While the world has it’s own calendar, I will probably just use the real world equivalents for months and days because I have enough trouble keeping myself up with it, much less everyone else.
ICly the game will be starting in the year 4708 AR (Absalom Reckoning), the second week of October (Lamashan). Everyone will be in Sandpoint for the Swallowtail festival, which occurs on the Autumnal Equinox. This year’s festival is also coinciding with the consecration of the new Sandpoint Cathedral, a multi-god temple. Everyone needs to be either from the town, or there on some business that would leave them fee to partake in adventuring… cause you know, that is what the game is about.
In the winter of 4702 Sandpoint was the home of “The Chopper”, a serial killer who killed 25 people over the course of a month. Eventually revealed to be a local eccentric, Jervis Stoot, the crimes put a strain on the community that while no stranger to crime and death, had never witnessed anytime so gruesome as bodies carved up and their eyes and tongues stolen away. While he was cornered and died at his own hands, the tragedies of that year did not end there as a month later the old church burned to the ground taking the village priest with it. This time is referred to as “the late unpleasantness” by those villagers wishing to put the past behind them.