Time for Fantasy Fiction

We are all aware on the concept of time. However, it isn’t a tangible substance, making describing it difficult.

Time is odd. Motion affects it. Time slows as speed increases. 

Planets have alternate time if they are anything but Earth. Astronomical aspects affect time, such as planetary and orbit sizes, as well as any moons. The year will be a planets orbit. Planet rotation will be a day. Months will be moon rotations. A moonth.

After making day, months and year spans, think how your civilisations would interpret them. You can use distinctive week lengths to differentiate between cultures.

Another factor of time is it depends on location. The world splits into time zones, each with their own current time.

There are many ways you can depict time in your realm, but avoid confusing systems. Already complicating matters on Earth, countries use ‘daylight savings’. In the age of the digital clock, they are unnecessary.

Calendar Divisions
To create unique calendar divisions, look at my breakdown of systems used globally.

·                     Long Year - 26 Millennia
·                     Millennia - 10 Centuries
·                     Century - 5 Scores
·                     Score - 5 Leap Years
·                     Leap Year - 4 years
·                     Year - 12 Months
·                     Month - 4 Weeks
·                     Week - 7 Days
·                     Day - 24 Hours
·                     Hour - 60 Minutes
·                     Minute - 60 Seconds

There are many reasons for citizens to celebrate special days.

·                     Religious - Christmas, Hanukah
·                     Political - M.L.K Day
·                     Memorial - Remembrance Day
·                     Royal - Queen’s Birthday
·                     V.I.P - Burns Night
·                     Event - Bonfire, Carnival

Citizens in your world may have rituals. These can have, but don’t need, religious connotations.

Many cultures and religions host initiation rites, such as naming ceremonies like Christenings.

In some cultures, it will be customary to celebrate birthdays.

Cultures may hold observances for significant ages in lives. Children become adults, after stepping from the shadow of adolescence, into the loving embrace of community. Ceremonies make participants feel induced, safe and worthy.

The Jewish version is bar mitzvahs for boys and bat mitzvahs for girls. Catholicism has confirmation.

Marriage vows vary across the globe. Versions of the events are specific to religious or civil traditions.

Ethics may prohibit sex before marriage. Cultures may arrange marriages. Families may forbid same-sex, or mixed-race relationships.

Death services include burials, cremations and funerals. Humans need grieving time, and many cultures allow mourning time for death.

Death is the most devastating act someone you love can do. Such power makes for contemplative storytelling.

Happy Creations!

Jim M