There is a common trade language which is spoken across almost all of the Verdant Kingdoms. It’s a formal version of Lyrian, highly adapted and streamlined in order to be learned and picked up quickly, while still providing enough flexibility and nuance in order to make due in most situations. One can go anywhere in the Verdant Kingdoms and have a reasonable expectation to be understood while speaking common Lyrian.
Only small pockets of wildermen on the independent and contested south-eastern islands off the coast of Mazuria have refused to adopt the language. Also there are some hard-line Daerlanian expansionists who have refused to speak it, preferring to push for High Daerlan to become the dominant language across the kingdoms, and certainly across the empire.
The same calendar is used across the Verdant Kingdoms. There are twelve months, each of thirty days, divided up equally in three rides of ten days. After every two or three months, a special day of celebration would occur that would stand outside any rides or months.
|Midwinter (celebrate friendships, renew vows and alliances)|
|3||Spring Dawn (10th day, 2nd ride, spring equinox)|
|Greengrass (celebrate the coming of spring, gifting of flowers)|
|6||Summer Light (1st day, 3rd ride, summer solstice)|
|Midsummer (celebrate love and music)|
|9||Autumn Harvest (10th day, 2nd ride, autumn equinox)|
|Highharvestide (celebrate the harvest, abundance of food, last time to travel before winter)|
|Moonfest (celebrate the start of winter, honor ancestors, remembering the dead)|
|12||Winter Eve (1st day, 3rd ride, winter solstice)|
The year is 1262. It has been a little over fifty generations ago that all the twelve Verdant Kingdoms agreed upon and adopted year zero as the start of the verdant calendar. It was during a time of relative peace and stoic reconstruction after the last conjunction when the long waning set in.