Time zones?


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If it's noon in Egorian, what time is it in Oppara? Anyone want to take a crack at devising time zones for at least Avistan, or possibly the whole setting?


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In 2e CRB we finally have the map of whole Golarion (though in low detail) in a projection that makes it easy to calculate longitude differences. (We can see the eastern tip of Tian Xia on both sides of the map, which allows us to tell that the difference bwtween these two points is 360 degrees of longitude, and then we can calculate other longitudes using proportions.)

The longitude difference between Egorian and Oppara seems to be about 24 degrees. Every degree of difference in longitude is 4 minutes of difference in time, so if it's noon in Egorian, it would be 13:36 in Oppara. On the other hand, in the Mordant spire, the westernmost land on the Inner Sea Map, it would be 10:40.

For simplicity, I would divide the Inner Sea Region into three time zones.
+0: Absalom, the Broken Lands (except Sarkoris Scar), the Shining Kingdoms, Qadira, Osirion, Katapesh, the Impossible Lands
-1: Sarkoris Scar, Realm of the Mammoth Lords, eastern Varisia (Korvosa and Janderhoff), the Eye of Dread, Old Cheliax, Thuvia, Mwangi Expanse, Viorian
-2: Saga Lands (except the Realm of Mammoth Lords and eastern Varisia), Hermea, Rahadoum, Mediogalti Islands, the Shackles

Azlant would be -4, Arcadia from -5 to -8, Casmaron from +1 to +7, Tian Xia from +9 to +13.


Awesome! Thanks for that.

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So...Absalom Mean Time? AMT?

It’s only a problem for teleporters and only if they are offering a scheduled service.

I like the indicator of 4 minutes per degree of difference as that will give a better subjective indicator to these teleporters.

Next: sunrise/sunset times and how long twilight is for each latitude.


Check out this thread.

On the last page of the thread there's an up to date map of the latitude and longitude of Golarion using the latest map. The creator plans to make am improved version once the LOWG is released. It's even split into 15° intervals so very useful for time zones.


Shadowfoot wrote:
Next: sunrise/sunset times and how long twilight is for each latitude.

It was already done: Golarion Solar Ephemeris


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Adjoint wrote:

In 2e CRB we finally have the map of whole Golarion (though in low detail) in a projection that makes it easy to calculate longitude differences. (We can see the eastern tip of Tian Xia on both sides of the map, which allows us to tell that the difference bwtween these two points is 360 degrees of longitude, and then we can calculate other longitudes using proportions.)

The longitude difference between Egorian and Oppara seems to be about 24 degrees. Every degree of difference in longitude is 4 minutes of difference in time, so if it's noon in Egorian, it would be 13:36 in Oppara. On the other hand, in the Mordant spire, the westernmost land on the Inner Sea Map, it would be 10:40.

For simplicity, I would divide the Inner Sea Region into three time zones.
+0: Absalom, the Broken Lands (except Sarkoris Scar), the Shining Kingdoms, Qadira, Osirion, Katapesh, the Impossible Lands
-1: Sarkoris Scar, Realm of the Mammoth Lords, eastern Varisia (Korvosa and Janderhoff), the Eye of Dread, Old Cheliax, Thuvia, Mwangi Expanse, Viorian
-2: Saga Lands (except the Realm of Mammoth Lords and eastern Varisia), Hermea, Rahadoum, Mediogalti Islands, the Shackles

Azlant would be -4, Arcadia from -5 to -8, Casmaron from +1 to +7, Tian Xia from +9 to +13.

Even after reading it, I have no idea how you got that, but thank you for doing it

Shadow Lodge

Golarion is not spanned by a rail network and thus doesn't have time zones.


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zimmerwald1915 wrote:
Golarion is not spanned by a rail network and thus doesn't have time zones.

Technically true, most places probably don't have anything more accurate than sun clocks, and even though some places have mechanical clocks, it's unlikely that they are being synchronized across the wide area, rather they are being adjusted to the local sun time. However, the people that use teleportation may want to know, at least approximately, what time difference they are to expect when teleporting over a large distance. Golarion astronomers have definitely created appropriate charts.

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