About the time

The Temporality

The reason I’m adding a page on this is to clarify the flow of time in the world of Eire a bit as it is not exactly the same as for us and it might be quite difficult to pick up on it correctly from the story only. So here are some details on it.

The days and hours.

The calculation of time is identical to ours up to the hours, it is also divided in sixty minutes, themselves divided in sixty seconds, which has been greatly thought about and thought to be the easiest way to divide a unit of time by the sages of old. (That is due to the fact that it is no too big a number and it is also divisible by a lot more numbers than the other possibilities.)

The main difference lies in the division of bigger units of time. A day, for example, is made of twenty eight hours instead of twenty four as it lasts longer than on earth. The second difference is that a day is divided into four parts of seven hours : Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary. Each hour of one of these parts also has a denomination, an hours is called a septime and for each part of the day it is reffered to as the first septime, second septime, third septime, fourth septime, fifth septime, sixth septime and seventh septime of Primary, Secondary, Tertiary or Quaternary.

This being a bit long to say they are mostly reffered to as Prime, Bis, Tertia, Quarte, Quinte, Sixte and Septe of each four parts of the day. This can be applied for every hour excect the ones corresponding to noon and midnight : the fourteenth and twenty eighth hours. These two are called respectively Maxima and Minima as a refference to the position of the sun in the sky.


The weeks, months and years.

A year is divided in months also but there are eight and not twelve, each composed of forty days, which gives three hundred and twenty days in a year. Each month follows the same principle : it is divided in three parts, the first corresponds to the first half of the month (not mathematically, just socially) and is composed of sixteen days. It is divided in two parts : the first day of the month and the fifteen others. The second and third parts of the month are each composed by twelve days, divided from the twenty four days that remain.

I hope that this helped or will help you understand a bit more how the temporal mechanics of the world I imagined work a bit better. It is not complete though, I have to decide on names for each month, which is quite hard, and to amke a graph so that it is more clear to you, dear reader.

In the meantime, enjoy Of shadow and feathers ! ;)