These clocks you speak of, where can I buy one?- Noble speaking to a
Throughout most of history sentient creatures only used crude ways of keeping time using the sun or moon as a reference. So one would say to meet up at noon or at sundown. For smaller time periods hourglasses were used, but there was no standard way of measuring time.
In the later periods the importance of timekeeping became evident and nations started implementing their own way. Baugyse made candles with beads embedded that would fall off as the candle burned down. On Lasari large hourglasses became popular. Clocks also started to make an appearance, but they were large and expensive, making it a status symbol for the rich.
Not only the way of measuring time differed across nations and continents, but also how the day was divided. In a most nations on Lasari the day would be divided into eight periods, between sunrise and noon, noon and sunset, sunset and midnight, etc., with each period being having a beginning (early), middle (half) and end (late).
Furthermore the way timekeepers were standardised differed. Every major town in Lasari would have a set of hourglasses, against which all others would be compared. These references would in turn be compared to the set found in the nations capitol.
- Access & Availability
- Hourglasses are readily available, but larger ones were rarely found in small houses, due to the cost and that they were generally not necessary.
- The complexity varies widely. From a simple stick in the ground as a sundial, to the complex machinery in a clock.