Britannian Calendar

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The Calendar of Britannia is structured as following:

The Britannian year is a little shorter than the Earth year with 336 days, meaning that Britannia's orbit around its sun is a little closer. The year is divided in 12 months which are divided into 4 weeks of 7 days. Each day is divided into 24 hours. The hours, minutes and seconds are the same as on Earth, as proven by an Earth Pocketwatch.

The length of the month can be measured by the calendar display in Ultima VI. The month is adjusted to the cycles of the Moons Trammel and Felucca, so that the first of a month -and therefore the first of a year- always falls on double new moon, which only happens once a month. This also means that the Astronomical Alignment can only happen during the first of the month at double new moon.

The months have the same names as on Earth's calendar, possibly thanks to Lord British:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

The year count starts with the founding of Britannia, which happened sometime between Ultima III and Ultima IV. By Ultima V it was the year 139 (calendar display). The start of Ultima VI is in 161 (again calendar display). Ultima VII takes place exactly 200 years later, thus in the year 361. It is unknown if Britannia has leap years, in which extra days are added. Considering that the lunar cycle and calendar days probably don't match up perfectly, this would very likely correct any errors that appear over time.

The cycles of the moon during the month are as follows:

Day of Month Time Range Trammel Felucca
1 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image001.gif Moonglow
2 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image002.gif Britain
3 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image002.gif Britain
4 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image003.gif Jhelom
5 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image003.gif Jhelom
6 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image004.gif Yew
7 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image004.gif Yew
8 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image005.gif Minoc
9 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image006.gif Trinsic
10 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image006.gif Trinsic
11 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image007.gif Skara Brae
12 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image007.gif Skara Brae
13 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image008.gif New Magincia
14 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image008.gif New Magincia
15 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image001.gif Moonglow
16 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image002.gif Britain
17 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image002.gif Britain
18 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image003.gif Jhelom
19 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image003.gif Jhelom
20 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image004.gif Yew
21 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image004.gif Yew
22 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image005.gif Minoc
23 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image006.gif Trinsic
24 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image006.gif Trinsic
25 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image007.gif Skara Brae
26 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image007.gif Skara Brae
27 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image008.gif New Magincia
28 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image008.gif New Magincia


Trivia[edit]

There are two inconsistencies in the system:

  • In Ultima V, the year actually has 360 days with 30 day months. This was probably scrapped since it created chaos with the lunar cycle.
  • In Ultima IV, a double full moon was possible, something that is no longer possible in the final system.

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