Design notes on the Calendar

Jump to end for just the days of the week and months of the year without all the explanation.

Thinking on it, I probably should have put this up earlier. Everyone is safe to read this, there will be no story spoilers here. I am merely going to talk about the naming of the days and the naming of the months in Feast of the End.

For any new stories, I probably won’t do a differently named calendar scheme. It adds a bit to the world, but it also becomes much harder for the reader to time themselves when all the names are something weird without reference. Maybe I could just put a reference in the book, but that means unless the reader memorizes it, they’ll need to flip back every time.

Anyway, the days of the week are

1st, Moonsday

2nd, Tunesday

3rd, Woodsday

4th, Thundersday

5th, Firesday

6th, Starsday

7th, Sunsday

These sound pretty much like the regular days of the week. I took some of the them from what the days of the week were originally called. For example, Monday was originally Mōndæg, which meant Moon’s Day. Some of them are more made up since the original word was too different from the modern word. For example, Tuesday was originally Tiwesdæg, which meant Tiw’s Day. Tiw is the Old English way of referring to Týr, from Norse Mythology. A few of the days actually were named after the Norse mythological figures. It’s all pretty interesting.

But I suppose now you want to know how the names of the month came about. Well, here they are first of all.

1st, Primarch

2nd, Duomarch

3rd, Trimarch

4th, Quadrach

5th, Pentember

6th, Hexember

7th, Heptember

8th, October

9th, Nonamber

10th, December

11th, Hendecember

12th, Duodecember

So, why did I choose this system? Mostly because I was annoyed at the names of our months. The year used to start in March in the Roman calendars. January and February was the last months of the year. This also (just me guessing) explains why February is randomly the shortest. It was actually last, so it had to take all the remaining days available.

This is also reflected in their names. For exmaple, the prefix oct- means 8. So October should be the 8th month. Nona- means 9. Dec- means 10. Therefore, November and December are the 9th and 10th months respectively.

Why was it changed? I have not looked into it.

The names of the month I used takes a different prefix system for the numbers, though. I used a mixture of the Greek and Latin cardinal prefixes. Well, now you know. Below is just a list of the days of the week and months of the year for those that don’t care about my ramblings. But thanks for reading if you did!

Days of the Week: 1st, Moonsday; 2nd, Tunesday; 3rd, Woodsday; 4th, Thundersday; 5th, Firesday; 6th, Starsday; 7th, Sunsday.

Months of the Year: 1st, Primarch; 2nd, Duomarch; 3rd, Trimarch; 4th, Quadrach; 5th, Pentember; 6th, Hexember; 7th, Heptember; 8th, October; 9th, Nonamber; 10th, December; 11th, Hendecember; 12th, Duodecember


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