I don't know why everyone keeps reading that they're called the Speakers.
They're called the Spoken.
Originally posted by armyofwhispers
To further complicate this issue I'll point out that there's nothing stopping the Realm from naming an era one thing and the Lunars or even the Sidereals from naming it another. At least post-usurpation these time periods could denote things that were locally relevant but not creation-spanning.
Indeed. An artifact forged in Lookshy during the Reign of the Scarlet Empress would have its era given in the Lookshyan calendar, for instance.
Originally posted by Isator Levi
The significance of my referencing the Time of Tumult is that... okay, let's say there's Yurgen Kaneko, and he's fighting in approximately the same manner as Genghis Khan. The Edition has already made him a bit less sanitary by explicitly having him engaging in biological warfare, using a horrible magic disease. That's bad by my standards, but it's fitting to the setting, and it leaves room for there to be something about Kaneko other than being an arbitrarily powerful person who is uncontrollable.
Kaneko's use of puppeteer's plague is taken from the Golden Horde khan Jani Beg's use of plague-infected corpses against the city of Kaffa.
The Exalted Host had a command structure of some sort during the Divine Rebellion. It wouldn’t have just gone away after formal declaration of victory.
(People working under military authority their whole lives are not going to immediately assume that there is such a thing as civilian authority or that military authority is illegitimate during peacetime.)