Days, Months & Calendars
The sun and moon (Sol and Luna) orbit Argethen in ten-hour cycles. Temperatures do not fluctuate to as high extremes at midday or midnight as they do in our world, except in the deserts and tundras. Days of the week are almost all named after Paradoxion (the First God), Sol, Luna, and the Precepts. They are all considered the most influential deities who watch over Argethen. Names of the days are spelled the same way in all dialects of Common, but their pronunciation often changes from one region to another. Here is a list of each day’s name and what it means to people of the world:
Solesel; Day of the Sun – Activity, creativity, and joy are emphasized throughout the day, and many public festivals celebrate life, merriment and companionship.
Lunesel; Day of the Moon – A day for reservation, reverence, and deep passions, this day is considered a day where powerful things may happen, such as disasters, birth, and great conflicts.
Chaenesel; Day of Doubt – After the reverent atmosphere of Lunesel, this day is where most people reflect on the past and reevaluate the prior week’s choices, especially dealing with agreements, promises, and sins.
Lynesel; Day of Fate – The middle of the week, Lynesel represents balance, and throughout the day, over-indulgences are compensated for, work is caught up on, and, if needed, rest from a busy week is taken.
Vechesel; Day of Community – Today, family is prioritized and special emphasis is placed on connecting with one’s lineage, while some modest festivals commemorate lost family members, the history of an area, and local legends.
Xionesel; Day of Regeneration – This day is set aside to rest and rejuvenate one’s self before Aresel, and so many families plan day-trips and small vacations on Xionesel.
Aresel; Day of the World – Aresal is often spent actively engaging the world’s ecosystem, by enjoying its natural beauty or researching and debating the incredible schisms. Exploration and religious fervor are both commonplace throughout the day.
Different regions often express their religious devotion to the various deities on their respective day of the week. This is especially true in areas where Preceptionals are the prominent temples, such as Ranosyrd and the scattered Outlier settlements in Southern Destalia. These regions often put additional symbolic meaning behind each day as part of their ceremonies.
The months of each year are not as easily listed, because the calendar itself is not nearly as standardized across the world as are the days of the week. Many countries have created their own calendars, such as the Kaian Empire, Ranosyrd, the Kingsley Province, and Ordaros. The Kaian calendar is reportedly the oldest existing calendar in the world, and so most of Argethen uses its ten- month, eight-weeks-a-month cycle. Ranosyrd’s twenty-month calendar has recently experienced a growth in national use, expanding to some of the more technologically advanced countries like Haiduk and Argenia.
The Kaian calendar records events in terms of “Years of the Sky,” which represent how many years after the creation of Sol and Luna an event occurred. The exact date of Sol’s creation is often debated among world scholars, since it was the same event that originally destroyed Paradoxion, but the Kaian Empire adheres strictly to their system as it has been written for millennia. Their months are numerically listed: “First-Month, Second-Month, Third-Month,” and so on through “Ninth-Month and Tenth-Month.”
Ranosyrd’s calendar years are split between when the Yrvægs were still separate tribes in the plateau (YRV) and after Doranos Makai united them into the Sovereignty of Ranosyrd (SB, or “Sovereign-Blessed”). This is a recordable date in relatively recent times, and so it is not contested like the Kaian calendar’s date of origin. The months are named according to events that usually take place within those months, and all share the suffixes, “vul,” “suel,” or “tung,” which all have fairly similar meanings: “event of,” “season of,” or “time of.” Here are the Syrdan months, separated by seasons and with a brief descriptor of each month’s general meaning:
Start of the New Year
Parvul; Beginning of the World
Resuel; Precepts & Beginnings
Yllsuel; Season of the Winds
Start of Spring
Yavul; Onset of Spring
Dystung; Storms & Floods
Weltung; Welkin Fluctuation
Gethuel; Worldly Affairs
Start of Summer
Solvul; Onset of Summer
Lytung; Middle of the Year
Waarvul; Warlords & Conquest
Asuel; Ascendents & Completion
Start of Fall
Luvul; Onset of Fall
Zeasuel; Harvest Season
Sarvul; Forgiveness & Thanks
Desuel; Descendents & Preservation
Shleftung; Sleep & Rest
Start of Winter
Remevul; Onset of Winter
Haisuel; Self-Evaluation & the End of All
End of the Year