The Clutch of Verthandi
History of Aetheron
The Modern Calendar
The modern calendar, designed and maintained by the Faith of the True Light, is based on a seven day week with two days of rest:
1) Oneday (first day of work week)
2) Twosday (second day of work)
3) Mendsday (originally “threesday,” but changed to honor craftsmen; often stop work early to fix or inspect equipment)
4) Foursday (fourth day of work)
5) Friday (a bastardization of “Fireday,” the last day of work week; incorporated from the druidic calendar, the title “fire” harkens to bonfires historically used to herald celebrations)
6) Satyrday (adapted from druidic times, the title “satyr” harkens to satyrs, festival spirits of woodlands; a day of rest and celebration)
7) Sunday (the day of the sun, sacred to True Light; a day of rest)
The year consists of twelve months, divided into groups of three to represent each season. The three months are given a prefix according to their chronological order: “wax” for the first month of a season, “mid” for the second, and “wane” for the third. Years are listed in numerically ascending order until the end of an Age. This occurs only when a counsel of leaders and scholars throughout the continent unanimously agree that an Age is over; typically this agreement is triggered by the end of some world-changing event, such as a Descent or The Cataclysm (see below).
Example Date: “Satyrday the 7th of Wanesummer, Year 122 of the Third Age.”
Ages & Events (in chronological order)
First Age – The Dwarven Age; the rise of civilization and the height of dwarven culture.
First Descent – The first desperate struggle between the civilized races and the giants; led by hill & stone giants.
Second Age – The Rising Age; a long period of growth for gnomes and humans in the wake of the golden age of the dwarves.
Second Descent – A full-scale war to repel giant invaders; led by fire giants.
Third Age – The Mystic Age; rise of magic in all its forms.
Mystic War – Magical war between the different factions of arcane and divine casters.
The Cataclysm – A discharge of magical destruction that scarred the earth and caused magic to disappear for a time.
Fourth Age – The Mortal Age; a dark age without the aid of magic.
Doom of Dragonhelm – The abrupt and inexplicable fall of one of the three great dwarven capitols.
Elven Conquest – The arrival of the elves and halflings; gradual expansion across the continent.
Third Descent – A prolonged winter that accompanied a giant invasion; led by frost giants.
Fifth Age – The Present.
The Vanishing – The sudden disappearance of the elven homeland.
Heroes & Saints
Saint Benedict – Patron saint of law and law enforcement.
Saint Daedal – Patron saint of architects and engineers.
Saint Diana – Patron saint of hunters.
Saint Joshua – Patron saint of victory and founder of the Faith of the True Light
Saint Georgia – Patron saint of monster-slayers.
Saint Martin – Patron saint of family and community.
Saint Olympia – Patron saint of competition, athletics, and diplomacy.
Saint Susan – Patron saint of freedom and liberation.
Villains & Monsters
Hakima – Original rakshasa, birthed from a Black Streak, who propagated the entire monstrous race.
House Lycan – Evil druidic nobles who created the first werewolves.
Kytons – Sadomasochistic abominations created from prisoners lost on the Plane of Shadow.
Verthandi – Legendary red dragon.
Daedal’s Sun – Artificial sun built in Dragonhelm.
Moaning Diamond – Raw elemental earth given form by the dwarves.