4 Points in time separate every 32-shift period.
Each point is simply a specific angle of the sun in relation to Erbede's surface.
Two Points, Awakening and Deepening, separate day from night.
The other two, The Fullness and Full Darkness, separate day and night into halves.
sunrise - the Point at which the sun rises above the horizon.
noon - the Point at which the sun is at a 90 degree angle above a specific location on Erbede's surface.
sunset - the Point at which the sun sinks below the horizon.
midnight - the Point at which the sun is at a 180 degree angle below a specific location on Erbede's surface.
The 4 Cycles are separated by the 4 Points of time.
One pair of Cycles constitutes day, and the other pair of Cycles constitutes night.
They are: rising, descending, resting, and stirring.
There are 8 Shifts within every Cycle.
This totals 16 shifts of daylight, and 16 shifts of night.
Altogether, there are 32 Shifts from one Awakening to the proceeding Awakening.
morning - the time between sunrise and noon. Each shift is called a Rise.
evening - the time between noon and sunset. Each shift is called a Descent.
night - the time between sunset and midnight. Each shift is called a Rest.
early morning - the time between midnight and sunrise. Each shift is called a Stir.
The Erbedian 32-Shift Clock
As stated earlier, there are 32 shifts in a single "day," (the time from one Awakening to the next.)
Every shifts can be further divided into Ticks and Chips, or even smaller increments, such as Threads, which are rarely used outside of scientific studies and military operations.
There are 21 Ticks in every Shift, and there are 21 Chips in every Tick.
A Brief History note:
Modern timekeeping was developed in Eurika by metrologist Erek Vanken specifically for urbanized areas and international relations. Vanken established a fixed timetable based from the 32 shifts, creating universal clocks which revolutionized Erbede as early as 25 aa. Before that time, the length of a shift varied as one traveled to or from the equator, making international travel incredibly difficult.