The Setting

Calendar

The Imperial Calendar names each of the year’s twelve lunar months after a virtue expected of the Empress and her subjects. The Imperial Calendar supplanted an older calendar which borrowed certain seasons from the elves and at least one other from the dragons. Devotees of the old calendar say that the Imperial Calendar is stuffy and artificial. The old calendar’s critics say that its months suggest magical and iconic correspondences which are in fact almost never correct, so that the old calendar is every bit as artificial as the new calendar while hiding behind tradition. It’s not a fight that’s going to be settled any time soon, so many Imperial subjects (outside of Axis) are comfortable using both systems.

Imperial Calendar Old Calendar Season
Endurance Tombfrost Winter
Vigilance Sidegloom Winter
Fervor Budbranch Spring
Harmony Meadowbreeze Spring
Industry Bloodmoon Spring
Grace Sunreach Summer
Inquiry Farwalk Summer
Forbearance Goldscale Summer
Wisdom Tallcrown Autumn
Dauntless Thickfort Autumn
Steadfast Nightcreep Autumn
Loresafe Icehowl Winter

The Imperial calendar sets its Year One to coincide with the ascension of the current age’s first Empress. It is currently Year 372.

Currency

Although currency is broadly standardised into gold, silver and copper pieces, there are various different forms of the coins.

Imperial coinage

Gold coins, called imperials (or “imps” for short) show the dragon throne on the reverse side. Silver coins, or dragons (nicknamed “wyrms”), depict a stylized dragon perched on the clouds of Wyrmblessed. Coppers, officially called pence (colloquially “pennies”) portray the Imperial Arena.

Currency of the Elf King

Officials at the King’s Court disdain the use of metallic coinage. Rare moonflower seeds, thundertree acorns, and shimmerwine raisins substitute for gold, silver, and copper coins, respectively. Dark elf currency merchants will swap your coins for court money, and vice versa, of course.

Sahuagin gold

Cursed coins, red-gold in colour, octagonal in shape and bearing the stamp of the lost city of Sahua. Although broadly equivalent in value to normal gold coins, it is uncertain how widely accepted they are as legal tender, especially near the coast. What is certain is that no one mistakes sahuagin gold for anyone else’s gold.

Factions

Seven Cities

The Setting

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