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

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)
Units of Time
Laser Core
Anatomic Euphemism
Great Smelter
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  New member
This is very helpful, very helpful indeed. I would have never figured all this out. You did an excellent job! Clap 
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.  I'm glad you like it.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome.... ^^ Now to remember then ><
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lady-Elita-1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe ^^
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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