Rise of the Runelords (Candy)
Time travels on Golarion much as it does here on our own Earth. Sixty seconds form a minute, sixty minutes create an hour, and twenty-four hours make a day. The people of Golarion measure time much like we do as well, with seven days to a week and twelve months to a year. Years are marked since the founding of the last great empire, that of Aroden, the Last of the First Humans. Although the empire has collapsed, its calendar remains in use to this day. At the start of the Rise of the Runelords campaign, the date is 4707 AR (Absalom Reckoning).
Days of the week Edit
The days of the week are as follows. Each day has a general purpose that most people in the Inner Sea region follow.
Moonday: Work,religion [night]
Oathday: Work, pacts signed, oaths sworn
The months in Golarion correspond to our own, with each new year starting shortly after the solstice. The name of each month is etymologically tied to a specific god: Abadar, Calistria. Pharasma, Gozreh, Desna, Sarenrae, Erastil, Aroden, Rovagug, Lamashtu, Nethys, and Zon-Kuthon. Natives of Golarion see the gods reflected in the changing of the seasons, and their names for the months reflect this. (Gozreh’s month, for instance, is a time of budding and new life, while Zon-Kuthon’s is seen as the death of the old year.) Holidays in a given month are generally tied to their patron deity. In order, the months are:
Abadius (ah-BAY-dee-us), (January), Winter
Calistril (KAHL-izz-trihl), (February), Winter
Pharast (fah-RAHST), (March), Spring
Gozran (GOHZ-ran), (April), Spring
Desnus (DEZ-nuhs), (May), Spring
Sarenith (sa-REHN-ihth), (June), Summer
Erastus (eh-RAS-tuhs), (July), Summer
Arodus (AIR-oh-duhs), (August) , Summer
Rova (ROH-va), (September), Fall
Lamashan (lah-MAHSH-ahn), (October), Fall
Neth (NEHTH), (November), Fall
Kuthona (koo-THOH-nah), (December), Winter
Pharast 15th = Firstbloom (Gozreh)
Firstbloom is the celebration of the first day of spring. It is customary to make a donation to the church of Gozreh as an offering in hopes that he blesses the local farmers with rich harvests and temporate weather. Priests of Gozreh are expected to spend the day hours in meditation either at sea or in wilderness; in each case, alone without any distractions.
Sarenith 15th = Sunwrought Festival (Sarenrae)
The Sunwrought Festival signals the beginning of summer. Priests of Sarenrae give sermons regarding redemption, honesty, the sun, and the need to heal not only physical wounds, but also mental and emotional ones. During this festival, spellcasting services for healing are performed at half price. A contest of champions is held that tests not only
the physical abilities of contestants, but also the mental ones.
Rova 15th = Swallowtail Festival (Desna)
The Swallowtail Festival is the celebration of goddess Desna. One of the main events of the festival is the release of thousands of swallowtail butterflies. This event symbolizes Desna’s gift to the blind child who nursed her back to health when she first fell to earth. This is a celebration of Desna’s gift of luck and good travels to the peoples of the area. Her priests give sermons and help compensate local taverns so travelers (both local and visiting) can try the local cuisine without draining their coffers.
Kuthona 15th = Crystalhue (Shelyn)
Crystalhue is the festival of winter. Shelyn’s priests organize a celebration of the arts and beauty. The day is spent showcasing local artists and musicians. Bards not only record the event, but they themselves often perform as part of the celebration. The festival is also one of love. Trinkets and desserts shaped like hearts are made, often purchased for
one’s lover as a token of the affection each has for the other.