History of the Known World
History, as it is currently recorded, is measured in Days, Weeks, Months, Years and Ages. There are 7 days in each week and 4 weeks make up the 12 months of the year. Years are measured in numerical order from the Age they began in. Currently the world is in the 950th year of it’s 5th Age, already the second longest age the material plane has experienced. Ages are considered to begin and end with a trigger commonly referred to as “the Cataclysm”. There have been five cataclysms since the dawn of the modern calendar, three decent’s and two ascensions. Decent’s are cataclysms that are look upon as tragic by nature, though not all decent’s have led to tragedy, while Ascensions are seen as glorious moments of mortal accomplishment.
The Zero Age The lost ages, before the first ascension and the modern calendar. Also known as the Age of Creation.
The First Descent Rise of Zarus, the First King. Birth of the Human Race and start of the War of Men.
The First Age The Age of Humans. The birth of modern wizardry, and creation of the common language the modern calendar (see below).
The First Ascension Baccob, St. Cuthbert, Kord and Olidammara ascend to godhood. Fall of old Zaurian.
The Second Age The Age of Heroes and creation of Castle Grayhawk. The time of Kalleghan the Bold. An Age of Exploration and all the Epics and Errors that came with it.
The Second Descent Creation of Planar’s Gate.
The Third Age Also known as The Dark Age. The planes converged and mortals first experienced true blasphemy.
The Second Ascension Lawful Magic binds the material world and Heironeous ascends to godhood.
The Forth Age The age of First Law. Castle Grayhawk is rebuilt and the Mortal Races settle back into their ancestral homes.
The Third Descent Rise of the New Zaurian Empire and start of the War of Nations.
The Fifth Age The Modern Age.
The twelve months that make up each year are separated, by season, into four groups of three. Wax, Mid and Wane are added to the season they are categorized in to make up the 12 months as we know them (example, the third month of the year is Wax-Spring, followed by Mid-Spring and finished with Wane-Spring leading into summer with Wax-Summer). The calendar year starts with the first month, Mid-Winter, and ends with twelfth month Wax-Winter. Holidays are plenty in the calendar year since they promote industry, raise moral and distract the commonfolk from the various problems that fill their world. These holidays always fall on the same day, usually as an anniversary of a significant event, though many of them are allocated to the Satyrday of the week they would’ve fallen on since Satyrday is considered the day for revelry and celebration.
Months and Notable Holidays.
Mid-Winter Years Dawn Onesday the 1st
Wane-Winter Myhriss Maids Day Satyrday the 3rd
Wax-Spring Revels Light Satyrday the 2nd
Mid-Spring Fools Day Onesday the 1st, Godsrise Sunday the 3rd
Mid-Summer Triumph’s Day, Satyrday the 2nd
Wax-Harvest Remembrance Day Onesday the 1st
Mid-Harvest Hallows Night Friday the 4th
Wane-Harvest St. Cuthberts Day Mensday the 3rd, Harvest End Satyrday the 4th
Wax-Winter Hearths Home Foursday the 4th, Yearsend Sunday the 4th
Each of the four weeks that make up the months are composed of 7 days, 5 work days and two days of revelry or rest. During the month they are referred to by the week they arrived in, instead of the actual day of the month. For example, the Satyrday of the third week in Mid-Summer would be “Satyrday the third of Mid-Summer in the year 950 of the 5th Age”. The Full days of the week are as listed:
Oneday. (the first day of work week)
Twosday. (the second day of work)
Mendsday. (originally “threesday,” but changed to honor craftsmen; often work stops early on Mendsday fix or inspect equipment).
Foursday. (the fourth day of work)
Friday. (a bastardization of “Fireday,” the last day of work week; incorporated from the druidic calendar of the Zero Age. The title “fire” harkens to bonfires historically used to herald celebrations)
Satyrday. (also adapted from druidic times, the title “satyr” harkens to satyrs, festival spirits of woodlands; Satyrday is day of revelry to celebrate a successful work week)
Sunday. (the day of the sun; a holy day of rest and reflection. Often accompanied by prayer, this is considered a day for you and your god(s))