The Pre-Galifar Calendar System is not addressed in the 3.5, 4, nor 5th edition rule books
Rule books have two systems, and neither are useful for an NPC that acts as if the year is -500YK
The YK or "years before now" systems in the book are not useful for the context of this NPC's dialog.
Eberron Campaign Setting (3.5e):
The common era is reckoned from the birth of the Kingdom of Galifar (in the Year since the founding of the Kingdom, or YK). Events from the more distant past are shown as a number of years before the current day (-10,000,000, for example).
Eberron Campaign Guide (4e):
Years in this book appear in one of two forms. Years in the current age typically appear as “years of the kingdom” (YK)...
Earlier years are presented simply as how many years before the present time they occurred. The first year of the kingdom (1 YK) is also –998...
Rising from the Last War (5e):
The common calendar of Khorvaire tracks the years since the founding of the Kingdom of Galifar, using the abbreviation YK.
Narrative options for ghost
- Reference times in relation to some big event, e.g. the start of the War of the Mark.
- Reference any times it terms of "years ago" from whenever the ghost believes it to be.
- Fill in the gap by inventing a calendar.
Of these options the first fits in naturally with dialog. It also offers an opportunity to clue in the player characters if the events referenced are those that the characters recognize clearly as in the distant past. E.g. "Oh when the houses took up their inquisition against Tarkanan about five years back, all the bowyers started making longbows. Even they didn't know it was going to be an all out war. I do hope it ends soon."