The Drylands (Pathfinder)
- 6 months to a year
- 28 days to a month
- 7 days to a week
- Campaign started the 3rd of Shadow, 700 AC.
The months are:
The Days are represented on this calendar here, which you will get as a handout:
What the calendar means:
Winter Months aka the Gleaming Season (Bright Sky): Fire, Lightning
Summer Months aka the Veiled Season (Darkened Sky): Mist, Shadow
The skies of the Drylands are filled with all the normal things you’d expect in a world of that type; clouds, birds, kites, pteranodons, and the occasional gnomish balloon.
There is one exception to these expectations. Far above the clouds, where you would expect to see the stars, you don’t. Instead, you see an ever-shifting aurora across the entire sky.
The colors and patterns vary in intensity and color. During the day, the sun outshines the aurora. It seems duller and less noticeable. At night, the effect ranges from an almost ultraviolet glow amidst swirling blackness that doesn’t even provide dim light, to bright green and purple displays that allow creatures to function as if in normal light.
These differences are predictable and occur cyclically. The New Entobian Calendar used by most societies is based on this, as it’s a common, unifying experience of living in the same world.
There are four seasons; Gleaming, Dimming, Veiling, and Kindling. Broadly speaking, these correlate to winter, spring, summer, and fall, but there are differences. For one, the seasons are the same regardless of hemisphere. The whole world experiences the colder weather of the Gleaming season at once. The seasonal differences are greatest in the middle latitudes. Other areas experience smaller variations, with the equatorial regions remaining generally hot and the polar regions relatively freezing,
For another, the length of the day/night does not change, while the level of light/darkness does. During Veiling, the nights are dark and the aurora is almost invisible by day. During the Gleaming season, the nights are at their most bright, active, and colorful, and the aurora is clearly visible during the day.
In regards to both temperature and the behavior of the aurora, Dimming and Kindling serve as intermediate seasons in which seasonal elements strengthen or diminish. These pass more quickly than Gleaming and Veiling seasons, and are often given less cultural weight as a result.
There are 6 months in Dryland’s year, The Dimming and Kindling seasons each take a month of 28 days, while the Gleaming and Veiling seasons each take twice as long, and so are each split into two months of equal lengths of 28 days. The Veiling season is broken into the months Mist and Shadow, while the Gleaming season is broken into the months of Fire and Lightning, In regions where there are alternating wet and dry spells, it tends to be wettest during Mist and driest during Fire.
The short year (relative to other planets) limits the growing seasons in areas prone to seasonal variation. The Mogogol Swamplands in particular are continually looking for new agricultural methods to improve their crop production. [Mechanically any effect that takes 1 year now takes two, Other time based mechanics are not affected.]
The days are broken into 7-day weeks, with one day given to each of the 7 major gods of the Drylands. Activities related to a god’s portfolio are said to meet with greater success on that god’s day. Urgathoa’s day, the last in the week, is often used as a day of rest, as it’s considered unlucky to do anything of import on that day. Her followers, of course, disagree.