Units of Measurement
Within Pavo there are different cycles that pass: day, physical, magical, psionic, spiritual, exc.
A day in Pavo is determined by the rising and setting of the sun. A day is broken into 20 hours, 10 hr of sun and 10 hr of night. (I was thinking like how we have am and pm)
The physical cycle is 256 days and is determine by one full rotation of Pavo around the sun. This calendar was first roughly determine by the farmers through there deep understanding of the seasons. This cycle was slowly adopted thought Pavo as the standard calender year because of its importance and accuracy. The mages later pin pointed the exact length of the cycles duration creating the calender used today.
The cycle of magic in Pavo is determined by the cycle of the star Taika. This cycle is 46 days. The day of Taika when the star is at its apex and can be seen during the day is when magic is at its strongest.
Different belief systems have there own cycles most likely based on what they find important .
In the year ??? The Emperor tasked Maß, one of his mage advisors, with creating standard units of measurement for both distance and weight. The Emperor hoped that by doing so it would help simplify trade throughout Povo.
The length of the modern Foot was calculated by Maß as the average length of a foot in the empire at the time. When Maß presented his results, The Emperor held it up to his own foot saying “I have never felt closer to my people then I do now, knowing that them and I stand on the same foot”
It is lore that Maß got so sick of measuring feet that he decided not to find the average and just use the length of The Emperor foot as the average.
Before Maß defined the length of the modern foot many cities had their own unit of measurement; foot, palm, or arm1. The foot was by far the most common but varied considerably from about 10.78 to 14.06 inches. The palm varied from about 7.88 to 10.92 inches. The arm by far the least common varied from about 9.93 to 11.47 inches
Meany cities divided there feet, palm, or arm into 8 to 15 smaller segments. These segments where defined by various things ranging from the width of a thumb to the length of seeds end to end. A very common plant, the Inc plant, can be found thought Pavos. Inc produces a seed that divides almost perfectly 12 times into the current foot.
Therefor Maß decided to divide the foot in to 12 equal parts and call them Inches.
Throughout the cities of Pavo many of them used what they called a yard. A yard was defined as 3 feet and was roughly calculated by the length from the tip of the finger to the nose. This unit was most commonly used for fabrics.
Maß decided to keep this unit of measurement since it was so prevalent and so standardized a yard as 3 feet.
Ounce & Pound
Before Maß standardized weight some cities used a bag of seed that they would then reproduce to normalize trade. Maß liked this idea so much he decided to replicate it using dried Inc seeds2. Maß chose the Inc seed because it is prevalent throughout most regains of Pavo and therefor was easily accessible to everyone. The reason for the number of seed chosen for each unit of measurement has been lost, if ever recorded. The modern units of ounces and pounds where determined as such.
*500 grains in a ounce
*8000 grains in a pound
1 Since shifters do not have standard hands and feet they used the arm as a unit of measurement roughly defined as the length from the elbow to the wrist
2 Throughout the different regains of Pavo the Inc seeds water content does vary. Without drying the seed you can have a noticeably heavier pound in marsh lands as you can in desert lands. When dried, no mater where it was grown, there is not a difference in the average weight of the Inc seed.