The Orphans of Cathorna
Cathorna time line
Cathorna time line
1600 12 July. Resettlement. Kobolds driven out (first Cathorna)
1601 16 August. Kobold attack to reclaim the village (Second Cathorna)
1612 Devon’s family arrives
1617 Beckett taken from his home?
1620 Dwarves arrive
1621 Erfiren born?
1622 November. Tomas meets the king, sees the Seer. 23rd: Altraam born
1623 12 Sep Tomas kills a man (Bort) while defending the corral.
1623 22nd October. Tomas stalks and kills a hobbled orc with Waldeck
1623 18th November. Tomas and his mother at the markets. The ruby ring.
1624 5 Feb O’Conchubhair clan arrive
1624 22 June Tomas arrives
1625 2 December Elves arrive
1626 Orc raids begin
1627 Erfiren found (age 6?)
1627 Tomas: dinner with uncle
1629 Altraam’s mother dies
1631 June 6 Cian eavesdrops on his nan, grandfather and father. Next day he finds his falx
1632 Third Cathorna. Strong orc raid breaches gatehouse. Homes burned, population falls back to the redoubt. Altraam and the orcs. Attackers killed or incapacitated by Elesse and Dellaran. Beckett and Varic Fornas kill an orc; Beckett apprenticed to Ulric soon after.
1633 Cian and Faolan are captured by the MacCoill and the Colgar
Altraam’s father is visited by Androd. Altraam is apprenticed to Devon soon after.
1635 Ceara O’Conchubhair dies. Ulric the smith dies
1636 February. Beckett runs with Dorrigan
1636 July. First Long Patrol. Beckett kills an orc, Altraam spears one, Erfiren arrows several, Tomas leads the charge
1636 September. Altraam eavesdrops on Devon and Elesse (“The Beckett boy?”)
1637 March. Altraam’s first sermon. Erfiren and Leah stalk the worshippers
1637 April. Beckett marries Ella Cooper
1637 May. Jolan Fornas duels Beckett. Cathornans are banned from the healing house by the elder healer, Deanna Fornas.
1637 October. Ella dies in childbirth
1638 February. Altraam and Tobias hunt pig.
1638 March (late winter). Fourth Cathorna. Gatehouse held by Dorrigan, the Ochoas, Yeld and Beckett. O’Conchubhairs defend the dock, First Spear hold the western hills while Elesse thins the ranks of attackers scaling the southern cliffs. She dies in the struggle. Four children lost, one is saved by Tomas. The Black Three are seen by Altraam, Erfiren, Elenril and Casey Borrett. Second Skirmish are killed by ogres as they retreat.
1638 April. Aeghlin and the Nine arrive. Dellaran leaves. Beginning of the Bright Year.
1638 June. Altraam receives his trident, the Spear leaders their spears from Grim
1638 July. Aeghlin leaves after giving much aid and counsel to all in the village
1638 August. Second Skirmish reforms. Altraam Nedley, Beckett the Smith, Cian O’Conchubhair, Erfiren Erendoor, Tomas Volento, Vflynn, Yeld Ottac.
1638 September. Second Skirmish fight the Huz orcs. Tomas wounded. Palanto holds a parade and presents Second Skirmish with their standard.
1638 October. Yeld and Beckett fight the orc, bury the mace.
1639 April. Cathorna games: Second Skirmish win the smithy’s relay completely fairly
1639 May. Altraam, first PBEM
1639 July. The Kobold ambush. Second Skirmish kill dozens of kobolds and save trader Keema O’Chordan. Beckett badly wounded. Kobold activity halves.
1639 August. Kel Porter and the ewe.
1640 January. Cian, first PBEM
1640 March. Beckett, first PBEM
1640 April 12th. The Beginning.
1640 Late April. Second Skirmish clear the kobold lair.
1640 May. Rural idyll. Erfiren, first PBEM. Tomas, first PBEM. The pig hunt. Erfiren and the cleaverbeaks. Beckett and the wolves. Grim’s broken sword; Stonefoot flees. Tomas returns De Re Metalica
1640 May 22nd. Where in the world is Ced Creddieath? Second Skirmish head for the High Spruce…
…where they daringly lure the gnolls away from the palisade, enabling First Skirmish and Ced to escape.
1640 Late May. Rural idyll. Tomas’ PBEM: he creates the magical token. Beckett third PBEM, Cian and Altraam third PBEM. Second Skirmish recover the body from the landslide. Beckett takes a magical dagger from the body. Beckett herds the spiders. Second Skirmish escort Arnos Makhar to the bridge; he invites them to the temple.
1640 June 1st. New Moon Trouble. The apple orchard is burned down.
1640 June 2nd. Zombies in the High Paddock…
…are quickly avoided, leading to an encounter with Arnos Makhar, a ranking priest at the Temple. He speaks of a two-year enchantment over the valley, now broken.
1640 early June. Rural Idyll? The weather changes. Forage, fishing and hunting returns fall away. Tomas breeds slurms. Giant ants in the Kine. Stonefoot returns. Tomas and the tunnels. Beckett’s arocca charity. You sleep…you dream.
1640 mid-June. Full moon, empty larders. A week of poor produce. The traders arrive for Solstice Circle, followed by something invisible.
1640 June 10th. Cian and Altraam 4th PBEM. Tomas and Erfiren’s beetle trip.
1640 June 14. The sprite is flushed out. Erfiren the boobie-snuggling fool suffers harm at its hands.
1640 June 15. Solstice Circle. The Inaugural Exploitation Of Children For Cheap Entertainment Race is run. Baron Mendarcil arrive with gifts for Cathorna. Tabitha Deering and Nell Thomas arrive with gifts for Tomas.
1640 mid-late June. Rural Idle? Game returns, nets fill as the weather settles. Beckett heals, SS train for Thror’s Hills.
1640 21st June. To go north…Second Skirmish set out. Beckett and the bees. A long quiet walk.
1640 24th June. Gnolls in the Hills? The old mine. Cian and Grumpy the Wonder Goat. A mournful howling. Zombies, spiders, FISH! The Monstrous Glaarg.
1640 25th June. A night in the cave. Return to Cathorna: a Dwarven Deed. Grim grants Tomas access to the Book. Blades and helms and bows the reward.
1640 26th June. Rural not so Idyll. Palanto cuts militia shifts. Slow skirmish calls. Dorrigan and the Runners: Beckett says no. The Pig on the Bridge. Allum hunts with Altraam. Cian and Tomas clear the tunnels. Altraam talks to Kel. The council meets. Altraam stands with Kel: Palanto gives him time. Salty pork and honeyed whisky.
1640 27th June. Something they ate. Second Skirmish catch the pieman. Who is Walker? Nightfall: Dorrigan’s mirror. Who is Walker…?
1640 28th June. Kel expelled. Walker on the road.
1640 29th June. Guess who’s coming to dinner.
1640 July. Rural Idyll. Blood-for-blood: the gnolls’ gift returns. Tomas in charge: Palanto heads north. Me? Nothing. Master Dorrigan? A letter to Tomas. Third Skirmish! Cheese, Tomas! Beckett’s Gift.
1640 9th July. To the Swath!
1640 10th July. Blood and torcs. Cian’s club of clubbing. Bumblebees. Stealthy Scouts and Deafening Dwarves.
1640 11th July Into the Mountains. Snowflakes, snowballs and snowshielding. Dark figures on the ridge.
1640 12th July. Cian angry. Cian smash puny orcs. Swift blades. Wolves and arrows. TWWNN and a gnoll. Flawless Victory. An orb. A horn…
1640 12th July. Packs and Plunder. “The scent of quarry in my sights.” The Endless Forest. The Orc Kul speaks. Safe return to the Low Spruce
1640 13th July. The settlers’ palisade. Blood paid. The walk home. Beer and cider and arm wrestles. Butterfly tattoos.
1640 14th July. A brief Idyll. Tales at the inn. The blushing O’Conchubhair.
1640 16th July. A new home. Reflection Hill. Venison and secrets shared. “This is our land!” First Defiance.
1640 17th July. Rural Idyll. Nice doggy. Frost brand. The pieman’s fate. Erfiren’s sword. Colum and Arin stay.
1640 30th July. The ground shook. The flicker of fire, and deep, slow breathing…
1640 2nd August. Obsidian arrows in the Low Paddock? No orcs but…Gallow son of Gar. Cian gets pummelled.
1640 6th August. Militia day. The exercise. Tunnels and tokens and burning green men.
1640 7th August. From ship to scrub via underground. Stone trolls in the dark. A long wait for Cian and Tomas.
1640 15th August. Second Skirmish lead out to Defiance Hill. A quiet night. Tracks of four strangers…
1640 16th August. Beckett’s lodge. The Patrol arrives. Stragglers – Lal, Horrie and Mo. The strangers appear…”Put up your weapons!”
1640 17th August. Logging begins. Orcs and poison arrows. The hide by the river.
1640 19th August. Ghosts in the forest. More orcs.
1640 20th August. Build a bridge. Chop last tree. Daen in the dark. Nisha is shot.
1640 21st August. Ghost of a free man.
1640 22nd-26th August. Dollies and digging. Anya and Del.
1640 27th August-5th September. A fort on a hill. Leah’s cabin. Greatmen in the lake
1640 6th September. Defiance Hill is named. Gifts for Yeld.
1640 7th September. The Long Patrol leaves.
1640 7th -12th September. Defiance Idyll. Nettles and bees. Kotlas arrives.
1640 13th September. Second Defiance. Krisha Baric dies. Cloppy is hurt. The fort is besieged. Erfiren pierces the Orc Kul’s glamour. Second Skirmish and the Edain dead rout the enemy. Beckett disappears. Everyone celebrates (the victory).
1640 14th September. The Horn Is Gone! Beckett is cornered at the Rapids. The Horn again. Dorrigan leaves with both horns. He returns empty-handed two days later.
1640 15th September-16th October. Cian plays with the gloves. Tomas learns about the arrowhead. Cian apprentices Brigh. Tomas speaks of Neeshka’s duty. The sundial breaks – magical runes? Erfiren gets the bubble. Altraam makes the chain. Erfiren finds a kobold; Altraam and Tobias fight three. Cian starts a warren.
1640 17thth-21st October. First patrol to Defiance Hill. Erfiren makes his bow. Krisha’s Hearth is named. A marker is placed where the Edain fell.
1640 22nd-28th October. THE CARAVAN TRIP. Altraam returns hurt. Cian sees…
1640 30th October. Cian and the purple berries
1640 2nd November. THEM! The ant scout. A night in the forest. Zombies?
1640 3rd November The forest daen. Traders on the road and a safe return home.
1640 6th November. Meet priest Degan. A map!
1640 6th-15th November. Ants, parte 1 through 4
1640 20th November. Tomas makes a helm
1640 23rd November. When Huz attack!
1640 27th November. Tomas fixes the sundial
1640 1st December. Here comes the rain again. Sleet and kobolds return
1640 13th December. A walk in the black forest. Something Wicked…
1640 14th December. Hark! A tower!
1640 15th December. Second Skirmish enter the tower…