Although other calendars exist, the Jendrisian calendar, named for its creator, Mefistal Jendestirrem, has served as the de facto standard for most of Orn since before the Shattering.
Years and Ages
Years in the Jendrisian calendar are divided into 1,000-year periods known as ages. One most often refers to the current year by its number and age. For example, at the time of this writing, it is year 724 of the sixth age.
Occassionally, you may see some people refer to the year using "NB" notation, with the "NB" standing for "Nemas Bakril," which roughly translates from Drakeric as, "Since the beginning." As the translation suggests, years in NB refer to total years since the beginning of recorded history. The current year, then, could also be stated as 5,724 NB.
Each individual year is divided into ten major periods known as mestruns. The year begins on Elistrei, which marks the start of spring. It then proceeds to Beramosk, and then to Suribatre, which is the beginning of summer. Summer persists throughout Gephirel and Mentrischt, until autumn officially begins on Arathost. At the conclusion of Yentrischt, which follows Arathost, winter starts with Nenrhelock. It continues through Dendristei and Feramost, which ends with the closing of winter and the completion of another yearly cycle.
Each mestrun is further divided into three twelve-day periods known as mests. Within each mest, only the first and last days are formally named, Elgen and Femest, respectively. The rest are merely referred to as their order within that particular mest. Thus, Elgen of the third mest of Mentrischt would technically be Mentrischt the 25th, and fifth of the third mest of Mentrischt would be Mentrischt the 29th.
Due to the cumbersome formality of this system, most of Orn's peoples use an abbreviated form when speaking of dates. When saying the date, "Third of the first mest of Nenrhelock," for example, most would simply say, "First's third of Nenrhelock," with the mest followed by an "'s", the day, and then the mestrun (if necessary). Two days earlier would be called, "First's Elgen of Nehrelock."
The only exceptions to the normal progression of the year are the holidays inbetween seasons. There is an additional day at the end of Beramosk, Mentrischt, Yentrischt, and Feramost, known as Orischtad, Levintad, Surischtad, and Murischtamost, respectively. These holidays are used as focus days for planting, harvesting, and general celebration. They also act as seasonal buffers, in-between the four major climatic periods. In addition, Murischtamost is an end-of-the-year celebration observed by almost all of Orn. These holidays are not counted within any mest, and usually referred to outside of any given mestrun.
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