From The Lore Series to everyone out there, however you spend this time: HAPPY HOLIDAYS! May your break be filled with joy and peace 🙂
LORE will be back after Christmas; until then, be merry!
Time did not run concurrent for Valaris and Luvanor. Where the season had just moved into the first month of winter for Valaris, the beginnings of spring was showing on Luvanor. In fact the dual spring on both worlds when Torrullin returned after a two thousand year absence was a rare event, a parallel that came around every seventy years or so, some years for spring, some for summer and some for winter. Autumn skipped the cycle due to the Valarian practice of shortening their winter and summer seasons by half a moon to realign the calendar to the stars. The fact that it was spring for both worlds caused Teighlar to remark to a number of his Senlu that the Enchanter would naturally choose an auspicious time to reappear.
The days were different also. Where Valaris counted out 22.4 hours, Luvanor held to 24.2 hours, which effectively meant morning on Valaris could be midday or dusk on Grinwallin’s mountain, or some other time in the various time zones of that world. It was not a strange concept at all – no two worlds were exactly alike – but it did make for surprise, particularly as few kept track, an intricacy limited to academics and fanatics who loved to fill their minds with the many facts and figures it entailed.
A good friend and reader (you know who you are!) yesterday asked me about the months of Spring for Valaris.
Truth is, Spring’s post went up around the time the question was asked! Due to a long weekend, I spent little time at my computer 🙂 and caught up yesterday!
Still, this led to a discussion about Valaris time. Here, after all, is a bit of a difference from our concept of seasons for Earth. Our local world has 3 months for each season, which means a 12 month year. Valaris, on the other hand, somewhere beyond our skies, has a 4 3 4 3 combination – 14 months.
My friend shared this graphic (thank you!) of a more elliptical orbit, to account for the differences:
This explains it better than my words do 🙂
Valaris follows its magical moon (that magic is for another post) in marking time and seasons.
The calendar is therefore lunar:
14 phases – 14 months
10 days dark of moon and 22 days light – 34 days in a month
A 476-day year.
The two equinoxes fall on a Full Moon, while the two solstices are at Dark Moon’s beginning. Valaris, therefore, has a longer counted year than other worlds, but in actual time elapsed it is a close parallel; the globe spins between light and dark a mite faster, gifting each day a total of approximately 19 hours.
Being approximate, the months lose to the phases of the moon each year, and thus every sixth year winter and summer loses a day to realign. On Valaris, too, it is called a leap year.
The year therefore ends on the winter solstice, the first night of Dark Moon on the last day of Blizzird. Thus, it is not only the winter solstice; it is also New Year’s Eve.
Valaris follows our northern hemisphere trend, counting the year from winter through the seasons back to winter. Valaris, as continent on world, lies entirely in the northern hemisphere.
Out there, in the wider universe, worlds are both large and small, and all behave differently in their local spaces. Orbits are never exact and same, and distances from the star that gifts light and life are different as well. The statement above ‘a longer counted year than other worlds, but in actual time elapsed it is a close parallel’ doesn’t make sense, if one wants to be either scientific or pedantic about it.
Valaris, in its present, is a human world, however, and the time comparisons therefore refer to worlds they are able to settle and thrive upon. The timing of worlds beyond comprehension is something else entirely!