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TF Time Units by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy TF Time Units by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy

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If you've ever tried to figure out Transformer terms for time units, you probably ran into the same problem I did: Confusing and or Contradictory definitions for far too many terms. So, I went through, found the most appropriate or widely used terms between the continuities, and made this to try and make some sort of sense of the lot of it. This of course is not strictly canon (canon time units terms are convoluted at best as it is), but it's based on canon with an attempt to straighten the mess out at least to some degree into something more useful. I know it really helps us out a lot in the Transformers RP's I am in, that's for sure. XD

If anyone wants to see what I actually started with to make these files, have a look at the following links below:
Thirteen (also known as the Dynasty Primes)
Culture
Language
Units of Time
Anatomy
Biology
Spark
Laser Core
Reproduction
CNA
Hatchling
Anatomic Euphemism
Frag
Great Smelter
Pit
Scrap
Slag (slang)
Unicron's Spawn

More Transformers information files can be found here --> [link]

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UmbraLupus7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
This is very helpful, very helpful indeed. I would have never figured all this out. You did an excellent job! Clap 
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.  I'm glad you like it.
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AvatarFang12 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job but with the Orbital cycle it's actually a day. Sorry but it needed to pointed out.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you read the description, this is a logical simplification based on canon terms, not "what is strictly canon in X continuity", for use in an RP setting.  And you are actually canonically incorrect with regards to the definition of "Orbital Cycle".

In canon, an Orbital Cycle is listed as one month (referring to one Lunar Orbit), not one day, and I had already used "Lunar Cycle" to equal a Month in this listing since it made more sense to me to use that terminology as one orbit of the Moon around the Earth is roughly equal to one Month on Earth (which is where the term Month actually comes from - literally Moon Time).

That being said, how long does it take for a planet to go once around a star (one Orbit)?  One year for that planet, right (not to be confused with a "Solar Year", which is a completely different time scale altogether)?  Hence "Orbital Cycle = 1 Year" makes more sense in context.  Plus, a day is already defined as a Solar Cycle in canon and it would make very little sense to have two conflicting terms for the same thing in this.  Also, since Stellar Cycle (One Year) is too close to Solar Cycle (One Day) because Stellar (Star) and Solar (the Sun or a Star with Planets) essentially mean the same thing in Astronomical terms (having to do with a Star), I chose to omit confusion and use Orbital Cycle for a year instead of Stellar Cycle.

As an addition, Cycle refers to One Planetary Rotational Cycle, which is shortened to simply Cycle for the purposes of this file; though I could have used Rotational Cycle, but that term does not exist in canon and I've already used one non-canon specific term because I needed one that was specific to that time unit that made more logical sense in context with the rest of the file and Cycle was sufficient enough to use here.  And because in canon, Cycle refers to everything from one minute to one year (depending on the continuity in question), which makes it more than a little confusing and convoluted, again I simplified it for the purposes of this file.
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AvatarFang12 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry about the mistake. I just was wondering because in Animated, Starscream said " This is going to be a long Orbital Cycle" in 'A Bridge Too Close' part 1 and I believe what most people say is "This is going to be a long day".
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, in the list on TFWiki, it says month, not day, and they ONLY list what is actual canon and I have cross reference with actual canon sources so I know it's accurate.

At any rate, this is a simplification of the multi-continuity list for the purposes of an RP and one that people can use in other RP's or in fan fictions if they wish.
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome.... ^^ Now to remember then ><
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe ^^
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Mauvaiseloup Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
And this is where my brain busts...
How in the heck do you do this without your mind spontaneously-combusting? :O_o:
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I do try to help out. I'm a natural researcher and have an innate analytical mind, so it doesn't hurt quite as much. **chuckles**
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Mauvaiseloup Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, thank the Gawds for you then, eh? :lol:
Really though, it helps a TON!
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
**laughs and hugs** "You're very welcome hon, and thank you for the compliments.
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Mauvaiseloup Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, they were no problem! Easily said and given! :meow:
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
**grins**
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love you and all your research. Really and truly. :iconilavplz:
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you very much! **hugs**
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Decepticon22 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
AH I GET IT NOW................
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
**giggles** The main list that covers all the continuities is just insanely confusing honestly, because some of the terms have several different meanings or there's different terms for the same thing, depending on the continuity. So, I made a standardized list that I thought would be helpful or useful to people.
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Ryochi-The-Second Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely helpful!
Hey, can you make one with Cybertronian words? You know, like "Scrap" or "Slag"?
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you found it helpful. And yes, I plan to do one of TF slang and vernacular here soon.
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Ryochi-The-Second Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay~
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Spiritblast Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is incredibly helpful!

Hey, you don't mind if I borrow these ideas from you? I'm working on a story that requires time units like these. I'll be sure to credit you for helping me out, if that's ok with you. ^^
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure no problem. Thank you for asking me.
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Spiritblast Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. ^^
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Veratai Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
useful peace of info :3
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks this helps a lot.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured it would. **smiles**
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Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
I've been trying to work these out for ages I'll walk hone form school having fits because I can't work it out
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, now you don't have to. **grins**
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Heheh yup

*sudden realization* it's all so clear now :D
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Glad I could help. **grins**
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
I'm gladeyou did XD
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
^\\^
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Greenpaw Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
*GLEE* Seriously, a huge amount of glee. Cybertronian times have always baffled me, but this is nice and understandable, and it'll be a HUGE help in my latest story.
Do you mind if I save this to my computer for future reference for when I don't have net access?
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, go ahead. And if you use these in your stories, don't forget to credit Hasbro (for ownership) and myself (for standardizing them). **smiles**
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Greenpaw Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I always give credit if I use someone else's characters/universe etc. If I don't, then I feel kinda guilty. D8
And of course, I shall be linking back to this submission with each chapter posted (assuming I ever start posting the damn story. *mental block* ffffff ). :3
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh geez, I hate writing/art blocks. DX Gets sooooo annoying. Hope you can rekindle the muse quickly, I know how completely not fun it can be to suffer with it, wanting to write/draw but can't because muse has decided to take a vacation in Bermuda or something. >.<
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Greenpaw Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Same. I get them all too easily. (I went for three years completely unable to write or draw a thing, which made my English grades suffer horribly).
And, as for my muse, it's currently being devoured by TF: Prime and Katamari Forever. xD
I'm working on the fourth chapter, I have all these ideas, but wrestling them into coherent parapgraphs is proving to be tricky, so things are being written a few lines at a time. >.<
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear that. Hell, I was suffering a two year art block that drove me nuts, yet I could do RP's... **shakes head then shakes fist at muse** DAMN YOU FICKLE MUSE! DX
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really, this is so clear and concise, why can't we use it in real life? Why can't we make a measurment of matter that is so systematic? It would make converting scales in drafting alot faster!
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD LOL I know, right? Standardizations in some things are a VERY GOOD thing.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In the current state of world, all the wrong things are standardized, and all the thing that actually NEED to be standardized run rampant instead...
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they kinda got it all backwards, didn't they.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There's normalcy for you. Everything backward from what is scientifically accurate.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly. >.<
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