The Armaments of Garnoth: Resurgence
The Ages of Etrium
Etrium has a long history that spans thousands of years. The ages of Etrium are not marked by any set amount of years, but rather by large events that have occurred in the world. The deep connection between the world itself and the peoples inhabiting it make everything about Etrium very responsive to the events that occur in it. Only an event of massive impact in Etrium can bring about a new age, and this event prompts the rising of a new moon. Each moon is said to represent one of the Children of Garnoth by a distinctive tint of color. They have risen in the same order that the Children were said to have been created.
The rising of the moons has been the source of much speculation and prophecy. Since there are only five Children, some believe that the final age will usher in an era of everlasting peace; others believe that it will mark the beginning of the end times. Some groups claim to know the truth of the moons’ rising, but who can know for certain?
The story of The Five Children of Garnoth is told below in parts for each age, along with important dates and events that occurred in those ages.
A Note Concerning Dates
Dates are given in format of <age>, <year>, <season>, <day>. The calendar of Etrium is a seasonal calendar based off the seasons that occur in the Plain Lands surrounding Catinum and Aeris Faber. There are three seasons to each year. Each season lasts 90 days. There are 9 days that comprise what we would call a week, however the citizens of Etrium would call them cycles. The name of the seasons and days can be found in the list below. Each age is formally referred to by the moon which rose to mark its beginning, but they are often referred to as First, Second, Third, etc. in regular conversation.
The beginning and end of each season is marked as a time for special celebration. Each race typically has a festival to celebrate the end of one season and beginning of another. Lunar festivals are also celebrated during the cycle in which they first rose in. This convention for keeping track of time was only created in the early part of the Second Age, so it is difficult to establish dates for the First Age. All that people can really agree on was that it was very long and that certain things happened in a certain order. That being said, the rising of the first moon is celebrated at the beginning of each New Year, while the rising of the Red moon is said to have occurred during early Andlat.
Though the rising of a new moon marks a new age, the age does not “officially” start until the year in which the moon has risen has drawn to a close. For example, the rising of the third moon occurred on the 67th of Maedal, 834. Historians didn’t start at year 1 until the end of Andlat in 834.
So the first day of the third age would be listed as Third Age, 1, Aevi, 1. Keep in mind that ages are dependent on lunar risings, not a set amount of time. Some ages may have many thousands of years while some may only have only a couple hundred.
The First Age, The Steel Moon
The Second Age, The Red Moon
The Third Age, The Green Moon
The Fourth Age, The Blue Moon
The Fifth Age, The White Moon (Expected)
Seasons (in order)
Aevi: similar to spring
Maedal: similar to fall, late summer
Andlat: similar to winter
Days (in order)