Great Clock of Magliana

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which means, "O Vind, keep safe our Emperor Dastari the Third."
which means, "O Vind, keep safe our Emperor Dastari the Third."
Unlike most other Classic Pastanan numeral clock dials, which show the '4' position as 'IIII', the Great Clock faces depict '4' as 'IV'.
Unlike most other Classic [[Pastanan Language|Pastanan]] numeral clock dials, which show the '4' position as 'IIII', the Great Clock faces depict '4' as 'IV'.

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The Great Clock on the Piazza Impellizeri.

The Great Clock of Magliana - Grande Orologio dell'Magliana in Auresian - also known as the Great Imperial Clock, is a landmark clocktower located on the Piazza Impellizeri in Magliana, a ward of the Desrini District of Cedelphia, capital city of the Auresian Empire. It is the oldest and largest such tower in Anaria.

Completed in the fifth year of the reign of Dynast Emperor Dastari III - 7457 - the Clock was, according to Evidio Pomponio, "the grand prince of timekeepers, the largest, most elegant, and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world." The Clock began operation on Nuovo Anno Day 7457, and has been in constant operation ever since, with only minor interruptions due to malfunction or need for service. The clock tower stands approximately 98.6 metres (323 ft), at the southwestern corner of the Villa Publica, on the southern edge of the Piazza Impellizeri.

The Clock is considered a cultural icon of Auresia and is one of the most prominent internationally recognized symbols of the Empire, and is the centerpiece of the city seal. During the Pan-Anarian War, even when the rest of the city was dark and still in the evening while curfew was in effect, and Hellish forces were within mere kilometers of the city, the Clock still rang the hours in defiance of the Empire's enemies at its gates. Later statements from some of those troops who were taken prisoner claimed that in the stillness of those nights the Clock could be clearly heard. As of 1.1.7579, the Clock has been active for 122 years. In that time, it has struck approximately 6,946,680 times - 56,940 times per year, 156 times daily.





The clock and dials were designed by master clockmaker Professor Evidio Pomponio, commissioned by Emperor Dastasri III himself to oversee the project. The dials are set in an iron frame 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass, rather like a stained-glass window. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the inscription:


which means, "O Vind, keep safe our Emperor Dastari the Third."

Unlike most other Classic Pastanan numeral clock dials, which show the '4' position as 'IIII', the Great Clock faces depict '4' as 'IV'.


The clock's movement is famous for its reliability. Design and construction was entrusted to Pomponio, who with his colleagues, created the double three-legged gravity escapement. This escapement provides the best separation between pendulum and clock mechanism. The pendulum is installed within an enclosed windproof box beneath the clock room. It is 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weighs 660 pounds (300 kg), suspended on a strip of spring steel 1/64 inch in thickness, and beats every 2 seconds. The clockwork mechanism in the room below weighs 5 tons. On top of the pendulum is a small stack of old coins; used to adjust the time of the clock. Adding a coin has the effect of minutely lifting the position of the pendulum's centre of mass, reducing the effective length of the pendulum rod and hence increasing the rate at which the pendulum swings. Adding or removing a coin will change the clock's speed by 0.4 seconds per day.


Great Bell

The bell - known as the Grande Campana - is a 16 ton hour bell, cast on 12 November 7456 in Predonia at the Galbo Metalworks. From its completion until the completion of the tower a month later, the bell rested in the Epoch Plaza. The bell was transported to the tower on a trolley drawn by sixteen horses, with crowds cheering its progress. With its successful hanging in the tower on 16 December 7456, it became the second-largest bell in Auresia, after the Doom Bell hanging in the Scarlet Hall of Epoxague.


Along with the Grande Campana, the belfry houses four quarter bells which play the Magliana Quarters on the quarter hours. The four quarter bells sound G♯, F♯, E, and B. They were cast by Perla & Sons at their Matarrese Foundry in 7455 (G♯, F♯ and B) and 7456 (E). The bells are sounded by hammers pulled by cables coming from the link room — a low-ceiling space between the clock room and the belfry — where mechanisms translate the movement of the quarter train into the sounding of the individual bells.

The quarter bells play a once-repeating, 20-note sequence of rounds and four changes in the key of E major: 1–4 at quarter past, 5–12 at half past, 13–20 and 1–4 at quarter to, and 5–20 on the hour (which sounds 25 seconds before the main bell tolls the hour). Because the low bell (B) is struck twice in quick succession, there is not enough time to pull a hammer back, and it is supplied with two wrench hammers on opposite sides of the bell. The tune is that of the Paladane Chimes, first used for the chimes of the Hall of Exemplar Alessandro in Paladane in 7109.

One of the requirements for the clock was that the first stroke of the hour bell should be correct to within one second per day. The tolerance is with reference to International Standard Time. Thus, at twelve o'clock, for example, it is the first of the twelve hour-bell strikes that signifies the hour. The time signaled by the last of the "six pips" may be fractionally different.

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