Date and Time

The Names of the Months

Rising from the superstitious pagan religion of Newgulf, each month of the calendar year is named after a particular animal in the pantheon. The animal that governs each month is said to lend its qualities to that particular month. Thus, the months of the year play out like so:

Ursus - Rattus - Vulpes - Arach - Bisos - Canis - Equus - Felis - Aquila - Crotalus
Bear, Rat (midwinter), Fox, Spider (the coming of spring), Buffalo, Dog, Horse (midsummer), Cat, Eagle, Snake (fitful autumn)

The Months of the Year

Ursus - the month of the bear. Ursus is usually marked by the first of the winter storms, some of which can attain blizzard strength and ferocity. It remains cool during the first few days of the month, and then the temperatures fall almost daily.

Rattus - the month of the rat. Absolute midwinter. Rattus is, without a doubt, the most miserable month. The storms of Ursus deepen and worsen, and Blight storms have been known to sweep through and turn an Ursus blizzard into a howling monster of a storm.

Vulpes - the month of the fox, and the cautious return of springlike weather. The snowstorms abate and weather begins to turn warmer, though occasional cold snaps and snowstorms still happen.

Arach - the month of the spider, and true spring. This is when all plant life bursts into bloom, and animals begin to breed and give birth. Arach is normally a mild month, with temperatures consistently warm and pleasant.

Bisos - the month of the buffalo. Spring continues on in this month, gradually growing warmer. Spring rainstorms and blustery winds are common in Bisos, though none get very severe.

Canis - the month of the dog, approaching midsummer. While the mild weather of Bisos continues on, Canis storms can sometimes get severe, and Canis is often incredibly muggy and humid. Blight storms very occasionally appear in Canis as the weather gets hotter.

Equus - the month of the horse. True midsummer. It is often unbearably hot during this month, and Equus is known for its dust storms, which can appear at a moment's notice. However, crops that live and stay healthy during Equus often mean a plentiful bounty and goods in excess for the rest of the year.

Felis - the month of the cat. The weather begins to creep towards cooler temperatures, and tentative harvesting of some of the less hardy crops begin. Felis is a relatively uneventful month except for the pleasant respite from Equus's hot weather.

Aquila - the month of the eagle. Most people are completely absorbed in the act of harvesting the year's crops during this month, taking advantage of the cool temperatures and making the most out of the waning daylight. During the nights in Aquila the weather slides towards cold, not just cool.

Crotalus - the month of the snake, and true autumn. Temperatures begin to grow much cooler, and harvesting stops. Occasional false summers remain, but after every warm period the cold seems to come back faster and harder. Weather is often fitful during Crotalus, a precursor to Ursus's winter storms.

Seasons

The months used in Newgulf have their names derived from the pagan gods and their traditions. Traditionally, the year is broken down into thirds, grouped together in a rough parallel of the seasons: Indifferent months, Adversarial months, and Allied months.

The Indifferent months are those that are in Spring and Fall, where the ambient temperatures are cool and tolerable. The Adversarial months are the Winter months, when temperatures are bitter and cold and no crops willingly grow. The Allied months are those in summer, when crops grow their best and the days are long and brightly sunny.

Each individual month is broken down into four weeks with eight days in each. Each year has ten months in it, for a total of 360 days.