A Calendar is a system to organize days for a purpose usually related to religion, social, commercial or administrative needs or interactions.
This is achieved by grouping and labeling periods of time usually in terms of days, weeks, months and years.
The periods of time are most commonly associated or synchronized with the movements of the sun, moon, or other celestial bodies, but not the only way to determine a period of time.
IC wise a player is welcome to use any kind of calendar they feel best fits the theme and feel of their character. In fact for the kind of setting Vaxia is, it would not be unusual for characters to be able to use multiple calendars with ease as different regions, cultures, religions, nations, etc, may have their own.
For simplicity sake Setting will not enforce any use of a calendar besides the Gregorian calendar, and that is to allow us to have a static way to track the passage of time both ICly in the relation to OOC as the IC world moves in the same time as the real world.
A calender that is based off of the cycles of the lunar phases.
The moon in the setting of Vaxia lines up with the phases of our own moon in order to give players the means to have a way to track the lunar cycles ICly.
A calender that is based off the movements of the sun either as the planet revolves around the sun or the suns apparent position moving in the celestial sphere.
Solar calendars are fairly accurate on indicating seasonal changes due to the tracking of the equinoxes and the ability to synchronize with the declination of the sun, and can also be built on the perceive changes in the seasons.
A calender that combines aspects of the lunar and solar types of calendars.
Observation Based Calendar
A calendar that is based on an ongoing observation. Also known as an astronomical calender as the chosen observation tends to be related to celestial events or other astronomical elements. These kind of calendars are considered perpetually accurate as they are always updated due to the ongoing observation, but working out when a specific calendar date would occur is very difficult.
Rule Based Calendar
A calendar that is based on a strict set of rules, usually mathematical rules. Due to this calculating a calendar date is very easy, but it suffers in its accuracy as the accuracy diminishes over time due to the planet's rotation. Thus these calendars tend to only last a few thousand years before the rules would need to be modified.
Incomplete or Complete Calendars
In addition to the above a calender may be incomplete or complete. An incomplete calender is where it does not always track each consecutive day and may lump days or months into a more larger or generic time period instead.
A complete calendar calendar that provides a way of designating each consecutive day.
Vaxian Zodiac Calendar
Some parts of the Vaxian Continent make use of a calendar that has 7 months based off when certain constellations are prominent in the sky that correlate withe one of the zodiacs. Each month is 53 days long, except for Volnar which has only 48.
This calendar is often thought useful to those that need or want a way to track certain celestial patterns.
The months are as follows, in order: