On a far away place, beyond the limits of comprehension and the depths of the multiverse, stands the planet of Orth. Blessed by gods, but shaped by mortals, Orth is set on a lonesome star system orbiting a giant that burns brightly in wide orange-hued flares. The human scholars dubbed it Gamma Draconis, but the ancient elves had found its name before all: Eltanin – the great serpent.
Traversing the void with Orth, two moons weave orbits around it: Aurora, the pale silver giant that greets the morning, and the small umber-colored Noctis – night’s accomplice.
A day in Orth takes 24 hours, and a week is 6 days. A month is 5 weeks, and year is completed in 12 months: 360 days.
The moons of Orth have regular cycles: Noctis’ is 60 days, and Aurora’s is 180 days.
The alignment of the moons’ cycles with the solar year provides the basis for a common calendar used by everyone on Eridor.
Ties to the The Old Faith run deep in the world of Orth, and its influence is still present in every day life. Nowhere is it more obvious than in the Common language’s names for days of a week, fairly universal throughout the realm, paying respects to the building blocks of the world:
When aggregating weeks into months, the nomenclature used varies somewhat according to culture and geography. In the parts of the world where humanity is most prevalent, these are the names used:
Putting it all together
It was Earth’s day, the 8th of the month of Kindle, when Karek left the city of Greyhaven, heading south. The road that traverses the Crescent Shores along the coast of the Oldwyn Sea is safe and well travelled. He would make good time, and expected to reach the outpost on the edge of the Endorii desert well before the month of Winds was underway.