Cassandra Morgan

Author

Chartilian Wheel of the Year

Spring

Pasalvar

The spring season begins with the month of Pasalvar, named for King Pasalphathe, and the Melt Moon. During this time, the ice and snow from winter has begun to melt as the angle of the sun changes. Farmers begin growing the seedlings of certain plants indoors. Along the coastal cities, ice fishing is no longer an option due to safety. A festival known as Ice Dragon Day is held. Ice fisherman use special boats and ice picks called Dragon Claws to break up the ice. The largest pieces of ice are brought back for ice carving competitions, and various sweet foods are served over shaved ice.

Dwarvik shepherds and growers climb to the highest points of the mountains where the ice and snow have begun to melt, and break up the ice to avoid avalanches and reveal the fresh grass for their goats to begin grazing again.

The semiarid and coastal climates of Duneland begin their rainy season which will fill the oases for the rest of the year.

Torhirvar

In Torhirvar, named for the first Dwarvik Empress, Torahir, the Flood Moon occurs. With the melt of the snow and ice from the previous month comes periods of flooding. This helps to carry away the chunks of ice that had previously been broken up further down the river and out to sea. The largest ships are loaded with goods, and use the swift currents to carry much needed supplies to the cities they have been unable to reach during the winter. Smaller ships, which may be damaged by the ice chunks, must continue to wait until the weather warms.

The Great Plains and parts of the Belirian Forest will completely flood. Amphibians, which had buried themselves over the winter, come out of hibernation and begin to spawn in the flood waters.

Farmers and other members of the elven cities irrigate the flood waters toward their fields, and High Priests perform rituals to Ishtara to ensure great harvests for the coming year.

Dwarvik shepherds begin to lead their flocks down the mountains toward the Great Plains. Goats generally remain in the grassy areas on the mountains, but sheep and ponies live at the base of the mountains where the Great Plains begin and away from the most central areas where flooding is greatest.

In Duneland, Torhirvar signals the migration of several grazing animals away from the more coastal regions and further inland.

 Jenquar

Jenqar, named for King Jenemar, is the month of the Seed Moon. As its name suggests, this is the month of planting. The ground has thawed considerably in the Dwarvik mountains and planting has begun along the south side of the mountain.

Jenqar is the time of weddings. It is not uncommon for young elven girls to plan their weddings with their best friends, and for three or four couples to be married at the same time. The bright red flowers of the Belirian trees are blossoming, and these are a staple in all elven weddings.

The only day weddings are not permitted is Phoenix Day. This is a day of rest for the elven peoples, honoring the great phoenix whose tears brought to life the Belirian trees and the elven people.

The first meeting of the Council of Elders is held in Tutaria. A scouting party is sent ahead on the first day of Jenqar to check the Great Tunnel for any flooding or damage that needs repair. The last week of Jenqar hosts this first meeting, and any Princesses, Queens or Empresses are officially appointed at this time.

In Duneland, any eligible Humans are taken to market for the elves and dwarves to bid on as beck-ands. The Chamberlain meets with the Dwarvik Empress and Elven King to discuss any Human marriages, and whether to reassign the skills of any Humans for creating goods as supply and demand for Chartile changes.