The World of Vantek
Dating and the Calendar
Many different ways of dating years and centuries and other measures of time have been created by many different cultures and many different time periods. Today, one system of dating is used throughout the vast majority of the world, and it is called the Feilirian Calendar, invented about 400 years ago by a group of wizards, alchemists, academics, and almanac-makers living in the city of Feilire, in Ulfeen. It functions as below:
Every century is given a patron animal. This animal has some sort of meaning, but what determines it is complicated and confusing, and involved lots of looking into the future and saying seemingly random words to seemingly random animals. No two centuries will ever have the same patron animal. Within each century’s patron animal, years and decades are numbered in chronological order, beginning at 00 and ending at 99. At the end of 99 and the beginning of the next 00, a new patron animal replaces the last one. The current century is the Century of the Shrew, the one prior was the Century of the Banana Slug, and the next century will be the Century of the Angler Fish.
To read historical documents and date things correctly, you must both know what century it is currently, and the order of centuries going back to the dawn of time.
Most Vantekian calendars use a system like this, but with changes based on culture and experience of time, slight changes in animals, changes in units of time, etc. For example, the Elven Calendar, invented by the Drow and then brought up to the surface, uses units of millenia, rather than centuries.
Here is the order for the last four centuries, the current one, and the next four:
- The Century of the Condor
- The Century of the Tabby Cat
- The Century of the Earthworm
- The Century of the Banana Slug
- The Century of the Shrew (the current century)
- The Century of the Angler Fish
- The Century of the Leopard Gecko
- The Century of the Dire Rat
- The Century of the Clione