The Glowgem Calendar
The official position of the Flayer Reckoning calendar in inter-systemic matters in Incudea poses a problem for all other planets in the empire. After all, Flayer Reckoning is exclusively based on the astronomical characteristics of a single planet, the Silver Planet, characteristics which naturally do not apply in the myriad other Incudean planets. What to do then? Some planets, proud Gorgo for example, maintain a calendar suited to their own conditions, though practically everyone has to work with F.R. at certain points in their lives, so that the two calendars coexist side by side. Glowgem, another one of the Big 8 planets, is a good case of a different strategy: there they have attempted to "localize" F.R. to fit the local situation, creating a rather successful hybrid.
The relevant data (in Earth time) for the two planets is shown below:
|ORBITAL PERIOD||369 days, 1 hour||138 days, 24 minutes|
|ROTATION PERIOD||27.9 hours||279.2 hours|
The old Glowgem calendar based their years -as one would expect- on the orbital periods. The rotation period being so long, there was no need for a separate category of months. A typical year consisted of 12 days, with 11-day years every so often to adjust keep the calendar in sync with the orbit. These 12 days were named after important figures in the early history of Glowgem. They all feature the faux suffix-like ending -d, vaguely alluding to the word for month (tiondo).
Each year would normally be 12 days long, though some leap years would be 11 days long to adjust for discrepancies. The old calendar also split the interminable days into 12 portions: 6 “days” and 6 “nights”, called dasha (from Horgothic asha week, with the negative prefix d-). Therefore a Glowgem year would have either 144 or 132 dasha, depending on whether the year had 12 or 11 days.
Starting with New Year’s Day 1821 FR, a mere 400 years after first settlement, Glowgem shifted to a new calendar more attuned to the Silver standard. Each day was split into 10 dasha instead of 12, so that one dasha was almost just as long as a Silver day. The planet's orbital period was ignored, and instead the year was split into 32 (sometimes 31, as an adjustment) days to bring it to roughly the length of the 317-day Silver Year of Flayer Reckoning. The decision was made years earlier, but 1821 was chosen for the translation because its beginning in the Silver Planet coincided very closely with daybreak in Tresi, the capital of Glowgem.
The rule for subsequent years was that the first day of the Glowgem year would be that day during which the Silver Year officially began. As a result, the Glowgem New Year begins in either the tenth or the eleventh and last week of the last month of the official FR calendar.
The issue of what to name the twenty new days in the calendar was resolved by compromise. Glowgem has a school of numerology called musicism (fankashemprisglar) whose teachings are widely accepted by the many local sects. Musicists have given special names to numbers beyond six, which in Horgothic are usually formed by a combination of numbers. For example, our number "thirteen" in Horgothic is shai-shen, literally "two-one". Musicists, however call it osan. So the thirteenth day was called precisely that, and so on up to day 32. Thus:
Agent Sinduin was born on the nineteenth day in 6799 (i.e. FR 8619), thus her name. The new calendar has suffered one change since its inauguration. After the death of Ransain, who was born on the tenth day of the Glowgem calendar, the authorities in decided that day after her. The old name for day 10, Konshand, was then given to day 18, 18 being an auspicious number (three times six). Below is the final calendar arrangement as we have it today.
Finally, here is a table with data on recent and near future calendar years in Glowgem.
|Year (Flayer Reckoning)||Number of Days||Silver date in which the
Glowgem year begins
|8835||31||11 Lo Varabel, 8834|
|8836||32||10 Loi Varabel, 8835|
|8837||32||10 La Varabel, 8836|
|8838||32||11 Lu Varabel, 8837|
|8839||31||11 La Varabel, 8838|
|8840||32||10 Lo Varabel, 8839|
|8841||32||10 Le Varabel, 8840|
|8842||32||11 Loi Varabel, 8841|
|8843||31||11 Le Varabel, 8842|
|8844||32||10 La Varabel, 8843|
|8845||32||11 Li Varabel, 8844|
|8846||31||11 Lo Varabel, 8845|
|8847||32||10 Loi Varabel, 8846|
|8848||32||10 Le Varabel, 8847|
|8849||32||11 Lu Varabel, 8848|
|8850||31||11 La Varabel, 8849|
|8851||32||10 Lo Varabel, 8850|
|8852||32||11 Li Varabel, 8851|
|8853||32||11 Loi Varabel, 8852|
|8854||31||11 Le Varabel, 8853|
|8855||32||10 La Varabel, 8854|
NOTE - F.R. weekday abbreviations as follows: Li = Light, Lu = Lunaria, Loi = Loiteneva, Lo = Love, La = Lance, Le = Letrigech
Timekeeping in Albrajen
While Sinduin was born in the Glowgem System, her birth moon revolves around a different planet called Lagash. Long ago, when Lagash was a thriving world, the Albrajen calendar was intimately linked to that planet. However, after the devastation in Lagash in 3,800 years ago, Albrajen came directly (in a figurative way of course) into Glowgem's orbit. The denizens of Albrajen follow the years, days and dashas of Glowgem, but they couple them with a reckoning of the duration the local day on the moon. Albrajen's local day is close to 244 Earth hours long. The Albrajenians don't count the local days per se, but only the passage of each day as broken up into 216 tonji. The first 108 tonji are dark, the second 108 are light. There is no synchronization with Glowgem's calendar as such, and since each day in Glowgem is somewhat over 247 Albrajenian tonji, the tonji count will not tell you anything about the current Glowgem day or its dasha. Say, for example, today is Kishui dasha 8 (Tonji 31 in Albrajen). This actually means it's dark in both Glowgem's capital of Tresi and Albrajen (since Glowgem dasha 1-5 are light and 6-10 are dark; and Albrajen tonji 1-108 are dark and 109-216 are light). Local astronomers point to Urri, GR 3329 as a rare instance in which the day in Glowgem began pretty much exactly as Tonji 1 on Albrajen.