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At the moment, this timeline is incomplete, as it only draws upon the information contained in the Guide, and in the Glossaries, it does not yet contain information from within the books themselves. Nevertheless, given the nature of the Guide, I feel that the information presented below represents a reasonably clear picture of the history to the Wheel of Time series.
I've divided my Timeline into the three obvious categories: AB, FY & NE. However, the AB section also includes events from the AoL, and these are marked as -xxxAB.
Obviously some events only have approximate dates, and so I've adopted the following convention: xxx-AB indicates an event occurring before xxxAB, similarly xxx+AB indicates an event occuring after xxxAB. Also xxxcAB is used to indicate events which occur circa xxxAB. Finally, there are some important events for which even an approximate date cannot be determined. These are listed as ----AB, where the entry itself gives the bounds on the event's timing, eg. '...during the Breaking' etc.
Obviously the same applies for dates listed FY or NE.
I've omitted page references as far as the Guide is concerned, as its content is listed more-or-less chronologically anyway, and as such I've only included references which backup non-obvious points, or which give dates about which there is some dispute.
Dates derived from Glossary entries are listed as Book.Gloss.Entry, as in - "LoC.Gloss.Logain" etc., although I've sometimes omitted the .Entry portion where the entry is entirely obvious.
The Breaking - Before, During and After.
-415-AB LTT breaks with Mierin Eronaile.
-415cAB Drilling of the Bore and the beginning of the Collapse. (100+110) / 2.
post-415cAB Nemene Damendar Boann (a.k.a. Semirhage) is revealed as a sadist.
-406cAB Kamarile Maradim Nindar (a.k.a. Graendal) embraces extreme hedonism.
pre-390cAB Ishamael becomes the first of the Aes Sedai to swear to the Shadow.
-390cAB Kamarile Maradim Nindar (a.k.a. Graendal) turns to the Dark.
pre-385cAB Ishar Morrad Chuain (a.k.a. Aginor) becomes Shadowsworn.
-360cAB Semirhage goes to the Shadow.
-360cAB LTT marries Ilyena Moerelle Dalisar Shortly afterwards, Mierin Eronaile (a.k.a. Lanfear) goes over to the Shadow.
362cAB Balthamel forsakes the Light for the Shadow.
-310-AB Rahvin, Be'lal, and Moggy are Shadowsworn by now, 'though Moggy manages to keep her allegiance a secret.
-310AB Beginning of the War of the Shadow.
-310 to -308AB DO's forces largely successful.
-308AB Barid Bel Medar (a.k.a. Demandred) welcomes the Shadow.
-307 to -304AB The Forces of the Light, under LTT, retake much of the lost territory.
-307AB Tel Janin Aellinsar (a.k.a. Sammael) turns to the Shadow.
-303AB A one-year stalemate develops in the War of the Shadow.
We know that both sides used Balefire freely for one year during the War, but we're not given the year, however my guestimate is that it coincides with the above one-year stalemate.
-302 to -301AB The Shadowsworn forces advance again.
-301AB The Strike at Shayol Ghul and the beginning of the Time of Madness.
-291cAB Beginning of the Breaking. (239+344) / 2 = 291.5.
-261AB Last reported sighting of Ishamael.
---AB Latra Posae dies sometime during the Breaking.
1cAB Death of last male Aes Sedai.
47AB The AS decide to build a new city.
50cAB 'ajah' is still defined as temporary and informal.
50cAB Aran son of Malan son of Senar, born.
50cAB Beginning of campaign against women 'pretending' to be AS.
77AB Lideine and several of her followers were stilled, whereupon the rest submitted themselves, and with that example Mailaine ceased her resistance and led her followers to kneel. "The rest must be brought to heel."
98AB Construction begins on Tar Valon.
98AB Elisane Tishar is the first Amyrlin Seat - and has been for several years.
98AB The name 'The White Tower' had been in use for the planned central structure, perhaps as long as 30 years.
100AB There are already 'lost talents'.
100cAB End of campaign against 'pretend' AS.
198cAB Construction finished on the White Tower. G91.
200-AB Nations did emerge.
199AB Toman Calendar adopted. G95.
200cAB Ajah has become a permanent sisterhood of AS.
200AB The seven Ajah's were definitely in existence and each focused on a particular purpose.
202AB Tar Valon completed.
209AB The Compact of the Ten Nations was formed.
Lasts approximately 800y.
212AB Birth of Caraighan Maconar. LoC Gloss.
335AB Raolin Darksbane proclaims himself Dragon Reborn.
336AB Raolin Darksbane taken to the White Tower.
373AB Death of Caraighan Maconar Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. LoC Gloss.
450cAB Kidnapping of Queen Sulmara of Masenashar for pretending to be Aes Sedai.
1000-AB The Seanchan 'Exotic Animals' have been acquired through use of Portal Stones, and their Blight is castrated during the same period.
1000AB Trollocs come south.
1150cAB Birth of Rashima Kerenmosa, the Soldier Amyrlin. LoC Gloss.
1251AB Battle of Bekkar, defeat of Manetheren. G98 + G216.
1251AB Rashima Kerenmosa raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
1290cAB Fourth Trolloc attempt to take Tar Valon.
1301AB Battle of Maighande - Trollocs defeated. G100 +LoC Gloss. Rashima.
The Glossary gives this firm date, but the Guide indicates something before 1300AB.
1300AB Yurian Stonebow proclaims himself Dragon Reborn.
1308AB Threat from Yurian Stonebow is ended.
1350cAB End to the Trolloc Wars. G96
I'm making a guestimate that 1350AB=FY1 - but that's pure speculation.
The Free Years
FY20 Gazaran calendar gains wide acceptance.
FY100- Entirely new nations had arisen.
FY351 Davian proclaims himself Dragon Reborn.
FY642 Great Fire damages the Tower Library.
For almost eight hundred years there are no records of any major problems.
Early 900's Guaire Amalasan born.
FY912 Arthur Paendrag Tanreall born.
FY920c Deane Aryman born in Salidar.LoC Gloss. Deane.
FY937 AH marries Lady Amaline Tagora.
FY939 AH ascends the throne of Shandalle.
FY939c Bonwhin Meraighdin raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Red Ajah.
FY939 Guaire Amalasan proclaims himself Dragon Reborn in Darmovan, and proclaims himself ruler of it.
Beginning of the War of the Second Dragon. G103
He was described as young, somewhere in his twenties.
FY940 GA takes Balasun and Elan Dapor.
FY940 Shandalle sends an army against GA.
FY941 Every nation has sent armies against GA.
FY942 By now AH is known as Hawkwing.
FY942 Amaline gives birth to twins, Amira and Modair.
FY943 By now GA also has Kharendor, Dhowlan, Farashelle, Shiota, Nerevan, Esandara, Fergansea and Moreina. The Stone is under siege, and there's fighting in Talmour, Khodomar, Masenashar, Dal Calain and Aldeshar.
FY943 GA captured at the Battle of Jolvaine Pass / Battle of Endersole, and AH returns to Shandalle.
FY943 War of the Second Dragon ends.
FY943 Caembarin, Khodomar and Tova simultaneously invade Shandalle, marking the beginning of the Wars of Consolidation.
FY944 Aldeshar, Ileande and Talmour join the war.
FY944 AH seeks Tar Valon help in negotiating with his enemies.
FY954 AH accepts Chowin Tsao of the Green Ajah as an advisor.
FY959 Modair killed in battle.
FY961 Amaline and AH's three remaining children killed by poison, marking the beginning of the Black Years.
FY962 Chowin Tsao is no longer advising AH who is arguing with Tar Valon.
FY963 Wars of Consolidation end with AH ruling everything from the Spine to the Aryth with the exception of the territory ruled by Tar Valon. The next 23 years are peaceful - but for nine recorded revolts and the troubles with Tar Valon.
FY964 Attempted invasion of the Aiel Waste by AH.
FY964 AH meets Tamika.
FY965 End to 'The Years of Silent Rage' / 'The Black Years'.
FY965 Tamika refines AH's tax system and general administration.
FY967 AH reconciles with Tar Valon and accepts an AS counsellor.
FY967 Luthair Paendrag Mondwin born.
FY968 / 969 Either Bonwhin refuses to meet Tamika or vice versa.
FY973 Jalwin Moerad appears at Hawkwing's court.
FY974 By now Moerad is one of AH's closest advisors.
FY974 AH dismisses his AS advisor, and all Sisters serving within his realm.
FY975 AH puts a bounty on all AS refusing to renounce Tar Valon, and lays siege to the city.
FY986 Trollocs move south.
FY987 Trollocs defeated at the Battle of Talidar.
FY987 Death of Tamika.
FY989 AH begins his invasion plans.
FY992 Luthair Paendrag Mondwin sets out for Seanchan.
FY992 Bonwhin deposed and stilled. Deane Aryman raised to the Amyrlin Seat.
FY992 Deane Aryman raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
The Guide gives this as circa 992, but the LoC Gloss. gives 992 exactly.
FY993 Sharan expedition sets out.
FY993 Fire in the Tower Library - attributed to arson.
FY994 Ships from the Sharan expedition are seen burning.
FY994 AH becomes suddenly ill and dies, beginning the War of the Hundred Years.
FY994 Ishara becomes Queen of Andor. (until 1020).
FY996 Bonwhin dies.
FY1013 Jalwin Moerad disappears.
FY1017 Souran Maravaile assassinated. G117.
FY1020 Alesinde becomes Queen of Andor (until 1035).
FY1021 Lothair Mantelar founds the Children of the Light.
FY1035 Melasune becomes Queen of Andor (until 1046).
FY1037 Trolloc resume their normal level of activity along the Blightborder following their defeat at the battle of Talidar. G108.
FY1046 Termylle becomes Queen of Andor (until 1054).
FY1054 Maragaine becomes Queen of Andor (until 1073).
FY1073 Astara becomes Queen of Andor (until 1085).
FY1084 Selame Necoine raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
FY1085 Telaisien becomes Queen of Andor (until 1103).
FY1103 Morrigan becomes Queen of Andor (until 1114).
FY1111c The Children of the Light are now a fully-fledged military organisation.
FY1114 Lyndelle becomes Queen of Andor (until 1165).
FY----- The Ways darken, sometime during the War.
FY1117 (+/-2y) The War of the Hundred Years ends. G118. cf. FY1135.
FY1292 The Conquest of Seanchan is complete. The Seanchan probably date years FF, but however.
There is some confusion surrounding the beginning of the new calendar. G118, clearly gives FY1117c as the end of the War of the Hundred Years, and tells us that FY1135 became 1NE. However, G88, tells us equally clearly that 1NE was matched to the end of the War ie. FY1117c rather than FY1135.
The New Era.
1NE End of the War of the Hundred Years. G88. Cf. FY1135
Relative peace for almost a thousand years.
5NE Rabayn Marushta raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the White Ajah.
36NE Dalaine Ndaye raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
50NE By now the Farede Calendar was in general use.
64NE Edarna Noregovna raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
115NE Balladare Arandaille raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Brown Ajah.
142NE Medanor Eramandos raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
171NE Kiyosa Natomo raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
197NE Catala Lucanvalle raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Yellow Ajah.
223NE Elise Strang raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
244NE Comarra Zepava raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
276NE Serenia Latar raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
306NE Doniella Alievin raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Brown Ajah.
332NE Aliane Senican raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the White Ajah.
355NE Suilin Escanda raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
396NE Nirelle Coidevwin raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
419NE Ishara Nawan raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
454NE Cerilla Marodred raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
476NE Igaine Luin raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Brown Ajah.
500cNE Goaban fades away. tGH Glossary.
500cNE Caralain fades away. tGH Glossary.
509NE Aiel grant to Cairhien the right to cross the Aiel Waste. G119. Cf. 566NE.
I believe that the date specified here is incorrect, and should be 566NE.
520NE Beryl Marle raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the White Ajah.
526NE Corianin Nedeal dies.
533NE Eldaya Tolen raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
549NE Alvera Ramosanya raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Yellow Ajah.
566NE Aiel grant to Cairhien the right to cross the Aiel Waste. G256 & tSR.Glos.Aven. Cf. 509NE.
578NE Shein Chunla raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
600-NE Almoth, Hardan, Irenvelle, Kintara, Mar Haddon, Maredo and Mosara have faded away by now.
601NE Gerra Kishar raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
638NE Varuna Morrigan raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
681NE Cemaile Sorenthaine raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
698cNE Tairens stop adding to the Great Holding around now.
705NE Marasale Jureen raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Yellow Ajah.
705cNE Birth of Cadsuane Melaidhrin. aCoS Gloss.
732NE Feragaine Saralman raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
754NE Myriam Copan raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
797NE Zeranda Tyrim raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Brown Ajah.
817NE Parenia Demalle raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
859NE Last official stilling. (before Leane & Siuan) aCoS.Gloss.Stilling.
866NE Sereille Bagand raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the White Ajah.
890NE Aleis Romlin raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Green Ajah.
922NE Kirin Melway raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Brown Ajah.
950NE Noane Masadim raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
953NE Malkier fell to the Blight. G247 & LoC.Gloss.Lan.
953NE Lan Mandragoran born. LoC.Gloss.
955NE Malkier overrun by Trollocs. G118. Again?
956NE Moiraine Damodred born. LoC.Gloss.
957NE Malkier swallowed by Blight. G118.
957NE Whitecloak War, or "The Troubles".
965NE Laman Damodred crowned King of Cairhien.
965NE Beginning of a four year war between Cairhien and Andor.
968NE First publication of 'The Travels of Jain Farstrider'.
969NE al'Lan Mandragoran begins his one-man war against the Blight. LoC.Gloss.
970NE Beginning of six year war between Illian and Tear.
971NE Lord Luc of Andor disappears in the Blight. tGH.Gloss.
972NE Disappearance of Tigraine, Daughter-Heir of Andor.
972NE Death of Modrellein, Queen of Andor, beginning an Andoran war of Succession.
972NE Moiraine Damodred becomes a novice in the White Tower. LoC.Gloss.
972NE Birth of Logain Ablar. aCoS.Gloss.Logain.
973NE Tamra Ospenya raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
975NE Moiraine Damodred becomes an Accepted of the White Tower. LoC.Gloss.
976NE First Aiel War begins.
978NE First Aiel War ends after the Battle of the Shining Walls / The Battle of the Nations / the Battle of the Red Snow / Battle of the Blood Snow.
Birth of Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn.
978NE Moiraine Damodred becomes an Aes Sedai. LoC.Gloss
979NE Jain Farstrider disappears whilst on a trip to explore the Blasted Lands. tDR.Gloss.Travels.
979NE Fourth War of Cairhienin Succession.
979NE Sierin Vayu raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Gray Ajah.
979NE Moiraine Damodred bonds al'Lan Mandragoran, uncrowned King of Malkier.
983NE Earliest recorded communications from Ishy to Darkfriends in modern times.
984NE Assassination of Taringail Damodred.
984NE Marith Jaen raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah.
985NE Siuan Sanche raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah. tDR.Gloss. Cf. 988NE.
988NE Siuan Sanche raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah. G216 Cf. 985NE.
994NE Jain Farstrider disappears after returning from a trip into the Blight. tFoH.Gloss.
997NE Logain Ablar proclaims himself Dragon Reborn in Ghealdan.
997NE or 998NE Forsaken freed.
998NE Trollocs attack the Two Rivers.
998NE Mazrim Taim proclaims himself Dragon Reborn in Saldaea.
998NE Aginor, Balthamel and the Green Man die & the Eye of the World is destroyed.
998NE Assassination of King Galldrian of Cairhien, sparking another War of Succession.
998NE Rand al'Thor proclaims himself the Dragon Reborn at the Battle of Falme.
999NE Ishamael and Be'lal die in the Stone of Tear.
999NE Siuan Sanche stripped of stole and staff, Elaida a'Roihan raised to the Amyrlin Seat from the Red Ajah. Rebellion in the Tower, Egwene al'Vere proclaimed Amyrlin of the Tower in Exile.
999NE Shaido War / Second Aiel War.
1000NE Battle of Dumani's Wells.
1000NE Seanchan invade Amadicia and Altara.
1000NE Rand al'Thor gains the Laurel Crown of Illian.
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