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:

Dawn
The time around sunrise.

Morning
The time between sunrise and highsun.

Highsun
When the sun was directly overhead; also called “noon” or “twelve bells”.

Afternoon
The time after noon.

Dusk
The time before sunset.

Sunset
The time around sunset.

Evening
The time after sunset.

Midnight
The time roughly 12 hours after noon; also called “twelve bells”.

Moondark
The darkest part of night; also called “night’s heart”.

Night’s end
The time before sunrise.

Other divisions in common use include:

Godswake
The time before dawn.

Harbright
From dawn to highsun.

Elsun
The latter hours of morning.

Thulsun
The early hours of afternoon.

Tharsun
The latter hours of afternoon.

Eventide
Same as evening, twilight, or gloaming.

Nightfall
Same as dusk.

Night
The hours of darkness.

Deepnight
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.

Hours of the Day

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