Webb on Discord, 20 December 2018 04:33 GMT
"The year does date from the founding of the Empire. It hasn't operated entirely continuously since then, though the Throne does claim an unbroken thousand-year reign. The Imperial calendar is in part a propaganda measure.
And it's actually 1181 in-universe as of Book 15." Link
↑“Do you have any idea how long people have lived on this planet?” he asked almost plaintively. “We can’t say for certain, because the ascension cycles aren’t exactly the same length every time. They’re all similar, though, within a margin of error. It’s been eight thousand years since the last; that’s roughly the period. There were three ascension cycles during the Infinite Order’s right. That rounds to about twenty-four thousand years. https://tiraas.net/2018/08/01/14-31/
↑Scyllith apparently swore off the practice. She elevated no black dragons for over two thousand years before her own fall, after Belosiphon the Black dabbled in forbidden powers and turned against her. https://tiraas.net/2016/01/08/9-19/
“Each year,” she went on, beginning to pace again, “I start off my freshmen with an assignment along these lines, if not this one exactly. [...]
Out of forty-eight freshman classes which have started at this University, https://tiraas.net/2014/09/19/1-13/