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Worldbuilding 9 – If it’s Punresdaeg we must be in Uppsala August 20, 2009

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calendar of Uppsala

Why would anyone want a complicated calendar like this for use in their novel?  First of all, it’s not really that complicated.  Ninety-one day quarters with two holiday dates at the end of each half year makes for a 366 day year.  The first month of each quarter has 31 days with the other two months having 30 each.  Not having months with differing days from 28 to 31 makes scheduling a lot easier for Empire businesses.  Each quarter is the same and each year is the same.  No leap years are involved.  No extra days in one month needed.

The Uppsala calendar places the first year at the founding of the city of Uppsala. This calendar came in use during the first year of the Uppsala Empire.   Dates including that first city year and after it are designated AU (After Uppsala).  Dates before that year are designated BU (Before Uppsala).  Captain Briggs’ story starts in the year 5118AU, which equates to the year 1990 back in the good old USA.  He was picked up in the Rigga Sea during Uppsala’s 5,000th anniversary year or in 1872 according to our way of reckoning time.  Not so difficult is it?  Day, month and season names may change a bit due to local considerations, but you get used to that.  If you’ve ever spent long periods of time in a foreign country you know what I’m saying.

The Vigroth on the other hand use a lunar calendar and the native names are nowhere near our understanding.  There are three moon periods of 28 days in each month, the first of which are named for the Vigroth gods.  A fifth moon period may be added to regulate the seasons and is named for the god Juist.  The Vigroth understanding of years is as follows.  One hundred years is referred to as a ‘times’ or Chetzin.  A single year is referred to as a ‘time’ or Chetz.  So they would say that Captain Briggs came to Erde socnidimya chetz n soc chetzin.  Or, 18 time and 1 times, or 118 years ago.  Time and times are usually counted from an important event which everyone can remember. This makes it difficult for non-Vigroth people to figure out.  But fear not, you needn’t learn the Vigroth calendar to understand what is happening in the book.  ‘When’ is not really important to the Vigroth as long as they get an approximation of it.  But for those of you who like this sort of thing, I’ve included a copy of the Vigroth calendar:

vigroth calendar

There.  Now you can figure out your birthday according to both the Empire and the Vigroth.  Good figuring my friends.