Pact Standard Time

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Pact Standard Time, sometimes simply called Pact Standard, is a universal system of measuring time based on the unusually identical rotational periods of Castrovel and Triaxus, which themselves correspond to the shift schedule on Absalom Station and Absalom Station's orbital period. This system is used in any place were the Pact Worlds hold sway and is universal due to the complications that would be caused to interplanetary (let alone interstellar) communication and commerce if each planet had a different way of measuring time based on their local planet's rotation and revolution around their star.1

Minutes, days, weeks, and year

Both Castrovel and Triaxus have the same rotational period, corresponding to 1 day of Pact Standard time. These days are divided into 24 hours of 60 minutes each. Absalom Station's orbital period takes 365 of these days, divided into 52 weeks of 7 days each, with these weeks grouped into 12 months or a single Pact Standard year.1


The twelve-month Pact Standard calendar dates back to pre-Gap Golarion.1

Days of the week

Days of the week are numbered on their position.2

  • Firstday
  • Seconday
  • Thirday
  • Fourthday
  • Fifthday
  • Sixthday
  • Seventhday

Months of the year

Months of the year draw their origins from ancient deities.2

Measuring years

On most worlds where the Pact Worlds holds sway, years in Pact Standard Time are measured relative to the end of the Gap in the Pact Worlds system. These years are denoted as being either "Pre-Gap" (PG) or "After Gap" (AG). Researchers sometimes see documents referring to Absalom Reckoning Click this link to see if this article exists on PathfinderWiki. time, which was used for almost 5,000 years during the Gap, but the unreliability of records from the Gap period make establishing dates within it difficult.1

Other systems

Other places outside the Pact Worlds use local calendars, generally based on their local planet's rotation or revolution. When referring to these methods of dividing time, they are generally referred to as a "local day" or a "local year".1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Paizo Inc., et al. Core Rulebook, 430. Paizo Inc., 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paizo Inc., et al. Core Rulebook, 431. Paizo Inc., 2017