Up From the Mud
By and large, Solevon follows a lunisolar calendar, tracking the movement of the sun and the moon on two separate cycles.
There are 28 days to the lunar month, beginning and ending on the full moon. Months are divided into four weeks of seven days. The lunar year has 12 months, while the solar year is close to 13 lunar months. Therefore, the new year (and thus important dates for planting seasons) migrates through the months, every year coming 24 days after it did the year previous. Every 14 years, the cycling of the solar new year coincides with the first day of the lunar year, the occasion marked by a large feast day.
Days of the Week
The common names of the weekdays are derived from mythological names of angels and devils from Ashoumite theology.
Months are formally numbered, though more commonly, they are called after the constellation the moon is located in; constellations are named for characters and monsters in the Valorian Tales.
- Prahmun (the Archer)
- Dwomun (the Snake Dancer)
- Trimmon (the Great Toad)
- Kuarmun (the Clown)
- Pantum (the Giant)
- Zehkmon (the Six-Fingered Hand)
- Septamun (the Wheel)
- Ogamon (the Goat Tamer)
- Nommun (the Kraken)
- Dechamun (the Golem)
- Alimun (the Harpies)
- Dwolimun (the Dragon)
Most Solevesi citizens (humans, halflings, and those humanoids who live in close proximity with them) count years from the writing of the Word of Gormuz, which signaled a shift in Ashoumite theology, encouraging direct worship of Asha and condemnation of Upan instead of a patchwork of rituals and cults to various lesser angelic or fiendish beings. It is now the year 2636.
Two other astrological bodies play into keeping time in Solevon: the planets of Corellon and Moradin. These travel their own courses through the sky and are visible to the naked eye. Corellon aligns with the sun every 47 years, which scholars name a generation.
Elves track time in terms of an age, which is the time between alignments of the solar year, the lunar year and the cycle of Corellon. This occurs once every 658 years (the alignment of the solar year, the cycle of Corellon and the lunar month is half this time, called a half-age to the wood elves). Human and dwarven scholars call this an era or an elf’s age. The name “age” is convenient as it is nearly the usual number of years high elves live before they vanish into to fey realm. Wood elves live three-quarters as long and return to the soil, lasting on the usual three half-ages.
The other celestial body, Moradin, is sacred to the dwarves, as it is named after the mythical first dwarf to tear himself from the living stone. Dwarves do not believe in gods, but Moradin is the closest they have to one. Moradin completes its cycle every 522 days; this cycle aligns with the solar year, the lunar month (dwarves do not recognize or care for a lunar year) and the cycle of Corellon once every 9541 years. This is called a dwarf’s age to humans (simply an age to dwarves, leading to much confusion) and is the basis of the dwarven calendar, who count time by the age since the mythical Moradin tore himself from the stone, adding the the era, year and month when speaking with precision. There are 29 eras for every two dwarf’s ages, so the current year to the dwarves is the Twelfth Age, Sixteenth Era and Fourth year (thus, they reckon their people have existed for 125,024 years).