As part of the worldbuilding for this series, I decided not to use the familiar names for the days and months of the year. And since an explanation of such things doesn’t fit anywhere in the books themselves, I’m providing it here on my site, for the edification of curious readers everywhere.

The months are derived from a mashup of the French Republican calendar with the Hebrew calendar. The names come from the former, with alterations to make them more Latinate than French; the timing of them comes from the latter, which means they don’t quite line up with the standard Western months.

  • Nivis (Dec-Jan) – snow
  • Pluvis (Jan-Feb) – rain
  • Ventis (Feb-Mar) – wind
  • Seminis (Mar-Apr) – seed
  • Floris (Apr-May) – flower
  • Graminis (May-Jun) – grass
  • Messis (Jun-Jul) – harvest
  • Caloris (Jul-Aug) – heat
  • Fructis (Aug-Sep) – fruit
  • Acinis (Sep-Oct) – grape
  • Nebulis (Oct-Nov) – fog
  • Gelis (Nov-Dec) – frost

The days of the week were all named for Greek gods, paralleling the sources from which we get the English names.

  • Helimer (Sunday) – Helios
  • Selemer (Monday) – Selene
  • Themmer (Tuesday) – Themis
  • Athemer (Wednesday) – Athena
  • Zesmer (Thursday) – Zeus
  • Eromer (Friday) – Eros
  • Cromer (Saturday) – Cronos