The Fair Cycle
All the countries of the former Omban Empire, Ashnabis, and parts of Umnaka and Luetka use the Fair Cycle, a 365-day calendar consisting of thirteen 28-day months (starting at the beginning of spring), followed by the Abas Feast (Ancestors' Feast) at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. This calendrical reform was enacted in 215 I.E. and was, by design and name, intended to be fair - prior to that time battles over the length of months and their relative importance were endemic in the Empire. The Hand and the Voice alternate months in terms of the chief responsibility for ceremonial affairs, public feasts, and other important civic activities. Because there is a 13-month year, the specific months of their responsibility alternate on a two-year cycle.
|Ombesh||Aummesh||Season - Rainfall||Days|
|1||Fikho||Pikko||spring - rainy||28|
|2||Khurar||Huraar||spring - rainy||28|
|3||Pesme||Beshme||spring - moderate||28|
|4||Shosolda||Etsmaal||summer - moderate||28|
|5||Dezhiri||Dechiri||summer - moderate||28|
|6||Fult||Polt||summer - dry||28|
|7||Gugivas||Gogivash||summer - dry||28|
|8||Kerai||Kerei||fall - dry||28|
|9||Latas||Latas||fall - moderate||28|
|10||Loster||Loshter||fall - moderate||28|
|11||Udim||Udim||winter - moderate||28|
|12||Zhuno||Chuno||winter - moderate||28|
|13||Jinush||Yenu||winter - rainy||28|
Each month is divided into four seven-day weeks. The Abas Feast is separate, outside of any of these seven days.
The nation of Khutu uses an older calendar system, the Negili Reckoning, for most official purposes. This is a 365-day calendar with twelve months of varying length, and a five-day harvest festival, Romokh, in the middle of the year. Many of the months of the Negili Reckoning have the same names as their counterparts in the Fair Cycle, but because the lengths of the months differ, all sorts of chaos results. Khutuans inevitably have to deal with the Fair Cycle because all their neighbours and trading partners use it. It is generally agreed that the retention of the Negili Reckoning in Khutu is a result of the eternal rule of Eluli Ula, the saint / First Emperor of Omba whose period of embodied life preceded the Fair Cycle.
Traditionally the Negili Cycle had each month start with the same day of the week (Afras), regardless of what day preceded it in the previous month, and with Romokh, the five-day festival in the middle of the year, having no day names. Nowadays it is more common for Khutuans to follow the day cycle of their neighbours without regard to the month.
Kyrmonyri (The Spheres)
In the city of Jinto and other parts of northern Umnaka, the Fair Cycle is employed. However, in more traditional and rural parts of the country, an older, 354-day lunar-stellar cycle known as the Spheres, or in Enskrai, kyrmonyri, is employed. Each of 12 lunar months begins with the new moon, and proceeds for 29 or 30 days, each of which has its own name. This cycle rapidly gets out of sync with solar calendars of 365 days. Normally this is resolved at the yearly conclave of the Enskrai clans, where the chiefs decide to add intercalary months as needed every few years.