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Living Greyhawk Calendar Idea

Post by James the Just » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:59 pm

Today is Earthday (Thursday), the twenty seventh day of Reaping, in the 7,464th Common Year.

Tommorrow night there shall be a total lunar eclipse, so perhaps we should think about what day it is in Greyhawk. Many gods and goddesses have their holy days on a new or full moon. But on what day of the year should they have their big annual celebration?

For starters, we must convert the days of the week:

Saturday/ Starday
Sunday/ Sunday
Monday/ Moonday
Tuesday/ Godsday
Wednesday/ Waterday
Thursday/ Earthday
Friday/ Freeday

Following ancient astrological custom, and Tolkien, the week begins on a Saturday.

By looking at the sunrise and sunset times in the glossography it becomes apparent that the solstices and equinoxes occurred at the beginning of the festival weeks. The first day of Needfest, for instance, ought to be both a Starday (Saturday) and close to the winter solstice. For the sake of simplicity, the solstice can be defined as the 21st of December, just as with the computation of Easter the spring equinox is always considered to be the 21st of March. So in order to calculate the first day of the year in the Greyhawk Calendar we just need to find the Saturday closest to the 21st of December. In 2017 it fell on the 23rd.

Here is a conversion table for this year:

December 23*/ Needfest 1

December 30*/ Fireseek 1
January 27/ Readying 1
February 24/ Coldeven 1

March 24/ Growfest 1

March 31/ Planting 1
April 28/ Flocktime 1
May 26/ Wealsun 1

June 23/ Richfest 1

June 30/ Reaping 1
July 28/ Goodmonth 1
August 25/ Harvester 1

September 22/ Brewfest 1

September 29/ Patchwall 1
October 27/ Ready'reat 1
November 24/ Sunsebb1

*2017

This produces a calendar of exactly 364 days. However, occasionally a leap week every 5 or 6 years must be added to keep our different systems in alignment. What festival should this be called?

Determining the epoch for the Greyhawk Calendar is a bit more complicated. The earliest time period referred to in the Guide is the Suloise at the beginning of the Baklunish-Suloise Wars. Could this coincide with the arrival of peoples from Asia and the following great extinction event in North America around 12.9 kya BP (10,950 BC)? If so that is very close to the start of the Second Age in Middle-earth that began after the Fall of Melkor, an event of obvious worldwide significance, in 10,961 BC. If it is assumed they are contemporaneous then calculating the dates of the start of the various epochs in Greyhawk becomes very simple. Here are some dates for the first year in the different calendars:

Suloise (S.D.)/ 10961 BC
Olven (O.C.)/ 9908 BC
Bakluni (B.H.)/ 8105 BC
Flannae (F.T.)/ 7596 BC
Oerid (O.R.)/ 6090 BC
Common (C.Y.)/ 5446 BC

Thus we are in the 7,464th year of the Common Era, 6,888 years after the Guide to the World of Greyhawk was completed.

Here's a listing of the holidays that fall on Godsday every week for good people. Before the name of the god is the plane and the layer in which they reside. The names of these are from First Edition so the Twin Paradises are Bytopia, for example.

Needfest 4
New Luna
Full Celene

Ethereal
Fharlanghn

1 Nirvana
Brandobaris
Osprem
Primus

Fireseek 4
First quarter Luna

1 Nirvana
Lendor

Fireseek 11
Full Luna

1 Arcadia/ Abellio
Sheela

Fireseek 18
Last quarter Luna

1 Arcadia/ Abellio
Saint Cuthbert

Fireseek 19
Last quarter Celene

Fireseek 25
New Luna

2 Arcadia/ Buxenus
Dumathoin

Readying 4
First quarter Luna

2 Arcadia/ Buxenus
Pholtus

Readying 11
Full Luna
New Celene

3 Arcadia/ Menausus
Clanggedin

Readying 18
Last quarter Luna

3 Arcadia/ Menausus
Zilchus

Readying 25
New Luna

1 Seven Heavens/ Lunia
Cyrrollalee

Coldeven 4
First quarter Luna
First quarter Celene

1 Seven Heavens/ Lunia
Jascar

Coldeven 11
Full Luna

2 Seven Heavens/ Mercuria
Avoreen

Coldeven 18
Last quarter Luna

2 Seven Heavens/ Mercuria
Bahamut

Coldeven 25
New Luna

3 Seven Heavens/ Venya
Yondalla

Growfest 4
First quarter Luna
Full Celene

3 Seven Heavens/ Venya
Heironeous

Planting 4
Full Luna

4 Seven Heavens/ Solania
Berronar

Planting 11
Last quarter Luna

4 Seven Heavens/ Solania
Delleb

Planting 18
New Luna

5 Seven Heavens/ Mertion
Moradin

Planting 19
Last quarter Celene

Planting 25
First quarter Luna

5 Seven Heavens/ Mertion
Allitur

Flocktime 4
Full Luna

6 Seven Heavens/ Jovar
Planetar

Flocktime 11
Last quarter Luna
New Celene

6 Seven Heavens/ Jovar
Ulaa

Flocktime 18
New Luna

7 Seven Heavens/ Chronias
Solar

Flocktime 25
First quarter Luna

7 Seven Heavens/ Chronias
Rao

Wealsun 4
Full Luna
First quarter Celene

1 Twin Paradises/ Dothion
Baervan

Wealsun 11
Last quarter Luna

1 Twin Paradises/ Dothion
Zodal

Wealsun 18
New Luna

2 Twin Paradises/ Shurrock
Garl Glittergold

Wealsun 25
First quarter Luna

2 Twin Paradises/ Shurrock
Fortubo

Richfest 4
Full Luna
Full Celene

Astral
Celestian

1 Elysium/ Amoria
Flandal

Reaping 4
Last quarter Luna

1 Elysium/ Amoria
Lydia

Reaping 11
New Luna

2 Elysium/ Eronia
Segojan

Reaping 18
First quarter Luna

2 Elysium/ Eronia
Velnius

Reaping 19
Last quarter Celene

Reaping 25
Full Luna

3 Elysium/ Belierin
Eadro (Locathah)

Goodmonth 4
Last quarter Luna

3 Elysium/ Belierin
Myrhiss

Goodmonth 11
New Luna
New Celene

4 Elysium/ Thalasia
Eadro (Mermen)

Goodmonth 18
First quarter Luna

4 Elysium/ Thalasia
Pelor

Goodmonth 25
Full Luna

1 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Krigala
Solonor

Harvester 4
Last quarter Luna
First quarter Celene

1 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Krigala
Geshtai

Harvester 11
New Luna

2 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Brux
Labelas

Harvester 18
First quarter Luna

2 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Brux
Obad-hai

Harvester 25
Full Luna

3 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Karasuthra
Skerrit

Brewfest 4
Last quarter Luna
Full Celene

3 Happy Hunting Grounds/ Karasuthra
Ehlonna

Patchwall 4
New Luna

1 Olympus/ Arvandor
Rillifane

Patchwall 11
First quarter Luna

1 Olympus/ Olympus
Bleredd

Patchwall 18
Full Luna

2 Olympus/ Aquallor
Sashelas

Patchwall 19
Last quarter Celene

Patchwall 25
Last quarter Luna

2 Olympus/ Ossa
Olidammara

Ready'reat 4
New Luna

3 Olympus/ Mithardir
Corellon

Ready'reat 11
First quarter Luna
New Celene

3 Olympus/ Pelion
Lirr

Ready'reat 18
Full Luna

1 Gladsheim/ Asgard
Hanali

Ready'reat 25
Last quarter Luna

1 Gladsheim/Asgard
Trithereon

Sunsebb 4
New Luna
First quarter Celene

2 Gladsheim/Muspelheim
Erevan

Sunsebb 11
First quarter Luna

2 Gladsheim/Muspelheim
Phyton

Sunsebb 18
Full Luna

3 Gladsheim/Nidavellir
Aedrie

Sunsebb 25
Last quarter Luna

3 Gladsheim/Nidavellir
Kord

Here's a listing of the holidays that fall on Godsday every week for evil people. Before the name of the god is the layer of the plane in which they reside. The Abyss has been condensed into 9 layers based upon the types of conditions there.
This completes the list then. Careful observers will note that practically every god in the Grewhawk campaign is on these lists and that the deities' annual celebrations almost always fall on one of their holy days. A few suggested additional ones are also included here to fill in some of the gaps.

Needfest 4
New Luna
Full Celene

1 Limbo/ Gith & Slaad
Skoraeus
Ssendam

Fireseek 4
First quarter Luna

2 Limbo/ Susanowo
Vergadain
Ygorl

Fireseek 11
Full Luna

3 Limbo/ Agni
Semuanya
Ralishaz

Fireseek 18
Last quarter Luna

4 Limbo/ Indra
God of the Gibberlings
Llerg

Fireseek 19
Last quarter Celene

Fireseek 25
New Luna

5 Limbo/ Lost Gods
God of the Mountain Giants
Procan

Readying 4
First quarter Luna

Evil Earth Elementals
Ogremoch

Readying 11
Full Luna
New Celene

1 Pandemonium/ Pandesmos
Hruggek
Raxivort

Readying 18
Last quarter Luna

2 Pandemonium/ Cocytus
God of the Ice Trolls
Kurell

Readying 25
New Luna

3 Pandemonium/ Phlegethon
Thyrm
Norebo

Coldeven 4
First quarter Luna
First quarter Celene

4 Pandemonium/ Agathion
God of the Cyclops
Erythnul

Coldeven 11
Full Luna

Evil Ooze Elementals
Bwimb

Coldeven 18
Last quarter Luna

1 Abyss/ Pazunia (Spatial layers)
God of the Derro
Pazuzu

Coldeven 25
New Luna

2 Abyss/ Frazunia (Delusion layers)
Laogzed
Fraz-Urb'luu

Growfest 4
First quarter Luna
Full Celene

3 Abyss/ Yeenia (Desert layers)
Yeenoghu

Planting 4
Full Luna

4 Abyss/ Jubilia (Maelstrom layers)
Lolth
Jubilex

Planting 11
Last quarter Luna

5 Abyss/ Baphomia (Underground layers)
Urdlen
Baphomet

Planting 18
New Luna

6 Abyss/ Orcunia (Rocky layers)
Vaprak (Ogre)
Orcus

Planting 19
Last quarter Celene

Planting 25
First quarter Luna

7 Abyss/ Kostchia (Glacier layers)
Vaprak (Troll)
Kostchtchie

Flocktime 4
Full Luna

8 Abyss/ Grazunia (Normal layers)
Zuggtmoy
Graz'zt

Flocktime 11
Last quarter Luna
New Celene

9 Abyss/ Demogorgonia (Water layers)
Demogorgon

Flocktime 18
New Luna

Evil Water Elementals
Olhydra
Blibdoolpoolp

Flocktime 25
First quarter Luna

1 Tartarus/ Othrys
God of the Meazels
Othrydemodand

Wealsun 4
Full Luna
First quarter Celene

2 Tartarus/ Cathrys
God of the Giant Trolls
Cathrydemodand

Wealsun 11
Last quarter Luna

3 Tartarus/ Minethys
God of the Giant Two-headed Trolls
Minethydemodand

Wealsun 18
New Luna

4 Tartarus/ Colothys
Grolantor (Hill Giant)
Iuz

Wealsun 25
First quarter Luna

5 Tartarus/ Porphatys
Grolantor (Ettin)
Beltar

Richfest 4
Full Luna
Full Celene

6 Tartarus/ Agathys
God of the Verbeegs
Nerull

Reaping 4
Last quarter Luna

Evil Ice Elementals
Cryonax

Reaping 11
New Luna

1 Hades/ Oinos
Nomog-Gaeya
Oinodaemon

Reaping 18
First quarter Luna

2 Hades/ Niflheim
Abbathor
Pyremius

Reaping 19
Last quarter Celene

Reaping 25
Full Luna

3 Hades/ Pluton
Yurtrus
Incabulos

Goodmonth 4
Last quarter Luna

Evil Air Elementals
Yan-C-Bin

Goodmonth 11
New Luna
New Celene

1 Gehenna/ Khalas
Khurgorbaeyag
Khalabarghest

Goodmonth 18
First quarter Luna

2 Gehenna/Chamada
Maglubiyet
Chamabarghest

Goodmonth 25
Full Luna

3 Gehenna/Mungoth
Surtur
Syrul

Harvester 4
Last quarter Luna
First quarter Celene

4 Gehenna/Krangath
Shargaas
Tharizdun

Harvester 11
New Luna

Evil Smoke Elementals
Ehkahk

Harvester 18
First quarter Luna

1 Hell/ Avernus
Ilneval
Tiamat

Harvester 25
Full Luna

2 Hell/ ADis
Bahgtrux
Dispater

Brewfest 4
Last quarter Luna
Full Celene

3 Hell/ AMinauros
Luthic
Mammon

Patchwall 4
New Luna

4 Hell/ APhlegethos
Gruumsh
Belial

Patchwall 11
First quarter Luna

5 Hell/ AStygia
Sekolah
Geryon

Patchwall 18
Full Luna

6 Hell/ AMalbolge
God of the Duergar
Moloch

Patchwall 19
Last quarter Celene

Patchwall 25
Last quarter Luna

7 Hell/ Amaladomini
Flind
Baalzebul

Ready'reat 4
New Luna

8 Hell/ ACaina
God of the Aboleths
Mephistopheles

Ready'reat 11
First quarter Luna
New Celene

9 Hell/ ANessus
God of the Mind Flayers
Asmodeus

Ready'reat 18
Full Luna

Evil Fire Elementals
Imix
Amaimon

Ready'reat 25
Last quarter Luna

1 Acheron/ Avalas
Dakarnok
Wastri

Sunsebb 4
New Luna
First quarter Celene

2 Acheron/ Thuldanin
Kurtulmak
Bralm

Sunsebb 11
First quarter Luna

3 Acheron/ Tintibulus
God of the Ogre Magi
Hextor

Sunsebb 18
Full Luna

4 Acheron/ Ocanthus
God of the Firbolgs
Wee Jas

Sunsebb 25
Last quarter Luna

Evil Magma Elementals
Chlimbia

Leap Weeks

Concordant Opposition
Bes
Boccob
Zagyg

Prime Material
Beory

Here are some of the lesser known holidays related to the elements. Included are the elemental, para-elemental, and quasi-elemental planes and the gods and goddesses residing there. As a bonus the para-elemental planes have their own quasi-elemental planes associated with them. Appropiately they are ruled by quasi-deities.

Needfest 4
Full Celene

Positive
Elder Elemental Good

Earth
Berei

Winter
Telchur

Fireseek 19
Last quarter Celene

Minerals
Murlynd

Dust
Daern

Readying 11
New Celene

Ooze
Merikka

Electro-magnetism
Zuoken

Coldeven 4
First quarter Celene

Wood
Bucknard

Acid
Kas

Growfest 4
Full Celene

Water
Xerbo

Spring
Atroa

Planting 19
Last quarter Celene

Steam
Johydee

Salt
Nolzur

Flocktime 11
New Celene

Ice
Green Man

Imprisonment
Dalt

Wealsun 4
First quarter Celene

Thunder
Dahlver-Nar

Silence
Kwalish

Richfest 4
Full Celene

Negative
Elder Elemental Evil

Air
Phaulkon

Summer
Sotillion

Reaping 19
Last quarter Celene

Lightning
Heward

Vacuum
Quaal

Goodmonth 11
New Celene

Smoke
Stern Alia

Shadow
Xan Yae

Harvester 4
First quarter Celene

Heat
Kuroth

Vapor
Zagy

Brewfest 4
Full Celene

Fire
Joramy

Autumn
Wenta

Patchwall 19
Last quarter Celene

Radiance
Keoghtom

Ash
Tuerny

Ready'reat 11
New Celene

Magma
Rudd

Time
Cyndor

Sunsebb 4
First quarter Celene

Metal
Bilarro

Rust
Vecna

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