Tales from the Fallen Gate
The civilizations of Thule use the old Atlantean calendar, dividing the year into twelve months of 30 or 31 days each. The Atlantean calendar is an observational system based on the transit of the sun against the various constellations of the zodiac. Since these transits may vary by a day or so from year to year, the length of the months is not fixed—priests or official astrologers in each city generally issue an official calendar every year, predicting the length of each month. By tradition, the new year begins on the spring equinox, and the months are named after the sign that “houses” the sun throughout the year.
Astrology is taken very seriously in Thule’s civilizations, and the upper classes frequently pay lavish sums to have detailed horoscopes cast to commemorate noteworthy events such as a marriage or the birth of a child.
Barbaric peoples lack the ability to do precise observations or calculations, but they can certainly note the length of the day and tell when a new year begins. Likewise, they know their winter stars from their summer stars and can estimate the month with a good deal of accuracy. If a barbarian has to plan a date in the future, he or she is likely to say something such as, “I will meet you here on the first new moon in the month of Adar,” and won’t miss by more than a day or two.
|Tebon||The Chariot (Capricorn)||March|
|Sana||The Slave (Aquarius)||April|
|Adar||The Dragon (Pisces)||May|
|Nidon||The Ram (Aries)||June|
|Taru||The Bull (Taurus)||July|
|Samon||The Throne (Gemini)||August|
|Dumet||The Messenger (Cancer)||September|
|Abron||The Lion (Leo)||October|
|Ulon||The Warrior (Virgo)||November|
|Tisra||The Mammoth (Libra)||December|
|Samnu||The Scorpion (Scorpio)||January|
|Kislon||The Chimera (Sagittarius)||February|
DAYS OF THE WEEK
- Asura’s Day
- Tarhun’s Day
- Kishar’s Day
- Nergal’s Day
- Tiamat’s Day
- Mithra’s Day
- Ishtar’s Day