The birth of the Tregarth triplets shortly after the end of Web of the Witch World could have happened at the turning of the Year of the Leopard and here's why:
- On p70 of The Crystal Gryphon Kerovan narrates, 'It would seem, though, that their supply of such fearsome weapons as they used in the first assaults—those metal monsters—was limited.' 'We took prisoners, and from some of those learned that the weapons we had come to fear the most were not truly of Alizon at all, but had been supplied by another people no engaged in war on the eastern continent where Alizon lay. And the reason for the invasion here was to prepare the way in time for these mightier strangers. The men of Alizon, for all their arrogance, seemed fearful of these others whose weapons they had early used, and they theatened us with some terrible vengeance when the strangers had finished their own present struggle and turned their full attention on us.'
- It must take weeks (at least!) to cross the ocean from the eastern to western continents by ship. In fact Joisan narrates in The Crystal Gryphon, p45: 'News from overseas is long old before it reaches us. But we had heard many times that the eastern lands were locked in a struggle for power between nation and nation. Now and then there was mention of a country, a city, or even some warlord or leader whose deeds reached us in such a garbled form they were already well on the way to becoming a tale more fancy than fact.' It is likely the grunt troops of Alizon captured by the Dalesmen would not have the cutting edge latest news either. It is possible the Kolder Gate might even have been destroyed in the Year of the Fire Troll and that this information is due to a combination of the delay in receiving the latest news and propaganda to keep up the Alizonder troops' morale.
- Joisan then goes on to inform us 'The Sulcarmen had suffered some grievous defeat of their own two years since in the eastern waters.' The only thing this can possibly refer to is the Fall of Sulcarkeep. Really, that's the only thing that could affect the entire Sulcar race to keep them from their usual trading with High Hallack.
- In the Annals of the Witch World omnibus it mentions in Web of the Witch World that "Simon knew again the doubts which had moved him months earlier when he had stood before the Council of Guardians and had given the opinion they had asked for: leave the things found at Gorm alone…" This is obviously a reference to the events at the end of Witch World
- In chapter VII, p. 245 of the same book it seems that Jaelithe and Simon have been married less than half a year: "Could he blame Koris for this present single-mindedness which was like to imperil their whole cause? Objectively, yes. A half year ago Simon would have witnessed but not understood the torment which tore the younger man now." Since the events of Web result in the Kolder Gate being closed the triplets aren't going to be born at this time since their parents have had a relationship barely six months. It's unlikely Jaelith is even pregnant at this time, unless she has just conceived. There's certainly nothing in the book to indicate she's approaching her second trimester. Because of this it can be inferred that the events of Web of the Witch World take place about half a year after the end events of Witch World.
- In the hardback edition of The Jargoon Pard there seems to be a reference to the Turning on page 57: "There has been a great warring throughout our world. The Dales have battled ruthless invaders and, after a long term of years, driven them forth again. Overseas those of our cousinhood have also been embroiled in a struggle that has left them near beaten into the ground. This war they won, but in the winning, they made such an effort with the Power that for generations they will not be able to summon much to their service again." The Jargoon Pard seems to take place entirely within the Year of the Werewolf, when Kethan is 14. It is impossible to know how long ago the Turning happened at this point but in any case it would place the Year of the Kobald before the Year of the Werewolf.
- The Tregarth Triplets are at least 21 by the time of the Turning. Chapter II, Lost Lands of the Witch World omnibus page 31: "He [Pagar] met defeat in the spring of the year we counted seventeen winters behind us" it is that year that Kaththea is taken by the Witches and Koris is so wounded he can no longer wield the Axe of Volt (pp. 32 -33). Pg 37: "It was the beginning of the second year after Kaththea was taken that the road to Lormt opened for Kemoc, but not in a fashion we would have wished." Thus the three would be 19. In chapter III (pg. 38) "But it would seem Pagar had no wish to drink cup-brotherhood with Facellian of Alizon". "However, it was that very act [putting the Power to concentrated use] which they determined upon the second year after Kemoc left us." This would mean the three are now 21. The Turning takes place that summer. If the news of the Turning spread relatively quickly (and it's entirely likely it would) those of Arvon could have heard of it by the end of the year or beginning of the next (and since they are Power-adept themselves they could even have sensed it).
|Kyllan1, Kemoc, Kaththea||Kethan, Aylinn, Hyana||Eydryth, Alon||Firdun||Eastern continent Event|
|1010||Year of the Serpent King|
|1011||Year of the Ringed Dove|
|1012||Year of the Bicorn|
|1013||Year of the Salamander||Something prompts Truan and Almondia to flee Estcarp|
|1014||Year of the Sea Serpent|
|1015||Year of the Pronghorn|
|1016||Year of the Kestral|
|1017||Year of the Pard|
|1018||Year of the Yellow Dwarf|
|1019||Year of the Mandrake|
|1020||Year of the Spitting Toad|
|1021||Year of the Winged Bull|
|1022||Year of the Horned Worm||According to The Magestone the Kolder invade Gorm (p.154)|
|1023||Year of the Gorgon|
|1024||Year of the Barrow-Wight||Simon Tregarth may enter the Witch World|
|1025||Year of the Cameoleopard||Sulcarkeep may fall, the Horning may take place late this year or early the next|
|1026||Year of the Crowned Swan|
|1027||Year of the Moss Wife|
|1028||Year of the Fire Troll||The events of Web of the Witch World probably take place late this year.|
|1029||Year of the Leopard||0|
|1030||Year of the Sword Smith||1|
|1031||Year of the Raven||2|
|1032||Year of the Night Hound||3|
|1033||Year of the Gryphon||4|
|1034||Year of the Fire Drake||5|
|1035||Year of the Hornet||6|
|1036||Year of the Unicorn||7|
|1037||Year of the Red Boar||8||0|
|1038||Year of the Hippogriff||9||1||0|
|1039||Year of the Roc||10||2||1|
|1040||Year of the Basilisk||11||3||2|
|1041||Year of the Black Adder||12||4||3|
|1042||Year of the Frost Giant||13||5||4|
|1043||Year of the Fox Maiden||14||6||5||0||Simon Tregarth disappears while investigating some suspicious islands. Jaelithe follows after him a few months later.|
|1044||Year of the Snow Cat||15||7||6||1|
|1045||Year of the Horned Hunter||16||8||7||2|
|1046||Year of the Lamia||17||9||8||3||Kaththea taken by the Witches.|
|1047||Year of the Chimera||18||10||9||4|
|1048||Year of the Harpy||19||11||10||5||Kemoc wounded and goes to Lormt|
|1049||Year of the Orc||20||12||11||6|
|1050||Year of the Kobald||21||13||12||7||The Turning occurs; much of Three Against The Witch World after the Turning likely takes place.|
|1051||Year of the Werewolf||22||14||13||8||The events of Warlock of the Witch World likely take place|
|1052||Year of the Horned Cat||23||15||14||9||The early events of Sorceress of the Witch World likely take place.|
|1053||Year of the Manticore||24||16||15||10||Most of the main events of Magestone take place. In the book it is the Year of the Lamia, but this does not mesh well with the age of the Tregarth triplets at the time of the Turning and the events leading to the closing of the Kolder Gate; The end events of Sorceress of the Witch World likely take place.|
|1054||Year of the Weld||25||17||16||11|
|1055||Year of the Hydra||26||18||17||12|
|1056||Year of the Triton||27||19||18||13|
|1057||Year of the Centaur||28||20||19||14|
|1058||Year of the Opinicus||29||21||20||15|
|1059||Year of the Sumurgh||30||22||21||16|
|1060||Year of the Remorhaz||31||23||22||17|
|1061||Year of the Elder Tree||32||24||23||18|
|1062||Year of the Wild Hunt||33||25||24||19|
|1063||Year of the Troll-Dame||34||26||25||20|
|1064||Year of the Silversmith||35||27||26||21|
|1065||Year of the Bitter Herb||36||28||27||22|
|1066||Year of the Alfar||37||29||28||23|
Andre doesn't go into detail about how long it takes to travel across the Witch World by walking, by horse or by ship. There must be weeks of time, months even between the events in Witch World and Web of the Witch World even though the narrative flow makes it seem like they all just take place within a short time. However, in Falcon Hope there is a reference that it takes at least two months to travel from Lormt to High Hallack.
Even with that said, the placement of the destruction of the Kolder Gate in the Year of the Leopard is to make the shortest amount of time between the fall of Sulcarkeep (the year before Crowned Swan) and the point where the Hounds run out of Kolder weapons.
We learn in Gryphon in Glory that Galkur was the reason the Kolder sent the Hounds into High Hallack in the first place. Even after their Gate was destroyed, other sources imply that there were still Kolder surviving in Alizon after that. With their Gate destroyed, they were no longer able to supply the Hounds with weapons, ammunition and supplies but the Kolder were still a power to be reckoned with. Also, Galkur was manipulating the Hounds with his dark powers which kept them heading for the Waste up until the Year of the Gryphon when he was defeated by Kerovan, Joisan, Neevor, etc. After that, the Hounds were driven out of High Hallack with the help of the Were-Riders.
Actually, in Three Against the Witch World chapter 15 Kyllan says, "I had hopes only of the Old Race uprooted in the south. A few, very few, of the refugees from Karsten had been absorbed into Estcarp. The rest roved restlessly along the border, taking grim vengeance for the massacre of their blood. It had been close to twenty-five years since that happening, yet they would not forget nor really make one with Estcarp dwellers." which places The Turning 24 years (and some months?) after The Horning. Which means they were born 3 years (and a few months?) after the Horning if they were 21 the year of the Turning. -MD