The Passage of Time

Time is reckoned by several different calendars in the world of Tolrea, depending on the race, nationality, and religious background of the individuals concerned. The human-dominated lands of the Aureshan Empire and Mereflow Valley rely upon the Harenic Calendar, a solar calendar containing 384 days divided among twelve months of four weeks each. Each week incorporates eight days. Veril Haren, Imperial Astrologer and Court Mage to Emperor Auresh XXII, devised the Harenic Calendar. A new year of the Harenic Calendar begins on the first day of Immeril, at the winter solstice.

 The passage of years in the Aureshan Empire is numbered in the Imperial Roll, starting from the coronation of the first Emperor Auresh, and currently stands at 973 IR. The Imperial Roll is used officially by the humans of the Mereflow Valley, whose status as Imperial colonists ended during a revolt concurrent with the Third Imperial War of Succession in 821 IR, during which Lord Merenstone Hope I led his fellow colonists to victory in their attempts to shake free of Aureshan rule.

Month (Revised Harenic Calendar) Season
Immeril Winter
Aren Spring
Cabil Summer
Arthol Autumn

Both within and outside of the Aureshan Empire, the Imperial Roll is primarily used by businessmen and government officials. Other counts of years are favored by chroniclers and scholars, since the Imperial Roll does not extend back far enough to be convenient for academic discourse on subjects dating back to before its inception.

Other races’ systems of reckoning are well-known in the Mereflow Valley as well; Many elves rely upon a liturgical calendar which trades months for a selection of four seasons, each lasting 96 days for a total of 384 days in a year. Summer and winter each begin officially on the days after the solstices in the elven calendar, with spring and autumn beginning on the days after their respective equinoxes. The four days following the spring equinox are taken up by a holy festival in honor of Verio, the primal deity of the elven race, and function as a celebration of the new year which begins at the spring equinox.

Elves reckon their years from the date of Verio’s creation of Tolrea, which event they place at the spring equinox. The current year is numbered 24,382, to which non-elves append the suffix EC, for Elven Creation. This reckoning is often used by scholars because of its expansiveness.

Dwarves typically employ the Revised Harenic Calendar for business having to do with other races. They also keep business records using the Imperial Roll, since many of their primary trading partners are already conversant with that system. Amongst themselves they have little use for formal timekeeping outside of the context of religion, for which they use a 390 day calendar divided into thirteen lunar months of 30 days each, beginning each month with the new moon. They reckon their years from the creation of their race by the Stone Lords, and place the current year at 23,391 YH, or Years of the Hammer. The YH reckoning of years is atypical in academic circles because it relies upon a non-standard year, but it sees occasional use by specialists in dwarven topics.

Gnomes have assimilated the Revised Harenic Calendar for business use, much as the dwarves have done, and like the dwarves they refer to the Imperial Roll for such purposes as business records. Unlike dwarves, they have grown into the habit of employing the Revised Harenic Calendar and Imperial Roll amongst themselves, as well.

Settled halflings often rely upon the Revised Harenic Calendar and Imperial Roll to track the passage of time, but most halflings are nomads and have little inclination to take note of more than the progress of the seasons and the stars. They engage in a variety of religious celebrations which draw their timing from the solstices and equinoxes in combination with the moon, but have never bothered to keep a reckoning of years in the way of other races.