, Royal Astrologers dutifully compose the Annals of the Age.

Day & Night

Llowellen’s days are 26 hours long, divided into night and day by the rising and setting of Solaris. Thirteen days make up a week, also known as a halfring. The holy days are a time of faith, meditation and fasting from dawn until dusk. After the sun has set, they become a time of celebration and revelry. The individual days of the halfring are known as:

  1. Lunduna (Holy)
  2. Mother’s Day (Holy)
  3. Moon’s Day (Work)
  4. Mavoduna (Work)
  5. Fear’s Day (Work)
  6. Ninduna (Work)
  7. Rain’s Day (Work)
  8. Amunduna (Work)
  9. Man’s Day (Work)
  10. Herduna (Work)
  11. Sale’s Day (Work)
  12. Tuduna (Rest)
  13. Love’s Day (Rest)

The Calendar

The World of Llowellen completes its journey around Solaris every 364 days. Each year on the Llowellen calendar holds 14 months, otherwise known as a ring. Each ring holds 26 days (or two halfrings, which roughly matches the orbit of Duna, Llowellen’s lone moon).

  1. Taraq (Spring)
  2. Masta (Spring)
  3. Magarib (Spring)
  4. Gammam (Spring)
  5. Mihla (Summer)
  6. Qawafil (Summer)
  7. Safa (Summer)
  8. Dar (Summer)
  9. Riyah (Autumn)
  10. Nau (Autumn)
  11. Rahat (Autumn)
  12. Saris (Winter)
  13. Salas (Winter)
  14. Yassad (Winter)

Seasonal Festivals

Winter Solstice (13th of Yassad): With the sun dropping lower in the sky with each passing day, this festival celebrates the renewal of the solar year and the birth of a new sun starting its upward spiral.

Birth Day (13th of Taraq): This event celebrates the land’s release from the icy grip of winter. It also represents the annual ‘coming-of-age’ celebrations, where young men and and women alike step forward or are presented among the community as eligible mates. Running naked across the meadows are the tamest of the fertility rites often performed on this day; Priestess’ of Bronwen offer themselves as living alters, giving their bodies to anyone who wishes to commune with Anwen’s Thrice-Kissed avatar. This Spring day celebrates life, free love and procreation in all its forms and is the most common birthday for the Fey-Kissed.

Midsummer (13th of Safa): This day celebrates light and the richness of life and summer. Many rituals surround the manifestations of Jack in the Green or the Green Man, honoring health and life in all forms (but especially in the forests).

Lammas (1st of Riyah): The first harvest of the season is marked with great festivals honoring the abundance and bounty of the fields.

Autumn Equinox (13th of Rahat): The revels on this holiday mark the sacrifices made in life and the coming sacrifices of autumn. Burning wagon wheels are sent careening down mountainsides on this night to symbolize the waning daylight and growing darkness. The Equinox also marks the Festival of the Oak King as a symbol of strength and promise to both keep you warm in winter with its wood and to show that coming winter is nothing to the oak.

Ascension Day (19th of Saris)

The Most Holy of Days in those lands loyal to the Unseelie Court is Ascension Day. This day marks The Sand King’s ascension to his throne in 8000 P.L. (678 as the Fey count the years) and the foundation of the Unseelie Court. Many pilgrims flock to the City of Ishtaduk, on this day, to his Dark Tower to hear him speak.

Marking The Years

There have been many systems for counting the passage of years, each culture and age seeming to have it’s preferred method. For example, the Fey count time – when they can be bothered – from the completion of the Great Stone Ring at the summit of Mount Anwen. By this counting, the Genesis Campaign (Season One) began in the Year 7878.

Leone Reckoning (PL / LR)

The most widely accepted dating system in more modern times is that of Leone Reckoning (L.R.). Named for the great hero Leone, who was both a Sun God of Anwen and a Templar of the Eosian Empire. The Leone Reckoning was devised early in the Third Age by the monk Nicostrato, but it did not see widespread use for several hundred years.

The calendar was adopted by Theocrat Ettore XIII in the Fifth Age and only then did it start to gain popularity and acceptance worldwide over the ensuing centuries to become the commonplace calendar that it would in the Modern World.

Year 0 is counted from Leone’s death during the Second Age and all dates prior to that are counted as Pre-Leone (or P.L.). By this counting, the Genesis Campaign (Season One) began in the Year 800 P.L.


Time and Seasons

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