"Raktuber" redirects here. For the submarine, see Red Raktuber.
"Wintumber" redirects here. For the reward from the 2006 Christmas event, see Wintumber tree.
The current RuneScape calendar date corresponding to the real life calendar date is 25 Pentember. The year does not appear to change over time within the RuneScape storyline. Until the World Wakes Quest it had been year 169 of the fifth age since the release of the game in 2001. It can be speculated that the flow of time in RuneScape is different from real life – 1 day in real life may not correspond to 1 day on Gielinor. One possibility is that time moves only if something is done in-game which advances the RuneScape storyline, i.e. quests.
Postbag From The Hedge issue 21 ReferenceEdit
Ah, a most excellent letter. I shall answer the easiest of your questions first. Presently, we are in the 169th year of the 5th Age . The length of a day, of course, is equal to one cycle of the sun and the moon. There are ten months in the RuneScape calendar. They are: Rintra (39 days) Moevyng (38 days) Bennath (32 days) Raktuber (34 days) Pentember (38 days) Fentuary (31 days) Septober (38 days) Ire of Phyrrys (40 days) Novtumber (39 days) Wintumber (36 days)
An extra day is added to Moevyng every four years to account for an anomaly in the way the calendar has been calculated. Moevyng Day, as it is called, tends to fall in the middle of the month.
The most intriguingly-named month is the Ire of Phyrrys . My colleagues over at the Observatory have uncovered the charred remains of a diary that belonged to Phyrrys, apprentice to the astronomer Scorpius.
Early entries in Phyrrys 's diary tell of how he was attempting to figure out the RuneScape Calendar, based upon the astronomical studies his mentor was conducting. However, a few pages have survived of Scorpius's own diary, heavily hinting at Phyrrys's ineptitude, and how at the culmination of the apprentice's initial calendar research, he'd failed to account for a whole forty days.
This is backed up in Phyrrys's own diary entries, whereby from this date on, his anger (ire) seemed to grow and grow at his inability to work these forty days into the calendar. It is assumed that a later inhabitant of the Observatory found these notes and, quite easily, corrected the mistake by placing them between Septober and Novtumber , naming the month in honour (or more likely in jest) of the 'challenged' Phyrrys .
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Based on this information, the total number of days in the year is 365, which suggests that the Gielinorian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendars can indeed overlap.
Months of the Gielinorian yearEdit
The months according to the RuneScape calendar are:
Month Number of days Real-world equivalent Details 1 Rintra 39 1 January – 8 February Tied for 2nd longest month with Novtumber and Moevyeng on years with Moevyeng Day. 2 Moevyng 38/39 (Moevyng Day) 9 February – 18 March There is an additional day in the middle of Moevyng every four years, called Moevyng Day, similar to a leap day. Also, Moevyng sounds sort of like the word "moving," which is what Moevyng Day does. 3 Bennath 32 19 March – 19 April Bennath means "blessing" in Cornish. 2nd shortest month. 4 Raktuber 34 20 April – 23 May The Red Raktuber (which is a submarine) is named after this month. 5 Pentember 38 24 May – 30 June Named for its position as the fifth month. Penta is Greek for five. 6 Fentuary 31 1 July – 31 July Only month to solely encompass an entire Gregorian month. Shortest month. 7 Septober 38 1 August – 7 September Named for its position as the seventh month. Septem is Latin for seven. 8 Ire of Phyrrys 40 8 September – 17 October The longest month on the calender, which is named after the apprentice of Scorpius, Phyrrys. Phyrrys began work on the calendar of RuneScape. 9 Novtumber 39 18 October – 25 November Named for its position as the ninth month. Novem is Latin for nine. 10 Wintumber 36 26 November – 31 December Named after winter; Wintumber trees are named after this month.
Gielinorian days of the weekEdit
The RuneScape calendar also uses different names for the days of the week as seen in The Chosen Commander. The names for the days are, in no particular order:
Ivanday, Erysail, Twiblick, Essianday (four of the seven days of Gielinor) were used in a RuneScape poll question on 29 June 2010. The question was: What do the words "Ivanday", "Erysail", "Twiblick" and "Essianday" refer to?
- History, the history of RuneScape world, from the First Age up to the current Sixth Age
- Fifth Age, a detailed guide on what happened during the previous age