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Appendix II: Dates & Accreditation

All documented prophesy is accredited and dated for indexing as follows:

Lovynge Njyae Dynde II
2:3:4:1/11, 7:3:2 IX

A portent’s byline is listed first. It includes the full name of its composer, followed by the composer’s cycle number for the year.

Lovynge Njyae Dynde + II
II is read Two, short for Day Two

Merfolk names are formed with a given name, a family name, and the region of birth. ie, Lovynge was born to the Njyae family of Dynde reef. The composer’s cycle number ranges from one to twenty and is notated as a numeral. Transliterations use Roman numerals I - XX.

A portent’s dateline is listed second and states the full date on which a given prophesy is first said. It includes the day and year, followed by a calendar suffix to sort the years into larger units.

2:3:4:1/11 + 7:3:2 IX

The first portion of a dateline divides the 336-day year of the Known World into 4 seasons with 3 months of 4 weeks at 7 days each. The final number denotes one of thirteen years between every solar leap year.

Season 2 : Month 3 : Week 4 : Day 1 / Year 11
2:3:4:1/11 is read Two-Three-Four-One of Eleven

The second portion sorts each 13-year interval. It divides the ipa, a solunar cycle of 936 years, into 72 units called koan. These units are grouped into rows of three, called bak, and sorted into three astrological houses.

7 Bak : 3rd Koan : 2nd House + Ipa IX
7:3:2 IX is read 7 Bak, 3rd Koan in the 2nd House of Ipa Nine

Six irregular koan are denoted differently:

I:IX is read First Koan High of Ipa Nine
2:1 IX is read 2nd Koan in the 1st House of Ipa Nine
3:1 IX is read 3rd Koan in the 1st House of Ipa Nine
II:IX is read Second Koan High of Ipa Nine
3:2 IX is read 3rd Koan in the 2nd House of Ipa Nine
III:IX is read Third Koan High of Ipa Nine

Each prophesy is indexed by dateline until its full meaning is interpreted. At that point, a verified dateline is added to note the expected date of fruition, using a V for the mer word vyanni, meaning to see or watch.

V 1:2:4:4/5, III:IX
V is read Vyanni, short for vyehvyannilu songyo, or Day of Seeing

After a prophesy is interpreted, it is re-sorted by verified dateline and published in a story book of relevant prophesy.

A lost prophesy is documented after the fact, so two full dates are noted before interpretation. The lost dateline is when the lost prophesy was first said, and it uses an L for the mer word lohde, meaning to speak or say.

L 1:3:4:7/5, III:IX
L is read Lohde, short for vyehlodelu songyo, or Day of Saying

The document dateline is when the prophesy is recorded for interpretation, and it uses a D for the mer word deri, meaning to write or record.

D 3:2:2:7/5, III:IX
D is read Deri, short for vyehderilu songyo, or Day of Writing

When any of the above dates are uncertain, an estimated date is noted using an A for the mer word ari, meaning to drift or float.

VA 2:2:2:2/5, III:IX
VA is read Vyanni Ari, short for vyehvyannilu songyoari

VA is a common annotation when tattering prophesy (see APPENDIX III).

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