his Osten Ard timeline is based, whenever possible, on the text of The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower, The Burning Man, and the official press release for The Last King of Osten Ard. In some instances, Tad Williams has added some timeline information based on readers’ questions. Non-canonical information is marked as such. This timeline contains spoilers.
The abbreviations BF and AF are used throughout this timeline, but are non-canonical. They stand for “before the founding of Nabban” and “after the founding of Nabban”, as Osten Ard years are numbered since the Founding of Nabban.
❧ 8837 BF: Utuk’ku is born [Based on Williams’ non-canonical statement on the official message board that Utuk’ku was around 10,000 years old during the events of MS&T].
❧ 7252 BF: Nenais’u is born [Based on 10,000-year age of Utuk’ku and Sa’onserei line of descent].
❧ 5568 BF: Senditu is born [Based on 10,000-year age of Utuk’ku and Sa’onserei line of descent].
❧ 5000 BF: Amerasu is born [Based on 10,000-year age of Utuk’ku and Sa’onserei line of descent].
❧ Approx 4850 BF: Gardenborn reach Osten Ard [based on Tad saying so in this reddit ama: https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/5qiqsx/i_am_tad_williams_and_i_have_returned_to_the/?sort=new%5D.
❧ After 4850 BF: Nine Gardenborn Cities are founded. They are:
- Asu’a, the Eastward-looking
- Nakkiga, the Mask of Tears
- Mezutu’a, the Silverhome
- Da’ai Chikiza, the Tree of the Singing Wind
- Jhina T’senei
Other, smaller cities are also founded, but they are not considered among the Nine. Sesu’adra, the Stone of Farewell, is one of these smaller cities.
❧ After 4850 BF: Nenais’u and Drukhi die; Gardenborn part. Jenjiyana of the Nightingales cedes Hikehikayo, Mezutua and Jhina T’senei to the Tinukeda’ya.
❧ 2500 BF: Hakatri is born [Based on 10,000-year age of Utuk’ku and Sa’onserei line of descent].
❧ 916 BF: Likimeya is born [Based on 10,000-year age of Utuk’ku and Sa’onserei line of descent].
❧ 1 AF: Nabban founded (probably no ‘Year 0’, since Nabban appears to be at least partially based on ancient Rome/Italy; the Roman calendar had no ‘Year 0’).
❧ 663 AF: King Fingil Bloodfist attacks Zida’ya; battle of Ach Samrath sees Sithi and Hernystiri unite against Rimmersmen and Thrithings-folk. The Hernystiri (including Prince Sinnach) and the Sithi are routed.
❧ 666 AF: King Iyu’Unigato killed by Prince Ineluki. Asu’a falls; surviving Zida’ya flee to Aldheorte Forest, where city of Jao e-Tinukai’i is founded; remaining Tinukeda’ya at Asu’a are killed. King Fingil founds Hayholt Castle on ruins of Asu’a.
❧ 667-1064 AF: (roughly) Prince Jiriki and Princess Aditu born (youngest Zida’ya is male, and is over 100 years old)
❧ 1094 AF: (roughly) King Presbyter John comes to the throne of Erkynland, ruling for more than 70 years. Nabban and Rimmersgard are later added as duchies. Presbyter John’s persecution of the Gardenborn begins.
❧ 1124 AF: (roughly) Morgenes meets Cadrach in the Tethtain Library in Crannhyr. The two become friends. Later, Cadrach is introduced to other scrollbearers.
❧ 1125 AF: (roughly): Sir Camaris disappears; thought drowned at sea (TGAT 1, p xxiv: “Camaris was thought to have died forty years [ago]”).
❧ 1149 AF: Princess Hylissa gives birth to Princess Miriamele. Susanna, a Hayholt maid, dies in childbirth. The child, Seoman, is saved.
❧ After 1150 AF: Princess Hylissa is killed.
❧ 1163 AF:
Novander 15th: Beginning of The Dragonbone Chair.
[This contradicts DBC, ch. 4 which gives the date 64/11/15/,
yet it is still the correct date according to Tad himself. Here is why:
The downfall of the Stormking must take place 500 years after the defeat of Asu’a (as the Conqueror Star appears in the sky every 500 years).
The first is 666 so the latter must be 1166. As three not two years pass between the quote and the Endboss fight in TGAT and 1164+3=1167 this is a proper inconsistency.
When we pointed this out to Tad the other day he said: “Well that’s a mistake then. It should be 1163. Tell everybody to correct their books.”]
Decander 21st: King John Presbyter dies on St. Tunath’s Day. 40 days pass before his burial.
❧ 1164 AF:
Feyever 1st: John is buried and Elias, his firstborn son becomes High King of Osten Ard. The Conqueror Star appears in the sky at his coronation.
Spring/Summer: King Elias’ reign begins well, but there are secrets lurking below the calm facade.
Novander: Duke Isgrimnur mentions how unseasonably warm it’s been. The odd weather will continue into 1166.
❧ 1165 AF:
Avrel 29th or 30th: Scrollbearer Ookequk suddenly dies while on the Dream Road.[link]
Avrel 30th: Stoning Night. Simon and Morgenes free Prince Josua from dungeons. Morgenes killed. Simon flees the Hayholt.[link]
Early Maia: Simon passes through Flett and then skirts around Sistan. Simon frees Prince Jiriki of the Zida’ya, and meets Binabik and Qantaqa.
Maia 16th thru 19th: Simon and Binabik reach St. Hoderund’s Abbey.[link]
Late Maia: Simon, Malachias, Leleth, Binabik and Qantaqa shelter at Geloe’s hut.
Maia 28th: Simon wakes up in Naglimund.[link]
Juven: Scrollbearer Jarnauga reaches Naglimund. Raed held.[link]
Juven: Battle of the Inniscritch. Cadrach and Miriamele sneak away from Naglimund.[link]
Juven: Naglimund falls. Many Frostmarch and Rimmersgard communities partially or fully abandoned. The Conqueror Star appears in the sky a second time.
Anitul 1st: Prince Josua and Vorzheva are wed.[link]
Anitul 5th: Prince Josua and his company arrive in Gadrinsett.[link]
Anitul 8th: Simon and Aditu enter Jao e-Tinukai’i.[link]
Octander: Battle of Stefflod Valley; Sir Deornoth killed (TGAT1, pg 530).
Novander: Princess Miriamele, Duke Isgrimnur, Tiamak and Sir Camaris reach Gadrinsett/New Gadrinsett (TGAT1, pg 655). Prince Josua and his supporters leave Sesu’adra at the end of Novander (“it was still nearly Decander on the open plains of the Thrithings” TGAT1, pg. 770).
❧ 1166 AF:
Avril: the birth of Josua and Vorzheva’s twins.
The Conqueror Star appears in the sky for the third time (TGAT pg 792).
Juven: Siege of the Hayholt. Simon Snowlock and Miriamele become rulers of Erkynland.
[Months for 1166 provided by Tad 16/8/8]
❧ 1167 AF:
Spring: Events of the Afterword of To Green Angel Tower. Count Eolair is sent as emissary of Queen Inawhen to Erchester. Archivebuilding planned at the Hayholt. (“‘A great deal can happen in a year,’ Strangyeard laughed”, TGAT2, pg 789).
❧ 1201 AF: Beginning of The Witchwood Crown. King Simon and Queen Miriamele still rule Osten Ard.[TLKOOA ad sheet]