What Golarion Calendar day would the Solstices be on?


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I'm trying to figure out when the Golarion Summer Solstice would be on the Golarion calendar. The books don't actually tell, and given that the Golarion leap year is every eight years instead of four as on Earth, I've no clue if it is the equivalence for Earth, the very first day of the Season (on the 1st of Sarenith), or something else.


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I am not sure why they came up with that leap year every eight years bit. Golarion is otherwise as exactly like Earth as possible just to make climate, calendars, and the like easy to figure out. I would go with the corresponding dates on our own calendar for solstices and equinoxes.


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Leap years exist in our world because the time around the sun is closer to 365.25 than 365, so logically Golarion having one every eight would mean the number of days it takes to fully revolve around the sun revolution ends with a ~.125. That won't meaningfully effect the cycle of seasons.


Do seasons on Golorian even work the same way as on Earth? Just because we have a near circular orbit and a 23.5 degree axial tilt doesn't mean that they do. What if Golorian just has a more highly elliptical orbit? What if Golorian is in a Ptolemic Universe with its Sun orbiting Golorian? What if that orbit is irregular or elliptical?

Or what if Golorian is actually in a miracle-based universe as opposed to ours which is a law-based universe? Is Golorian a spherical world at all? Does Gravity work on Golorian in anything like the same way? I seem to recall falling damage is 1d6/10' you fall, where on Earth it's 32'/sec^2: not the same rules.


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The Paizo folks themselves have said that they applied the KISS principle by making Golarion as earth-like as possible except where explicitly stated otherwise. That way, you can fill in the blanks by looking at the corresponding parts of Earth for climate and similar information.

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Scott Wilhelm wrote:

Do seasons on Golorian even work the same way as on Earth? Just because we have a near circular orbit and a 23.5 degree axial tilt doesn't mean that they do. What if Golorian just has a more highly elliptical orbit? What if Golorian is in a Ptolemic Universe with its Sun orbiting Golorian? What if that orbit is irregular or elliptical?

Or what if Golorian is actually in a miracle-based universe as opposed to ours which is a law-based universe? Is Golorian a spherical world at all? Does Gravity work on Golorian in anything like the same way?

Actually, I think Paizo has answered most of those questions throughout the years.

Pathfinder: Distant Worlds makes it clear that Golarion orbits its Sun. There's a great video of Golarion spinning in this year's Paizocon preview banquet, where it appears to be more or less spherical. Distant Worlds doesn't explicitly say that Golarion's gravity is the same as Earth's, but Starfinder's CRB does.

I don't know if they ever go into the specifics of the seasons, but they definitely talk about them in the fiction like each year contains all 4 of them, in the order we expect.

Scott Wilhelm wrote:
I seem to recall falling damage is 1d6/10' you fall, where on Earth it's 32'/sec^2: not the same rules.

One is the amount of damage taken from a fall, the other is acceleration due to gravity. They're different formulas because they're formulas for different things.

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