Today's system of numbering years started with the first year of Entharion
's reign as
king of Quendor
marked the start of recorded history (GUE
However, legends and ancient tales lead historians to believe that
highly advanced settlements existed on both sides of the Great Sea
fifth or sixth century Before Entharion (BE
), and that humanity
began to make its mark on the land as long as two millennia ago.
A year in the Great Underground Empire always has 365 days. This period
is divided into twelve months. Each month has a specific number of days
in it, except for Frobuary. It is believed that the breakdown of the
year into these months might be, in some vague way, related to the
lunar cycle, but since the size, shape, and position of the moon is so
wildly unpredictable, it is useless to speculate.
The order of the months is like this:
It should be noted, though, that while the month of Arch always has 31
days, in Antharia
begins on the seventh day because of Antharian
Frobuary was originally called Fidooshiary until it was purchased by
Magic Month Company
in 817 GUE.
The average month has a little over four weeks in it. Each week has
seven days, known as:
Despite these names, most dates in the Empire
referred to in the standard day number/month/year custom (ex: 14
Mumberbur 883 GUE), but the older style (month/day-number/year;
Mumberbur 14'th, 883 GUE) is still used. Putting a comma between the
the year is optional.
Two of these day names actually have stories behind them:
Frob Day(TR) was purchased by the Frobozz Magic Day
in 817 GUE.
Birthday originally had a different name, but Dimwit Flathead
it when he took the throne (c. 770 GUE). Any earlier records to a name
before Birthday have been erased. Before the fall of the Empire in 883,
Birthday was the official celebration of Dimwit Flathead's birthday.
Even after his death Dimwit was excessive, still having his birthday
celebrated every week. Dimwit's Birthday is only one of the special
holidays that occurs throughout the year.
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