Yay Timelines! (and naming days)

I’m usually good at math. Not best-in-the-class good, but ‘be one of the first five to finish the test’ good. And I love charts. Family trees, timelines, maps- the whole shebang makes my worldbuilding mouth water.

But between your own made-up map, your own calendar, and your own crazy way of drawing family trees, things get tangled.

I’ve sorted a fair amount of it in the last few days, finding years that simply I forgot to account for, or someone’s age was changed by a year and none of my other notes reflected that. What is helping is Aeon Timeline a *fantastic* program that lets you make your own calendar. And it’s really complex- not only can I edit the days of the week, the months, how long a year is- it keeps track of characters and dates. It’ll tell me how old Character A is during Event B, when their birthday was previous Date C.

So I’m typing in what I have roughly outlined, timeline wise, and adding in things as I go along. Really helping to flesh out a backstory and, well, any future-story that comes of all this.

Between all this I’ve found the Dangerverse series of Harry Potter fanfics, so it’s either timeline work or reading.

More info!:

I had already made up variations of our months for Noctuina (I’ve probably posted about it before, but I will again), but the Aeon Timeline wanted me to write in days of the week as well. I hadn’t thought about it before and took the time to make something up.

(Since the Noctuinan year is 364 days, making it so that days of the week don’t change [meaning, if the 15th is a ‘Monday’ in Prima/March, it will always be a ‘Monday’ on the 15th]  I didn’t think it would be useful before)

But I worked out something. In Larkspur, Lizzy mentions a “se’nnight” – a ‘seven-night’ the old term for week (like fortnight is fourteen-nights and means two weeks). Which gave me the start of keeping it a 7 day week like we have. At first I wanted to translate some of the names of the weekdays (Thursday – Thor’s-Day, maybe find a similar god or an alternate spelling), but I instead went with what some other parts of the world go with- just numbers.

Iunday
Dvoday
Trisday
Qvattorday
Vijfday
Hexday
Siwenday

All the prefixes are various numbers from various languages so it goes from ‘First Night’ to ‘Seventh Night’ each week.

Here’s the technicality- why a seven day week? There are cultures that have had calendars with 5 day weeks, or 9. Beside going with what I know well, why seven?

Then I remembered the moon. Noctuina’s moon, Artemisia, has perfect 28 day cycles. So there are 13 cycles in a year, at 28 days each, meaning a 364 day year (our months though are based more on the solar calendars, so there are 12 months, 8 of them with 30 days and 4 of them with 31). And the moon is important in the world mythology- the full moon, the new moon, the quarter moons- while perhaps not important to every single person, do have strong magical connections for instace.

So I split the weeks up by the moon. Iunday, the first day, is always an important moon stage. New Moon, Full Moon, or half-full-waning/half-full-waxing. Second day is, well, second day, etc, all the way back around to First Day again.

 

 

 

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