The Calendar of Harptos is the most-commonly used calendar in Faerûn. It divides Toril's years (consisting of 360 days and five holidays 'in between' the months) into 12 months, each of which is thirty days long and has three weeks of ten days apiece.
The months in the Calendar of Harptos are summarized in the table below. Each month’s name is followed by a colloquial description of that month, plus the roughly corresponding month of the Gregorian calendar.
|Name||Colloquial Description||Gregorian Month|
|Alturiak||The Claw of Winter or Claws of the Cold||February|
|Ches||The Claw of Sunsets||March|
|Tarsakh||The Claw of the Storms||April|
|Kythorn||The Time of Flowers||June|
|Nightal||The Drawing Down||December|
Years are referred to by numbers, using the system known as Dalereckoning (DR). Dalereckoning began the year humans were first permitted by the Elven Court to settle in the more open regions of the forests.
The Roll of YearsEdit
The wide variety of competing and often conflicting calendars causes no end of pain to the historian and the sage. Most use the Roll of Years, a system by which each year has its own personal name. Names for the years are known collectively as the Roll of Years, as they are drawn from the predictions written down under that title by the famous Lost Sage, Augathra the Mad, with a few additions by the great seer Alaundo. The Roll is a long one; some more important years include the Year of the Worm (1356 DR), the Year of Shadows (1358 DR, the year of the Time of Troubles), the Year of the Turret (1360 DR), and 1373 DR (the current year). The Time of Troubles, in which the gods assumed mortal form, started when the gods Bane and Myrkul stole the Tablets of Fate from Lord Ao, the overpower god of the Realms. In retribution, Ao banished all of the gods from their outer-planar domains (except for Helm, who guarded the Outer Planes). The gods were forced to assume the forms of mortal avatars until the end of the Time of Troubles, when the tablets were returned to their rightful owner. During the crisis, Mystra’s (goddess of magic) and Myrkul’s (god of the dead) avatars were killed, Bane (god of evil and tyranny) was destroyed fighting Torm, and the human Cyric killed Bhaal (god of murder and assassins) in an epic struggle while competing for Bane’s portfolio. After the dust settled, Cyric (death, evil, and madness) ascended to new godhood.
- Calendar of Harptos article at the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the medieval fantasy universe named the Forgotten Realms.