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.
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.
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.