The standard calendar used in the Estirian region (i.e., the lands around the Tirian Sea) has its deepest origins in the time of Angorlon in Goertha some two and one-half millenia gone. When that kingdom was destroyed by the Big Flood, its survivors brought their calendar with them into Anphirai where the Cazrians -- who at the time reckoned dates only in respect to the reigns of their kings -- readily took advantage of it. This same calendar spread throughout Cazrian influenced lands, including Zulin and the Carnelian Coast. When the Verentians came into dominance, they simply adopted this calendar, modified the reckoning, and established it as the Imperial Common Calendar.
Original dates in the Imperial Common Calendar are reckoned from the founding year of the city of Ascalis, and labelled with the suffix Etrasset Essensit (Sev. `After the Founding'), abbreviated E.E.
There are twelve months of 30 days in the 360 day year. Madorian days are 24 hours, 20 minutes long. The month is divided into six periods broken by temple days, which have the following Verentian names: Selenessa, Fendrossa, Paxarassa, Arigassa, Hattedrassa, and Silassa.
Fendor is Madoria's only moon. Fendor shows four faces each at the same relative time every month.
|Phase||Days of the Month|
|12||Matherel||Marpellor||Mashalin||Mathirl||Mabelurn||Relcorax (Great Deer)||Winter|
With all her company, the star Birnea voyages through the vast innards of the Shard of Eimragh (or Morag). From Madoria, Birnea annually passes through the Sky, which Madorian astrology divides into twelve constellations. Each constellation is in full display once a year across the northern face of the heavens. The planets are often visible: Hattedran, Visetta, Paxar, and Serenta. There is the moon Fendor and also five bright stars not in any constellation: Beacon, Eveningstar, Morningstar, Bale, and Watcher.
Named for the Messenger God, Hattedran is a fiery red planet that accompanies Birnea quite closely. On many a Summer dusk, Hattedran and the Eveningstar can often be seen riding the flames of setting Birnea.
Visetta is the goddess of love and jealousy. Her planet is a bold yellow thing, with a visible companion named Sabister for the Sardian god of smiths. He is said to spend the nights singing (actually, croaking) to her for love, but she eternally and cruelly spurns and mocks him.
Madoria, the third planet from Birnea, has one companion, the moon Fendor, which is a baleful green orb hanging hugely in the sky. Named after the hunter god Harringfendor, he displays his four faces every month of 30 days. Brilliant Fendor is a blessing to nighttime travellers and a curse to thieves.
Madoria spends 360 days in circuit about Birnea, in a slightly eccentric orbit which gives her four seasons of 90 days each. Her days are 24 hours long.
Named for the virile and tempestuous god of war, Paxar is a burning disk of fresh blood, scarred on its surface by bright wounds.
Serenta is the planet of Eimragh, Father of the Cromirs, Father of the Gods of Madoria. It is a great orange ball of gas orbited by three visible satellites and ringed by finery.