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This page features a timeline of events taking place in the Rigante world, the setting of the Rigante series of novels (Sword in the Storm, Midnight Falcon, Ravenheart, Stormrider).

No official calendar or year numbers are mentioned in the series itself. The David Gemmell Wiki uses its own system of dating based on the year of the birth of Connavar, the main protagonist of the first two books. Dates are worked out based on the ages of characters and other indications of the passing of time found in the novels. Years before Connavar's birth are marked BBC (Before the Birth of Connavar), the year of his birth is 0 BC, and all subsequent years are marked ABC (After the Birth of Connavar).

Timeline[]

Year Event(s) Source
c.400 BBC The city of Stone is founded on the site of a comet crash. Sword in the Storm, ch. 8
34 BBC Appius is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 11
33 BBC Banouin is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
Arbonacast is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 6
27 BBC Garshon's right eye is burned out by a Doca lord, after the lord's wife accuses him of winking at her. Sword in the Storm, ch. 7
25 BBC Jasaray is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 10
23 BBC Carac, future King of the Perdii, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 11
21 BBC Vorna is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 5
Garshon, leading a band of outlaws and mercenaries, raids Doca lands and captures the town of the lord who burned his eye, killing both him and his wife. Neighbouring lords form an alliance and drive him out. Garshon eventually settles in the then small port town of Goriasa, which develops into a thriving trade centre under his governance. Sword in the Storm, ch. 7
c.20 BBC The great hero Calavanus leads the Rigante against the Vars, killing their king in single combat. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4[1]
18 BBC Varaconn, father of Connavar, is born. His birth geasa prophesises that he will die within a week after killing a raven. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
12 BBC Varaconn's father dies of wounds sustained in a battle between Rigante and Pannones. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
Fiallach is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 12
11 BBC Varaconn's mother dies after a severe illness, leaving Varaconn in the care of an uncle. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
c.8 BBC Valanus is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 7[2]
7 BBC Eriatha is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
3 BBC Parax begins to live among the Perdii. Sword in the Storm, ch. 9
c.2 BBC Battle between Rigante and Pannones. First Warrior Ruathain and his sword brother Varaconn both take part. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
2 BBC Ruathain travels to the coast to sell cattle and returns with an iron sword blessed with four Druid spells. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
Casta is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4[3]
1 BBC The Year of the Crippling: two in three Rigante babes are born paralysed or stillborn. As per custom, they are left exposed to the elements to die during the night.
In Three Streams, one such child, Riamfada, son of Gariapha the metalworker and his wife Wiocca, survives the night, and the village council agree to let him live.
Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
Banouin, a merchant from Stone, arrives in Rigante lands for the first time, staying for three months, selling cloth, spices, and salt, and buying hides and metal ornaments. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Meria weds Varaconn, at the Feast of Beltine, after having turned down several prior suitors, including Ruathain. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
Ruathain's father dies. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Govannan, son of Nanncumal, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3[4]
0 BC Banouin visits Rigante lands for a second time, and has a house built for him in Three Streams, where he begins to spend the entire winter and spring every year. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Varaconn breaks his geasa when his startled pony kicks a raven and kills it. Ruathain gifts him his enchanted iron sword. Varaconn asks Ruathain to marry and support the widowed Meria if he should die. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
Five days later, Connavar, future High King of the Rigante, is born to Meria and Varaconn. He is given the soul-name Sword in the Storm, after Varaconn witnesses a bolt of lightning shatter his sword atop Caer Druagh. Sword in the Storm, ch. 1
The next day, an 8,000-strong army of Keltoi tribesmen marches against 12,000 Vars invaders. Ruathain and Varaconn are among the Northern Rigante contingent. The Keltoi win the battle, but Varaconn dies while fleeing. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Four months later, Ruathain weds Meria. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
1 ABC Ruathain and Meria's first son, Braefar, is born. He is given the soul-name Wing over Water. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Tae, daughter of the Long Laird, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 12
2 ABC Arian, daughter of Nanncumal, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
3 ABC Arakar, son of Carac, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 11
4 ABC First Civil War of the Stone empire. The scholar Jasaray is drafted into the Third Army of the Republic as quartermaster, eventually rising to the role of general, and leading the Republic to victory against the rebels. Three thousand rebel soldiers are crucified, and two of their leaders beheaded. Jasaray is hailed as a great war hero. Banouin also serves as a general in the war.[5] Sword in the Storm, ch. 10
6 ABC Eriatha, aged 13, is disowned by her family and cast out of her tribe after an affair with her father's friend. She will later take to living as an earth maiden and eventually settle in Three Streams among the Northern Rigante. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
6–10 ABC Borga the Baker and his wife Pelain, cousin of Meria, have four consecutive children, all of whom die within the first few days of birth. On one of the occasions, Pelain passes out during childbirth and is saved by Vorna taking control of her body through a Merging. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2, 5
7 ABC Bendegit Bran, Ruathain and Meria's second son, is born. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
8 ABC The eight-year-old Connavar begins a long-lasting friendship with Banouin the Foreigner, after the latter catches him breaking into his warehouse as part of a dare. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
10 ABC Connavar and Braefar are involved in a scuffle against Govannan and four other children after Govannan calls Connavar's father a coward. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
Ruathain and Meria separate following an altercation in which Meria accuses Ruathain of letting Varaconn die just in order to marry her, and Ruathain likens Meria to a pox-ridden whore. Sword in the Storm, ch. 2
11 ABC After the witch Vorna refuses to help him reconcile his parents through magic, Connavar seeks out the Thagda in the Wishing Tree Woods. He rescues a trapped fawn from a bramble bush, and is rewarded with the Seidh blade. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
15 ABC A sickness among the coastal Norvii kills one sixth of the population. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
After sharing a kiss with her in the woods, Connavar declares his intention to ask for Arian's hand in marriage from her father Nanncumal at the Feast of Samain the following year. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
Ruathain punches Nanncumal after the latter accuses Connavar of theft and calls him the get of a coward. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
16 ABC Braefar wins the Solstice Race. Connavar comes second and Govannan comes third (thanks to Conn meddling with a signpost to send him off track). Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
During his long annual journey to Three Streams from Stone, Banouin is accosted by three Norvii outcasts. He fights them off but is wounded. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
Ruathain kills two young Pannone tribesman while intercepting a cattle raid. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
Arian is traumatised by the death of her younger sister Biara. She allows a foreign trader to take advantage of her by the roadside, receiving a silver coin in exchange. This begins a series of such encounters throughout the year, several of which lead to pregnancies aborted with the help of Eriatha. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
Eriatha the earth maiden initiates Connavar in the art of lovemaking ahead of his intended marriage to Arian. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
Connavar batters Govannan (in front of his sisters Arian and Gwydia), for teasing and shaming Braefar. Sword in the Storm, ch. 3
In an encounter with the Morrigu, Connavar wishes for glory. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
Connavar becomes friends with the young crippled metal crafter Riamfada, after teaching him to swim in the pool beneath Riguan Falls. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
Connavar beats up Casta after catching Arian flirting with him. Arian and Connavar then make love in the woods. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4
A large bear attacks and kills three children outside a Norvii settlement. The Norvii drive the bear west into Rigante lands, where it attacks seven children who had been swimming at the Riguan Falls. Three of them—brothers Galanis, Baris, and Gethenan—are killed. Connavar, with help from Govannan, fights the bear to protect crippled Riamfada. Braefar also survives. Eventually, Ruathain and his men slay the bear. Conn is left severely wounded, close to death. Sword in the Storm, ch. 4–5
Vorna risks her life to save the dying Connavar by Merging with his unconscious body and forcing it to eat and drink. The ritual costs her her magical abilities. She is no longer a witch. Sword in the Storm, ch. 5
17 ABC After an old man and young girl are found murdered (the girl has also been raped) on Rigante lands, Connavar hunts down and kills three of the perpetrators, all Gath tribesmen. A fourth suspect, Lexac of the Ostro, is placed on trial before the Long Laird, where he is interrogated by Brother Solstice the druid. He is found guilty and sentenced to death by drowning. Sword in the Storm, ch. 6
Borga the Baker dies of heart failure, leaving Pelain a widow. Sword in the Storm, ch. 6
At the Feast of Beltine, Riamfada dies peacefully and his spirit is led into the Wishing Tree Woods by the Seidh. Sword in the Storm, ch. 6
Banouin and Vorna fall in love and marry one another after spending the night together during the Feast of Beltine. Sword in the Storm, ch. 6
Connavar accompanies Banouin on a journey across the water where the Stone empire is rapidly expanding. Sword in the Storm, ch. 7
At Goriasa, Connavar saves Valanus from an assassination attempt orchestrated by Garshon. Sword in the Storm, ch. 7
Banouin is executed by public hanging in Arin, on the order of the Perdii king Carac, after being betrayed by fellow merchant Diatka. Connavar kills Diatka and swears to avenge Banouin by wiping the Perdii off the face of the earth. Sword in the Storm, ch. 8
Pursued by Perdii warriors enlisting the help of Parax the hunter, Connavar flees into the Talis Woods, where he is protected, assisted against his assailants, and healed by the Seidh. Sword in the Storm, ch. 9
Connavar joins the Stone army led by Jasaray during their conquest of Perdii lands. He keeps close company with Valanus. Sword in the Storm, ch. 10
Connavar plays a pivotal role in helping the Stone army anticipate and defend against a large Perdii ambush. During the battle, Connavar slays Carac and his son Arakar. Sword in the Storm, ch. 12
Upon the petition of Connavar (a gift that comes with a price), the Morrigu safely delivers Banouin and Vorna's son, despite him being in a breeched position. Sword in the Storm, ch. 12
18 ABC Connavar returns home to Three Streams, accompanied by Parax. Sword in the Storm, ch. 12

Notes[]

  1. Connavar describes Calavanus as "a great hero in my grandfather's day".
  2. Connavar guesses Valanus to be in his "middle twenties" when they first meet in Goriasa (17 ABC). Valanus' birth year is here estimated based on an age of 25 at that time.
  3. Casta is two years older than Connavar.
  4. Govannan is mentioned as being two years older than Braefar.
  5. There seems to be an inconsistency in the dating in the original novel here, since Banouin would already have left the army and begun his life as a merchant by this point.
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