The Calendar of Uturón
The calendar of Uturón was originally developed by an ancient civilization of Moristo. It was eventually adopted by most cultures, as it is a very simple and easy way to divide up a year, and allows uneducated farmers a way to know when to harvest their crops.
The year is divided into four sixty-day months. These months are themselves divided into six “tendays.” It is standard practice to say the name of the tenday, followed by the word “and,” followed by the day within that tenday. For example, one would be able to know exactly what time of year it was by saying that it was “two and six of the month of the hydra.” This would make it the 26th day of the second month – 86 days from the beginning of the year.
The four months, in order, are:
- The Month of the Phoenix
- The Month of the Hydra
- The Month of the Dragon
- The Month of the Yeti
In the more northern climates, the first day of each month is significant in the planting schedule. Farmers plant their crops on the first day of the month of the Phoenix, and harvest on the first of each following month (depending on the crop planted). In southern climates, or tropical ones, this changes significantly.
Because it is used so widely by the common folk, scholars and historians have also taken to denoting time in this way. They generally will only write P, H, D, or Y for the month, and then the day of that month.
There are several different ways of denoting exactly what year an event occured, and there are several arguments as to which is the best and why. Among historians today, the most common approach is to denote years since The Great War, since that was a major world-changing event. Timanian historians will often also denote the reigning Lord Timan at the time of an event.