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This is a fan-created timeline of the Black Company series. An important attribute of this timeline is the fact that the novels establish the Great Comet has a cycle of 37 years. Croaker confirms that the tenth return, when the Lady and the Taken escape from the Barrowland, is 370 years after the fall of the Domination.

For calculation purposes, the year 0 is marked here as the beginning of the Domination, and all dates stem from these two data.

Where possible, events are attached to years before or after the Domination (BDy and Dy, respectively). For pre-historic events, however this is not possible. When Sleepy supplies the broad strokes of the history of the glittering plain, she mentions several epochs but is unable to establish a frame of reference. These periods names are ordered placed relative to each other.


Rule of the Nef

GP: The Nef create the glittering plain.

GP: Routes to planes open. Trade commences.

Period of Exhaustion

GP: Armies war across the planes. Trade routes collapse.

GP: Shivetya comes into being (imagined by the Plain or created by sorcerers).

GP: Fortress with no name built. Trade routes open.

GP: Shivetya creates the Washane, Washene, and Washone.

War of the Gods

GP: Kina arises and sweeps across the planes.

GP: Kina is defeated. Shivetya is compelled to guard Kina.

Wars of the Planes

GP: The 16 worlds begin wars upon each other. Trade routes on the Plain threatened.

GP: World gates (16) and Keys created.

GP: Shadows created. Gates adapted to become the shadowgates. Trade routes collapse again.

Before Domination

SC: 1442 Temple of Travellers' Repose founded.

GP: c. 819 Creation of standing stones by wizards from Khatovar (precursors of the Free Companies).

SC: c. 460 Reign of Niam, king of Beryl. Appearance of 54 forvalaka in Beryl.

NC: c. 450 Creation of the Ghost Country. Scores of powerful sorcerers engage in a titanic, free-for-all battle for supremacy. The region is left scarred and haunted by their revenants.

SC: 19 The first of the Free Companies of Khatovar crosses the homeworld shadowgate.

NC: 6 Baron Kaden of Dartstone killed in battle.

Domination and after

NC: 0 Beginning of the Domination. Taking of the first Ten Who Were Taken.

NC: c. 10 Conquest of Jaunt

NC: 44 Taking of the last of the Ten Who Were Taken.

NC: 100 Last battle of the White Rose Rebellion. End of the Domination.

SC: 149 The Black Company of Khatovar emerges from the homeworld shadowgate. Probable rise of the Deceiver cult.

SC: c. 384 Tom-Tom and One-Eye born

SC: c. 460 The Wasting of Habenev.

470 Tenth return of the Great Comet.

NC: 470 Bomanz credited for unearthing the Lady and the Taken.

SC: c. 470 Goblin born (roughly)

SC: c. 500 Elmo born. Later, the Captain, and the Lieutenant born.

  • By the time of Shadows Linger: "Elmo is past fifty. The Captain and Lieutenant straddle that five-zero."

SC: c. 510 Croaker born in Padora

SC: c. 530 Seige of Tember

NC: c. 530 Tonie "Darling" Fisk born in Forsberg province

NC: c. 530 Murgen born

SC: c. 533 Croaker becomes Annalist

  • Croaker mentions at start of Shadow Games he has been Annalist for 25 years

SC: 538 Rise of the Shadowmasters.

SC: 542 First events of The Black Company. Revolution in Beryl. The Company enters Imperial service.

SC: c. 542 Sleepy born.

NC: 543 Battles of Lords, Rust, Roses.

NC: 544 Battles of the Windy Country and Stair of Tear; Battle of Charm.

NC: Between 544-550

NC: 550 First events of Shadows Linger. Ambush at Madle's tavern in Tally.

NC: 551 Battle of Juniper.

NC: Between 551-555

NC: 555 The Company reaches the Plain of Fear.

  • "all the four years it had taken us to get here from Juniper"

NC: 558 First events of The White Rose. Battle of Horse; Battle of the Barrowland.

  • Croaker states that One-Eye is about 150, although this conflicts with his statements in Soldiers Live.

SC: Campaigns of Willow, Mather, Blade against the Shadowmasters. Beginning of the Shadowmaster wars.

SC: 559 Battle of Needleteeth Swamp; Battle of Ghoja Ford; Battle of Numa Ford; Battle of Dejagore.

NC: Events of The Silver Spike

SC: 559-60 Siege of Dejagore.

NC: c. 560 The Lady's Empire withdraws from Aloe and much of its eastern territory as it begins to fracture from civil wars between the Taken.

SC: 564 Battle of Charandaprash; Siege of Overlook (end of the Shadowmaster wars).

SC: 565 The Captured are imprisoned. Kiaulune wars begin.

SC: 574 Khusavir Pete betrays the Company at Battle of Kashkhoshi. End of the Kiaulune wars.

SC: c. 576 Soulcatcher topples Overlook

NC: c. 578 A cyclone devastates Aloe. As the city rebuilds, it discovers fragments of copies of the Black Company's Annals recorded while it was garrisoned there.

GP: 581 End of Water Sleeps: Company exits the glittering plain and enters Hsien.

GP: 584 One-Eye dies at 200+ (?)

  • Croaker claims to be 58, not counting the years of Captivity.