The World of Valeria: Annals of the Third Era
Hours of the Day
Most inhabitants of Valeria divide the day into ten segments. Common names for these divisions of the day are given below:
The time around sunrise.
The time between sunrise and highsun.
When the sun was directly overhead; also called “noon” or “twelve bells”.
The time after noon.
The time before sunset.
The time around sunset.
The time after sunset.
The time roughly 12 hours after noon; also called “twelve bells”.
The darkest part of night; also called “night’s heart”.
The time before sunrise.
Other divisions in common use include:
The time before dawn.
From dawn to highsun.
The latter hours of morning.
The early hours of afternoon.
The latter hours of afternoon.
Same as evening, twilight, or gloaming.
Same as dusk.
The hours of darkness.
Same as midnight.
None of these divisions are precise. Different folk’s usages might overlap with others. In general, however, these slots of time range between one and four hours.
In larger cities, bells are sometimes used to mark the hours. Certain churches may be particularly interested in accurate timekeeping. In such cases, hours were numbered 1 through 12 twice, with 12 being both highsun and midnight.