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Ah, gosh.. Is it 20xx with you?

I bet Gwenthia was started somewhere in 2004 or 2005, so we're about 16 years in! However time moves so much slower, and so it's been but a few moons.. [:-}]

The site is fairly robust, but no changes since 2012 basically..

Sadly gwenthia dot org has been seized, copied and use by malware scum, so avoid

Tom Aug 2021

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Gwenthia has two major calendars, the Old and the New.

The Old is Octaminist, following the patterns of the old Order before the Fall. Each day is 32 hours long, divided into 8 watches named for the Orbs in the sky. The 8th watch, which is the only time when the sky is fully dark, is the Black Watch. This is a time of the creatures of the night. Each week is 8 days long, each named for the Orbs, as they are known locally. Each month has 8 weeks each named for the Orbs, as they are known locally. Each year is 8 months, or 64 weeks or 512 days long. This calendar was denounced as heretical by the Human Church of Gwenthia some 995 New Years ago, and the New Calendar was proposed.

The New Calendar follows the seasons closer, and is based on the following: Each day is 32 hours long, divided into 8 watches named for the Orbs in the sky. The 8th watch, which is the only time when the sky is fully dark, is the Black Watch. This is a time of the creatures of the night. This is as the Old Calendar. The New Year consists of 7 months each of 35 days (each of 5 weeks of 7 days) and a shorter 8th month (the Dark Month) lasting 10 days. The 8th month is despised and full of dark portents. So the new year is (7x35days) + 10 = 255. 245 days of normal months plus 10 days of the Dark Month. It was found that the new year was better served as having 255 days rather than 256 because of the seasons and measurements of the solstices and equinoxes. As it happens, this new year is almost exactly half of that of the old year. Though there was much debate about ridding the day of the eighth hour, it couldn't be denied that the Black Watch still existed and should be marked in the day for all to be warned of it's presence.

The New Calendar venerates the Seven Gods of the Moons and the Five Messengers as well as vilifying the Devourer. The 8th month is a sacred time - where the followers of the Human Church of Gwenthia re-enact the end of the Golden Age and the Fall of the Dark Orb. The beginning of each year would then be celebrated with joy as the the world passes into a new year after enduring the attempted rising of the 8th god.

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