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Timekeeping

Unlike the use of AM and PM dividing our day into halves, in Elsemar the day is divided based on the event that begins that quarter of the day:

  • Daybreak (DB) begins the Morning
  • Midday (MD) begins the Afternoon
  • Eventide (ET) begins the Evening
  • Nightfall (NF) begins the Night
Earth Time Elsemar Time Conversational Time
12am 0nf Nightfall*
1am 1nf 1 at night
2am 2nf 2 at night
3am 3nf 3 at night
4am 4nf 4 at night
5am 5nf 5 at night
6am 0db Daybreak
7am 1db 1 in the morning
8am 2db 2 in the morning
9am 3db 3 in the morning
10am 4db 4 in the morning
11am 5db 5 in the morning
12pm 0md Midday, Noon
1pm 1md 1 in the afternoon
2pm 2md 2 in the afternoon
3pm 3md 3 in the afternoon
4pm 4md 4 in the afternoon
5pm 5md 5 in the afternoon
6pm 0et Eventide
7pm 1et 1 in the evening
8pm 2et 2 in the evening
9pm 3et 3 in the evening
10pm 4et 4 in the evening
11pm 5et 5 in the evening
Other Examples (see below)
11:45am 5:45md quarter 'til Noon
12:30am 0:30md half past noon
1:15pm 1:15md quarter past 1 in the afternoon

Conversation

In the absence of modern time-keeping devices, the spoken time is usually stated in terms of the quarter-hour.

When giving times, phrases such as 'in the morning', 'at night', etc. might be omitted if the period of the day is obvious. For example, if you asked what time a restaurant opens for breakfast, you could naturally assume that "one o'clock" means "one one the morning". Likewise if it's clearly afternoon, responding, "it's 3 o-clock" would be fine.

Variations

Since many younger cultures find it easier to count the day as beginning at dawn, most human nations, especially those without strong ties to the elves, consider the day to begin with sunrise. Malatesta** nominally reckons the day as beginning at dawn, however they still adhere to the concept of each hour being 1/24th of a day.

As the days grow longer approaching summer, an extra hour is added to the morning and subtracted from the night, and an extra added to the afternoon from the evening. Likewise in winter the reverse occurs. Thus in summer it is possible for it to be 7 in the morning or afternoon, where as in the winter at the end of the 5th hour of the afternoon it becomes 1 in the evening rather than 6 in the afternoon.

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