The Rod of Seven Parts
The majority of Imperial cities and citizens reckon time according to a calendar that names each of the year’s twelve lunar months after a virtue that is said to be embodied by the Emperor, the Empire itself, or its citizenry, depending on whose history you’re reading.
The Imperial Calendar draws quite a bit from an older calendar that, itself, seemed to be cobbled together from bits of an ancient elven and draconic calendar. Debates rage over which calendar should be more popular, but the truth is most Imperial subjects are comfortable with either calendar. The largest exceptions are Axis (which almost exclusively uses the Imperial Calendar, and Drakkenhall, which at the Blue’s insistence, uses the old calendar. Elves who spend most of their time in the Court of Stars use the old calendar. Dwarven holds often use the Traditional Dwarven Calendar, which is divided into 13 months of 28 days, with the final day of the year existing outside of any particular month. This calendar has never proved popular with anyone other than dwarves in dwarven lands. Be careful when referencing dates with a drinking or drunken dwarf, or you might catch an earful about the elegance, artistry, and infinite usefulness of the Traditional Dwarven Calendar, starting with Firstmonth, all the way through Twelfthmonth.
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Each month is made up of four weeks of seven days each. At one point, in an earlier age, an Emperor tried to rename the days of the week after prominent Emperors throughout history, but despite the popularity of the Imperial Calendar’s months, the weekdays never caught on. Simiarly, the dwarven weekday names (Firstday through Fourteenthday, followed by Second Firstday through Second Fourteenthday).
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The Imperial Calendar’s Year One always coincides with the rise of the current age’s first Emperor. The current year is 1066.