A Relic of the Past
In the Empire’s calendar, each year has 13 months, each month has four weeks, and each week has seven days. This totals 364 recorded days, plus 1-2 days for the Fugue Feast (see below).
Months of the Year
- High Cold
Days of the week
At midnight after the 28th day of the Month of Songs, a period “outside the calendar” called the Fugue Feast begins, and it continues until the High Pupil of the Church of the Vigilant Eye declares its end, based on astronomical observations. It is usually only one day but occasionally two.
During the Fugue Feast, the time which passes “does not exist.” The feast day/days are not part of any week, month, or year. People who violate religious strictures or municipal laws during the Feast cannot be held accountable unless evidence of premeditation or the act itself exists during “recorded time.” This, combined with the indeterminate length of the Feast, tends to nudge people toward quick, impulsive acts such as gluttony and debauchery, though a few have literally gotten away with murder.
To the devout, the Fugue Feast is a way of mourning The Great Burning. It is a sober yearly reminder of what the world would become without any recorded knowledge.
The Empire reckons time by years since The Great Burning. As of the start of this campaign, the year is 1844.