Wisenlore: The Western Frontier
The people of the western frontier follow the calendar of Wisenlore; which uses an elaborate combination of solar, lunar and seasonal events, with a strong emphasis on the seasonal ones. The year is 336 days long (it can actually be as long as 344, this discrepancy will be explained later). The year is further broken down into the four seasons, each one dedicated to the god that has dominion over it. The seasons each follow a strong religious narrative which depicts the child of the earth goddess Mur as she goes through a complete life cycle being guided by the 4 other gods of the Pentannular Pantheon. Each season is 12 weeks long. The seasons are:
Veris (spring): The time of planting. Corellon is the warden of Veris. He rescues Mur from the dead grip of winter and fertilizes her with his seed. The festival dedicated to him lasts for most of the first week of spring, during which all left over food stored for winter is consumed. This custom is a ward against the spider queen, who sends her invisible minions to steal crumbs from the granaries.
Calor (summer): The season of life. Pelor is the warden of Calor. Under his tutelage, the child of Corellon and Mur will blossom with radiant goodness and mercy. A feast day is offered to Pelor on the summer solstice (7 Calor 7) when the sun shines on Mur for the longest time.
Autumnus (autumn): The time of the harvest. Sehnine is the mistress of Autumnus. Sehnine takes the mature child of Corellon and Mur and brings her to the people. The festival of Sehnine takes place after the entire harvest has been brought in (10 Autumnus 1) and lasts for 3 days. During this time, travelers are treated with the utmost courtesy. It is said that during this time Sehnine herself is present in disguise on her eternal journey.
Bruma (winter): The season of death. The Raven Queen is the mistress of Bruma. The elderly child of Corellon and Mur enters the dominion of the Raven Queen to be sacrificed so that the people may live. The middle of winter is marked by a period of time known as The Void. The Void always begins on 6 Bruma 7, but can last for anywhere from 1 to 8 days. The sun becomes partially eclipsed by the moon during the day, and no moon shines at night. During this time The Raven Queen does battle with Old Man Frost to maintain her dominion over winter. The days of the void are not counted within the year. The streets are silent and most abstain from drinking, sex and music. In Wisenlore, children conceived or born during The Void are murdered or orphaned (this practice is not widely followed in the Western Frontier). The winter solstice (7 Bruma 7) is also celebrated during this season. It is a day of dedication to the Raven Queen, who watches over and protects the dead from undeath while the sun is away.
The people of Wisenlore write the date in the format of week, season, and day. Example: 11 Calor 3 is the 3rd day of the 11th week of summer. The year is rarely referenced in day to day activity, but if it is, the format is season, year, era. Bruma 15 N.E. is the winter of the 15th year of the New Era. A specific day is never used in reference with the year.
The festivals and feast days described within the seasons are accepted by the general population and celebrated secularly as well as religiously. The priests of each individual god and their followers also observe days of obligation dedicated to their particular deity throughout the year.