I agree with Exelixi and Sijo both. I think I'll need to come up with a limiting factor for Public Domain Spells.
Black Empire Facts #4
Calendar and Holidays
The Korknomortese-Miajalzian Calendar is the adopted calendar of the state and because that is a mouth full it's often just called the Black Imperial Calendar. The Calendar recognizes 5 seasons, which roughly translate to Spring (The Season of Life and Magic), Summer (The Season of Fire and Hate), Autumn (The Season of Earth and Harvest), Fall (The Season of Water and Dying) and Winter (The Season of Wind and Rest). Each season is made of three months, the first and third month are each made of 35 days, while the second month, not really much of a month at all, more of a demi-month, is made of 3 days.
Each month is named for its season and its position in it. IE, the first three months are named Springstart, Midspring and Springsend. The second day of Midspring is known as the Flower Festival, the Apex of Spring, and is a holiday. The first and third day of Midspring are set aside for preparation and clean-up respectively. The Flower Festival is a fertility festival, and traditionally celebrated by an egg hunt, symbols of fertility.
The second day of Midsummer is War Day, the Apex of Summer. It celebrates patriotism, soldiers, war, conquest and sacrifice. The sound and clamor of battle is duplicated by setting off fireworks. The second day of Midautumn is the Feast Festival, the Apex of Autumn. It celebrates the harvest that comes in autumn and done by eating the hell out of that harvest. The second day of Midfall is the Day of the Dead, the Apex of Fall. Supposedly on this day the dead may return to the world of the living but so to do many frightening things, which may include the dead. Tradition has everyone dress as monsters as disguises and the children given sweets to make them feel better about the whole thing. The second day of Midwinter is Gift Celebration, the Apex of Winter. Many cultures hold to stories of people sharing good scarce to their neighbors while in the dead of the Winter and so gift giving is the tradition of this day.
Their are two different weeks used, the State's Week and the People's Week. This gets messy. The State's Week is 5 days long and ignores the Midmonths. The days are themselves name for the elements of the seasons, Lifeday, Fireday, Earthday, Waterday and Airday. State workers use it and their days off are on whichever day matches with the season. IE, in Spring state workers get every Lifeday off. The People's Week is adopted from the weeks used by the Foriar, Boulsadar and Entreni and known to be used by other Duergar cultures as well. It is 8 days long; Flameday, Steelday, Stoneday, Wooday, Seaday, Frostday, Winday and Voiday. By tradition, Voiday is a day of rest and this expanded to include Winday.
Those who use the People's Week, even though they traditionally only have the Apex Days rather then the whole Midmonth as a holiday, get more days off then those who use the State's Week, although a weekend day may fall on a holiday while the State's Week specifically prevents that.
Every four years the Day Outside Of Time happens, considered bad luck by many Iropian cultures. It is made to happen after the last day of Winter in the Black Imperial Calendar. Some traditions demand that babies born on this day be killed. The Black Emperor adopted this tradition, writing off all children born on the Timeless Day to be dead, only to be replaced by their mysteriously late born twin the next day.
edited 31st Mar '12 10:21:40 PM by God_of_Awesome