The Four Moons — anchoring multiple calendars through celestial bodies

The World of the Everflow has four moons, and several calendars based on those moons and the sun. The calendar and moons arose not because of the name of the site, but because a player asked a question to which I didn’t have an answer. From that simple question the calendar was invented. Lore has developed since then. Most moons are connected to a third of the Six Kingdoms, as well as to the powerful storylines about Bonded Companions, Magic, or Teknology. Each of these moons is also a simple way to tell time. These imperfect solution is intended to help keep players focused on the story at the table, not mechanics. I use a similar technique when talking about distances.

Over the next month I’ll be following the prompts from Magic: The Gathering to share the lore and rules within my campaign world. Some will be short hits, others expansions on previous lore. These prompts may just inspire regular rather than irregular blogging.

Meet the Four Moons of Aur.

Feylf – the weekly moon

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Whipping through sky (compared to the real world) Feylf, the Moon of the Fey, is connected strongly to magic. Just 28 years ago this moon’s importance was about myth, legend, story. Now there is a connection to reality that frightens some. It is bright and silvery.

The Week

There are nearly zero in-game mentions of the days of the week. This gets too complex for most gaming sessions.

  1. Elmsday starts the week and honors Selley (Goddess of Birth, Life and Death) and Belsem (Goddess of the Untamed). Things begin before they are fully developed.
  2. Bell’an’Aur is the second day of the week. It starts with a rejection of that which can’t be tamed and ends with a dinner celebrating Aur. Aur is the name of the planet. It hadn’t had a name until the calendar issue came up. In Kirtin and Crinth this is Feylfday and is the day when Feylf is full, shortly after sunset.
  3. Quarsday is the third day. It celebrates Quar (God of Rivers, Mountains)
  4. Day of Glight honors the Lord of Knowledge. In developed lands the afternoons are given to learning.
  5. Torday honors Torq (Goddess of Sea and Storm).
  6. Az and Sel is day six. This honors not a god within the Wildes/Kirtin/Daoud, but the man and dog that legend says discovered the bonding. Nik is also frequently honored on this day. Azsel recognizes Az and Sel as man and dog that were raised to godhood.
  7. Day of Oun is the end of the week. Oun and Obscon are not honored. The Lords of the End are respected in that all things end. They are feared.

Many druids and monks practice their faiths at New and Full Feylf. As do the mages of Ken, the Scholars, and the Proctors of Grace.

Glibbon – the monthly moon

On a cycle of 31 days, Glibbon is not connected to any mysticism around the Fey/Ken, nor the Kin, nor Dragons. For the people of the Everflow, Glibbon is a marker of time, nothing more. While they know that Glibbon is connected to the tides and the sea, as its mass and orbit combine with the others to give earth-like tidal patterns (yes, this is a cheat) there is no connection to any ancestor from Kin.

But, for the Queen and Kon, the primary influencer of the tides connects to various water-powered projects, and Glibbon s named after the first Goblin queen who discovered how to channel the tides to create an irrigation system that would prevent drought n the lands of the tar-trees. All Kon royalty wear purple for Glibbon, the Purple Moon.

Kin – the seasonal moon

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Circling Aur every 71-ish days, Kin represents the season cycles of birth, growth, harvest, and passing. Almost perfectly consistent with the orbit around the Sun, Kin is named after the bond of love between peoples and their companions. Red, like the blood and heart of people, Kin’s full moon is a time to celebrate the cycle of life and the bonds that make the World of the Everflow a special place.

Matching the cycle of planting and harvesting, especially within the Western Wildes, Kirtin, and Daoud, the Blood Moon is vital for farmers and herders. Every Full Kin is celebration of the season. In Kirtin and northern Daoud (conquered Kirtin) Winter’s Kin and Summer’s Kin are also the times when the royal court moved between Kirtin-in-the-Sky and Kirtin-on-the-Lake. Less noble peoples may also move during these times, though the Long Wars often interfere with the migratory lifestyle of the Kirtish peoples.

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The Dragon – the generational moon

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Up in the Crinth Confederation the key moon is The Dragon. Completing an orbit every 20 years. They count a person’s life by the number of Full Dragons the individual has seen, with infrequent exceptions for those born a few short years prior a Full Dragon. Their companions are also knows by how many Full Dragons they typically live to see. The Crinth are longer thinkers than most of the realms of the Six Kingdoms.

The Dragon is full — golden and huge — to the human eye for over two years, as its cycle lasts just under 20 years. The massive moon is connected to the myths and legends of the Time Ancient, when magic and dragons were plentiful. Plenty of emerging faiths have sprung up around The Dragon now that both dragons and magic are again known.

Within Kirtin-on-the-Lake these faiths gather in the Ward of Mighty Trees/Dead Forrest around the Red Oak, hoping to see the birth of a new dragon in the World of the Everflow — will this happen when The Dragon is full or new? (I actually haven’t decided, as it will be determined by the needs of the story).

The Sun – years go by

Anything attached to a year, no matter the calendar in question, uses the orbit of Aur around the Sun. The idea is to keep things as simple as I can with this fictitious calendar. Players need to have a basic understanding of the way the world works within the rules.

The various calendars all have a Year Zero that starts at a different time. For most of the continent year zero has been re-established as the Year of Awakening. The Church of Quar, the nations of Sheljar and the Western Wildes, Azsel, Mehmd, the Crinth Confederation, and the Scholars all use this convention. The current campaign is set in 28 Post Awakening Quar Calendar.

For Kirtin and Daoud their Year Zero s when Daoud first took Kirtin-on-the-Lake, back on 4th day of Autumn 792 BA. Their wars define their reality.

How do the celestial bodies in your world connect to the stories you are telling? Because that’s all that matters with background details like the number of moons and a calendar — story.

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