The following is an excerpt from the Book of Orden, taken from the Tome of Hur-Sa, volume 2: “Oberyon’s climate and the variance between continents.”
Calambrian scholars recognise seven distinct seasons, characterised primarily by changes in weather patterns. These weather changes have had a significant effect on not just the landscape of Calambria, but its peoples, their cultures and customs.
Calambrians mark the change in season by the cycles of the moons. A new season begins each time the pale blue moon is full while the silver moon is new, an event celebrated as Otopa Duna in Ka’Rudan culture. Although it should be noted that the effects of Oberyon’s moons on the planet’s weather patterns are believed to be minimal, and limited to tidal cycles.
Magic can also be affected by the shifting seasons. For those who practice the manipulation of the mystical energies of the Mortal Realm, the effect of seasonal fluctuations is subtle, yet undeniable, with different seasons augmenting, or diminishing, different energies, relative to their elemental natures.
– Ninth Month to Eleventh Month –
The cold of Deep Winter loses its bite. Thick mists roll across the plains of Wissleshire as the days begin to warm. Further north, the long blue petals of the tapola flower are seen dotting the banks of the Thurmaline River. This is an especially potent season for mages who manipulate the elemental energies of fire.
– Eleventh Month to Thirteenth Month –
Days continue to warm. The rains of the wet seasons begin. Wind groans through the ancient treetops of the Rolwood Forest and across the Ka’Zahedan Mountains. The Ordian Jungle explodes with the colours of a thousand flowers. From the Circle of Kingdoms to the Forest of Ruen, every woodland comes alive with the chirps of birds and the buzz of insects.
– Thirteenth Month to First Month –
The warmth of the days grows fiercer. Rain pounds from the heavens. The air is thick with mist, while the night sky blazes with lightning. In the jungles of Northern Calambria, verdant growth is abundant. According to D’ziryan legend, Grey Summer is when Aladyra, Goddess of the Sky and Storms, begins her flight across the heavens on her giant white hwaelen.
– First Month to Third Month –
The heat of Grey Summer endures. The land becomes dry as the rains cease falling. On the plains of Andolia, the grasslands grow tall. The hallah bird finishes its long migration south from the Koroba Mountains to the isle of Torea. The last day of High Summer also marks the beginning of Devonridge’s famous Autumn Festival.
– Third Month to Fifth Month –
The dry skies of High Summer persist for the Autumn. The air turns cool; the first hint of the approaching winters. Mists return to the plains of Southern Calambria. The leaves of the giant rolwood trees redden. It is not uncommon for herds of white-haired olls to be spotted as far north as the Wilderhills, as the beasts wander in search of warmer climes.
– Fifth Month to Seventh Month –
The cold hand of winter returns, although the rains remain light and infrequent. Strong winds howl across the White Sea and the Aesperian Ocean, making it a perilous time for sailors. Many offerings are made to the god Osepian, Lord of the Oceans, to ensure safe voyages. This is an especially potent season for mages who manipulate the elemental energies of wind.
– Seventh Month to Ninth Month –
Winter claims its dominion over the land. The rains increase and build into storms. The storms grow into blizzards. Snow blankets the plains of Wissleshire. The great lakes of Middle Calambria freeze over. Wolrigs retreat to their burrows to sleep until New Spring. The Kamunda Tribes believe that Deep Winter is the season when Lymerva, Goddess of Ice and Winter, mourns her lost love.