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The in game time and date can be viewed at the top of the Map Panel. Some areas such as Graveyard have spawns and NPCs that change depending on the time of day. In real world time, day and night in Dereth are 1 hour of real time each.
Hours of the Day
Derethian (Old Roulean) days are divided into the following time periods:
In real world time in Dereth each Day lasts a total 2 Hours (120 minutes) and each individual timeframe (for example Midsong) listed below lasts 7.5 minutes.
|Day - (60 Minutes)|
|Dawnsong||6:00 AM to 7:30 AM|
|Dawnsong-and-Half||7:30 AM to 9:00 AM|
|Morntide||9:00 AM to 10:30 AM|
|Morntide-and-Half||10:30 AM to 12:00 PM|
|Midsong||12:00 PM to 1:30 PM|
|Midsong-and-Half||1:30 PM to 3:00 PM|
|Warmtide||3:00 PM to 4:30 PM|
|Warmtide-and-Half||4:30 PM to 6:00 PM|
|Night - (60 Minutes)|
|Evensong||6:00 PM to 7:30 PM|
|Evensong-and-Half||7:30 PM to 9:00 PM|
|Gloaming||9:00 PM to 10:30 PM|
|Gloaming-and-Half||10:30 PM to 12:00 AM|
|Darktide||12:00 AM to 1:30 AM|
|Darktide-and-Half||1:30 AM to 3:00 AM|
|Foredawn||3:00 AM to 4:30 AM|
|Foredawn-and-Half||4:30 AM to 6:00 AM|
Days of the Week
In real world time in Dereth each Day lasts a total of 2 Hours (120 Minutes) and each Week lasts a total 12 hours (720 Minutes).
Months of the Year
Derethian (Old Roulean) Years are divided into the following periods:
Portal Year (P.Y., PY) is the system of year numbering used by Isparians on Dereth. 0 P.Y. is marked with the death of The One Queen. The game opened up in Leafcull, 10 P.Y. (November 1999). Therefore, the "zero year" is established at 1989.
Note that the portal year (and the months and dates) displayed on the in-game calendar is incorrect. The original concept was that a full year (in terms of months) would pass in a single real world month. This may be in part because the developers wanted short Derethian days, so players who can only play in the evening aren't always playing in a dark game world, for example. Thus, each month of real world time is a full year in the incorrect in-game calender.
However, in lore terms one year in the real world and one year in Dereth are equal. For example, there are only four seasons per real world year instead of per real world month. Isparians age at the same rate as humans on earth. And most importantly, whenever the PY is referenced in lore, it is writen in the correct year (For example 1999 = PY 10, 2008 = PY 19). The calendar panel has not been corrected since it is a minor issue, and fixing it would likely interfere with the day/night system. For the correct Portal Years and Roulean months as they correspond to the patches and real world dates, see Patches.