Norton calendar

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The Norton calendar (also known as the Elwynnese calendar, the Elw calendar and the Elwynnese–Natopian calendar) is the official calendar of Shireroth. Based on the Treesian calendar, the length of the year differentiates on a twelve-year cycle. The rotation of the planet fluctuates, through regularly. The only fixed celestial event on the calendar, that is to say, the same date for the same event every year, is Summer solstice (for the northern hemisphere, winter solstice for the southern). The first day of Elroqpin is that day.

The Norton calendar is official in Shireroth, Natopia, Constancia, and Caputia.

History

Years are counted after the death of Norton (Ab Nortone, AN; μετά θάνατον Νόρτου, μΝ). His year of death is accordingly AN 0. The first year after the death is AN 1. Years before his death are counted before the death of Norton (bN; προ θάνατου Νόρτου, πΝ).

The Norton calendar derives its name from Nor'Ton the Undying, whose disappearance (probable death) in the cataclysm that destroyed the old empire of Khaz Modan presaged the birth of Raynor I and the foundation of Shireroth.

Months

All months are 24 days long, except Qinamu (XIV) which varies. In a long year (372 days), Qinamu is 36 days long. In a normal year (360 days), Qinamu is 24 days long. In a Biternion year (348 days), it is 12 days long. In a Qarbinion year, the month is skipped. In such years, Rugaall (XIV) is followed by Silnuai (I).

Ordinal Præta name Elw name Natopian name Babkhi name Florian name Constancian name Hurmu/Farewellish name Norse name
I Silnuai Novaber Nawruz adoltho Phoinikaios Gormaanuðr Gormåne
II Kuspor Liebluary Azar elithagi Kraneios Ylir Yler
III Gevraquun Grunil Dey umoke Lanotropios Marsugjur Marsuge
IV Gevrader Ragnuary Bahman yaborudo Heliotropios Torre Torre
V Filadin Blumuar Esfand Yli Haliotropios Gooa Goa
VI Fasmas Sonnuber Farvardin pexenawa Machaneus Enmaanuðr Enmåne
VII Nomeziooq Friedeber Ordibehesht alel Dodekateus Harpa Harpa
VIII Laemill Natopuary Khordad Vathe Eukleios Skerpla Skerpla
IX Araroqpin Cowtide Tir yeka Artemisios Aldrasool Oldsol
X Elroqpin Bulltober Rokhpin arugva Psydros Nya Sool Nysol
XI Vixaslaa Butterary Mordad weavigi Gamilios Hoyjannir Høyene
XII Oskalteq Konil Shahrivar ehezu Agrianios Siztasool Sistesol
XIII Muunlantooq Tasnember Mehr wixena Panamos Haustmaanuðr Høstmåne
XIV Rugaall Dankember Aban weeyof Apellaios Regjnmaanuðr Regnmåne
XV Qinamu Geburtsber Kanam Xeeria Dioscouros Heljarmaane Hellmåne

The Elw months are derived from the Treesian months of Silnua, Cuspor, Gevradoon, Gevraderr, Filladin, Fasmas, Nomedsiocc, Laemil, Rocpinn, Uiscasla, Oscaltec, Mulantog, and Chinnam, though in the Treesian calendar, Chinnam was only five days long, and Roqpin was only one month instead of the Norton calendar's two.

The Hurmu, Farewellish and Norse months are derived from the old Ancient Norse month names of Gormánuður ("slaughter month" or "Gór's month"), Ýlir ("Yule month"), Mörsugur ("fat sucking month"), Þorri "frozen snow month", Góa "goddess Góa's month", Einmánuður ("lone" or "single month"), Harpa (Harpa is a female name, probably a forgotten goddess), Skerpla (another forgotten goddess), Heyannir ("the hays"), Haustmánuður ("autumn month"), and Regnmánuður. The association of Qinamu to commemorations of death allowed the creation of Heljarmaane ("goddess Hel's moon), and Roqpin's asasociation with the long summer days calqued the Roqpin prefixes for "old" and "new", but added the simple Sool/Sol ("sun").

Dates

Dates are usually written day–month–year. Often, the month is for linguistically neutral reasons written by its ordinal (using Latin or Arabic numbers), e.g. 10.XIV.1650 for 10 Rugaall 1650. It is also permissible to do it in the reverse order, i.e. 1650-15-10.

Cycle

The years of the cycle correspond to a number and a Shirerithian zodiac name (the years are named after the months of the Raynorian calendar, which is no longer in use). Biternion is a special case. Once every four cycles, Biternion (named after the Cedrist god of improbability) is 12 days longer, having only 348 days. In those cases it is called Qarbinion (named after the Cedrist god of numbers).

Year Days Shirerithian zodiac name Natopian zodiac name
1 372 Viviantiana Flamingo
2 336* Biternion* Peacock
3 372 Mo'lluk Utensils
4 360 Semisa Room with a Moose
5 372 Ifnin Goat
6 360 Agnifiero Turtle
7 372 Krondokin Cow
8 372 Ikol Yoshi
9 360 Breizan Dragon
10 372 Anandjan Naga
11 360 Vanchauslurk Penguin
12 372 H'graasreign Wasp

The year

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The only fixed celestial event on the calendar, that is to say, the same date for the same event every year, is Summer solstice (for the northern hemisphere, winter solstice for the southern). The first day of Elroqpin is that day.

For below, it is assumed to be for the northern hemisphere:

The autumn equinox varies between the following dates

  • 12 Muulantooq (336-day year)
  • 15 Muulantooq (348-day year)
  • 18 Muulantooq (360-day year)
  • 21 Muulantooq (372-day year)

Winter solstice varies:

  • 24 Kuspor (336-day year)
  • 18 Kuspor (348-day year)
  • 12 Kuspor (360-day year)
  • 6 Kuspor (372-day year)

Spring equinox:

  • 12 Fasmas (336-day year)
  • 9 Fasmas (348-day year)
  • 6 Fasmas (360-day year)
  • 3 Fasmas (372-day year)


The year begins, by tradition on the first of Silnuai, and ends in the 336-day year on the 24th of Rugaall, while all other years the year ends on the last day of the leap month Qinamu (which is the 12th in a 348-day year, the 24th in a 360-day year or the 36th in a 372-day year).

The most common length of a year is 372 days and that year always has a full Qinamu, 36 days and thereby is the longest month of the year, half as long as all others).

Silnuai - Kuspor - Gevraquun - Gevrader - Filadinu - Fasmas - Nomeziooqu - Laemill - Araroqpinu - Elroqpinu - Vixaslaa - Oskaltequ - Muulantooqu - Rugaall - Qinamu

Or the order from Midsummer: Elroqpinu - Vixaslaa - Oskaltequ - Muulantooqu - Rugaall - Qinamu - Silnuai - Kuspor - Gevraquun - Gevrader - Filadinu - Fasmas - Nomeziooqu.

OOC characteristics

Click for conversion table between Gregorian and Natopian dates and times

The Elwynnese Calendar (Also known as Ab Nortone) is a "month per year" method for simulating the passage of years within the geofictional construct of Micras.

Gregorian Norton
1 year 12 years
1 month 1 year
2 hours 1 day
1 hour 12 hours
30 minutes 6 hours
15 minutes 3 hours
10 minutes 2 hours
5 minutes 1 hour
1 minute 20 minutes
3 seconds 1 minute
1 second 20 seconds
500 milliseconds 10 seconds
50 milliseconds 1 second
1 millisecond 20 milliseconds

The relationship between the Elw calendar and the ASC calendar is more straightforward than it seems.

1 ASC period equals two Elw weeks or 12 days.

The years of the Norton cycle correspond to the following Gregorian months (note that a leap-day February corresponds to a Qarbinion year (348 days)

Year Days Shirerithian zodiac name Gregorian month
1 372 Viviantiana January
2 336* Biternion February
3 372 Mo'lluk March
4 360 Semisa April
5 372 Ifnin May
6 360 Agnifiero June
7 372 Krondokin July
8 372 Ikol August
9 360 Breizan September
10 372 Anandjan October
11 360 Vanchauslurk November
12 372 H'graasreign December


A variant of the Elwynnese Calendar is used in Natopia.