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Updated October 2016.
This timeline is a chronology of the stories, major characters' birthdates,
and political events in the Three Lands
series. The chronology is divided by Emorian periods.
Immigration into the northern portion of the Great Peninsula by "barbarian" people from the northern mainland. Immigration into the southern portion of the Great Peninsula by desert people from the eastern mainland.
The two groups meet at the black border mountains, which divide the northern and southern peninsula. The people begin to intermarry. The language they form to communicate with each other becomes the borderland tongue ("Border Koretian"), the most ancient language in the Great Peninsula. The languages of the Three Lands are derived from the borderland tongue.
Just to the north of the black border mountains, a territory is established
that will become known as Emor. The Council of the Charas is in existence
during this period.
The Early Charas (1-300)
Ancient Emorian is spoken in Emor during this period. Immigration continues from the northern mainland into the Great Peninsula, with more people settling to the immediate north of Emor.
Year 1: The Giving of the Law. Appearance in Emor of the law-structure and the original division of powers. The Chara Ysaye is appointed High Judge by the Council of the Charas. The southern peninsula is split into Koretia and Daxis.
100 (approximately): The Great Council of Emor (the new name
for the Council of the Charas) and the Chara (the new title for the ruler
and High Judge of Emor) go to war with each other.
The Middle Charas (300-600)
Archaic Emorian is spoken in Emor during this period. Immigration continues from the northern mainland into the Great Peninsula, with more people settling to the immediate north of the area that would become known as the Central Provinces.
300 (approximately): Reign of the Chara William, who makes a peace settlement with the Great Council through the second division of powers. The first law books are written. The Chara's palace is built (later extensively renovated).
321: Christopher son of William becomes Chara. His reign ends abruptly, for reasons that are hidden from later generations.
Year 322: Lionel son of William becomes Chara – the so-called twenty-fourth Chara. The Battle of Mountain Heights takes place during his reign, with Emor narrowly victorious over an alliance of small lands just to the north of Emor. The conquered lands become dominions of the Emorian Empire, and later become the Central Provinces of Emor. The original territory of Emor is eventually renamed Southern Emor.
The period following includes the reign of the Chara Luke, who argued with his council over a proclamation changing the Law of Succession, and the reign of the Chara Rufus, whose brother abdicated the throne and who himself died from stepping on some nettles during wartime.
568 (approximately): The Chara Rowland issues a charge under
the Law of Vengeance. The Emorian palace is renovated.
The Late Charas and the Transitional Government (600-1050)
Old Emorian is spoken in Emor to about 900.
875: Purvis becomes Chara. He requested a Slave's Death for a free-man and later died of an assassin.
899: Duncan son of Purvis becomes Chara. He suspended his High Lord from office and issued a proclamation allowing the transfer of a prisoner's care. The Koretian Ambassador stole candlesticks from the Council Chamber during his reign.
902–6: The only remaining territories between the Emorian Empire and the northern mainland – Marcadia and Arpesh – are conquered and become dominions of Emor.
911: Birth of Fenton.
915: Birth of Quentin.
919: Births of Nicholas and Emlyn.
920: Birth of Griffith.
921: Birth of Carle.
922: Birth of Hamar.
923: Anthony son of Duncan becomes Chara.
924: Births of Adrian and Siward.
928: Birth of Erlina.
940: An unexpected chain of events give rise in the following year to civil war in Koretia.
Law Links. Set in Koretia and Emor between 940 and 943.
Wildfire. Set in Koretia in 940.
949: Nicholas son of Anthony becomes Chara. Beginning of the Border Wars.
Death Mask. Set in Emor, Daxis, and Koretia between 949 and 963.
950: Births of Peter and Brendon.
951: Birth of John (at midwinter).
953: Birth of Andrew.
955: Birth of Brian.
961: Koretia is conquered and becomes an Emorian dominion. End of the Border Wars. Koretian resistance to Emorian rule begins.
Blood Vow. Set in Emor and Koretia in 976, with flashbacks to Koretia and Emor, 961–975.
962: Birth of Ursula. A threatened rebellion in Arpesh is subdued by Emor.
964: Unrest occurs in Arpesh again.
Law of Vengeance. Set in Emor between 986 and 987, with flashbacks to Emor and Koretia, 964–976.
Re-creation. Set in Emor in 965.
966: Peter son of Nicholas become Chara.
976: The Koretian resistance against Emor reaches its peak.
986: The Chara Peter expels the Koretian court officials from Emor, causing the threat of war between Emor and Koretia.
Guise. Set in Daxis in 985.
Breached Boundaries. Set in Daxis in 985 and in Daxis, Koretia, and Emor in 990.
992: The Golden Chain of Peace begins – an unprecedented period of peace between all of the lands of the Great Peninsula.
998: Birth of the man who will become known as the Lieutenant.
1004: Birth of the man who will become known as the Commander.
1019: Birth of Dolan.
1020: Immigration into the Emorian Empire is halted by the Chara. Pressure builds on the northern mainland against the anti-immigration policy.
1034: The Golden Chain of Peace is broken. The Northern Army – an alliance of Marcadia, Arpesh, and some mainland tribes – declares war against Emor.
Bard of Pain (The
Three Lands). Set in Koretia in 1050, with flashbacks to Emor, Koretia,
and Marcadia, 1008–1042.
The Long Night
A long, undated era following the fall of the Three Lands. The God's Language, descended from the ancient borderland tongue, is spoken throughout the Great Peninsula during this period, initially only by priests. Tribal tongues arise, descended from the various languages of the Three Lands.
Mystery (The Three Lands). Set in the northern peninsula, near the end of the Long Night.
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