Age of Ascension
The Passage of Time
The Genovan Calendar, which was considered by many to be the most accurate, has been adopted by a many large civilizations throughout the world. Avencia converted to it several hundred years ago, and has completely accepted it into daily life and recordkeeping.
The year is divided into ten months of thirty-two days each, for a total of three hundred twenty days per year. The temperate climate in which the calendar was developed influenced the naming of its months into seasonal descriptors:
Dawntide: The start of spring and the new year.
Cloudmarch: A cool, moist rainy season.
Greentide: Summer begins and plants bloom fully.
Crestmarch: The glorious early summer days.
Wartide: Late summer, when most wars begin.
Embertide: The trees change to red and orange.
Harvestide: Working season, preparing for winter.
Dusktide: Grey skies and the first frosts of winter.
Frostmarch: Snow covers much of the land.
Wintertide: Deep winter fading into the new year.
Each month is in turn divided into eight days:
Firstday: A day of rest and preparation.
Moonsday: An early start, you wake before the sun.
Tradesday: The day for markets.
Warsday: A day to support your causes.
Thronesday: A day to support your king.
Fairsday: A day for celebration.
Satyrsday: A day for drinking and foolishness.
Songsday: A day for worship & prayer.
Azuyra’s two moons, Kalica and Erynae, have a cycle of thirty-six and twelve days, respectively. Each month, once or twice, the two meet at the same stage of their cycle, being either both full or both dark. These nights have special meaning to Egians. When both are full, white Kalica frames the smaller red Erynae for a time, and it’s called a Night of the Eye; an ideal time for wishes or making prophecies. Conversely, when both are unseen, a Night of the Blind occurs, during which evils are said to walk the land unchecked by the gods.
Despite their use of the Genovan calendar, the Empire maintains its own selection of declared holidays and celebrations:
Turn of the Tide: Occurring four times per years, these events coincide with the equinoxes and solstices. On these nights, a strange phenomenon can be seen in the sky above; a ribbon of emerald that seems to circle the world, passing between the two moons like a great river. City-wide celebrations take place, often involving masquerades and all-night street parties.
The Emperor’s Birthday: A celebration of the emperor and his government, usually involving parades and appearances by leaders.
Seed Blessing Day: A religious celebration held in the spring, where seeds are blessed before planting in hopes of a good harvest. Country fairs and games make up much of the day.
Deepwinter Feast Day: In ancient times it would’ve been impossible, but now, families often have more than enough food to make it through winter. This is a time for family gatherings and gift-giving, intended to get everyone through the last weeks of winter with sound mind intact.
Night of Guiding Lights: A celebration of those who came before. Those who have passed on are celebrated by their friends and families, who embrace the dichotomy of life and death openly for the day. At night, processions to gravesites occur.
Legacy Day: Originally a celebration of the slaying of a red wyrm by an alliance of dwarves and elves, the extinction of elvenkind has changed its meaning to encompass a special appreciation of their culture. This is a day in which fantasies are indulged, heroes are celebrated, and children pretend to be elves slaying dragons.
Harvest Day: A fall celebration that occurs just before the grueling work. People cook outdoors on open fires and wander the woods in appreciation of early fall’s beauty. It’s the biggest day of the year for brewers.
Remembrance Day: Dedicated to remembering fondly those who have fallen out of people’s lives, whether by death or circumstance. It’s a melancholy day, ending with prayer and meditation attempting to come to terms with nagging loss.
Harrowing Day: It is believed by historians that the Harrowing, which shattered the lands East of Mt. Shatterhull and sent thousands to their deaths on the sea floor, occurred on this accursed day. No business is done on Harrowing Day.
Banner Day: A summer holiday in celebration of the Avencian military. Parades are held and families celebrate their sons and daughters. Recruitment skyrockets.
Shieldmeet: It was originally a specific yearly event during which disputes between royal and noble houses were settled, but has expanded into a day for all people to do the same. New alliances, unions, and friendships are formed, and a few people die in duels when there is no other resolution.
Anniversary of the Battle of Shardstone Pass: One of Avencia’s most celebrated victories, against the hobgoblins of the Gotsmarch.
Anniversary of the Accord: The day on which Avencia welcomed the remnants of the Atheronian fleet into its port after the defeat of the Dread Cross.
Anniversary of the Return: The day on which the Valcor Expedition is recorded to have returned from their two year foray into the underworld, having slain the demon Arioch, who was responsible for the Age of Ruin.
Anniversary of The Battle of Krein: A celebration of the victory of the Iron Dwarves over the hordes infesting their lost city of Krein.
Anniversary of the Battle of Fourswords: On this day, the heroes of Fourswords waded into the ogre hordes and, on muddy slopes under torrential rain, slew Golfang, king of the ogres.
Anniversary of the Blacksky Disaster: Only a few decades ago, a catastrophe precipitated by magical experimentation took place in the Cliff Ward, causing a wildfire and blasting out the crater known as the Silk Street Ruins.