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Chronology of the Great Peninsula ¶ By Dusk Peterson

Updated July 2022.

This timeline is a chronology of the stories, major characters' birthdates, and political events in Chronicles of the Great Peninsula. 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 (1-299)

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 (300-599)

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 and Leofwin.

929: Birth of Tryphena.

931: Birth of Tristan.

Law-Lover. Set primarily in Emor, with a few scenes in Koretia and Daxis, between 937 and 993.

940: An unexpected chain of events gives 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.

Famine or Feast. Set in Emor in 941.

Season of Dangerous Peace. Set in Koretia between 940 and 943 (flashbacks) and in Koretia in 944.

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: Births of Andrew, Serva, and Richard.

954: Birth of Perry.

955: Birth of Brian.

Blood Vow. Set in Koretia and Emor between 961 and 975 (flashbacks) and in Emor and Koretia in 976.

The Fire Before. Set in Koretia between 961 and 962.

961: Koretia is conquered and becomes an Emorian dominion. End of the Border Wars. Koretian resistance to Emorian rule begins.

962: Birth of Ursula and Quentin-Griffith. A threatened rebellion in Arpesh is subdued by Emor.

The Night the Moon Turned Pink. Set in Koretia in 963.

964: Unrest occurs in Arpesh again.

Law of Vengeance. Set in Emor and Koretia between 964 and 976 (flashbacks) and in Emor between 986 and 987.

Re-creation. Set in Emor in 964.

966: Peter son of Nicholas becomes Chara.

Free-man's Blade. Set in Emor in 1966.

Hidden Blade. Set in Emor in 970 and 971.

971: Birth of James.

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 991.

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.

In the Spirit. Set in Daxis in 1001.

1004: Birth of the man who will become known as the Commander.

Bard of Pain. Set Emor, Koretia, and Marcadia, between 1008 and 1042 (flashbacks) and in Koretia in 1050.

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.

Empty Dagger Hand. Set in Koretia, Marcadia, Arpesh, and Emor between 1034 and 1050.

The Night Watch. Set in Marcadia, Arpesh, and Emor between 1034 and 1036 (flashbacks) and in Koretia from 1042 till after the fall of the Three Lands.

The Long Night

A long, undated era following the fall of the Three Lands. Tribal tongues arise, descended from the various languages 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.

Mystery. Set in the northern peninsula, near the end of the Long Night.

The Thousand Nations: an alternate timeline

The Thousand Nations series follows an alternate timeline from that of the Three Lands. The point of departure between the two series occurs in 1037.

1037: An unexpected event shifts the course of war in the Great Peninsula.

Search for the Jackal. Set in Koretia and Daxis from 1037 to 1041.

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