Time Measurements

The Alplai day (ten) is approximately 23 hours 12.5 seconds in Terran units. It is divided into twenty zamei, the first beginning around sunrise (or roughly 6:00am Terran time standard). Each zamei is divided into fifty megzamei, and each megzamei is divided into fifty enzamei. The approximate Terran units are:

  • 1 zamei = 1 hour 9 minutes 0.625 seconds
  • 1 megzamei = 1 minute 12.8125 seconds
  • 1 enzamei = 1.65625 seconds

Additionally, the Alplai caledar is organized as follows:

  • 11 days = 1 kalfot
  • 3 kalfot or 33 days = 1 ater
  • 11 ater or 33 kalfot or 363 days = 1 Alplai year (felja)

Alplaa’s actual solar year is 363.21 days. Every fifth year, a “leap day” (kadraten) is added, and a second leap day added every hundredth year.

The names for the Alplai “months” or ater are:

  1. Jedrater
  2. Biizagater
  3. Shuutater
  4. Ejadater
  5. Zefanater
  6. Vetrater
  7. Gerdegater
  8. Megriishater
  9. Bojater
  10. Maakhlater
  11. Pergonater

The vernal equinox for the northern hemisphere of Alplaa begins around the first day of the first month; this is not true for Totrana, however, due to a difference in its axial tilt, so its northern autumnal equinox begins about seven days before Alplaa’s corresponding vernal equinox.

Past and future time is indicated by bolta and bolsa respectively. Prefixing these to a given unit of time indicates its place relative to the present time; following this compound form with an ordinal number gives a more precise placement.

  • boltafelja ozatluu = eight years ago/past
  • boltafelja = last year
  • boltater doluu = three months ago/past
  • boltater = last month
  • boltaten sipotluu = seven days ago/past
  • boltaten = yesterday
  • boltazamei taz’n’dofluu = twelve zamei ago/past
  • boltamegzamei gotaz’n’okhluu = forty-one megzamei ago/past
  • bolta’enzamei dol’tazluu = thirty enzamei ago/past
  • bolsazamei = next/upcoming zamei
  • bolsaten = tomorrow
  • bolsaten ponkluu = five days from now
  • bolsater = next month
  • bolsafelja ozataz’n’nofluu = eighty-nine years from now