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The Common Standard for measuring and keeping time in the Gaea Parallaxis anti-verse is (like in our universe) the twenty-four hour clock in which there are twenty-four hours to each day. These hours are numbered from 00 to 23. Each hour has sixty minutes, numbered from 00 to 59, and each minute has sixty seconds, numbered from 00 to 59. For most everyday use hours and minutes are all that is needed, for example – 13:49; but for more precise time keeping seconds can be used as needed, for example – 13:49:30.

The day, as part of the solar cycle, is very much a reflection of the solar year. Like the year, a day is also divided into quarters; these are morning (spring), day (summer), evening (autumn) and night (winter). Also, as the solar festivals mark key times of the year, the tolls of the Watch mark key times of the day, often marked by tolls or chimes of a bell or clock.

The tolls of the Watch, with Common Tongue spellings given [in square brackets], are as follows:

3 tolls = 03:00 = Morntide [Morntaiyd], the beginning of the morning quarter.

6 tolls = 06:00 = Midmorning [Midmorning], the mid point of the morning quarter.

9 tolls = 09:00 = Daytide [Diataiyd], sometimes called Noontide [Nuuwntaiyd or Nüwntaiyd], the beginning of the day quarter.

12 tolls = 12:00 = Midday [Middia], sometimes called Noon [Nuuwn or Nüwn], the midpoint of the day quarter.

15 tolls = 15:00 = Eventide [Iyventaiyd], the beginning of the evening quarter.

18 tolls = 18:00 = Midevening [Midiyvening], the mid point of the evening quarter.

21 tolls = 21:00 = Nighttide [Niyttaiyd], the beginning of the night quarter.

24 tolls = 00:00 = Midnight [Midniyt], the mid point of the night quarter.

The Watches of the day are the traditional shifts that were kept by guards, watchmen, priests and officials since before the Common Era began. The system has passed into widespread use with the expansion of the Free Commonwealth and has become the standard measure for any occupation or post requiring a continuous twenty-four hour work schedule. Due to the increased productivity and efficiency the system provides it is now used throughout the Free Commonwealth for most professions making the society very much a twenty-four hour one. Each Watch of the day is six hours long and there are eight overlapping Watches in each day, as follows:

1. The first morning Watch runs from 03:00 till 09:00.

2. The second morning Watch runs from 06:00 till 12:00.

3. The first day Watch runs from 09:00 till 15:00.

4. The second day Watch runs from 12:00 till 18:00.

5. The first evening Watch runs from 15:00 till 21:00.

6. The second evening Watch runs from 18:00 till 00:00.

7. The first night Watch runs from 21:00 till 03:00.

8. The second night Watch runs from 00:00 till 06:00.

An individual would normally be expected to work at least seven, ideally non-consecutive, Watches (a total of 42 hours) in any eight day period (solar festivals not included for all bar the most essential professions).


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