Timeline Years

Timeline Notes

This timeline is based, as much as possible, on events mentioned in various Witch World books, novels, and short stories as they first start appearing in Year of the Unicorn. This timeline also attempts to incorporate both the GURPS years as well as Andre Norton's own list of years which the Norton estate gave to Jay P. Watts (aka Lots-a-Watts) and were compiled by Juanita Coulson - both devoted fans.
There are some years and events that contradict earlier ones within the books and, especially, in the GURPS years. Even Andre's own notes sometimes conflict with events. When resolving contradictions, the timeline will have this order of preference: 1) publication order of the Norton books1 2) Norton books before anthology books2 3) GURPS years before Norton notes.3
Years marked with an asterisk are those mentioned in at least one published story. All others will either be GURPS years or Norton ones.4

Founding Years of Varn5 Year Since the Betrayal Dale Year Event(s) Ciara's Timeline6
circa 5752 Year of the Betrayal Year of the ??? Shorrosh and Elsenar bring in the Alizonders from their home world. Elsenar weds lady Kylanina. Alizon City created; Lormt erected. The First Turning. Shorrosh reveals himself as a Dark Adept and Elsenar seals the Gate to the Alizonder home world with Shorrosh trapped on the other side. The Master Gate is attempted at Lormt but fails. Elsenar attempts a postern to Arvon but it is first broken by the energies of the failed Master Gate, then later rerouted by the Dark Adept Narvok. Elsenar is subsequently trapped, severed spirit from body, until released by Kasarian.7 Presumably Es City is founded around this time too.
circa 5753 1 Year of the ??? Krevonel, son of Elsenar and Kylanina born.
circa 6352 circa 600 Year of the Cloven Hoof8 The first Dalesmen come to High Hallack through their own Gate. They are caused to forget why they left their homeworld, however. Events of Horn Crown take place
circa 6576 circa 825 Year of the??? The first Karstenians arrive in what will become Karsten.9
circa 6676 circa 925 Year of the??? The Falconers arrive seeking sanctuary in Estcarp.10; Sometime between now and when Mereth is born, Sulcarkeep is built.11
6738 987 Year of the Blue-Horned Ram*12 Mereth is born.
6739 988 Year of the ???
6740 989 Year of the ???
6741 990 Year of the ???
6742 991 Year of the ???
6743 992 Year of the ???
6744 993 Year of the ???
6745 994 Year of the ???
6746 995 Year of the ???
6747 996 Year of the ??? Trovagh is born13
6748 997 Year of the ??? Ciara is born14
6749 998 Year of the ???
6750 999 Year of the ???
6751 1000 Year of the ???
6752 1001 Year of the ???
6753 1002 Year of the ???
6754 1003 Year of the ???
6755 1004 Year of the ???
6756 1005 Year of the ???
6757 1006 Year of the ??? Ciara is 9 and the Horning occurs15
6758 1007 Year of the ??? Mereth turns 20. Earlier this year her mother dies.16 Ciara is 1017
6759 1008 Year of the ??? Hlymer born18; Lorcan's brother Merrion is born.
6760 1009 Year of the ???
6761 1010 Year of the Serpent King19 Kerovan born20; Sif born
6762 1011 Year of the Ringed Dove Kerovan's sister Lisana is born; Lorcan's brother Anla is born.
6763 1012 Year of the Salamander*21 Joisan born; Almondia and Truan arrive in Wark, High Hallack; Alys born
6764 1013 Year of the Sea Serpent*22 Elyn and Elys born
6765 1014 Year of the Fire Arrow23
6766 1015 Year of the Pronghorn*24 Coughing sickness kills two of Lorcan's siblings Ciara is 1825
6767 1016 Year of the Bicorn
6768 1017 Year of the Pard*26 Lorcan born
6769 1018 Year of the Yellow Dwarf*27
6770 1019 Year of the Hill Giant Ciara (22) gives birth to her son Kirin.28
6771 1020 Year of the Spitting Toad*29 Kerovan (10) and Joisan (8) ax-wed
6772 1021 Year of the Winged Bull*30 According to Port of Dead Ships shortly before Kolder invade Gorm
6773 1022 Year of the Sea Calf According to The Magestone the Kolder invade Gorm (p.154); Mereth 34-35.
6774 1023 Year of the Kestral Ciara (26) gives birth to her daughter.31
6775 1024 Year of the Mandrake
6776 1025 Year of the Wyvern32 Simon Tregarth enters the Witch World33; Sulcarkeep falls to Kolder forces34; The Horning takes place early winter this year.35; All other events of Witch World take place36; Simon Tregarth and Jaelithe probably married at the end of this year37 In Ciara's Song it mentions this is about the time Pagar starts his raids on Estcarp and the Sulcar sack Kars. Pagar is mentioned as being 33.
6777 1026 Year of the Crowned Swan*38 Events of Web of the Witch World take place39; Kerovan is 16 and Joisan is 1440; Merreth born and left at the abby.41
6778 1027 Year of the Moss Wife*42 Spies of Alizon begin snooping around the Dales43; Lorcan 1044; Una of Seakeep born45; Doubt proposes to Mereth (age 39 or 40)46
6779 1028 Year of the Fire Troll*47 War in Dales begins48; Gillan (between 10-12) brought over on an Alizon vessel for unknown reasons49; Kasarian is 5 or is born50; Kyllan Tregarth is born on the last day of the year.
6780 1029 Year of the Leopard*51 Kemoc and Kaththea Tregarth born the first day of the year52; Elyn joins the war, Elys and the people of Wark travel inland (spring) and it would also be their first summer in exile53; Wolfhead could take place this year54; Well into this year, the Dales make their first, small victories55; Pagar strong enough to take on his rivals by the end of the year.56 In Ciara's Song it is mentioned that this is the year Pagar's supposed half brother is killed but others rise to replace him.
6781 1030 Year of the Falcon57 Sif (20) returns to Ulys to rescue Alys (17)58; Four months into the year Pagar proclaimed Duke of Karsten; In the summer of this year Pagar is border raiding against Estcarp. In retaliation Hostovrul of the Sulcar leads twenty ships to attack Karsten, even attacking the city of Kars. This attack leaves Pagar’s hold on Karsten weakened so that shortly after Pagar’s half-brother challenges his rule.59; This would be the second summer of the people of Wark's exile.60
6782 1031 Year of the Raven*61 Simond may be born62; Night Hound's Moon takes place at the end of this year and the beginning of the next63; This would be the third summer of the people of Wark's exile - when they finally find refuge.64
6783 1032 Year of the Night Hound*65 Events similar to those of Port of Dead Ships take place in Varn; Kerovan goes back to Ulmsdale to see how it fares - he is atacked along the way, finds his father dead and Lady Telphana in charge. She, Rogear, Hlymer, and Lisana all plot to deal with Power, to the undoing of Ulmsdale; Cyart, Math, and Toross die and Ithdale is overrun; Kerovan meets Joisan and most of The Crystal Gryphon takes place66; People of Wark's first midsummer since finding refuge.67
6784 1033 Year of the Gryphon*68 Covenant made with the Were Riders in the spring of this year. Specifically, Kerovan meets the Wereriders in the Waste.69; Gryphon in Glory takes place70; People of Wark's second midsummer since finding refuge. When Elys meets Jervon and he tells her of the covenant with the Wereriders in the spring of this year71; Elys defeats the Curse of Ingaret and rescues her brother Elyn with the help of Jervon.72; Past-Abbess Malwinna dies in winter of this year.73
6785 1034 Year of the Fire Drake*74 If Were-Wrath takes place in the Witch World, this is probably when it takes place. Tirath may have met Herwydin the fens; Khemrys may be born.75
6786 1035 Year of the Hornet*76 Alizon forces are beaten77; Pagar has defeated his half brother and other forces78; Kasarian is 12; Lord Baron Facellion is overthrown and killed, Mallandor is placed as Lord Baron79. Brixia, Marbon & Dwed travel into the The Waste free the ancient city An-Yak from Zarsthor's Bane. Elys & Jervon fight an ancient god in The Waste with the Sword of Unbelief. Hertha raped by Daleman in the aftermath of the Invasion and seeks out The Toads of Grimmerdale. Before the first day of the Year of the Unicorn, twelve and one brides are given to the Were Riders as payment in the Great Bargain.
6787 1036 Year of the Unicorn*80 On the first day of the year the Were Riders and their new brides enter Arvon. Events of Year of the Unicorn take place; Gillan believes herself to be no younger than 18 and no older than 20; Fyndale fair may be resumed this year.81; Hertha's baby girl Elfanor born and Hertha seals the circle of the Toads in Changeling. Gryphon's Eyrie takes place this year.82; Ysmay marries Hylle in High Hallack and journeys to Quayth where she frees Broc and Yaal. Hylle is overthrown on Midwinter Day83; Lorcan 18 and Meive 16 Years old at end of Year of the Unicorn.84
6788 1037 Year of the Red Boar*85 Kethan and Aylinn born and switched at the Shrine of Gunnora at the beginning of this year86; Hyana may be born to Kerovan and Joisan87; Legacy from Sorn Fen probably takes place around here.88; According to Silver May Tarnish in spring of this year, Lorcan is captured by bandits. Meive saves Lorcan from these bandits in summer. They begin wandering the Dales looking for people to repopulate Honeycoombe.
6789 1038 Year of the Hippogriff*89 Eydryth born, Alon may also be born. In spring of this year Meive and Lorcan visit Tildale. By near the end of the year there are now twenty-four in Honeycoombe. It is this winter that Hogeth decides to come after Lorcan, but he and his army are killed.90
6790 1039 Year of the Roc Around this time Ully the Piper probably takes place. Lorcan and Meive wed as are Levas and Elesha. Lord Silas and his people arrive in summer and settle in Merrowdale. Meive is pregnant by the end of the year and will give birth before the summer of the next year.91 Ciara's daughter turns 16 and is wed.92
6791 1040 Year of the Basilisk Events of The Sword Seller take place93 Kirin and Aisha are wed and Pagar resumes raiding Estcarp.94
6792 1041 Year of the Black Adder Kyllan, Kemoc and Kaththea are 12. Kyllan and Kemoc go on their first foray. The three rescue a Witch in need from Karstinian forces.95 At some point, Ciara's daughter dies and trader Tanrae is slain, though it may not be exactly this year. Similarly at some point Kirion is born96
6793 1042 Year of the Frost Giant97 Simon Tregarth vanishes at sea while exploring islands suspected of Kolder activity. Jaelithe moves to Estford and shuts herself up for months. When she emerges she calls her children to her and uses them to help her find Simon. Shortly after this she rides out and vanishes as well. She made Koris swear on Volt's Axe to protect her children from the wiles of the Counsel.98
6794 1043 Year of the Fox Maiden Kethan (6) goes to the Youth's Tower99; Firdun born100
6795 1044 Year of the Horned Hunter*101 The story Candletrap takes place; Mereth is traveling to Lormt over sea.102 Keelan may be born. (He is three years younger than Kirion in any case.)103
6796 1045 Year of the Lamia*104
6797 1046 Year of the Chimera*105 Kaththea (17) taken by the Witches, Koris wounded and can no longer wield Volt’s Axe106
6798 1047 Year of the Sphinx*107 Sand Sister may take place108
6799 1048 Year of the Harpy*109 Khemrys turns 16110; Elys and the unborn Trevon hidden by forces of the Dark; Eydryth 10, Firdun 5; Trevon would have been born111; Kemoc (19) wounded and goes to Lormt.112; Most events of Were-Flight takes place at the end of this year and the beginning of the next.
6800 1049 Year of the Orc*113
6801 1050 Year of the Kobald*114 Year of the Second Turning; Pagar tries to invade Estcarp; Kyllan and Kemoc rescue Kaththea and all three escape to Escore115; Three against the Witch World, Warlock of the Witch World, and the beginning portion of Sorceress of the Witch World all take place this year as does Trey of Swords116; Trey takes place concurrently with Warlock117; according to The Magestone Kasarian is 22118; Exile takes place during this year, shortly after the Turning; According to Spider Silk Dairene is saved from the sea appearing to be age 6 or 7; Una of Seakeep may be married to Ferrick and shortly after a sickness sweeps over the Dales119; Aisling is born this year120; Kerovan is 40, Joisan is 38. According to Ciara's Song Aisling would be born this year - it is also the year of the Turning. The year itself is not mentioned, but Kirion is 9 and Keelan is 6 when Aisling is born. Ciara would be 52.
6802 1051 Year of the Werewolf*121 Kethan (14) and Thaney are betrothed and would be married except for year name; Simon, Jaelithe, and Hilarion all return to the Witch World from their exile122; Eydryth is 13; Alon is supposedly adopted by Hilarion and Kaththea this year123; Monso is foaled124; Jervon Power blasted at the Cyclops scry stone125
6803 1052 Year of the Horned Cat*126 Elona and Keris may be born to Kyllan and Dahaun127; Mereth is 65; The Gate of the Cat likely takes place this year128; Early events of the Magestone are supposed to occur129; 30 years since the Kolder invaded Gorm.130
6804 1053 Year of the Manticore Eleeri may enter the Witch World.131 'Ware Hawk takes place in spring of this year.132 Alon is at least 12 this year and comes to Escore133; Events of To Rebuild the Eyrie may take place this year134; Eirran 18 and Yareth no older than 20.135; Later events of The Magestone are supposed to take place this year.136
6805 1054 Year of the Weld Jenys/Mouse is born this year.137 The first child of Hilarion and Kaththea born138
6806 1055 Year of the Hydra Mereth is 68; This would be 30 years from the Horning.139
6807 1056 Year of the Triton The second child of Hilarion and Kaththea may be born; Sulcar visit Rannock six years after the Year of the Kobold140
6808 1057 Year of the Centaur Eydryth is 19; events of Songsmith take place; Ingvarna teaches Dairine to "see" with her fingers the year after Ortis's visit141; This is also possibly the year Falcon Blood takes place in.142
6809 1058 Year of the Weldworm*143 Events of Were-Hunter may take place.144; events of Knowledge take place in spring; the events of Seakeep take place145; According to Spider Silk Dairine passes into "young womanhood" (she'd be 14 or 15), Ingvarna dies, Captain Ortis returns and Dairine is taken to Usurt, learns to weave better, regains her sight.146; The events of Falcon Law may take place.147; Eleeri, Jerrany, and Mayrin rescue Romar from the Dark Tower. The Keplian are now able to stand for the Light again. The Dark Tower is ruined and may be destroyed.148; The events of Falcon Hope take place near the end of the year149; This would be 30 years since the War in the Dales and 33 years after the Horning.
6810 1059 Year of the Opinicus Port of Dead Ships takes place in fall of this year.150
6811 1060 Year of the Simurgh
6812 1061 Year of the Remorhaz Events of Falcon Magic would take place spring this year.151; Mallandor is killed and Norandor is now Lord Baron in Alizon; the second child of Eirran and Yareth is born later this year.152 When Aisling is almost 11, Kirion visits and challenges her to a race. After she beats him (and he humiliates himself) he attempts to kill her and she uses Power to defend herself. Later Kirion remembers this and starts to learn about various ways of Power. He also spends his time making Keelan miserable, which causes him to move to Aiskeep. Sometime later this year Shosho the cat is born and Keelan is given her to take care of.153
6813 1062 Year of the Elder Tree Mereth is 75154; Events of the Magestone would take place at the end of this year and the beginning of the next.155. Keelan's 18th birthday comes in early spring of this year. It is also when Kirion attempts to gain entry to Aiskeep to further his research but he is rebuffed. Keelan formally asks to stay at Aiskeep.156
6814 1063 Year of the Wild Huntsman To keep track of things, by this point Duratan (38) and Nolar (33) have some kind of relationship going on157 and Derren of Karsten is married to Anylse158; Simon, Jaelithe, Koris, and Loyse are ruling Estcarp159; Mereth is 76; Kerovan 52-53, Joisan 50 (51 in the fall); Elyn and Elys 49; Gillan 45-47; Lorcan 45 and Meive 43; Una of Seakeep 36; Jerrany, Kasarian 35160; Tirtha and Nirel are probably 38161; Kyllan, Kemoc and Kaththea are 34; Romar and Mayrin 32; Simond and Tursla are probably around 32162; Yareth 30 and Eirran 28; Elfanor (daughter of Hertha) 27; Eleeri, Hyana, Kethan and Aylinn 26; Eydryth 25; Harwin and Glinda 24163; First child of Meive and Lorcan 23; Alon is at least 22164; Firdun 20; Dairene 19-20; Trevon 15; Elona and Keris 11; Jenys/Mouse, The first child of Hilarion and Kaththea 9; The second child of Hilarion and Kaththea 7; Second child of Eirran and Yareth will be 2 at the end of this year.165 Kirion raises Shandro to be duke and tries to stir up hatred against those with Old Race blood in order to extract revenge against his own family. He changes course when he realizes this will make himself a target.166
6815 1064 Year of the Troll-Dame
6816 1065 Year of the Silversmith This may be the year that the events of The Warding of the Witch World take place.167
6817 1066 Year of the Bitter Herb Earthborne may take place.168 Kirion attempts to force Aisling (now 16) into a marriage she doesn't want to Ruart. It is in this year that Shosho (during the summer) gets pregnant at age 4 and later gives birth to Wind Dancer. Aisling is kidnapped after her refusal and held by Ruart and Kirion. She manages to escape.169
6818 1067 Year of the Alfar170 Kirion and Ruart resume their efforts to get Aisling for their own purposes. In winter of this year Aiskeep is under siege and Elanor dies. Aisling decides to leave for Estcarp but Ciara tells her about her dream of Escore. She first goes to Geavon then to Temon where Ruart catches her, but he and Temon die. Aisling passes through some kind of gate and meets Neevor in Escore.171
6819 1068 Year of the Gorgon172
6820 1069 Year of the Barrow-Wight
6821 1070 Year of the Cameoleopard Aisling returns to Karsten under a geas to remove Shandro and Kirion from power. In summer, Franzo leads a siege due to many deaths in the Coast Clan thanks to Shandro and Kirion. This is also when the events of The Gate of the Cat are mentioned (page 128 of the hard cover).173
6822 1071 Year of the Phoenix174 In spring of this year, Franzo makes a second siege of Kars. Shandro and Kirion die and Aisling and Hadrann are formally betroth.175
6823 1072 Year of the Snow Cat
6824 1073 Year of the Horned Worm176
6825 1074 Year of the Swordsman177
6826 1075 Year of the Dragon Horse178
6827 1076 Year of the Gargoyle
6828 1077 Year of the Air Spirit
6829 1078 Year of the Nix
6830 1079 Year of the Pookaworm
6831 1080 Year of the ??? Thirty years after the Turning. Events of The Key of the Keplian take place; The events of Songsmith are also supposed to occur this year.179
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