I bet most of you from the mainland are familiar with the concept of the zodiac already (the one used for the Lunar New Year is often referred to as the "Chinese Zodiac"). If you have no idea what I'm talking about, where have you been
? :o Anyway, you can go read about that zodiac here
since I'm going focus on the Chain Zodiac
Like the mainland version, the Chain Zodiac also runs on a twelve-year cycle, but the animals are much different than what you're used to. No one's quite sure who started it since the animals originate from a wide variety of islands, but this calendar system is most commonly used on Vile - the home of my grandparents.
Check out the Chain Zodiac! Each one is listed below organized by year, so see if you can find yourself.
Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Kaze-ten, also known as "wind weasels", are said to be found amidst the mountainous forests of Vile. Those born in the year of the Kaze-ten are natural leaders, hardworking, intelligent, and determined. They bring wealth and good fortune, but may be manipulative and overly ambitious at times.
Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
Whalecows are the gentle giants of the sea and the faithful steeds of the legendary Whalecow Riders. A person born in the year of the Whalecow is patient, logical, friendly, and honest. They share a wealth of common sense, but can be a bit stubborn and demanding.
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034
Lion-dogs are the fierce protectors of the islands of Typhon and Kiyo. A person born in the year of the Lion-dog is powerful, rebellious, brave, and has a natural air of authority. They can be quick tempered and unpredictable at times, but will always follow through in the end
Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035
A curious animal originally discovered off the shores of Zajac, Bunnyfish were originally considered creatures of myth. A person born in the year of the Bunnyfish is kind, well-mannered, gracious, and peaceful. They have a tendency to be detached or superficial, but otherwise make ideal diplomats.
Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036
Dragons are the noble protectors of the island of Dainae, said to be linked directly to the royal family line. Those born in the year of the Dragon are proud, passionate, charismatic people and seem to be gifted with natural luck. They might be arrogant or brash, but their fiery personality can also be a source of strength.
Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
Basilisks are reportedly found in the dense jungle of the island of Tapio. Those born in the year of the Basilisk are graceful, elegant, cautious, and cunning. They can be a bit possessive and may prefer solitude at times, but make wise and reliable friends
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038
The Hippocamp is the guardian spirit of the lost island of Atlantis. Those born in the year of the Hippocamp are active, cheerful, open-minded, and carefree. Sometimes fickle and impolite, they overcome their shortcomings through strong will and extreme confidence.
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039
A Kirin is an unusual creature found on the island of Gwydion. Those born in the year of the Kirin are gentle, understanding, righteous, and creative. They can be a little shy and overly sensitive, but keep their heads up and remain calm even in the worst situations.
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040
Octi can be found off the shores all along the islands of the Chain. Those born in the year of the Octi are known for versatility, ingenuity, hospitality, and wit. They're capable of thinking on their feet and adapting to any situation, but will occasionally use these strengths for mischief.
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
The Phoenix is the beloved guardian spirit of Menewsha. A person born in the year of the Phoenix is neat, self-assured, decisive, and very observant. They can be strict, critical, and overly opinionated at times, but their compassion and willingness to help makes up for their shortcomings.
Heartface Fox (Menewsha?)
Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042
The origins of the Heartface Fox aren't clearly known, but they've been seen on Menewsha for many years. A person born in the year of the Heartface Fox is honest, intelligent, straightforward, and has a keen sense of justice. There's a tendency to be cynical and judgmental, but their fierce loyalty makes them very dependable companions.
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043
The Ammut are mysterious creatures found in the deserts of Merkhet - the most famous of which is the Star Eater, Guardian to the Celes Paradi goddesses. Those born in the year of the Ammut are sturdy, modest, bold, and realistic. They will avoid confrontation if possible, but can sometimes be self-indulgent and too dependent on others.