Timekeeping in the world of Aeryth isn’t as simple as the modern world. Sundials, marked candles and hourglasses are the typical time keeping devices. Clocks, whether weight driven or water driven, are crude, complicated, often inaccurate and a bear to maintain, so they are mostly relegated to dedicated communities. Of course in Aeryth, magical clocks could be possible but that is even more expensive and rare, and prone to unusual breakdowns.
The most interested in time keeping is the Luminariah Church. Most Luminarian houses of worship will have a clock of some form to mark the hours, and a group of dedicates to maintain it and make sure it is accurate. Luminarian liturgy has set prayers at specific hours of the day. Worshipers are called to prayer from temples, chapels and abbeys by the ringing of bells at specific hours. Because of this, the Holy hours are used to indicate time throughout most of the Hundred Kingdoms.
- Matins – around 3am – in the hours before dawn.
- Prime – 6am – sunrise
- Tierce – 9am
- Sext – 12pm
- Nones – 3pm
- Vespers – 6pm – sunset
- Compline – 9pm
Note that the laity rarely attend offices other than Prime or Vespers. Most clergy, particularly rural chaplains, won’t celebrate Matins, and will combine the daytime hours (Tierce, Sext and Nones) into a single office. In abbeys and major temples, the full office is sung, the large temples bells rung at each of the hours, except Matins, where a special small Matins bell is rung in the dorter to awaken the monastics (canons regular, canonesses regular, monks and nuns).