The Fourian Calendar
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First established by the wizard Fourian in the year 0 CE (Common Era), the calendar quickly spread throughout the world and, by 12 CE, was a standard. A Fourian month started at a full moon and ended at the next full moon, and was made up of exactly four weeks of seven days each, for a month of exactly 28 days.
Being elvish, Fourian originally named the months in the language of his people, but as the calendar passed into common usage, they eventually came to be named after the seasons: Early Spring, Mid Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, and so on. Few outside the Elven Forest still use the old names for the months, but they remain as a source of historical and academic curiosity.
- Kel'itar: Early Spring; sword tip; to stab
- Kel'ul: Mid Spring; sword duel or debate
- Kel'ein: Late Spring; sword; metal, esp. mithril or steel
- Qen'vaen: Early Summer; a parrying shield; shield-brother
- Qen'lhs: Mid Summer; shattered shield; a lie revealed
- Qen'hal: Late Summer; shield wall; home, safety
- Ul'inar: the Month of Change; the heartbeat between strikes
- Val'dyn: Early Autumn; a notched arrow; danger, warning
- Val'has: Mid Autumn; arrow in flight; inevitability
- Val'tyn: Late Autumn; fallen arrow; endings, death
- Ayn'lhs: Early Winter; shattered spear; peace
- Ayn'qen: Mid Winter; spear wall; a retort
- Ayn'ul: Late Winter; weapon; edge
Between Late Summer and Early Autumn is the Month of Change, when the world holds its breath as it lies perfectly poised between summer and autumn. This month Fourian named the ul'inar, after the Elvish punctuation mark used to mark the space between sentences.
A Fourian year is thus made up of 13 months of 28 days each, for a total of 52 weeks and 364 days. Every four years, an additional day - which Fourian named the ul'yn ("the killing stroke"), after the Elvish punctuation mark used to mark the end of a paragraph - is added to the month of the Ul'inar, to ensure that the months continue to match up with the seasons.
The Ul'yn is added between the 14th and 15th day of the Ul'inar, and is commonly celebrated as a day of feasting and revelry throughout the kingdoms. Nobles and peasants alike throng the streets in masks, drinking and making merry late into the night, and for a single day status and social standing is forgotten. It should therefore come as no surprise that the number of royal bastards often seen a marked increase every four years, and that these bastards often share the same birthday.