The Calaunthra (the Mournan calendar)
As of the start of the Sixth Chapter, the date is:
The 9th Green of Jalanth in the Year of the Stormbird.
The festival of Fullsheaf is tomorrow (10th Green, Jalanth), which is dedicated to Damantha.
This day is observed in hopes that the harvest will be plentiful and the food wholesome.
If such results seem unlikely, the people make livestock sacrifices in hopes that food comes to the hungry from somewhere in the lean days at the end of winter, when larders are bare.
Known formally as the Calaunthra, the Mournan
calendar is referred to as the Telling in daily speech.
The calendar consists of “Times” of a dozen years,
each identified by the name of a creature. Individual
years are termed “the First of the Gryphon,” “the
Second of the Gryphon,” and so on. At the end
of every Time is a single day, the Haelhollow. It’s
not considered part of any year and is a day when
wrongs can be righted, revenge taken, laws are
considered suspended, married couples can seek
new partners for one night, and violence and
pranks govern. After Haelhollow passes, a new
The recent and soon to come Times are as follows (in
The Time of the Huthbear
The Time of the Swiftwing
The Time of the Ornserpent
The Time of the Thantoad
The Time of the Khornalysk
The Time of the Drusthorn
The Time of the Gryphon (the beginning of the campaign)
The Time of the Stormbird (the current time)
The Time of the Windragon
The Time of the Warserpent
Days and Months
Each year is divided into twelve forty-day-long
months, which coincide with the lunar
cycle of Thelseene. Months are divided into four
“ten-day” periods. The four rathren are always
named Rising Rathren, Green Rathren, High
Rathren, and Withering Rathren.
The Mournan year begins with the first month
of spring, Adaunth (equivalent to our March).
Festivals and Fairs
The citizens of Zroas enjoy several celebrations throughout the year, many related to seasonal changes and the particular gods associated with the solstices and equinoxes. With trade so central to the city’s life, events like the Road Opening Festival, held to honor the city’s successful commercial endeavors, enjoy great popularity.
Local rulers call feasts, day-long celebrations,
to mark occasions of importance in local life, from
battles to dragon-slayings to ascensions of thrones.
However, there are a number of feasts observed by
all Mournans—the Days of the Seven:
Brightstar (First Rising, Adaunth)—dedicated to
Larlasse. Participants hope to win good fortune and
clear choices in the year ahead.
Coinrain (Fourth Green, Maepranth)—dedicated
to Haelarr. This holiday is celebrated in hopes of
prosperity. Folk give coins to strangers, in hopes
that when they are in need in the year ahead, “coins
unlooked for” will come to them.
Gentlehands (Tenth High, Nornee)—dedicated
to Munedra. This day celebrates good health and
avoiding disease, wounding, and heart-strife in the
year to come.
Fiercefend (Sixth Green, Wendthorn)—
dedicated to Araugh. Participants hope to avoid
storms and watery peril in the year to come.
Fangward (Tenth High, Wendthorn)—dedicated
to Ralaroar. The Beast Lord is appeased in hopes of
avoiding animal and monster attacks. Great hunts
and monster-slayings are re-enacted by costumed
commoners, real beasts are set to fighting, and
warriors wrestle bears for public entertainment.
Swordfire (Sixth High, Aumbril)—dedicated to
Amaunt. This feast brings hope of avoiding misrule
and false justice. Many pacts, agreements, and
contracts are made on this day.
Fullsheaf (Tenth Green, Jalanth)—dedicated to
Damantha. This day is observed in hopes that the
harvest will be plentiful and the food wholesome.
If such results seem unlikely, the people make
livestock sacrifices in hopes that food comes to the
hungry from somewhere in the lean days at the end
of winter, when larders are bare.