A good friend and reader (you know who you are!) yesterday asked me about the months of Spring for Valaris.
The months for Summer, Autumn and Winter were up on this Lore Series site, but not Spring. Was there no such concept as ‘spring’ for Valaris (that’s me reading between the lines)?
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!