Though there still exist, and once existed, many calendar systems in Atvas, the one used by almost all the population, the government, and every official organization is the Saigar Calendar. Before the founding of the Saigar Khuvanate, the Saigars had no calendar system, but under the reign of Hadis-Khuvan Khula, a need for a unifying system of tracking time was discovered and Khula commissioned a committee of scholars specializing in calendars, astronomy, and astrology to advise him on the creation of a new system.
At the same time, Khula created a series of cosmic observatories all across the Empire and began collecting data from them as he carefully began to create his calendar. Unfortunately, Khula died before he could complete it, but his son Burhan eventually finished his father's work.
The calendar works on a solar system of 365 days in a year, eight seasons in a year, and an eight year cyclic system. Every year begins on or around the summer solstice.
The first 46 days of the year is known as "New Hope". The next 45 days are "Land's Bounty". The next 46 days are "Skyfade". The next 45 days are "Silent Wind". The next 46 days are "Giving Hand". The next 45 days are "Wild Hearth". The next 46 days are "Skyglow". The next 46 days are "Year's Wain".
Cycle of YearsEdit
The years of the calendar are charted on a rotating astrological cycle in blocks of eight years.
- Year of the Horse
- Year of the Hound
- Year of the Goat
- Year of the Fish
- Year of the Cat
- Year of the Bow
- Year of the Wind
- Year of the Song
Counting the YearsEdit
The reckoning of years by the Saigar Calendar begins with the year that Gan Uyr was proclaimed Hadis-Khuvan of the Saigars, 776 years ago. All years since the calendar starts are labeled as D.H.K., short for Dar-Hum Khuvan (Great Time of the Khuvans). All dates prior are labeled as H.D., Hum-Do (Time Before) and are reckoned in reverse order from the start of the calendar so 7,776 years ago would be reckoned as 7,000 H.D.