That event has different descriptions in different cultures.
I believe that the the Orlanthi barbarians are so scientifically primitive, they have no conception of time other than as the movement of the sun across the sky. Consequently, the start of regular movement of the sun across the heavens is to them the start of time. More sophisticated peoples, such as the Dara Happans and (especially) the Brithini, know this for the nonsense it is, and can give precise dates for events before 0 ST. Faced with the sun stopping in the sky, the Orlanthi would consider that as "time stopping".
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