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Time on Golarion

Friday, August 10, 2007

As our messageboards have recently been packed with folks wanting to know more about the day-to-day business of Golarion, the following is a brief introduction to the dating and timing conventions of our world. Rest assured that you'll be able to find out much more—such as timelines, country overviews, histories, and the rest—in the forthcoming Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer.

Time travels on Golarion much as it does here on our own Earth. Sixty seconds form a minute, sixty minutes create an hour, and twenty-four hours make a day. The people of Golarion measure time much like we do as well, with seven days to a week and twelve 30-day months to a year. Years are marked since the founding of the last great empire, that of Aroden, the Last Man. Although the empire has collapsed, its calendar remains in use to this day. At the start of the campaign, the date is 4707 AR (Absalom Reckoning).

Days of the Week

The days of the week are as follows. Each day has a general purpose that most people in the Inner Sea region follow.

DayGeneral Purpose
MoondayWork, religion [night]
ToildayWork
WealdayWork
OathdayWork, pacts signed, oaths sworn
FiredayWork
StardayWork
SundayRest, religion

Months

The months in Golarion correspond to our own, with each new year starting shortly after the solstice. You'll notice that the name of each month is etymologically tied to a specific god—residents of Golarion see the gods reflected in the changing of the seasons, and their names for the months reflect this. (Gozreh's month, for instance, is a time of budding and new life, while Zon-Kuthon's is seen as the death of the old year.) Holidays in a given month are generally tied to their patron deity. In order, the months are:

Abadius (January)
Calistril (February)
Pharast (March)
Gozran (April)
Desnus (May)
Sarenith (June)
Erastus (July)
Arodus (August)
Rova (September)
Lamashan (October)
Neth (November)
Kuthona (December)

Mike McArtor
Associate Editor, GameMastery

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Liberty's Edge

Paizo Superscriber

So if I am reading this correctly:

Quote:
twelve 30-day months to a year

Then the calendar doesn't exactly follow ours each month is exactly 30 days except every 8th year where Arodus has 31 for the leap year. Am I interpreting this correctly?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

You are, but this was a 6 year old blog post. The calendar has changed since then to mirror our own.

EDIT: With the exception of Leap Years, as written in the Inner Sea World Guide.
For simplicity's sake, I just use our calendar and change the names of the months.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I agree, it is easier to follow our months and the number of days.

On the Pathfinder Wiki page it does line up with our months.

On a side note: A six year necro is impressive. :-)

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Superscriber

I did search and find several references to the calendar of Golarion. The reference that I saw quoted several places was the one on the Paizo Blog. There was a reference to an entry in the Gazetteer which didn't talk about the # of days in each month. I found this entry on wikia which referred to the same Paizo Blog entry I had seen other places. I had seen the pathfinderwiki early on but didn't look at the sources at that time. When I continued to search I was unable to find any other references about the number of days in a month except what I saw on the Paizo Blog. I did look in the The Inner Sea World Guide Index and Glossary but didn't see anything about the Calendar of Golarion. I could probably go back and find about 2 dozen other posts and references that all contradicted each other. So with that I decided to post here just to be safe. Now that you have all pointed me to the correct reference I thank you.

Sczarni

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Yup, the wikia wiki is old (hasn't been updated since 2010) the pathfinderwiki version of the wiki project has over 2 times as many pages and is actively kept as up to date as we can. Wikia is just dumb and doesn't take down old projects.

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