The Clock Strikes 12
The Allorian Calendar, as its name suggests, originated in the kingdom of Alloria, but has since become the standard calendar of the entire region. While the Elves of Ael Llaen have their own calendar system, and so do the dwarves of Krom Dorek, all regional trade and official documentation is recorded using the Allorian Calendar system, typically using Kinslett Notation12.
Allorian Calendar Time Divisions
The current age is known as “The Third Age,” and it’s beginning point is commonly thought of as the birth of High-King Endelron I.
In practice, the “First Age” is generally used as a method to refer to time before written records were kept. The First Age is the origin period for of most of the region’s significant folklore, cultural fiction and verbal history – but very little from this period, if anything, can be clearly discerned as “fact.”
The “Second Age” refers to the period of recorded history prior to High-King Endelron I’s birth, and spans nearly 2,000 years. The starting point of the “Second Age” is not a specific date, but is generally thought of as the founding of Astrakhan – then a small trading town.
The ages are seldom referred to in commonly written dates, but can be abbreviated 1A, 2A and 3A if needed.
Allorian years in the Third Age are counted sequentially starting with the birth of High-King Endelron I. The official year is 714.
The Allorian calendar year is divided into sixteen (16) months, each of which corresponds exactly to one lunar phase.
These months are broken down into four (4) seasons, which are referred to as:
The months are referred to simply as “First Moon”, “Second Moon”, “Third Moon” and so on, and are abbreviated either as 1M, 2M, 3M … 16M or in reference to their season as M1R, M2R, M3R, M4R, M1G, M2G … M3Q if using Kinslett Notation2.
Each month is comprised of four (4) weeks, each of which corresponds to a phase of the moon, as shown below:
|Week Name||Moon Phase|
|The Week of Appearing|
|The Week of Filling|
|The Week of Fading|
|The Week of Disappearance|
Each week is comprised of seven (7) days, as shown below:
|Day Name||Equivalent||Typical Day|
|Toil Day||Sunday||A work-day reserved for the most difficult tasks. Most manual labor is performed on Toil Day.|
|Aftertoil||Monday||A work-day on which any unfinished tasks from Toil Day are completed, and less laborious jobs begin.|
|Market Day||Tuesday||A work-day on which most trading is done. Businesses and homes buy goods and supplies for the coming week.|
|Midweek||Wednesday||A non-work day on which families gather, enjoy large meals, and entertain guests.|
|Tithe Day||Thursday||A work-day on which businesses engage in charitable activities and individuals worship.|
|Fast Day||Friday||A work-day on which any unfinished work for the week is completed and many individuals fast as part of their religious observances.|
|Cleaning Day||Saturday||A non-work day used for cleaning and family time.|
1 Kinslett, in “Kinslett Notation” refers to a royal scribe of the 2nd Age known only as Kinslett. While further information on the individual has been lost, his name has become associated with the below-described method of recording dates under the Allorian Calendar system.
2 Under Kinslett Notation, dates are written as follows: 3A 714 M1Q 11.
In the above example:
- 3A refers to the 3rd Age, and is often left off of dates in common usage.
- 714 refers to the current year, and is included as appropriate.
- M1Q refers to Month 1 of Quiet, the first 4-month season of the year. Quiet, Renewal, Growth and Browning are abbreviated Q, R, G and B, respectively.
- 11 refers to the 1st week, and the 1st day of that week. The 2nd day of the 3rd week would be 32.