Tales of Lusionia
Lusionia has as many different methods for tracking the hours as there are cultures, but there are certainly some standards adhered to in much of Lusionia.
Years and Months
For the historians of Lusionia, time is measured from the date of the destruction of the great nation of Kopul-Vul, which occurred approximately 892 years prior to The Ascent Revolution.
That year is expressed as 0 HKV, or “Humo Kopul-Vul”, which translates to “The Burying of Kopul-Vul”. So, by this order, the attack by the Cult of the Dragon upon Teloth took place in 933 HKV.
Any year prior to the fall of Kopul-Vul is expressed as the number of years “Ante Excisio”, or “Before the Overthrow.” So, five years before the fall of Kopul-Vul would be modernly expressed as AE 5.
Each year is separated into twelve months, roughly corresponding to the twelve lunar cycles of the year, used traditionally since the fall of Kopul-Vul. While it has been assumed by historians that these months once had names, they have been lost to time.
As such, months are officially given a numerical designation, with three in each season. However, many throughout Lusionia have taken to referring to the months by significant events that occurred throughout history:
|Common Name||Official Southern Kingdom Standard||Dwarven Standard|
|Lycan||Month I||Winter 2|
|Unity||Month II||Winter 3|
|Sacrifice||Month III||Spring 1|
|Sandsar||Month IV||Spring 2|
|Drakeforce||Month V||Spring 3|
|Azureblade||Month VI||Summer 1|
|Forsake||Month VII||Summer 2|
|Stormend||Month VIII||Summer 3|
|Giantstep||Month IX||Autumn 1|
|Ironwalk||Month X||Autumn 2|
|Ravenwing||Month XI||Autumn 3|
|Founding||Month XII||Winter 1|
The most accepted method of measuring daily time is in eight “watches” in the day, each approximately three hours long, depending on the season. The first two watches are from sunrise to noon, the second two from noon until sunset, the third pair is from sunset until the “twin-twilight”, or the time of the night where the two moons are at their greatest height. And the seventh and eighth watches, of course, are from the twin-twilight until sunrise.
These eight watches are logical remnants of the first travelers from the east, who would place guards, or “watchers” at these intervals throughout the night, to warn of attacks from robbers, wild animals, or harsh weather. Three hours seemed long enough for those who were resting to actually get a decent amount of sleep, while the watchers wouldn’t become so fatigued that they would fall asleep during their duties. Eventually, this became the standard practice of travelers throughout Lusionia, and then the basis for daily timekeeping.
Some “noble” societies, however, have begun the use of sundials to more accurately determine time, but this is more common among the “high societies” of elf and human-dominated cultures.