The Gelshin Royal Calendar
The passage of time in Gravenwyn is most commonly measured on the Gelshin Royal Calendar. The calendar was developed, as its name implies, by a Royal Scribe of the Kingdom of Gelsha 1,036 years ago.
The Gelshin Royal Calendar is divided into 4 concurrent seasons known as Harvests. They are, in order, Water Harvest (WaH), Fire Harvest (FiH), Wind Harvest (WiH) & Ice Harvest (IcH).
Each Harvest is divided into weeks, simply numbered 1st through 8th. Each week is divided into 10 days, named after the Gods & Goddesses of the Major Pantheon. Each year is given a number, and 1,000 years is considered an Age. Therefore, the date the Gravenwyn campaign begins is the Day of Shandazi, 5th week of the Water Harvest, 36th year of the Second Age. In written form, the date would appear in the following format: [SHA, 5 WaH, 1036]
GELSHIN ROYAL CALENDAR QUICK REFERENCE
Harvest = Season(1-4)
1. Water Harvest[WaH]
2. Fire Harvest[FiH]
3. Wind Harvest[WiH]
4. Ice Harvest[IcH]
Week = 1st – 8th
Year = 1-999
1 Age = 1,000 years
Note: some cultures have developed their own calendars, but no other calendar is as widely used or recognized as the Gelshin Royal Calendar. However, some races have little regard for tracking the passage of time at all.
TIMELINE OF MAJOR EVENTS
These are some of the dates of significant events since the invention of the Gelshin Royal Calendar. Keep in mind that many important events occurred prior to the calendar’s creation, and Gravenwyn’s written history dates back thousands of years. But, for the purposes of general understanding, the following dates are the most important.
[MAR, 1 WaH, 0]
Gelshin Royal Calendar developed by the Gelshin scribe, Lintilus of Sai-Denaroth.
[BER, 2 IcH, 19] – [MAR, 3 FiH, 48]
The first Great War between the Kingdom of Gelsha and the Hergerotian Empire begins in the 19th year when Gelshin forces attempt to conquer Southwestern territories in Hergerot. The war claims many lives and lasts officially until the Dwarven Kingdom of Turgulch allies itself with Hergerot in the 48th year.
[SHA, 4 WiH, 77]
The Gelshin city of Greyhome is attacked and destroyed by six elder red dragons. The city was eventually rebuilt by the Order of the Undying Embers and the event is commemorated each year with a holiday called Six Wyrm’s Day.
[BAR, 1 WiH, 136]
Palgamus Keep is officially established as the world’s only school of the arcane arts.
[HLN, 2 IcH, 296]
The last confirmed sighting (and subsequent slaying) of a dragon occurs in the Kingdom of Turgulch. The dragon’s skull is fashioned into an elaborate throne and transported to the Dwarven stronghold at Craghaven.
[SIE, 8 WiH, 461]
The Salharian city of Gebhyon is leveled by a violent shower of meteors at dusk. Thousands perish and the city is laid to waste. It is the consensus view that the terrible disaster was the result of Shandazi’s wrath, punishment from the Goddess for the disloyalty of Gebhyon’s heretics and cultists.
[SIE, 4 FiH, 528]
A previously unknown young scholar named Malivune publishes a book titled Of Origins Infinite in which the creation of Gravenwyn is described in startling detail. As a result of the wide success of the book, Malivune is offered the position of First Royal Advisor to the throne of Gelsha, which he proudly accepts.
[HYB, 6 WaH, 611]
The throne of the Elven Kingdom, Tsarnok Y’els, is claimed by the young warrior-king Laris-Tsarnis after leading his people to victory in clashes with Orcish raiders in the Elderwood Forest.
[BAR, 8 IcH, 614]
Malivune builds on his reputation as a sage, scholar, and seer when he publishes his most famous work to date, a collection of chilling and cryptic prophecies titled Seven Inevitable Futures. The final chapter of the book predicts a series of terrifying natural disasters and the return of a “dark presence” that will signify the beginning of a Great War to affect “the whole of Gravenwyn”. Scholars believe the prophecy specifically pinpoints the Day of Berin, 4th week of the Water Harvest, 1038.
[BER, 2 FiH, 637] – [DES, 6 FiH, 647]
The second Great War between Gelsha and Hergerot begins in 637 as a dispute over territory in present-day Dulgard. The war lasts for 10 years and ends with the signing of a peace treaty which includes a provision that prohibits the use of magic in any Gelshin territory known as the Laws of Arcane Prohibition.
[BLI, 1 WiH, 783]
Mere days after stunning the Gelshin Kingdom by stepping down from his position as First Royal Advisor to the throne, the first copy of Malivune’s last known book arrives at the doorstep of an old mason’s home in the village of Gibbon’s Glen. Hundreds of copies of the controversial book titled Treatise Arcanis arrive at locations all over Gravenwyn in the following months, mysteriously addressed to common-folk with no apparent connection to the book’s author. The first line in the 2,644 page volume boldly declares “Even the simplest of minds might grasp, with ease, matters of the arcane; for magic is a myth”. This opening statement causes many to begin to question the sage’s sanity, surmising that at well over 250 years of age, time may have finally caught up with the oldest living human in Gravenwyn’s history. Treatise Arcanis claims to contain simple instructions for harnessing the energies of the universe in ways that are not technically magical in nature. As such, one could use Malivune’s methodology to unlock secrets of the universe without fear of breaking Gelshin Royal law. The claim immediately enrages the Gelshin throne and generates a groundswell of curiosity in the arcane arts, which only further incenses Gelsha’s fiercely anti-magic patriarch, King Habe II. As the tome gains popular notoriety, the legendary seer-sage simply disappears, never to be seen again. Treatise Arcanis is immediately banned in Gelsha, and King Habe II’s elite guard, the Royal Gelshin Protectorate, begins an exhaustive campaign to confiscate and burn every existing copy of the tome. The Hergerotian Empire criticizes its longtime rival and accuses King Habe II of covertly taking the book-burning effort to territories outside of Gelsha’s borders.
[HYB, 7 WaH, 920]
The throne of Turgulch is reclaimed for Clan Buckhorn by Hadlo Foehammer, son of Hargo, when he bests his predecessor in battle near the Dwarven fortress at Craghaven.
[SIE, 7 WaH, 1011]
Ylana Serin inherits the throne of Gelsha at age 16 when her father, King Krelor Serin, is struck down by an assassin’s arrow on the balcony of the East Tower at the Gelshin Palace in Sai-Denaroth. Gelshin folklore asserts it was Ylana who discovered her father’s lifeless body, prompting her to vow that she would carry on her family’s legacy with a much sterner hand than her father had.
[DES, 3 WiH, 1024]
Emperor Hezbrin Reynor rises to power in Hergerot, following the untimely death of his successor, Emperor Deloni.
[SHA, 5 WaH, 1036]
The campaign begins on this date.
[BER, 4 WaH, 1038]
This is the future date many scholars believe the Great War described in Malivune’s Seven Inevitable Futures will begin.
It should be noted that many of the events of the timeline seem to correspond with the god whose day the events occurred on (ie. Wars often begin on the day of Berin, God of Warand might end on the day of Maralye, Goddess of Peace). Whether that fact is coincidence or part of the Gods’ design is a subject of some debate.
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