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An accurate historical timeline may be the most confounding aspect of the series for readers who want all the pieces of the novels to fit together in a precise design. Erikson has admitted that some of the dates printed in the ten book Malazan Book of the Fallen series are in error, and later books stop using dates altogether. In some instances characters seem to age far quicker than the time between events would seem to allow.[1] At other times, characters make references that key historical dates are deliberately obscured in the public consciousness by decades.[2]

During a discussion on the Kharkanas Trilogy, Erikson did not appear keen on making all the numbers work out. "That's not how histories were originally told anyways. They weren't really about timelines. Herodotus would...basically throw out, 'Well, yeah, this was two hundred years ago or this was five hundred years ago', and you know, they're just random numbers basically...And I like that. I think it's cool."[3] Or as Erikson remarked in a Reddit AMA, "Timeline? Yeah, whatever."[4]

The below timeline tries to make sense of the conflicting data and will continue to evolve as each book comes out. In some cases, potential conflicts between dates are noted and point to more detailed discussions elsewhere.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about All Malazan related publications.

Darkness Comes to Kurald Galain[]

The First Days of the Sundering of Emurlahn[]

K'Chain Che'Malle civil war[]

298,665 years before Burn's Sleep[]

119,739 years before Burn's Sleep[]

119,736 years before Burn's Sleep[]

92,836 years before Burn's Sleep[]

33,421 years before Burn's Sleep[]

  • Seventh century of the 12th Lamatath campaign of the Jaghut War[43]

6,031 years before Burn's Sleep[]

  • Hel'eth Jal Im (Pogrom of the White Stag), 51st Jaghut War[44]

3,411 years before Burn's Sleep[]

3,011 years before Burn's Sleep[]

  • The Stormwall is completed, the beginning of the Korel calendar[46]

947 years before Burn's Sleep[]

  • Approximate year the Shake calendar begins recording as the Years of the Isle[47]

837 years before Burn's Sleep[]

835 years before Burn's Sleep[]

1st year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Sensing the coming battle against the Crippled God's infection within her flesh, Burn sleeps. She makes of herself a weapon, placing all of her spirit and power into a hammer capable of breaking the chains poisoning her.[50]
  • After several thousand years on his "solitary path", Caladan Brood returns around this time bearing the hammer of Burn. He, Rake, Hood, and the Queen of Dreams agree that the hammer should not be used.[51][52]

166th year of Burn's Sleep[]

263rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

264th year of Burn's Sleep[]

363rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

758th year of Burn's Sleep[]

764th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Approximate year that the River Catlin reroutes itself away from Saltoan. The city attempts to recapture river traffic by constructing Korselan's Canal, but is unable to halt its inevitable decline.[58]

1012th year of Burn's Sleep[]

Path to Ascendancy[]

1058th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1061th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Approximate year when Itko Kan becomes part of the Malazan Empire[65]

1066th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1067th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1080th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1081st year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Approximate year a Meckros floating city was pulled down into the waters of the Bluerose Sea, drowning its twenty thousand inhabitants.[72]

1084th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Year(+/- 1) of Dujek Onearm's birth according to a reference in Gardens of the Moon.[73] Go to Talk:Timeline for discussion of possible timeline inconsistency.

1085th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1099th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • The ice filling Buryd Fissure in the Teblor lands of the Laederon Plateau suddenly melts. It reveals the preserved bodies of countless beasts and the bodies and broken stone weapons of an ancient T'lan Imass battle much to the Teblor elders' puzzlement.[75]

1101st year of Burn's Sleep[]

1104th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1123rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1134th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1135th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1141st year of Burn's Sleep[]

1142nd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1143rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1144th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1145th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • Korelri year 4156 SW (Since the Wall)[86]
  • Year 11 of the Malazan Occupation of the Lands of Fist[86]

1147th year of Burn's Sleep[]

  • His small army facing nightly maulings from three tribal nations, Dassem Ultor develops a Malazan strategy that will still be known and practiced as 'Dassem's answer' decades later[87]
  • Crusade of 1147 - The Nathii call for the obliteration of the Teblor of the Laederon Plateau[88]

1148th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1149th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1150th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1151st year of Burn's Sleep[]

1152nd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1152/1153 Burn's Sleep[]

1153rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1154th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1155th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1156th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1157th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1158th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1159th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1160th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1161st year of Burn's Sleep[]

1162nd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1163rd year of Burn's Sleep[]

1164th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1165th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1166th year of Burn's Sleep[]

1167th year of Burn's Sleep[]

?[]

1178th year of Burn's Sleep?[]

Significant plot details end here.
Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates.

Speculations on the start of Burn's Sleep calendar year[]

The first day of the Burn's Sleep calendar year may be tied to be the first day of Spring instead of the Malazan equivalent of our January 1st. In Gardens of the Moon the changeover from the Year of the Tusk to the Year of the Moon's Tears was tied to the Gedderone Fête celebrating the first day of Spring.[186][187] It is unclear if the Burn's Sleep calendar followed the same convention. The majority of events covered in Gardens of the Moon leading to the Gedderone Fete were recorded as occurring in 1163 BS.[188] The events of Memories of Ice were recorded as occurring two months after the Fete in 1164 BS.[189] But the Prologue of Deadhouse Gates begins in 1163 BS with the events of the Gedderone Fête already known.[190] Assuming the date is not an error by Erikson, Tavore Paran's ascension to Adjunct was either near instantaneous with Lorn's death or the Burn's Sleep year actually began some time in the two month window between the Fête and the start of Memories of Ice.

Significant plot details end here.

Speculations on the length of a year[]

A comment made in Midnight Tides seemed to indicate a year in the Malazan world may only have been around 200 days long.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Midnight Tides.

After being told Gerun Eberict had killed two to three thousand people in the past year,[191] Bugg estimated that the Finadd was killing ten to fifteen people a day.[192] (Using those numbers: 10x200=2000 and 15x200=3000).

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and References[]

  1. For an example, see Harllo (younger)
  2. Kellanved's Reach, Chapter 20, US HC p.309
  3. Green Team of the Legendarium - See 49:45
  4. Steven Erikson - Reddit AMA
  5. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, UK HC p.55
  6. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 9, UK HC p.264-265
  7. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, UK HC p.78
  8. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 2, UK HC p.50
  9. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 9, UK HC p.270-271
  10. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, UK HC p.651
  11. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, UK HC p.660
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Midnight Tides, Prologue
  13. Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.20
  14. Midnight Tides, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.618
  15. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.24-25
  16. Midnight Tides, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.535-537
  17. Midnight Tides, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.117-118
  18. Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.20-23
  19. Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.23-24
  20. Midnight Tides, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.229-230
  21. Midnight Tides, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.116-119
  22. Memories of Ice, Chapter 15, UK MMPB p.592-593
  23. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.22
  24. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  25. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  26. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  27. House of Chains, Chapter 16
  28. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 23, US HC p.739
  29. House of Chains, Chapter 16
  30. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  31. House of Chains, Chapter 16
  32. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  33. Memories of Ice, Prologue, UK MMPB p.34
  34. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  35. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  36. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  37. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  38. Memories of Ice, Prologue, UK MMPB p.34
  39. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  40. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  41. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  42. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 15, US HC p.414 - In 1164 Icarium determines it has been 94,000 years since his visit
  43. Assail (novel), Prologue
  44. Assail (novel), Prologue
  45. Stonewielder, Prologue, UK TPB p.18 Calculated by knowing Korelri year 4178 equals 1167 BS and that the Stormwall was started 400 years before the start of the Korelri calendar
  46. Stonewielder, Prologue, UK TPB p.22 Calculated by knowing Korelri year 4178 equals 1167 BS
  47. 47.0 47.1 Reaper's Gale, Chapter 14, US HC p.391 - Yan Tovis says it was a thousand years ago in the 1113th Year of the Isle
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.171
  49. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5 In 1164, Quick Ben said this occurred nearly two thousand years ago
  50. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5
  51. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5 Tool says it was perhaps a thousand years ago from 1164 BS
  52. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5 Brood says he has been carrying the hammer for almost 1200 years
  53. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.178
  54. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5 In 1164, Quick Ben said this occurred nine centuries back
  55. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.577, In 1163 BS, Rake says this visit occurred 800 years ago
  56. House of Chains, Chapter 1, this date based on approximate date of Pahlk Orlong's raid as he was the first Teblor to be cultivated by the Unbound after they joined the Crippled God.
  57. House of Chains, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.32, In 1159, Karsa Orlong said it had been more than four centuries since his grandfather's famed attack
  58. Memories of Ice, Chapter 6 Gruntle says these events occurred 400 years previous to 1164 BS
  59. House of Chains, Chapter 2, Epigraph
  60. Dancer's Lament, Prelude
  61. Dancer's Lament, Chapter 22
  62. Deadhouse Landing, Prologue
  63. Deadhouse Landing, Chapter 1
  64. Deadhouse Landing, Epilogue
  65. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.14
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.3 Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 1, US HC p.7
  67. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2, Chapter 3, US HC p.344
  68. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 5, US HC p.207
  69. 69.0 69.1 Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 4, UK PB p.169, When Stoop reunites with Skinner in 1166 BS he mentions that it has been nearly a century since the Guard left Stratem
  70. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 3, UK PB p.137, During the Malazan civil war Silk says that it has been nearly a century since Ryllandaras' imprisonment
  71. House of Chains, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.33, Karsa said in 1159 he was newly arrived to his 80th year of life
  72. Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.24 - In the final days of King Diskanar's rule of Lether, Preda Bivatt says the city sunk eighty years before.
  73. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.65 - Dujek was described as being 79 in 1163 BS
  74. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2 In 1164 BS, Mappo recalls that it has been nearly 80 years since their last visit
  75. House of Chains, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.63-64, Said to occur 60 years before 1159
  76. Midnight Tides, US SFBC p.576 - In 1161 BS, Seren Pedac says it was about sixty years ago
  77. House of Chains, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.250, In 1164, Fiddler said the Seti lands had been pacified for 60 years
  78. The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, Epigraph
  79. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25 - during the siege of Capustan Itkovian said he was born three decades ago
  80. Stonewielder, Chapter 1, US HC p.22 - Korelri year 4156 was the 11th year of the occupation. Korelri year 4178 was equivalent to 1167 BS
  81. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, US HC p.103
  82. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue, UK MMPB p.5
  83. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.49 - Tavore was 1 year younger than Ganoes
  84. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.302/303 - Lorn was eleven in 1154 BS
  85. Midnight Tides, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.69 - In 1169 BS, Tehol Beddict says the palace has been under construction for 17 years
  86. 86.0 86.1 Stonewielder, Prologue, US HC p.22
  87. House of Chains, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.624/627
  88. House of Chains, Chapter 14, Epigraph
  89. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.43 - At the start of Midnight Tides in 1161 he says he has been a slave for 13 years
  90. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, Tor MMPB, Page 65, Fiddler tells Kimloc in 1164 BS, that he joined the Malazan Army 15 years ago.
  91. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 3, US HC p.84 - Felisin says she entered her 16th year in 1164 BS
  92. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 6, US HC p.142 - direct reference to being 15
  93. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 7, US HC p.182 - direct reference to being 15
  94. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.33-34 - At the start of Midnight Tides, Trull Sengar says the war recently ended after a dozen years of war parties
  95. Midnight Tides, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.66 - At the start of Midnight Tides, Seren Pedac says Hull's promotion was twelve years ago
  96. Memories of Ice, Chapter 9 In 1164 a Pannion priest says these events happened 14 years ago.
  97. Midnight Tides, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.332 - In 1161 Shurq says it was 10 years ago
  98. Gardens of the Moon, Epigraph book 1, UK MMPB p.10
  99. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.32 - Aragan's comment roughly supports this date
  100. Gardens of the Moon, Epigraph Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.51
  101. House of Chains, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.651, calculated based on their 1154 return for the Shadow Moon
  102. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.94/95 calculation is based on the timeframe given for the surrender of Karakarang and the known beginning of the Genabackan Campaign
  103. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.94/95
  104. Midnight Tides, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.67 - In 1161 BS Seren says this occurred eight years ago
  105. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue, UK MMPB p.5
  106. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue, UK MMPB p.3-8
  107. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue, UK MMPB p.3
  108. Night of Knives, Prologue
  109. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.12
  110. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, US HC p.37
  111. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, US HC p.54
  112. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.132
  113. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 1, UK PB p.12, Ogilvy was recruited in the Second Induction, a decade before Kyle's recruitment in Return of the Crimson Guard
  114. 114.0 114.1 Gardens of the Moon, Book One Epigraph Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.10
  115. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17 - Fiddler places the march on Mott a week after the Moranth alliance and the first supply of munitions
  116. Midnight Tides, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.60 - In 1161 BS Seren Pedac says she is in the sixth year of her contract
  117. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.129 - At the start of Midnight Tides, Brys Beddict says the attempt was made four years ago
  118. Stonewielder, Chapter 4, US HC p.190
  119. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.147 - In 1161 BS she says it was three years ago
  120. Midnight Tides, Prologue
  121. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.737
  122. Q and A with malazanempire No 2 (2003).Steven Erikson confirms 1159 as the date of Trull's shorning in this Q&A
  123. Gardens of the Moon, Epigraph Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.10
  124. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.61 - the Malazan 5th Army had opposed Brood and his forces for four years by 1163 BS
  125. 125.0 125.1 125.2 House of Chains, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.32
  126. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.26-27
  127. Midnight Tides, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.495-496/503 - Iron Bars said they had been stranded for two years in 1161 BS
  128. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  129. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, US HC p.57 - Pormqual had been High Fist for 4 years in 1164
  130. 130.0 130.1 Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.32
  131. 131.0 131.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, US HC p.32
  132. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.17
  133. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.19
  134. Memories of Ice, Chapter 6 - Reese says he has been working for his masters for three years and counting
  135. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.33-34 - At the start of Midnight Tides, Trull Sengar says the war recently ended
  136. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.270-275
  137. Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.344
  138. Midnight Tides, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.408-409
  139. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.274
  140. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.26 - 1159 BS is noted as being three years before the Letherii Seventh Closure
  141. The Bonehunters, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.445-447 - Darpareth had been missing for two years by 1164 BS
  142. The Bonehunters, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.794 - In 1164 BS a Nemil sea captain says Edur have been attacking Nemil ships for nearly two years
  143. 143.0 143.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, US HC p.57
  144. 144.0 144.1 Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, UK MMPB p.23
  145. Gardens of the Moon, Epigraph Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.51
  146. 146.0 146.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 20, US HC p.402
  147. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, UK MMPB p.29-31
  148. 148.0 148.1 Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1
  149. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  150. House of Chains, Chapter 7
  151. Memories of Ice, Epilogue
  152. House of Chains, Chapter 12
  153. House of Chains, Chapter 17
  154. House of Chains, Chapter 26
  155. House of Chains, Chapter 25
  156. House of Chains, Chapter 26
  157. House of Chains, Chapter 26
  158. House of Chains, Chapter 26
  159. House of Chains, Chapter 26
  160. The Bonehunters, Prologue
  161. The Bonehunters, Prologue
  162. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7
  163. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18
  164. The Bonehunters, Chapter 9
  165. The Bonehunters, Chapter 11
  166. The Healthy Dead, Section 11 - Reese has been gone from Lamentable Moll for four years
  167. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, US HC p.357 - Tavore says it has been over a year since the Bonehunters left Malaz City
  168. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 22, US HC p.711 - Hood says Toc the Elder still lives
  169. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 23
  170. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 23
  171. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 24
  172. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 24
  173. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 24
  174. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 24
  175. Reaper's Gale, Epilogue
  176. Stonewielder, Prologue
  177. 177.0 177.1 Stonewielder, Chapter 1, US HC p.43
  178. Stonewielder, Chapter 11
  179. Stonewielder, Epilogue
  180. The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p.94
  181. Fall of Light, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.30 - Fisher mentions King Tehol the Only placing this event after Reaper's Gale
  182. The God is Not Willing, Chapter 15, US HC p.258
  183. The God is Not Willing, Chapter 1, US HC p.29
  184. The God is Not Willing, Epilogue, US HC p.477-478
  185. The God is Not Willing, Chapter 24, US HC p.469-471
  186. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, US HC p.171
  187. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 20, US HC p.402
  188. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, US HC p.57
  189. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  190. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, US SFBC p.21/27, Felisin is aware that Tavore has replaced Lorn
  191. Midnight Tides, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.435
  192. Midnight Tides, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.524
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