A Brief History of the Talorian Calendar System

Though most cultures have differing maps and charts of the World’s geography, almost all of those that actively take part in the modern world share the same calendar system. This is an overview of the Talorian Calendar, its history, and significance.

Before the last version of the Talorian Calendar was discovered during the Enlightenment, different cultures measured the year in different ways. Time has always been measured relative to the Phoenix — thus, every culture maintained that there were 24 hours in a day, that 60 minutes was an hour, 60 seconds a minute, and so on. But the length of a year varied based on what early cultures valued the most. For instance, the Dwarven Calendar, even in its modern form, revolves around the seasons, which is important for their primary activities of agriculture and hunting (although the Dwarven Year is admittedly considered the true astronomical standard for a year). The Vulyssian Calendar revolved around the summer solstice. In the case of the Talorians, their calendar appears to be based around the early creation legends of the Guardians.

The Talorians divided the year into 7 months named Woliar, Azunaar, Kraduar, Phosnir, M’jaabir, Sumubir, and Veliaur. It appears that the sequence is based around the order of which the Guardians came into existence, at least according to legend. They designated there to be 28 days in each month, but from what has been discovered thus far, they did not have what we would call “weeks” or even names for the different days of the weeks. They seem to have referred to each “day” simply by its date; one of the few conventions in their calendar that was not adopted. The names for the days of the week did not come about until after the Talorians were wiped out, once the Lesser Races began to form notable civilizations and their cultures inevitably intertwined.

The last day of the year is when Leviathan was said to succumb to his envy and anger and swallow the world. The first day is when the cycle repeats all over again with the emergence of the Owl. Scholars suggest that this was more of a cultural and symbolic calendar rather than one meant to truly tell astronomically correct time. With their long life spans and high quality of life, current theories hold that outside of night and day, time was not something they fully understood.

The actual design of the calendar was simple, as shown below. Two lines were used to contain 28 dots that represented the days. Each block represented a month.

Also worthy of note is that the number 7 was not an arbitrary choice; the Talorians seem to have had a fixation with it. Aside from there being 7 months, there are other ways the number 7 is present in their calendar system. For example, the details of their iconography for the Guardians:

  1. The Owl is made up of 7 shapes.
  2. Zaan has 7 stripes on each side of his trunk.
  3. The Dragon has 7 pointed projections: 3 horns and 4 teeth.
  4. The Phoenix has 7 feathers on each wing.
  5. The Hydra is drawn with 7 heads.
  6. Kasumi is drawn with 7 tentacles.
  7. Leviathan has 7 teeth on each side of its mouth.

Furthermore, each month has 7 letters, and the 28 days in a month, in addition to being the moon’s full sidereal period, is also a multiple of 7. The reason for this fixation is unknown, but it is prevalent in many other aspects of their culture as well.

This fixation did have its own obstacles. For instance, while the moon’s sidereal period (the time it takes to go 360° around the World) was accounted for, it’s synodic period (the time it takes to complete its phases) was not. The synodic period is 29.5 days, meaning that each month was “missing” around 1.5 days, or 10.5 days a year. Their solution was to have a leap year every 2 years that added 3 extra days to each month. Why every 2 years? Because 10.5*2 = 21, which is another multiple of 7. Thus, every other year the months had 31 days instead of 28.

This is the only calendar discovered that seems to try and accommodate both the sidereal and synodic periods of the moon. The Talorian calendar is rooted in lunar significance rather than solar, which scholars believe is because of their chief Guardian being the Owl. After the leap year corrects the lunar cycle, the following year always begins with a full moon, suggesting that they considered the full moon the starting point for their calendar. As a result, scholars do not associate much if any chronological accuracy with the Talorian Calendar in regards to the age of the World.

While there is magical significance to the Talorian Calendar, “Talorian astrology” is a misnomer — it is not known if Talorians propagated ideas like birth signs and horoscopes; there are no records that indicate so. But modern astrologers have assigned certain attributes to each month derived from the respective guardian for that month. They are as follows:

Woliaur: wisdom, observance, empathy.

Azunaar: bravery, boldness, vigor.

Kraduar: flair, pride, fierceness.

Phosnir: compassion, elegance, duty.

M’jaabir: desire, aloofness, cunning.

Sumubir: benevolence, intelligence, reclusiveness.

Veliaur: wrath, bullishness, possessiveness.

These personality traits are said to be magnified for an individual when they enter their respective month, which can manifest in many different ways. Of course, this only extends as far as one’s belief in such things. Those that subscribe to Primordialism, for instance, usually find no merit in these ideas.

Today, the Talorian Calendar is seen used all throughout the World, and its spread is largely associated with the rise of wizards and orcs. However, regular humans and modern day Dwarves, especially those not among the Kjabizaan, have begun using it more widely in conjunction with their own calendars due to their growing affairs with the other races. Though its history is unknown by the vast majority of people, it is an interesting and rich one nonetheless. Their calendar is just one of many interesting creations by the great Talorian race, and one can only wonder what we will discover next.

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