Friday, April 6, 2012

Time in Mash'ta

Have you noticed that I've been keeping track of time in Seasons, instead of years? This is an Annalow trait, because all the different countries and races in Mash'ta call the months something different, but all agree there is a sumer, fall, winter, and Spring. Since so many cultures travel through the great city, Annalow refers to months as First Spring, Second Spring, Third Spring, First Summer and so on. For such an imaginative race, this seems against character, but it was the only way to keep visitors and citizens on the same page.

In Mash'ta, days have exactly 24 hours. There are no leap-seconds. Luna, the Main moon completes it's 8 phases in exactly 30 days, and Cruithne, the second and smaller moon, completes it's 8 phases in exactly 720 days, or two years. Weeks are called a "Hand" of days, consisting of Five days, and called by fingers, the Thumb through the Pinky. Each month has 6 hands, or three pairs. At night, there are 9 constellations, one for each God, and the sun rises in each house of each constellation exactly every 2,222 years. This is called an "Age." When the sun has risen in all 9 ages, it's called a procession, or 19,998 years. This is how long Mash'ta's star system takes to revolve around its galaxy. We are in our first eon as Mash'ta is only about 13,000 years old. Felf-kin believe that Mash'ta will die when it reaches 1,000 processions in ages.

(Note, Cruithne is known as Earth's Second Moon. No joke, Google it!)

Only the Felf, Ixxar, and Crynt astrologists really understand the rhythm of the planets in Mash'tas solar system, of which there are 6 additional planets, but they do complete perfect rotations around the sun every 1,111 years, aligning and doing crazy things to Mash'ta weather patterns.

This could give rise to questions about if the sun revolves around Mash'ta (of course it does) and if so, do the other stars have world that orbit so perfectly as Mash'ta (of course they don't)? All I have to say on the subject is Mash'ta was built, not grown like our Earth, so time was divided with divine precision.

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