Telling Time within the Great Maker


Telling Time within the Great Maker

Without access to the immaculate processes of the Daystar to keep time, the denizens of the Machine God have turned to science and their own ingenuity to give structure to their lives. The passing of time in The Great Maker is thus kept with fermium-252, this has a half-life of ~25 hours. Therefore, it closely mimics Creation’s 25 hour day.

Just as in Creation, a year within the Maker is 435 days long. Each Cycle, or month, the Octet Nations crafts a brick of Fermium-52 weighing exactly 128,000 grams or 282.192 pounds. At the end of the Cycle the brick of Fermium will contain only 0.001 grams of Fermium-52, the rest having broken down into Cf-248 and Cf-252. Both of these are more stable elements with half lives of ~321 days and ~2.15 years respectively.

The Dirge of Smoke is a somber time to remember the dead and lost. It is also a time of celebration, honoring those Champions who have fallen in service to the Nation and Maker over the centuries. The Tripartite takes this time to confer reach agreements on the time/date, submitting boxes of recordings to support their assertions. At the end of the Dirge, the new year begins; however, the days of the Dirge of Smoke are mercurial and flexible so that each Nation can calibrate and reach a consensus date for the beginning of the 1st Shift of Steam..

In Sova, the honored dead, mummified in the juices of the Honey Rat, are eaten during the five day span of the Dirge and on no other occasion. This tradition has served to instill a higher degree of goodwill and cheer to the occasion as compared to others of the Octet.

The months are as follows:
1st Shift of Steam → 2nd Shift of Steam → 3rd Shift of Steam
1st Shift of Oil → 2nd Shift of Oil → 3rd Shift of Oil
1st Shift of Metal → 2nd Shift of Metal → 3rd Shift of Metal
1st Shift of Crystal → 2nd Shift of Crystal → 3rd Shift of Crystal
1st Shift of Lightning → 2nd Shift of Lightning → 3rd Shift of Lightning
Dirge of Smoke (Five Days)

Telling Time within the Great Maker

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