As an alternate world and civilisation, the system which identifies seasons, months and days of the year in Maegard differs from our own. Natives widely believe that the world is (as of Call to the King), at least 8308 years old, whilst those from our world who have settled there view it to be significantly younger. Three calendar systems should be noted in understanding the differences: the Gregorian (used in modern times) the Common (established in Maegard by native races) and the Aloysian (developed by settling humans.)
ORIGIN OF ALOYSIAN CALENDAR
Attempting to understand the beginnings of Maegard, some humans were sceptical towards the claim of the Seven Ages (see page 7) and the age of the world. Scholars decided to research any human records that claimed or alluded to the existence of another world, likely to be Maegard, and the date of the record would be used as the rational beginning of the world. The earliest record was found to be from Rhodes, Greece in the year 226 B.C by the traveller Aloyses following an earthquake which revealed a Veil opening in the world. Equivalent to the year 5774 M.M in the Common calendar, it is therefore agreed in the Aloysian calendar that Maegard is only A.S 2534 years old.
BASICS OF ALOYSIAN CALENDAR
Stating Maegard to be so young, it is correct to assume that users of the Aloysian calendar either completely discredit the claim of a past civilisation, including that of the gods, or believe that historical events have been made to seem spread out where they are much more compact.
The Aloysian calendar is, excepting the year, very similar to the Gregorian calendar. Dates that are thought to be before the accepted date (before A.S 0) are written as such:
P.A - pre-Aloysian. The number is an approximation of how many years before A.S 0 the event/record is.
TIP: to calculate a Gregorian date into one that might be used in an Aloysian date, take the year and add 526.
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