Calendars & Time
Things are very different when it comes to calendar dates and time in Idalos when compared to Earth. Though we've added a few extra things into the Idalos year, they aren't too hard to follow, especially for new players. The first thing we want to talk about is Time Stamping.
Time Stamping your threads is a simple and easy way to keep track of the date your threads take place on. All characters are required to post a 'calendar' of sorts where they list their active threads for all the seasons they've roleplayed in to avoid confusion. This is usually on your Character Sheet (CS).
Threads may not take place at the same time, but they may take place on the same date. For example: Paul and Jezebel want to do a thread on the 1st Trial of Vhalar when suddenly Paul remembers he has another thread with Steve already set up for the 1st Trial of Vhalar. If Jezebel's thread with Paul takes place during the morning and Steve's thread with Paul takes place during the evening, that would be okay. To time-stamp a thread, the original post of that thread should have a note somewhere saying "Nth Trial of X in the arc Q". That's it. You can also specify the break and bit your thread takes place in with the words "D Break, Bit H". If you're ever confused about what we mean, simply go to a city's forum in the World of Idalos section and look at some of the threads players have started.
The Time Stamps will always be at the top of the first post in the thread.
A year (arc) in Idalos is made up of 492 days (trials).
A trial consists of 24 hours (breaks).
A break has 60 minutes (bits) in it.
A bit is composed of 60 seconds (trills).
- One Idalos arc is the same as one RL year.
- In one arc there are 3 Cycles, each with 2 seasons
- The Rebirth Cycle - Cylus and Ashan are the seasons to begin the arc.
- The Hot Cycle: - Made up of Ymiden and Saun.
- The Cold Cycle: Vhalar and Zi'da round out the year.
For more detail on specifics, please see Seasons.
Dates of Cycle Changes
February 1st: First day of the Rebirth Cycle. The first day of the Rebirth Cycle also marks the arc change.
June 1st: First day of the Hot Cycle.
October 1st: First day of the Cold Cycle.
Placeholders are topics posted near the end of the current cycle that, for one reason or another, won't get properly started before the official end of said cycle. Rules regarding placeholders stands that you cannot have more than 5 at the end of a cycle, and you must title and date the placeholder (Example: Title - The World As We See It, Date - 110th Trial of Ashan, Arc 718). There is no set time limit for when the thread needs to be filled out, only that the placeholder is made in this way.
Please note All characters in a thread must either have posts or post placeholders before season change. It is not acceptable for one pc to put a placeholder, then three more to join after season change. Unless you have a post or placeholder in a thread before season change which adheres to the rules above, you are not in the thread. If you failed to post placeholders before season change, please contact your local mod to see if they have any available to give to you.
The Moons of Idalos
Three moons orbit the planet thanks to the Immortal Treid, who would not have Faldrun outdo him with his twin suns.
The largest of the trio is Zilis. Should one set foot on this moon, they would have a hard time getting off. Its surface is believed to be made of a clay-like substance as the moon appears flatter at the top and bottom but wider and more round towards its sides. Of all three moons, Zilis spins the slowest. It is the moon responsible for the lack of sunlight during the season of Cylus. In the middle of the three is the moon Rahkrii, known for its reddish tint and peculiar surface. Rahkrii appears to be pockmarked with bright, almost yellow spots that lead some early Idalosian astronomers to believe it was a third sun. The third and smallest moon is Telva and is the most often seen of the three moons. It is light gray in color with few if any craters and an oblong shape. There is much debate about whether or not it is a true moon due to its shape.
During the season of Cylus, Zilis remains directly in between the suns and the planet, obscuring the light in such a way that the entire planet is enveloped in twilight.