Calendar and School Timetable for Death & Magic

The inhabitants of Felintor, the world of Death & Magic, measure time in a different way from Earth. I tried to write the book in such a way that it wouldn't cause too many difficulties to the reader, but a reference can be useful.


The Centadorian calendar dates from the beginning of the reign of King Talfaro and Queen Ashuri. Death & Magic takes place in the 506th year of this calendar.

The year is normally 361 days, and every fifth year is a leap year of 362 days. New year occurs on the winter solstice. The year is divided into fortnights (fourteen days), because this is approximately how long Pethandril, the further of the two moons, takes to complete a cycle of its phases. The final "fortnight" of each year lasts eleven days, or twelve in a leap year.

Fortnights are numbered within the year. Each day of the fortnight is named after, and sacred to, one of the Gods. The final day of the fortnight is sacred to all Gods. The days are named as follows:

1. Tergrith God of beginnings, change and chaos
2. Arveth God of war
3. Groll God of sea and sailing
4. Nerupar Goddess of air and weather
5. Rakeloth Goddess of hunting
6. Tanshalm Goddess of crafts
7. Shadrakh God of commerce
8. Mathran God of agriculture
9. Kharadar Goddess of the arts (as opposed to crafts)
10. Yisea Goddess of pleasure
11. Angaris God of the near moon
12. Pethandril Goddess of the far moon
13. Sujas Goddess of the sun
14. All Gods' Day  

The day is divided into six watches, three in daylight and three during the night. First watch starts at dawn. At Kyturil, and to a certain extent in cities, each watch is further divided into four hours.

The planet has two moons, Angaris (near) and Pethandril (far). Angaris is an icy sphere about 60 miles in diameter, orbiting about 4,000 miles above the surface. It completes an orbit in four hours six minutes, rising in the west and setting in the east. It rises once every five hours two minutes. Because of its low orbit, it appears quite large in the sky - about 1.4 degrees wide, or nearly three times the apparent width of Earth's moon. It reflects a great deal of sunlight onto the planet at night, and is frequently visible in silhouette during the day. However, its closeness also means that the planet eclipses it for part of its orbit, and so the amount of light in the night sky varies dramatically.

The distance to Pethandril, the far moon, has not been accurately determined; estimates vary from 50,000 to 300,000 miles. Astronomers generally assume its orbit to be circular, although the difficulty of reconciling this assumption with all of the observations of it will eventually lead them to realise that the orbit is elliptical. Because of the uncertainty over its distance, its true diameter is not known, but its apparent diameter averages a fifth of a degree. This makes it the brightest object in the night sky after Angaris. It appears big enough to show phases, but not big enough for surface detail to be visible. Its synodic month (the time between successive new moons) is 14.1 days.

Adramal's Timetable at Kyturil

Day 1st lesson 2nd lesson 3rd lesson 4th lesson 5th lesson 6th lesson
Tergrith Degoran Komarth free Shendar Eskalyn free
Arveth Lorgrim free free free Komarth free
Groll free Eskalyn Lorgrim Shendar free Degoran
Nerupar free Shendar Degoran Eskalyn Lorgrim Komarth
Rakeloth Lorgrim free free free Degoran free
Tanshalm Shendar free Komarth free free Eskalyn
Shadrakh free Komarth Eskalyn Degoran Shendar free
Mathran No lessons
Kharadar Degoran Eskalyn free Shendar Lorgrim Komarth
Yisea free Lorgrim free Eskalyn Shendar free
Angaris free free free Eskalyn Degoran Komarth
Pethandril free Shendar free free Eskalyn free
Sujas free Komarth Degoran free free free
All Gods No lessons

The school day begins an hour after dawn. Lessons are an hour each, and there is an hour's break for lunch between third and fourth lesson. As there are six lessons each day and only five teachers, students have many lessons free, which they are expected to use for study.

Eskalyn (First of the Council of Kyturil) teaches reckoning (mathematics and logic). Degoran (Second of the Council) teaches magic. Shendar (Third of the Council) teaches etiquette (mostly the history of Centador's royalty and noble families, and how to behave in their presence). Lorgrim teaches herblore, and Komarth teaches geography and the parts of history not covered by Shendar.

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