The Realm of Zerata
This campaign takes place in the 1768th year of the 7th era, commonly denoted as 1768 7E. Each era is 2000 years long. This system of tracking time was first introduced in 0 1E (of course) when larger populations in Drogora began to settle together. Travellers quickly spread this system across the developed world. 2000 years was chosen as the length of one era as this is how long a dragon’s usual active life is. (After 2000 years, most dragons tend to settle down where they call home. Some choose instead to continue as they always have, or to take on humanoid guises and travel the world to observe other races.)
Years are 360 days and consist of 12 months. One month consists of five 6-day weeks. Year length was chosen based on the cycle of seasons: Snowfell, Rainfell, Greenfell, and Leafell. Each season lasts 3 months, and one complete season cycle takes exactly 360 days. Month length was determined based on the cycles of the two moons Anastrianna and Soveliss. The smaller faster-moving moon Anastrianna takes 30 days to circle the planet, while the larger Soveliss takes 90 days (an entire season). When Soveliss is full, it marks the first day of the new season; when Anastrianna is full it marks the first day of a new month. Months are denoted as the season they belong to and the month number (Snowfell 1, Rainfell 3, etc. or abbreviated as S1, R2, etc.)
Weeks were not introduced until humanoids began settling in Drogora, and week length was based on the average farmworker’s week (as farming was the main occupation of the first humanoid settelers). The week started with five working days (Eria, Attaia, Neldeia, Kintaia, Lempeia) and ended with one “day of rest” (Estaia). Days are 24 hours long and based on the light/dark cycles created by the rotation of the planet. It takes 24 hours to complete one light/dark (day/night) cycle. Times are denoted as approximations of the hour based on the position of the sun(i.e. 13h), and the first hour is considered as starting at dawn. More accurate times are often used by researchers or those wealthy enough to own a water clock, but for the most part an approximate hour is as specific as time gets. The day of the month is denoted as such: month-day (i.e. G3-21).
An entire date, including approximate time, would look like this: 1726 7E L3-26 16h