The Tabaxi Chronicles
The Burning Age is the name of the current era.
“Ember” is the common term for a year, although “year” is also used. To say that something happened “a few embers ago” means a few years ago. The word is also shortened to the letter ‘E’ to end calendar year numbers (for example, it is currently the year 979E).
The Burning Age began with the fall of the Empire, but between the collapse of civilization there were generations in which there was no calendar, and the world was covered in ice and shadow. When the ice receded, and warmth returned to the world, Year 1E of the Burning Age began by the decree of the first King of Alma.
There are ten months in an Ember. Each month has thirty exact days, except for December.
After the Black Day, the Lesser Sun returns first. The days in Solember are darker than the evenings. By the end of thirty days the halo created by the Greater Sun against the back of Bara Druu is as bright as the Lesser Sun. Despite this small consolation, Solember is the coldest month of Winter.
The first of Diember – the first day that both suns are visible – is the decreed first day of Spring. Throughout the month, the Greater Sun rises from behind Bara Druu, filling the days with light.
A bright and increasingly warmer month, as both suns are visible and Tabaxi orbits closer to the Greater Sun.
The fifteenth of Quadrember is is the decreed first day of Summer, when Tabaxi orbits closest to the Greater Sun.
Throughout Pentember, the Lesser Sun is slowly eclipsed by Bara Druu moving into the night sky.
What many people call the “Height of Summer” as it is the brightest and warmest time of the year.
The first of September is is the decreed first day of Autumn. Most harvests occur in September.
A bright month but increasingly cooler as Tabaxi orbits away from the Greater Sun. Bara Druu moves into the morning sky.
The fifteenth of November is the decreed first day of Winter. Bara Druu begins to eclipse the Greater Sun.
Spent almost entirely in wintry darkness. December is the only month that has thirty-one days – the extra day is known as the Black Day.
There are four seasons in a year, affected by the placement of Tabaxi in the twirling cosmos. Seasons last exactly 74 days with exception to Winter, which has 75 days.
Spring begins on the first day of Diember. Throughout the season, Tabaxi is never between Bara Druu and the suns. A bright and warm season. It is rarely dark – the Lesser Sun illuminates the night, and the Greater Sun provides short but warm days. Bara Druu is seen later and later in the afternoons, growing from a pale sliver of light to a full feature of the sky with visible continents. Spring ends on the fourteenth day of Quadrember.
Summer begins on the fifteenth day of Quadrember when Tabaxi comes between Bara Druu and the Greater Sun. The planet glows brightly in the night sky, but the Lesser Sun is not visible. Being so close to the Greater Sun makes the days very hot. Summer ends on the thirtieth day of Hexember.
Autumn begins on the first day of September. Throughout the season, Tabaxi is never between Bara Druu and the suns. A bright and warm season. It is rarely dark – the Lesser Sun illuminates the night, and the Greater Sun provides short but warm days. Bara Druu is seen later and later in the mornings, shrinking and becoming less visible through the haze of day. Autumn ends on the fourteenth day of November.
Winter begins on the fifteenth day of November when Tabaxi comes between Bara Druu and the Lesser Sun. The planet eclipses the Greater Sun throughout its seventy-five days, making for very cold days and bright but cold evenings. On the Black Day the Lesser Sun is also eclipsed by Peridot. Winter ends on the thirtieth day of Solember.