The following was originally written by Edwyn Kumar as a calendar for the Tribes. It originally appeared on his own website, and then later on my Tribe 8 website. I’m posting it here as the beginnings of an effort to reconstruct and make available articles, text and prose that are no longer available.
From the teachings of Ramsek, Yagan Mordred:
The third year of the Cycle is the Year of the Deer. This year is important among the Grand Council and the Tribal Elders. A large gathering is held this year by the Councils and the adolescents from all of the Tribes vie for the right to be chosen as trainees for positions within the Councils. It is a great honor to be selected and is a year that is rife with political intrigue and clan status. Of those born within this year, they often are seen to have very regal bearings and are sought after as icons of prestige.
The fourth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Eagle. Some consider this year a year of anarchy and questions, but we know that it is actually the acts of uncovering hidden things that has given it a notorious reputation. The power of the eagle’s sight grants the Tribes foresight and guidance, allowing us to act wisely and with just cause. Joan’s last crusade was in the Year of the Eagle. For those born within this year, they are considered to have a greater sense of honor, although they are often seen as loners and opportunists. The Watch and the Templars both compete for the right to choose a champion among an Eagle born warrior.
The fifth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Mouse. Favored by Agnes, the Year of the mouse is often a year that has a sense of fun to it. Nothing very serious ever happens during this year and people tend to take care of day to day business and live their lives with happiness and joy. Of course, there are often times during this year when large and important decisions need to be made, but, almost always, they are dealt with quickly and without much ado. For those born in the Year of the Mouse, they live very peaceful, joyous lives filled with wonder and merriment. They are often considered naive.
The sixth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Owl. The decisions of the previous Year of the Mouse are re-opened during the Year of the Owl and either ammended, discarded or left untouched. Surprisingly, most of the time things are left as they are. The Year of the Owl is also used as a time of exploration among the Tribes. Westholm was founded in this year and it
is hoped that another far off settlement will be founded the next time the sixth year comes to pass. A person born with the Owl as a Patron Animal has a knack for making snap decisions and taking risks with little consequence. They are filled with luck and are seen as good friends.
The seventh year of the Cycle is the Year of the Snake. The Year of the Snake is a favored year of Dahlia and all of the other Tribes are on their guard during this year. Dahlia plays her greatest tricks this year and often the results are felt far and wide. The Year of the Snake is definitely a year of illusions. Those born this year are thought of as cads and swindlers, always looking for the fast break and a good time. Never jade a person born in this year. You may live to regret it for the rest of your life!
The eighth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Cat. This year is a holy year among Baba Yagans. The cat gives Yagans premonitions and spiritual guidance and is often used as a time for great rituals. Most other Tribes have a sense of fear when it comes to this year and many superstitions are practiced. The Year of the Cat is also the coinciding number with the lost Fatima, Joshua, as well as the Fallen who claim to be the Eighth Tribe. It is not a year that is favorably looked upon by the rest of the Tribes, especially Tera Sheba. Those born with the Cat as their Patron Animal are mysterious and secretive. They are seen as keepers of occult knowledge and rites. The first born, of each Tribe, are sacrificed on this year.
The ninth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Spider. Eva favors this year, as the spider is considered the perfect homemaker, hunter, and harvester. The spider is also extremely adept at creating offspring! The Year of the Spider often yields the greatest harvests and hunting is abundant. Being born in the year of the spider ensures your good graces as an important member of family and clan. Spider born Tribals are hard workers.
The tenth year of the Cycle is the Year of the Unicorn. Magdalen’s presence is heavily felt this year and many traditions of courtship and love are practiced among all of the Tribes. This year is also very good for Dreamers, as the River of Dream is very powerful during most months. Magdalen poses that this is because of her, but that is an arguable point. Those with the Unicorn as their Patron Animal are pure and filled with virtuous qualities. At least that’s what they will tell you! This is our current year.
The eleventh year of the Cycle is the Year of the Lion. The lion grants this year with an air of power although not much seems to get done! The decisions of the Year are written and recorded by the TeraShebans, and the Joanites hold many parades and ceremonies. Veteran warriors are inducted into the Old Guard and all of the Tribes honor their more senior members. Those born in the Year of the Lion are bold and honorable, although they can exhibit lazy qualities.
So now you understand how we divide the years and their importance. Now I will show you the manner in which we reckon the months.
2. Ellilak (winter)
3. Aoin (spring)
4. Feroniak (spring)
5. Renpetin (spring)
6. Addadak (summer)
7. Anumin (summer)
8. Parvitin (summer)
9. Opsin (fall)
10. Addadin (fall)
11. Ahrimak (fall)
12. Yamik (winter)
Ellilak: Agnite Festival of Lights, Ice Carnival.
Aoin: Evan Unlocking.
Feroniak: Evan Flower and Seed Rites, Dahlian Dance of Vimary.
Renpetin: The Closing of the Fold, Renpet Day.
Addadak: Magdalite Day of Amor, Fatimas Birthing.
Anumin: Sky Worship, Day of Revolt.
Parvitin: Liberation Festival.
Opsin: Day of the Goddess, Agnes’ Birthday.
Addadin: Ancestor Dance, Children’s Calling, Harvest Feast.
Ahrimak: Wind Worship, Judges’ Order Day, Warriors Parade.
Yamik: Night Worship, Closing Festival, Veusans.
Second day: Magdalen-shu
Third Day: Eva-shu
Fourth Day: Sheba-shu
Fifth Day: Joan-shu
Seventh Day: Agnes-min