Shards of Trastenfen
This will serve as your basic introduction to the yearly cycles in Ruboryn. Don’t worry about this in terms of the game – it will not affect the game in any way if you don’t know this calendar information. I present it only as a way to give you an idea of the world cycles. The years are counted in 15 year cycles, and each item named is representative of a piece of lore. Here is the list and a brief allusion to the reason it is named thus:
1 Bear – First animal killed by Pynder when he was learning to hunt
2 Hawk – Well-sighted creature that nested on Fallow’s mountain to aid him
3 Wand – Implement Nedenoe used to create the world
4 Locust – Carried protective faeries to all the forests by command of Eord
5 Wind – Tool used by the God Straben to rescue or curse ships
6 Blade – Sword (‘Selogan’) used to settle a bet between Serryn and Goras
7 Lake – Source of the first food eaten by the first inhabitants of Ruboryn
8 Dragon – Powerful first creation of Timon, unknowingly unleashed upon the world
9 Veil – Nedenoe wears it in the presence of Dalboor, to shield herself from his hatred
10 Lute – Favored instrument of Eord
11 Feast – For Pynder and Straben, to celebrate and honor their victory in the Dawn War
12 Horse – Revered steed ridden by Janter in the Dawn War
13 Forge – Celebrates birth of craftsmanship
14 Bandit – Commemorates the dark time when evil takes hold of men
15 Flame – Reminder of progress and technology
Months in Ruboryn are 35 days long (five 7-day weeks), with the exception of Lysten, which is only 15 days. Every fourth year, a day is added to Tolen and a large feast is held (the Feast of Fire; see below).
1 Neden –
2 Scryen Feast of Sorrow
3 Breezen -
4 Amegden Bane Curse Down (End of Plague)
5 Olfenen -
6 Kenten Day of the Pale Sun
7 Tolen Feast of Fire (every fourth year)
8 Dormen Festival of Nedenoe (Harvest Week)
9 Hanten -
10 Thalen -
11 Lysten Day of New Life
Weeks have seven days in Ruboryn and most days are named to honor a specific event, God, or activity. There are 5 weeks in each month (except Lysten). This means, for example, that there are 5 Aftdays in each month. So the 2nd Aftday in Olfenen means that it is the 6th day of the 2nd week in the 5th month of the year. That sounds really complicated, but basically the weeks mimic earth weeks. The year is shorter, with only 10 full months and a shorter 11th month.
Dryday: First official day of the week. In honor of the Laws of Janter, this day is set aside to make amends for mistakes one has made. In recent times, this has devolved into an activity performed in name only, and most commoners use this day to rest up for the week ahead. (This is equivalent to Sunday)
Longday: This is the first workday of the week and is typically the day that work is performed for the longest time, presumably to make up for the days off. (This is equivalent to Monday)
Rainday: This day is named in honor of Goras, Lord of the Rain, for he is the one that brings water to the crops so that the people may eat and grow fat and prosperous. (This is equivalent to Tuesday)
Kerday: This day is named in honor of Hyrker, Goddess of Alchemy and Profit. As this is the day before Peerday, it is also called Foreday, and it is a day of preparation for worship. Commoners only work a ½ day so that they can go home and prepare gifts to bring to worship on Peerday. The association to Hyrker is tenuous, but the presumed connection is due to the fact that those who reap more profits also donate more profits to the church during Peerday. (This is equivalent to Wednesday)
Peerday: This is the day of the week when commoners spend the morning in worship of the God or Goddess with whom they feel the most loyal. No work is performed on this day. The day is spent in peaceful worship and in the evening, most towns have community meals accompanied by dancing, sermons, and demonstrations of magnanimous grandeur (i.e. trying to show who is the most pious). Recently this activity has devolved into a large party with much alcohol and a little immorality (the amount of which depends upon the size of the congregation or town). (This is equivalent to Thursday)
Aftday: This is a work day and it is considered most unholy to miss this day because one partied too hard in the name of the Gods during Peerday. In other words, it’s a sign of weakness of faith, constitution, stamina, and more recently, shows a lack of ability to hold one’s liquor. Many people blame the Gods Sefft and/or Timon if they fail to be productive on Aftday. (This is equivalent to Friday)
Cirsday (seers-day): This is a day of rest. This day has become something of a tribute to Cuneflir by the educated and certain members of the wealthy/royal castes, as well as the clergy. For them, it is supposed to be a day of quiet reflection and study, a day to gain knowledge and converse with scholars. This seems unrealistically self-righteous to the common folk who spend their days toiling in the fields and/or performing hard manual labor; they get little time to ‘study’ in the first place, since they work so hard for those above them on the caste scale. For the commoners, Cirsday is a day of rest and a time to work on one’s own hobbies or spend time with family. They pay tribute to Cuneflir, ironically, for distracting the nobles with their own educated presumptions. (This is equivalent to Saturday)
Feast of Sorrow: This is a day of silence in honor of the Winged-One Ruboryn. It is held on the first Dryday in Scryen and no business transactions take place on this day. Many people have small solemn meals with only their closest relatives or friends. Rowdy-ness is treated as an affront to Nedenoe’s sorrow and is punished heartily.
Bane Curse Down: This day commemorates the defeat of darkness by Pynder’s army in the Plague War. The end of the battle was the beginning of a great time of peace in the world. This takes place on the second Peerday in Amegden.
Day of the Pale Sun: This day features a feast in honor of Fallow. The event commemorates the day that Fallow took the energy of the sun to create all of the gems in the world. He also planted the metals in his mountains. The sun became pale due to the loss of energy, but the people of the world have flourished. Basically it’s a big party with everyone dressed up in their finest jewels and it takes place on the first Longday in Kenton.
Feast of Fire: This feast is held every fourth year on the first day of Tolen (designated Fire-Day). This day is in honor of Serryn for having the foresight to balance the calendar with an added day every four years. It is a day of rest and there is usually a large commemorative ball in the evening. Sometimes the party goes on until the first Peerday and a special sermon is held to honor Serryn.
Festival of Nedenoe: This is a week-long festival that commemorates Nedenoe’s blessing of the crops. This blessing is required in order to have a good harvest. The festivities occur for an entire week and virtually no work gets done. This takes place during the first week of Dormen.
Day of New Life: This is a celebration of the last and the first day of the year. It is usually rather subdued, and is meant to pay respects to the passing of time.