Akara: Lands of Chaos
Reckoning of Time in Akara
There are two methods of counting the years in Akara. The first is the Meclidonic Reckoning, named after the famed elven astrologer Meclides. Year 0 Meclidonic is the time when the once-immortal elves first established Quel’Thanas.
The second method used mainly by humans and halflings, but recognized everywhere, is the Post-Rift Reckoning. This time-keeping system was developed after the chaotes were displaced. Year 0 of Post-Rift is the day the Worldrift was opened.
Akaran Calendar – The Cycle of the Wheel
The calendar currently used was developed by the ruling Humans of the olden Pre-Rift days. It is still used today because it more accurately tracks the progress of the Tri-Moons than any other system. It consists of 12 months of between 29-30 days, with the Week of Woe alternating year to year. The last three months were renamed in the latter days to remember those lost in the War. Their previous names are lost to the annals of time.
The months, and number of days, of the year are:
- Month of Dreadful Ice (29)
- Month of Budding (29)
- Month of Grass (29)
- Month of Cutting (30)
- Month of Burning (29)
- Month of Harvest (30)
- Month of Dark (29)
- Month of Falling Leaves (29)
- Month of Long Cold (29)
- Month of Terrors (30)
- Month of Gnashing Teeth (30)
- Month of Weeping (30)
Days of the Week
The days of the week are named after powerful Chaos entities. They have not been changed for general fear of calling the attention of these hated monsters. The old system is forgotten by all but the most ancient of elves and dwarves. It may be worthy to note that Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings all have their own names for the days of the week in their own lands and in their own languages.
The days of the week are:
Festivals, Holidays, and Feast Days of Akara
The festivals of Akara were once bright, joyous occasion for celebration and joy. Now, however, they have a more somber tone. They commemorate those lost, and lament what once was. However, the peoples of Akara are resilient, and retain several of their brighter Feasts.
- Festival of Agony – 1st Month of Gnashing Teeth
- Commemorates the pain of losing ones loved ones in the Great War
- Festival of Skulls – 2nd Month of Grass
- Commemorates the Dead of ages past. This is an ancient feast day from time immemorial.
- Eve of the Culling – 3rd Month of Dark
- Is a remembrance of the many lost in the First Battle of the Rift
- Dusk of Wrath – 28th Month of Long Cold
- Bhaltein – 15th Month of Burning
- One of the few surviving Ancient Feast days, Bhaltein is a celebration of fertility, fecundity, and bounty.
- Blood Harvest – 30th Month of Harvest
- This somber holiday occurs to remember the many elders, women, and children who suffered and died needlessly under the oppression of the Chaotes.
- Akitu (New Year) – 1st Month of Dreadful Ice
- The last of the olden feasts, Akitu is a celebration of the New Year to come. Now it symbolizes hope and resilience in the face of opposition.
- The Week of Woe
- This festival deserves special attention, as it is a rotating holiday. It rotates every year from month to month. In the current year (4559 Mcd, 149 PR)the Week of Woe will occur in the Month of Weeping, starting the cycle over following its celebration. It occurs between days 10 and 15 of the month on which it occurs.
- The Week of Woe is a most somber affair. During this week, the people fast and reminisce about things lost. They remember the olden days, and the joy thereof. They weep and cry, remembering all that they lost in the darkest days of Akara.