Calendars are a fantastic resource for making your game world distinct and cohesive. They reinforce the cosmology, culture, and unique character of your imagined world while providing you with a powerful campaign-management tool. Indeed, the very practicality and commonplace quality of calendars is what makes them such powerful tools for developing the character of your game world. Because they are used and referred to constantly, even small hints of the culture that informed their composition will become magnified through repetition.
And the cultural input into any calendar is significant. All calendars are artificial constructs, rationalizations of unforgiving and even incomprehensible cosmological phenomena. Calendars represent a culture’s attempt to make sense of the natural patterns of the world and the greater universe. As such, they should inform an astute observer about the nature of the culture that produced them. They could reflect the religion or the ideology of a culture, or could be inherited from even more ancient civilizations and thus carry within them mysteries long forgotten. They may mark holidays and festivals that bring life and variety to otherwise everyday events. They may provide significant cyclical occurrences or hint at prophecies that provide useful hooks for campaigns.
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