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The official calendar used in most of the Known Lands originated with the Atalan Empire, and counts the years since the first nexus tower was erected. This calendar starts with Year 1 of the Nexus Age, or 1 NA for short. The years before that time are considered to be "Before Nexus" (BN), starting with 1 BN (or sometimes -1 NA). There is no "Year Zero" in this calendar, as the number zero had not been invented by the Atalan Empire by this time. The current year is the year 1423 of the Nexus Age, or 1423 NA. Though other ways of counting the years exist in some regions, even they tend to refer to this reckoning when corresponding with foreigners.

A year consists of 363 days. These days are divided into twelve months, which were originally named during the Atalan Empire after various deities or emperors. The following table lists both the modern-day name for the months as well as the "classical" Atalan version, which is still used in some high society circles as well as among occultists and some academics.

Modern name Atalan Name Number of Days Season
Nor Norus 30 mid-winter
Varnus Varnus 31 late winter
Avern Avernus 30 early spring
Jorune Jorunnos 30 mid-spring
Victor Victorius 31 late spring
Norol Norolus 30 early summer
Mara Mara 28 mid-summer
Kort Kortus 31 late summer
Invar Invarius 31 early autumn
Hatan Hatanius 30 mid-autumn
Drusus Drusus 31 late autumn
Ungol Ungolius 30 early winter

However, Rothea actually takes slightly longer than 363 days to revolve around the sun. For this reason, every five years (a period also known as a "pentad") the month of Mara has 29 days instead of 28. It is said that any good deed you will perform on the 29th of Mara will be returned to you tenfold, and children born on that day are considered to be blessed by Mara herself.

Even that adjustment is not exactly accurate, as recent astronomical measurements have shown. For this reason, astronomers have proposed to eliminate the 29th of Mara in the 50th year of every second century. The first such adjustment would be in 1450 NA, but this has not yet gained widespread acceptance.

Time is also divided into weeks of seven day each. Each day is named after a different color, dating back to a custom in the Atalan Empire where the emperor's palace would display banners of different colors each weekday (a custom still followed in certain locales to this day, especially in cities which consider themselves to be "heirs" to the glories of the Empire). The days are: Blueday, Greenday, Redday, Yellowday, Blackday, Whiteday, and Purpleday. Purpleday is a general day of rest (and even the working poor tend to get the mornings off), and many faiths hold their ceremonies on this day. On Whiteday, government offices as well as many shops are also closed, though much of the population still has to work. There is also a rich lore of superstitions regarding the significances of the various "day colors" - for example, Redday is supposed to be a lucky day for love, Greenday is a good time for garden work, while Blackday is generally considered to be "unlucky".

The 1st of Nor of 1423 is a Blueday.

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