The Elysian Calendar is the standard calendar system used within the Elysian Celestial Empire for its internal affairs. However, it varies somewhat from the norm, as it is not based solely upon solar or lunar revolution; rather, the calendar functions using an intricate combination of the two, one which few Elysians (and virtually nobody non-Elysian) can claim they fully understand. The calendar itself tracks the phases of the moon (notably, reliant on the position of the sun), of which there are five each month, each lasting roughly five days.
Elysian calendar dates are usually written in the following formats:
Originally designed for usage in the Heavens floating above the surface of Planet Yamatai, the calendar of the Elysian year went through dramatic changes in AD MMMCMLXXXIX (AD 3989) as a result of the exodus to Elysia Novus that occurred in the aftermath of the Third Elysian War. Elysians speak little of this, and their new calendar utterly ignores that they ever even came from Yamatai in the first place - as for many, blissfully ignoring the shame of being ousted from their traditional home is vastly preferable to living with the humiliating truth.
“AD” precedes the number of the years in Elysian calendar notation, “AD” being short for “in the year of our Lord“ in Seraphim. Standard notation has the letters “AD,” followed by a space, and then the number (AD MMMMX, not AD-MMMMX or ADMMMMX).
|Years of the Elysian Calendar|
|AD MMMCMLXXII1)||AD MMMCMLXXIII2)||AD MMMCMLXXIV3)||AD MMMCMLXXV4)||AD MMMCMLXXVI5)|
|AD MMMCMLXXVII6)||AD MMMCMLXXVIII7)||AD MMMCMLXXIX8)||AD MMMCMLXXX9)||AD MMMCMLXXXI10)|
|AD MMMCMLXXXII11)||AD MMMCMLXXXIII12)||AD MMMCMLXXXIV13)||AD MMMCMLXXXV14)||AD MMMCMLXXXVI15)|
|AD MMMCMLXXXVII16)||AD MMMCMLXXXVIII17)||AD MMMCMLXXXIX18)||AD MMMCMXC19)||AD MMMCMXCI20)|
|AD MMMCMXCII21)||AD MMMCMXCIII22)||AD MMMCMXCIV23)||AD MMMCMXCV24)||AD MMMCMXCVI25)|
|AD MMMCMXCVII26)||AD MMMCMXCVIII27)||AD MMMCMXCIX28)||AD MMMM29)||AD MMMMI30)|
|AD MMMMII31)||AD MMMMIII32)||AD MMMMIV33)||AD MMMMV34)||AD MMMMVI35)|
|AD MMMMVII36)||AD MMMMVIII37)||AD MMMMIX38)||AD MMMMX39)||AD MMMMXI40)|
One Elysian year divides into 12 months, each of which consists of 21 days and begins with the first sighting of the Noumenia, or new moon. Traditionally, the new year is declared when an Elysian Senator sees the moon while standing in the center of Empyrean. However, there isn't a requirement for the moon to be physically seen, as Elysians are familiar with the concepts of cloud cover and light pollution; rather, when the moon is technically in a position to be seen from the center of Empyrean every 21 days, the new month begins.
After the new moon, there is the waxing moon, the observance of the full moon, and the final phase of the waning moon. The last day of each month is called Hena Kai Neia (Old and New).
Spring and Autumn are, notably, considered inferior seasons to Winter and Summer; some Elysians, in fact, even go so far as to observe only Winter and Summer as seasons. Spring and Autumn are merely the waning tails of greater things.
Months are typically written in Roman numerals using the format of Month/Day; VII/XII, for instance, would represent the twelfth day of Metageitnion.
|Winter||I||Anthesterion||21 days||January 1st - January 30th|
|II||Elaphebolion||21 days||January 31st - March 2nd|
|Spring||III||Mounichion||21 days||March 3rd - April 1st|
|IV||Thargelion||21 days||April 2nd - May 2nd|
|V||Skirophorion||21 days||May 3rd - June 1st|
|Summer||VI||Hekatombaion||21 days||June 2nd - July 1st|
|VII||Metageitnion||21 days||July 2nd - August 1st|
|VIII||Boedromion||21 days||August 2nd - August 31st|
|Autumn||IX||Pyanepsion||21 days||September 1st - October 1st|
|X||Maimakterion||21 days||October 2nd - October 31st|
|XI||Poseidon||21 days||November 1st - December 1st|
|Winter||XII||Gamelion||21 days||December 2nd - December 31st|
Age is expressed as a straightforward count in years. It is common for people to use their original or cumulative age - as opposed to the age of their “current” body - if they transfer their consciousness into a new body.
There are 252 days in each year of the Elysian calendar and 21 in each month. There are 30 hours in each day.
There are 7 days in each week and 3 weeks in every month. Elysians consider Monday to be the first day of the week.
Time is expressed in hours. Each standard day has 30 hours in it. Traditionally, there are 60 minutes in an hour, and time is expressed on a 15-hour clock using roman numerals. VIII:XV a.m., for instance, represents a quarter past 8 a.m. while VIII:— p.m. represents 8 p.m.
This section deals with how to convert Elysian time into other calendars.
|Elysian Year||Abwehran Year||OOC Year|
|AD MMMMII51)||260 AF - First Quarter||2009|
|AD MMMMIII52)||260 AF - Second Quarter||2010|
|AD MMMMIV53)||260 AF - Third Quarter||2011|
|AD MMMMV54)||260 AF - Fourth Quarter||2012|
|AD MMMMVI55)||261 AF - First Quarter||2013|
|AD MMMMVII56)||261 AF - Second Quarter||2014|
|AD MMMMVIII57)||261 AF - Third Quarter||2015|
|AD MMMMIX58)||261 AF - Fourth Quarter||2016|
|AD MMMMX59)||262 AF - First Quarter||2017|
|AD MMMMXI60)||263 AF - Second Quarter||2018|
Years of the Poku Saeruo Degonjo line up with Elysian years almost evenly. See Kyn'ka (History). Note that clan years would actually be in octal, but are listed here in decimal on the table for convenience.
The orbital period of Maekardan is 474 days long and approximately 33% longer than that of Elysia Novus, meaning that there are 3 AR every 4 AD; therefore, the years of the Iromakuanhe Calendar increment by 0.75 for each Elysian year. The start of AD MMMMX (AD 4010) lines up with the start of AR 942 on the Iromakuanhe Calendar.
|Elysian Year||Iromakuanhe Year||OOC Year|
|AD MMMMII71)||AR 936||2009|
|AD MMMMIII72)||AR 936.75||2010|
|AD MMMMIV73)||AR 937.50||2011|
|AD MMMMV74)||AR 938.25||2012|
|AD MMMMVI75)||AR 939||2013|
|AD MMMMVII76)||AR 939.75||2014|
|AD MMMMVIII77)||AR 940.50||2015|
|AD MMMMIX78)||AR 941.25||2016|
|AD MMMMX79)||AR 942||2017|
|AD MMMMXI80)||AR 942.75||2018|
|AD to IRL||IRL to AD|
|Elysian Year||Earth Year||Earth Year||Elysian Year|