The Harper's Calendar

The current year is 1475.

The Harper’s Calendar was created by the Ancient Kings of Theluria, or – more likely, given its name – by the bards and sages of the ancient Thelurian Court. The Harper’s Calendar is recognized (even if it is not used) by every civilized nation in Eladhon. The Dwarves below have their own method of keeping the passage of time, but can readily convert to what they call “Mantime” with ease.

The Harper’s Calendar consists of seven months, each made up of four tendays, or redes. In between the fourth and fifth month, is the week-long Festival of Sowing, which is not included in the counting of months. And after Redfall, there is another tenday called Reaping. The day after Reaping is Felnight, the longest night of the year. If Felnight does not fall on the longest night of the year naturally (which occurs every four to six years), then Reaping is either extended or cut short – usually only by a day or two.

The names of the months are as follows: Wintermoot is the early winter, and the start of the year. It is followed by Deepsnow, the heart of winter, and Winterwane, the end. Though Deepsnow is usually the coldest month, Winterwane sees the most snow. This leads into Rainmoot and the greetings of spring.

Sowing is a rede-long planting festival and begins on the 161st day of the year, as the rains are subsiding. Palesun is the end of spring and gives over to summer and Highsun, and the hottest time of the year. The leaves turn quickly in Eledhon, however, and soon it is Redfall which leads directly into Reaping. This is a rede-long harvest festival, when everyone expected to get their houses in order for the coming winter. The night after Reaping is Felnight, the longest of the year, when most people lock themselves indoors and contemplate the coming year, repent their failings and make plans for the future.

In some areas, Felnight is also the night of the Winter’s Hunt – a foul band of humanoid brigands and ne’er-do-wells who prowl the dark cold looking for misbehaving children who are kidnapped and either tossed in the cookpot, or carried back to the deep, dark caves of the north where they are put to work as slaves for the huntsmen. In recent years, in one or two small towns, it is also said that those captured children make toys and tools that are left by the Winter’s Hunt for those children who behave themselves and do as they’re told.

A week in the Harper’s Calendar is called a rede, or a tenday. The Days are said – for the most part – to be named after ancient and otherwise forgotten kings of Theluria.

Market Day starts the rede and is the day when most of the farmers bring their goods into a central market. Markets tend to be open all throughout the tenday, but Market Day is when the freshest and choicest produce and other goods are to be found. Ture’s, Queen’s, Wine’s, and Thelry’s Days are all named for some ruler or another in the distant past. Fire Day is often seen in rural areas as a celebration of the end of the middle of the week, and is often marked by a large bonfire and perhaps a party or other get together.

Sword’s Day is seen as a day for grievances to be aired and differences to be settled. It’s said to be bad luck to attend the Saints without having done so. Saint’s Day is a day for worship, celebration, and thanking of the gods. Arryn’s Day is named for the Blue King Arryn – last of the Thelusian Kings. It is a day for charity and gift-giving. The last day of the rede is Rest, and is exactly what’s on the tin. There are some society’s that actually make it illegal to work on Rest Day, but most free people see such nonsense as tiresome and overzealous.

There are 301 days in the Harper’s Calendar. There are also two moons that circle Eladhon. Mother Moon, the larger of the two makes her path around the planet every 34 days; while Daughter moon does so in 16.

Wintermoot
Date Day Mother Daughter Weather Notes
1 Market Day 30° F
2 Ture’s Day 26° F
3 Queen’s Day 28° F
4 Wine’s Day 29° F
5 Thelry’s Day 32° F Shooting Star
6 Fire Day 29° F
7 Sword’s Day 26° F Shooting Star
8 Saint’s Day 29° F
9 Arryn’s Day 28° F
10 Rest 28° F
11 Market Day 32° F
12 Ture’s Day 28° F
13 Queen’s Day 29° F
Wintermoot
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Deepsnow
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Winterwane
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Rainmoot
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Sowing
Market Day Kingseed Queen’s Lament Wine Feast Farmer’s Hope Fire Day Tournament Saint’s Day Feast of Sowing Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Palesun
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Highsun
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Redfall
Market Day Ture’s Day Queen’s Day Wine’s Day Thelry’s Day Fire Day Sword’s Day Saint’s Day Arryn’s Day Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Reaping
Market Day King’s Harvest Queen’s Gift Wine Feast Farmer’s Day Fire Festival Tournament Saint’s Day Reaping Feast Rest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Felnight
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The Harper's Calendar

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