Alesian Chronology

Alesia is a geosynchronous world, that is to say that it rotates around its sun at exactly the same speed that it rotates in space, and as a result, there is no day and night. This is why directions are as often referred to as sunward and moonward instead of east and west, respectively. As you can imagine, if you move too far sunward, the unwavering gaze of the sun would burn your flesh. Similarly, the farther you travel moonward and into the Umbra, the colder it gets. Eventually, you’d reach a vast frozen wasteland lit only be a perpetual aurora.

In some ways, this makes time-keeping very simple in some respects, and very complicated in others.

There are twelve months in the Alesian calendar year, one for each of the Primals. Remember, Tor is represented by a feminine and masculine aspect, so it is really one Primal divided into two. In order, the months are Sora, Minera, Aion, Niko, Arash, Kaga, Ori, Reshi, Kan, Mortis, Moku, and Oro. Each month is comprised of thirty days, which are in turn made up of twenty hours each. Because there are no seasonal changes in Alesia, the calendar does not need to take into account leap years or times of axis change. This is the easy part.

Calendar years are marked using the signing of the Armistice, ending the 43 years that made up the Time of Madness. The terms “Mae” and “Ato” are added to dates to delineate whether the events took place before or after the Armistice was signed. For example, the events of Stormgate occur on 13 Moku 948 Ato, or the thirteenth day of Moku in the 948th year following the ratification of the Armistice by all nations in Alesia. In all intents and purposes, Moku is indistinguishable from Kan, or Reshi, with two exceptions. The first is that the first day of each month is the holy day for the Primal for whom the month is named. Second, the months serve to allow Alesian citizens to gain a perspective on how much time has passed since an event took place.