The Myldoran System
Myldora is a rocky planet in a retrograde (anti-clockwise) orbit around the Primary star of a Binary System whose two stars orbit (clockwise) a central point. The Secondary star’s orbit is a long way outside that of Myldora – about 7 times the distance between our sun and Earth. All the orbits are circular. Two gas giants orbit the outer, secondary star, and are a spectacular sight if they appear either side of her at a Pass. This only occurs once in every Myldoran full-life.
Myldora orbits the Primary twice in the time taken for the two Stars to orbit the centre point once. Thus there are two astronomical ‘events’ in every year. Each year Myldora passes between both stars and each year the outer star is briefly eclipsed. Every Change is named either a Double-Pass-Change (having also one Eclipse), or a Double-Eclipse-Change (having also one Pass). They alternate. (To see this find http://burtleburtle.net/bob/physics/binary.html and scroll down to the tenth video on the right hand side of the screen. If you click on it it should go into action.) The motions of the planets and stars are such that the Passes and Eclipses move very slowly onward through the Change. After 360 years the astronomical events have moved through the whole year. They call this 360 year period a Long Change.
Myldora has a slight tilt, similar to that of earth, which gives it seasons, but due to the circular orbit, they are not as extreme as Earth’s. Myldora’s tiny moon has a cycle of 32 days, so each Change/Year has ten Moon-Risings.
The Myldoran Calendar
The Long-Change This is the longest measured period of time and consists of 360 orbits by Myldora of the Primary star – Myldora’s Near Sun.
The Change Each orbit, which we would call a year, they call a Change, because their years have two alternating patterns caused by their binary system. A Change has 320 days, 10 months of 32 days, and 40 weeks or Rounds of 8 days.
The Seasons The year is divided into five seasons, each two months long, of which Chilling, or’winter’ falls either side of The New Change (‘New Year’). They are: Springing = Spring; Swelling = Summer; Fruiting = early Harvest; Burning = later Harvest / Autumn; Chilling = Winter.
The Months begin from The New Change, the second Month of Chilling, they are: Freezing; Sprouting; Nesting; Blossoming; Shining; Ripening; Gathering; Storing; Firing; Darkening.
The Round is an eight day week and is referred to as a Round-of-Days or a Round. The days are named for the elements Air, Water, and Fire (in the Sun), the Far-Out-Star, the two gas giants, called Companions, for the Great Gifts, and for Remembrance-of-Names.
Sun-Rising-Day, shortened to Rising; Star-Passing-Day, shortened to Passing; Blue-Companion-Day, shortened to Blue; Red-Companion-Day, shortened to Red; Water-of-Life-Day, shortened to Water; Breath-of-Life-Day, shortened to Breath; Glorious-Gifts-Day, shortened to Gifts; Remembrance-of-Names-Day. This last day is not shortened, is not a working day, and begins in every home by giving thanks for those who have died with their names affirmed, and re-affirming the names of family members in the Void of the Nameless Ones.
Modern Change dates (MC) are counted from the Change in which the first off-worlders arrived. Months and days are counted from The New Change, or New Year, which begins on the first day of Freezing.
Ancient Change dates (AC) count backwards from that year.
Bruathimo’s birthdate is MC 18.104.22.168 or the twelfth Day of the third Month (Nesting) of the thirty-eighth Change of the Eighth Long-Change. Another way of recording it would be to say 7 Long-Changes, 37 Changes, 2 Months and 12 Days since the arrival of the off-worlders. In the British form of writing dates that would be 12/3/2558