The Calendar

The year consists of 365 ¼ days; 12 months, each consisting of 3 weeks which contain 10 days, plus five feast days that fall between months. There is also an extra day every fourth year, the Dragonfeast, which is part of no month and follows the Midsummer Festival. The names of the twelve months are given along with their more common name, the feast days are in italics.



( Sleet )


( Wind )


( Seed )



( Blossom )


( Bright )


( Meadow )



( Heat )


( Harvest )



( Mist )


( Frost )



( Snow )


( Dark )

The Dragonfeast is the extra day that comes every four years. It is a day of open council between nobles and people; a day for making and dramatic ending of agreements. The entertainments are often in the nature of tests and trials for those wishing to improve their reputation or status. Traditionally, the constraints of class and of breeding are removed for this one day. A minor cult called ‘the Dragonshield’ are associated with the Dragonfeast.

Midwinter is also known unofficially as Yuletide, the turning of the Year. For the nobility and other leaders, this is a time to plan the coming year, to renew old alliances, make new vows and send gifts of goodwill. To more common folk this is the nadir of the year, when their lords have an obligation to provide food and warmth to see them through the worst of the cold. They celebrate this heartily with feasting and bonfires.

Springtide is the official end of winter, a day of celebration. Flowers that have been carefully cultivated indoors are set outside to decorate the home and to bring luck and fertility in the coming year. Early wildflowers are also gathered and used to ‘crown’ a maiden in each community, who then blesses the fields. By tradition young children are Named at this festival; probably due to a seasonal baby boom.

Midsummer, also called the Short Night, is a time of feasting and music and love. Betrothals are traditionally made on this night. Sharing and informality are the essence of this feast and, for this one night, the constraints even of marriage are forgotten in an unconditional of love and passion. Bad weather during the night is considered a very bad omen.

Harvestide signals the start of autumn and, hopefully, of the safe fathering in of the harvest. It is a feast both to thank the hard working harvesters, and to celebrate the brief period of plentiful food. Many journeys are undertaken at the end of the feast, as travellers hurry to reach their overwinter destination before the worst of the mud arrives are the rain freezes into snow.

The Ghostmoons is the most sombre festival day in the year. It is a day for remembering the dead; graves and shrines are decorated, and many tales told of ancient heroes and lost treasure. Both moons shine full during this night, and it is believed that on this night the ghosts of lost souls can return to the world. This day marks the start of winter snows, and the end of fighting until the spring re-melting.