Friday, October 14, 2011

Calendar Creation for Fantasy Settings III

Perhaps even more important than the names of the months and major holidays for a setting are the names of the days of the week. Again, you can see that I started with the day names we are all familiar with, and then brought them over into the setting whose pantheon I had been working on.  (That is, the kind of amalgamated, customized D&D setting that I was working on awhile back and that I featured in the other Calendar Creation posts, I and II.)  I think that both elements are important.  The former means that the players have a good shot at learning the names, while the latter communicates to them a feel for what figures are important in the world or for what denizens of the world will tend to associate with the day.  (Note that, comparing it to the Celestial Hierarchy post, all of the seven highest -- and one of the lesser --  members are represented in the days of the week.)

    Sunday                (Honors Pelor and Taiia)
    Mumday             (Honors the Blessed Mother)
    Ehlsday               (Honors Ehlonna)                  
    Moradinsday    (Honors Moradin, usually pronounced "Mordinsday")
    Bahamutsday   (Honors Bahamut. usually pronounced "Bahmsday")
    Oliday                  (Honors Olidammara)           
    Satisday              (Originally honored Anqet)    Satisday from the same root as "sated, satisfaction,"     a  word derived from the name of the River Satet, created by the sacrifice of Anqet which saved the people of ancient times.  

1 comment:

  1. I thinkl that's the right approach. For my world of the City, I went with a sort of translation of our names with a little bit of Mieville approach, as I felt like too many exotic names would detract from the modern pulpish veneer, but I usually go the way you have with moe conventional settings.