A Note of the Counting of Years

There are many methods of recording the ages of the world, the most common are the following:

B.F. and A.B.

By far the most widely spread modern method of enumerating the years, this method is used in Fairwealde, most of Durgeonnon, Nommily, Jorvan, Inad, Akarthaz, and southern Mousenbourne. It begins its counting around 2,500 years before the fall of the Draconic empire, marking the millenia until that time as B.F. (Before the Fall, or colloquially, Before Freedom). At that point, the years begin counting at 0 A.B. (the Age of Becoming), which is the current age. This view has been criticized by modern historians as overly human-centric and anti-draconic, although many will claim that the past feuds have been nullified and that the terms have stayed out of tradition.

The length of the year follows the school of Pelorean thought that the year breaks evenly in to exactly 360 days (measured by the rising and setting of the sun). There are twelve months, each with 30 days. The months (in order) are:

Kaled
Amros
Spuren
Shoren
Harot
Somner
Sudor
Romus
Erkin
Dedros
Delos
Erfon

The week is six days long, and the days proceed as follows, with more colloquial names in parentheses:

Welen
Winen (Winterday)
Primen (Springday)
Veren (Summerday)
Anten (Fallday)
Saben

Of the Dawn

First created by the Eldan scholars, it counts from the earliest records of history, nearly 6,000 years ago, and proceeds in a linear fashion to the current year. This method is used almost exclusively by Elves and Eladrin in Ilith’Drannon and the Lysen Isles, although the B.F./A.B. method is becoming more popular. However, all Eldan written histories use Of the Dawn.

The length of the year corresponds more or less the A.B. year, but every 50 years the Of the Dawn year is a month shorter than the A.B. year, and a special period known as the “Velu’Homorae” makes up the last month, and the years generally match up once more. The Dyhuren (roughly “seasons”) are as follows, and each lasts a specific number of days according to an ancient, complicated cycle said to have first been devised from an ancient song written by Corellon Himself:

Kaluweyel (30-37 days)
Tyothiel’Herem (18-28 days)
Huwelya (40-64 days)
Ayem’Oriel (13-24 days)
Nuluhem’Orath (45 days)
Nuluhem’Tyorel (45 days)
Ayem’Nolon (15-20 days)
Kyemla (31-33 days)
Homaramelya (27-47 days)
Weymerol (33-49 days)
Sefrohel (20 days)
Velu’Homorae (30 days)*

*Once every 50 years.

The calendar has no names of days, and instead uses only the number and the month in the date. It is worth noting that because of this, the elven languages have extensive names for days after tomorrow (e.g. “two days from tomorrow”, “a day past half the month”, “4 days before the end of the month”).

The Dynastic Eras

Used in the Northlands and the north of Mousenbourne primarily (and also in certain parts of Akarthaz and in a few trading ports in Izentag), the enumeration of the years according to the ruling empire of the Northlands is known as the Dynastic Eras. Each era corresponds to the current ruling empire, and the years begin at the founding of the first empire over 1,000 years ago.

The calendar of the Dynastic Eras has remained unchanged since the first empire’s founding, following the school of Pelorean thought, much like the B.F./A.B. system, that the year is divided in to 360 days. Unlike the B.F./A.B. system, there are only 6 months, each of 60 days:

Earstkalt
Vormind
Middlen
Haelgot
Deklenter
Starbrind

There are 6 days in a week:

Gottrend
Worgend
Lobend
Veetend
Kabend
Restend

The progression of the dynasties (with corresponding years B.F./A.B.) is as follows:

The Era of Turend (151 B.F. – 34 B.F.) 117 years
The Era of Kreger (34 B.F. – 1 A.B.) 35 years
The Free States Period (1 A.B. – 207 A.B.) 207 years
The Era of Hereson (207 A.B. – 272 A.B.) 65 years
The Era of Dudanger (272 A.B. – 311 A.B.) 39 years
The Era of Remegon (311 A.B. – 338 A.B.) 27 years
The First Time of Disunity (338 A.B. – 350 A.B.) 12 years
The Era of Lorendon (350 A.B. – 432 A.B.) 82 years
The Second Time of Disunity (432 A.B. – 479 A.B.) 47 years
The Era of Dockner (479 A.B. – 590 A.B.) 111 years
The Era of Holena (590 A.B. – 658 A.B.) 68 years
The Era of Atande (658 A.B. – 725 A.B.) 67 years
The Era of Valycia (725 A.B. – 857 A.B.) 132 years – Current era

The Draconic Cycle

The ancient calendar of the Draconic empire is considered by most historians now to be a relic of draconic thought, long since past its use, but nevertheless there are those small communities that dot the Draconic Wastes that still use this system, and of course all histories from the Empire use the cycle. It is also worth noting that there are some within Akarthaz that believe the Draconic Cycle can be used to predict the proposed “third coming” of Barathis the Devoted, but most historians completely disregard this theory.

The Draconic Cycle has 19 “Krovokyk” (aspects), corresponding to the different varieties of chromatic and metallic dragons, and each aspect has within it several “Zekuikyk”, with sets of days, “Izmamym”, which are marked by the rising of the sun. Each chromatic aspect, or “Krovok Ahzhahk”, has 3 Zekuikyk, while each metallic aspect, “Krovok Bazhahk”, has 4 Zekuikyk. Each Zekuikyk has a different number of Izmamym depending on what Krovok it’s in, and it’s position within the Krovok. Finally, the Krovokyk re-arrange order after each cycle, so different aspects come in different orders within the cycle, but fortunately the number of Zekuikyk within Krovokyk do not change, nor do the Izmamym. The Draconic Cycle does not count years, but rather only the number of cycles that have been completed, starting with the first recorded cycle that started in approximately 1,500 B.F. For brevity’s sake, the complete listing of the Draconic Cycle will not be listed here, but for conversions from different year systems, each cycle lasts around 25 years, starting from 1,500 B.F., so 850 A.B. is at the beginning of the 94th Draconic Cycle.

Other systems

Other systems do exist, but in much smaller capacities.

The Dwarves of Izentag developed a system in isolation, which uses the names of different precious gems and honored Dwarven ancestors in an ever-changing calendar.

The residents of the Feywild have the only calendar that goes off of a lunar cycle (known as “Sehanine’s Orb”) and the changing of the seasons. This system is very rarely seen in the natural world, with a noted exception being at the beginning of the play The Grey Knight.

A Note of the Counting of Years

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