History of Grimthorn
The History of Grimthorn is measured using the calendar of Archemād
the Great, a scientist and king of centuries past. Archemādrēan
Reckoning divides the year into thirteen months of twenty-eight days, with the
first day of each year falling on the first day of Spring. Dates are
recorded in the order of day, month, and year, i.e., 3rd of Sēle, 7206
AR. The current year is 7247 AR, forty-one years following the
The world is circled by two moons, the Eye of Iridis and the Fey moon
Lūnela. The phases of Iridis cycle every 28 days, with its fullest face
occurring on the 14th of each month. It completes 13 cycles every year. This
is the basis for the Archemādrēan Reckoning and most other world
calendars. The second moon, Lūnela, has only one cycle of phases each
year, reaching its fullest face toward the end of Ōfalamir in an event
misleadingly labeled Feynight.
- Clāastra (days 1-28)
- Pān (days 29-56)
- Beldōs (days 57-84)
- Trēes (days 85-112)
- Ōfalamir (days 113-140)
- Felorn (days 141-168)
- Veredin (days 169-196)
- Sēle (days 197-224)
- Serēth (days 225-252)
- Ēer (days 253-280)
- Zacrid Dān (days 281-308)
- Avānin (days 309-336)
- Mardāen (days 337-364)
Festivals and Holidays
- Spring Equinox 1st of Clāastra (day 1).
New Year's Day is always a day for celebration throughout the Footholds of
Grimthorn. Most of the day's festivities involve drinking and dancing.
Feasts involve seafood, game, and mushrooms gathered from the surrounding
hillsides as most food stores are spent after the long winter. In more
brutish Footholds, e.g., Pipetown, Lowthorn, Shadowton, an old bearded man
is volunteered to embody the past year, and is beaten with sticks as he runs
naked through the town streets. For this reason, it is customary for sober
men to shave their beards on the last day of the year. At the end of the
old men's run they're given a scrap crown and free drinks for the day's
- Summer Solstice 8th of Trēes (day 92).
- Feynight 21st-27th of Ōfalamir (days
133-139). The Fey moon of Lūnela, for one week a year, bathes the
world with a green glow. At all other times, the Fey moon appears as a
dull gray body, pitted and riven with dark craters, dry seas, and deep
fissures. During Feynights, the Material world's landscape changes,
reverting to an ancient time when forests covered the lands, unmarred by
roads and buildings. This quasi-illusory change allows the unwary (or
adventurous) to enter the Elf realm. Those that remain inside (or
underground) are immune to these changes, but those caught outside are
drawn into the Fey for a week of days and nights. During this period, the
moon is resplendent with dense green forests, sparkling rivers, waterfalls,
and vast meadows of waving flowers. The only way to escape the Fey is
through the stone portals which close at the event's end. Many are
guarded and some only transport travelers deeper into the Fey. Dwarves
caught within the Feynight are turned to stone.
- Autumn Equinox 15th of Veredin (day 183).
- Winter Solstice 22nd of Ēer (day 274).
- King Alzaril's Day 7th of Pān
(day 35) Festival day in the Soul commemorating the coronation of King
- Queen Valgura's Day 21st of
Beldōs (day 77) Festival day in the Heart commemorating the
coronation of Queen Valgura the Old. It has been decades since anyone
celebrated this day.
- King Hessen's Day 28th of Trēes
(day 112) Festival day in the Char and Grave commemorating the coronation
of King Hessen Morgorēan.
- Queen Sēlatha's Day 14th of
Serēth (day 210) Festival day in the Storm and Wail commemorating
the coronation of Queen Sēlatha Maress.
- Death of Kāalva 10th of Zacrid
Dān (day 290). On this winter day, most business is canceled and the
City grows unnaturally quiet. Silence and reflection are enforced. Those
making breaching the reverie can be lashed. Those screaming from the lash
can be tortured or killed, depending on public sentiment. Taverns and
restaurants remain open to ply cityfolk with drink, but markets do not
convene and ships are barred from port. The only speaking permitted are
the low chants and prayers of pilgrims winding their way through the eight
Districts until they come to the Queen's Cairn. At nightfall the
populace is permitted to join in singing mournful songs and ballads of
Kāalva's heroic tales.
- King Lōth's Day 14th of
Mardāen (day 350) Festival day in the Final commemorating the
coronation of King Lōth. Though the day is not celebrated openly, it
is tradition for all actors, musicians, artists, and students to raise a
glass to the Hill King before the day ends.
- Dark Night Day 5th of Sēle (day 92).
Usually a cold autumn day, the Dark Night Day celebration commemorates the
end of the Dark Night, when The
Fissure 'ended' and the stars returned. The afternoon and
evenings are usually celebrated with drinking, dancing, and street
performances throughout the City. People wear hats and coats decorated with
stars. In recent years, the evening has become synonymous with organized
boxing matches. When one of the bare-knuckled contenders gets knocked-out,
he is lauded as the winner for he has "seen the stars!"
- Beggars' Bath 18th of Trēes (day
102). See Pipetown (South)
- Matchhead Man Festival 6th of Felorn (day
146). See Trisk Curiosities.
- Wee Revel 27th-28th of Serēth (days
251-252). See Halfton