"'You don't know my history,' he said dryly." --Drizzt Do'Urden (The Pirate King, Part 1: Chapter 2)INTRODUCTION:
This is a list of all of R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels, novellas, short stories, and gaming materials in chronological order, with independently calculated fictional timeline dates based on the time clues within the works themselves, rather than the publisher's' official information.
The list that follows gives the title and independently calculated dates for all works set in the fantasy environment known as the Forgotten Realms and either written or contributed to by R.A. "Bob" Salvatore. Publilications are listed here in chronological order within the fictional timeline of the Realms setting.
Click on the title of each publication as a link to separate post explaining how these independent dates were calculated using the time clues within that publication and other related publications, controversies or conflicts with the publisher's official dates, etc.
After the end of the chronological list opening post (the big black bar)--all explanatory posts appear in order of publication. CAUTION: Some explanatory posts contain spoilers; some explanations can be very technical, too.
COLOR KEY & KEY ACRONYMS:
- The Drizzt Saga (forest green) : Drizzt & Companions of the Hall stories
- "The Cleric Quintet" (lime green) : Cadderly & Bouldershoulder brothers stories; not directly Companions-related
- "The Sellswords" (brown): Entreri, Jarlaxle and/or Bloodstone Lands stories; not directly Companions-related
- "R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen" (royal purple) : not directly Companions-related
- Publication Title (highlighted in gray) : non-novel works, such as "short stories", game materials, graphic novels, etc.
- DR : "Dale Reckoning" (a common year suffix acronym in the Forgotten Realms, akin to 2010 "BC", "AD", or "CE" in real world chronologies).
- NA : Date is "not available" to this poster at this time.
If readers wish to use The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories as their source for the short stories, they should be advised that the author's prefaces to the stories sometimes contain spoilers about later stories in the saga. If using this particular anthology, readers might wish to skip the prefaces on the first reading, and only read the stories themselves, to avoid such spoilers. After a thorough read-through of the entire saga, the prefaces could then be read to provide some eye-opening insights into the mind of R.A. Salvatore.
CHRONOLOGICAL READING ORDER:
|PUBLICATION TITLE:||FICTIONAL DATE:|
|<"Guenhwyvar">||Spring - Summer, 253 DR|
|[Speculative <Untitled Zaknafein & Jarlaxle project>]||NA|
|<"The First Notch">||Between spring, 1181 & Spring, 1183 DR|
|<Homeland>||Early 1298 - Spring, 1329 DR|
|<Exile>||Winter - Summer, 1339 DR|
|<Sojourn>||Autumn, 1339 - Spring, 1346 DR|
|<"The Third Level">||1341 DR|
|<"If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair">||Spring - Winter, late 1348 DR|
|<The Crystal Shard>||Summer, 1350 - Spring, 1356 DR|
|<Hall of Heroes>||Spring, 1356 DR|
|<Streams of Silver>||Spring - Summer, 1356 DR|
|<The Halfling's Gem>||Summer, 1356 - Spring, 1358 DR|
|<Menzoberranzan [Boxed Set]>||Autumn, 1357 - Spring, 1358 DR|
|<"Dark Mirror">||Winter, early 1358 DR|
|<The Legacy>||Spring, 1358 DR|
|<Starless Night>||Summer, 1358 DR|
|<Siege of Darkness>||Late summer - Winter, late 1358 DR|
|<"The Dowry">||Winter, early 1359 DR|
|<The Bloodstone Lands>||Summer, 1359 DR|
|<Canticle>||Spring - Summer, 1361 DR|
|<In Sylvan Shadows>||Summer, 1361 DR|
|<Night Masks>||Autumn, 1361 DR|
|<The Fallen Fortress>||Autumn, 1361 - Winter, early 1362 DR|
|<The Chaos Curse>||Winter - Summer, 1362 DR|
|<The Stowaway>||Summer, 1362 DR|
|<The Shadowmask>||Summer, 1362 DR|
|<The Sentinels>||Summer, 1362 DR|
|<Passage to Dawn>||Spring, 1364 - Spring, 1365 DR|
|<The Silent Blade>||Spring - Summer, 1365 DR|
|<The Spine of the World>||Summer, 1365 - Spring, 1366 DR|
|<Servant of the Shard>||Summer, 1367 DR|
|<"That Curious Sword">||Autumn, 1367 DR|
|<"Empty Joys">||Winter, late 1367 / early 1368 DR|
|<"Wickless in the Nether">||Spring, 1368 DR|
|<Promise of the Witch-King>||Summer - Autumn, 1368 DR|
|<Road of the Patriarch>||Late autumn, 1368 - Winter, early 1369 DR|
|<The Accursed Tower>||Tarsakh/April, Spring 1369 DR|
|<Sea of Swords>||Summer, 1370 - Spring, 1371 DR|
|<The Thousand Orcs>||Spring - Summer, 1371 DR|
|<The Lone Drow>||Summer, 1371 DR|
|<"Bones and Stones">||Late summer / Early autumn, 1371 DR|
|<The Two Swords>||Autumn - Early winter, late 1371 DR|
|<"Comrades at Odds">||Winter, late 1371 - early 1372 DR|
|<The Orc King>||Winter - Summer, 1372 DR|
|<Dissolution>||Autumn, 1372 DR|
|<Insurrection>||Autumn, 1372 DR|
|<Condemnation>||Winter, late 1372 DR|
|<Extinction>||Winter, late 1372 / early 1373 DR|
|<Annihilation>||Winter, early 1373 DR|
|<Resurrection>||Winter - Spring, 1373 DR|
|<Demon Stone>||Between Summer, 1372 & Autumn, 1374 DR|
|<The Pirate King>||Autumn, 1376 - Spring, 1377 DR|
|<The Ghost King>||Late summer, 1385 DR|
|<"Iruladoon">||Spring, between 1390 & 1395 DR|
|<Gauntlgrym>||Late spring, 1409 - Summer, 1462 DR|
|<"To Legend He Goes">||Early winter, late 1437 DR|
|<Neverwinter>||Summer - Autumn, 1463 DR|
|<Charon's Claw>||1463 DR|
|<Neverwinter Tales>||1463 DR|
|<The Last Threshold>||1463 - 1484 DR|
|Legacy of the Crystal Shard||1479 DR|
|The Companions||1462 - 1484 DR|
|Night of the Hunter||NA|
|Rise of the King||NA|
RECOMMENDED READING ORDER (new readers, please click the [+] symbol located immediately below):
Many readers who are experienced with Salvatore's Forgotten Realms line are quick to say that one should just start at the beginning, usually meaning the books of "The Dark Elf Trilogy" ("TDET"): Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn.
The catch there is that the books that were written and published first--The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem; collectively known as "The Icewind Dale Trilogy" ("TIDT")--were the actual beginning of the Drizzt saga, in terms of character and themes. That was where RAS began to reveal the signature character of Drizzt Do'Urden to us as readers for the first time. In that beginning, most of Drizzt's background was mysterious, and we mostly grew to understand his character through the way that he interacted with the people of the land called Icewind Dale, rather than by seeing what he had gone through when he was younger. "TIDT" featured an early version of Drizzt without a fully detailed backstory, and this made the character mysterious and intriguing. In fact, the lack of significant insight into Drizzt's past in those first books is precisely what made fans so hungry to read more about the character, and so, that's why RAS went back and wrote the prequel "The Dark Elf Trilogy", later on (see <here>).
Therefore, my personal recommendation is that aspiring readers would do best to begin with "The Icewind Dale Trilogy" set of books, and then to pick up with the short story "Guenhwyvar" and continue in chronological order from there, with all of the other works. I enthusiastically recommend the notion of encountering the hero Drizzt Do'Urden gradually, in an earlier form as in "TIDT", rather than in the fully concentrated, more developed form that we see in "TDET". I think a person will enjoy the unfolding presentation of the character better that way. If you start with "The Dark Elf Trilogy" mini-series of books first, then that kinda spoils the mystery of Drizzt's character when you do finally get around to "TIDT". Starting with the prequel "TDET" spoils the nuance and mystery of Drizzt's background that could be enjoyed if you instead started with "TIDT". The reader will miss out on that intangible quality of suspense and intrigue that comes from reading about Drizzt in the manner that RAS originally wrote about him: gradually, piecemeal, and in a state of evolution. If you start with "TDET" in proper chronological order, and then move on to "TIDT", a great deal of Drizzt's character will have already been revealed to you, and so he just won't be as intriguing and mysterious when you read about him in "TIDT". IMO, the shame would be to miss out on that experience.
As an alternative, you could read "TIDT" first and experience the intrigue, then go back and read "TDET", slightly out of chronological order, without too much confusion. That's actually the way a lot of us oldtimer fans had to do it, when the books were new--no problem. If you want, you can always go back and re-read the books in proper chronological order at a later date, just to fix things in your mind in their correct sequence.
Of course, ultimately it is the reader's decision whether to start with "TDET" as the chronological beginning of "The Legend of Drizzt", or to start with "TIDT" as the thematic beginning. Eventually it all just comes down to making your own personal choice. (Click the [-] symbol, above, when you are done.)
REAL WORLD HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
METHOD OF CALCULATION:
Now, finding time clues in RAS's works was not an easy task. Unlike with many other Realms authors, RAS and his editors have typically omitted any overt references to Realmsian year names and numbers within his works. Nevertheless, as inconspicious and easily overlooked as they may be, time clues do still exist in the nooks and crannies of RAS's works, at the very least relating the timing of RAS's works to one another. I found them, catalogued them, and soldiered on.
Then, I needed to find major Realmsian events with well-established dates to relate those time clues to.
The Time of Troubles is a major Realms-wide event in the background of the novel Siege of Darkness, and it serves well as a sort of chronological "ground zero"--or rather, "time zero". Many of the Realms lorebooks have defininitvely dated the TOT in the year 1358 DR.
The formation of the Leage of the Silver Marches in 1371 DR in the the 3E of the Realms is the next major Realms event which serves as a chronological anchoring point for the RAS Realms stories.
And the onset of the Spellplague in 1385 DR (4E) is yet another.
From these, I was able to take my time clue notes adn then either work backward or forward from those major events in the Realms timeline in order to determine reasonable estimated dates for most of the works.
The chronology that follows provides both my calculated dates for each of the works and relevant time clues used to calculate them.
It also explains why I discount many of the official dates chosen by the publisher.
There are a few, exceptional works (Servant of the Shard and Sea of Swords) whose original time settings had to be adjusted a bit, despite their time clues, because of editorial, managerial decisions that were made after the works had already been published. These adjustments are explained in the associated "Rationale for Alternative Date" section for each work.
Most recently, with "The Sellswords" and "Transitions" mini-series, RAS and his editors have begun stating specific year information within his stories. Hopefully, this will prevent future conflicts between WOTC's official dates and the textual time clues.
- AGHOTR : the lorebook A Grand History of the Realms, an online-only predecessor to the published lorebook The Grand History of the Realms.
- Alturiak : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of February.
- Ann. : the novel Annihilation.
- ARG : the lore and picture book A Reader's Guide to R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt.
- "BAS" : the short story "Bones and Stones".
- "CAO" : the short story "Comrades at Odds".
- Can. : the novel Canticle (because the abbreviation "C" would cause confusion with Condemnation, and "Ca." with "Comrades at Odds").
- CC : the novel Charon's Claw.
- Ches : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of March.
- Con. : the novel Condemnation (because the abbreviation "C" would cause confusion with Canticle).
- Cutter : the comic series and graphic novel Cutter.
- D&D : "Dungeons & Dragons", a popular medieval fantasy role-playing game, with associated novels and short stories.
- DDUGTTU : the lorebook Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark.
- Dis. : the novel Dissolution.
- "DM" : the short story "Dark Mirror".
- DR : Dale Reckoning; a common year suffix acronym in the Forgotten Realms (comparable to 2010 AD or CE in real world chronologies).
- "DRDMBS" : the discussion forum thread "Dale-Reckoning Date of the Menzoberranzan Box Set".
- DS : the video game Demon Stone.
- "EJ" : the short story "Empty Joys".
- Eleasis : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of August.
- Eleint : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of September.
- Exi. : the novel Exile (because the abbreviations "E" or "Ex." would cause confusion with Extinction).
- Ext. : the novel Extinction (because the abbreviations "E" or "Ex." would cause confusion with Exile).
- Faerûn : the northern continent of the FR fantasy planet of Toril (somewhat comparable to North America or northern Asia in the real world).
- Flamerule : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of July.
- FR : the Forgotten Realms, a popular medieval fantasy role-playing campaign setting and story setting, associated with D&D, created by Ed Greenwood, and owned by WOTC.
- FRAd : the lorebook Forgotten Realms Adventures (because the abbreviation "FRA" would cause confusion with The Forgotten Realms Atlas).
- FR 1E : the first edition, era, generation, or phase of the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, officially begun 1987; also "1E".
- FR 2E : the second edition, era, generation, or phase of the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, officially begun 1990; also "2E".
- FR 3E : the third edition, era, generation, or phase of the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, officially begun 2000; also "3E".
- FR 4E : the fourth edition, era, generation, or phase of the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, officially begun 2008; also "4E".
- FRCS [2E] : the lorebook set Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting [2nd Ed.].
- FRCS [3E] : the lorebook set Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting [3rd Ed.].
- FRCG [4E] : the lorebook Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide [4th Ed.].
- Gaunt. : the novel Gauntlgrym.
- "Guen." : the short story "Guenhwyvar".
- Hammer : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of January.
- HL : the lorebook Heroes' Lorebook.
- HOH : the lorebook Hall of Heroes.
- Hom. : the novel Homeland.
- "IETHUML" : the novella "If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair".
- Ins. : the novel Insurrection.
- "Irr." : the short story "Irruladoon".
- ISS : the novel In Sylvan Shadows.
- Kythorn : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of June.
- LOTCS: the game manual Legacy of the Crystal Shard.
- "LOTD" : the quadrilogy/quartet mini-series "Legacy of the Drow".
- LOTDCE : the omnibus book Legacy of the Drow Collector's Edition.
- Marpenoth : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of October.
- M[BS] : the lorebook set Menzoberranzan [Boxed Set].
- Mirtul : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of May.
- NA : Date is "not available" to this poster at this time.
- Nightal : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of December.
- NM : the novel Night Masks.
- NOTH : the novel Night of the Hunter.
- Nw. : the novel Neverwinter.
- NwT : the graphic novel Neverwinter Tales.
- P#:C# : Part # and Chapter #; used for citing passages from RAS's Forgotten Realms novels. Pagination is not generally used, because it varies widely across different editions of the books. But partition and chapterization remain consistent, and are therefore more useful to readers of different editions. Chapters alone are not used because there are three separate "epilogues" for each novel of "The Icewind Dale Trilogy"--one for each part--necessitating a nomenclature that specifies which epilogue in particular is being cited. Parts become as necessary as chapters, in that regard. For consistency's sake, this chronology attempts to use parts as well as chapters for all citations, where available.
- "P7MORF" : the webpage "Presenting . . . Seven Millennia of Realms Fiction": "R.A. Salvatore".
- "POD" : the quadrilogy/quartet mini-series "Paths of Darkness".
- PODCE : the omnibus book Paths of Darkness Collector's Edition.
- POTWK : the novel Promise of the Witch-King.
- PTD : the novel Passage to Dawn.
- "QFEG2008" : the discussion forum thread "Questions for Ed Greenwood (2008)".
- RAS : initials of bestselling fantasy adventure author R. A. Salvatore (Robert Anthony Salvatore, or simply "Bob" to his friends).
- Res. : the novel Resurrection.
- ROTK : the novel Rise of the King.
- ROTP : the novel Road of the Patriarch.
- RSE : a "Realms-Shaking Event"; popular label for a major catastrophe that affects all of the Forgotten Realms, usually corresponding with a change in the edition of the FR role-playing game campaign setting.
- SM : the lorebook Silver Marches.
- SN : the novel Starless Night.
- SOD : the novel Siege of Darkness.
- Soj. : the novel Sojourn.
- SOSi : the novel Streams of Silver (because the abbreviation "SoS" would cause confusion with Sea of Swords).
- SOSw : the novel Sea of Swords (because the abbreviation "SoS" would cause confusion with Streams of Silver).
- SOTS : the novel Servant of the Shard.
- "S:TWY" : the web article "Spellplague: The Wailing Years".
- Tarsakh : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of April.
- TAT : the game module The Accursed Tower.
- TBL : the lorebook The Bloodstone Lands.
- TCC : the novel The Chaos Curse.
- TComp : the novel The Companions.
- "TCQ" : the mini-series "The Cleric Quintet".
- TCQCE : the omnibus book The Cleric Quintet Collector's Edition.
- TCSh : the novel The Crystal Shard (because the abbreviation "TCS" would cause confusion with "That Curious Sword").
- TCSt : "The Collected Stories", as in The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories.
- "TCSw" : "That Curious Sword" (because the abbreviation "TCS" would cause confusion with The Crystal Shard).
- "TD" : the short story "The Dowry".
- "TDET" : the mini-series "The Dark Elf Trilogy".
- TDETCE : the omnibus book The Dark Elf Trilogy Collector's Edition.
- "TDR" : the web page "Timeline, Dalereckoning".
- tenday : the unit of time measurement in the Realms most closely corresponding to a "week", except with 10 days, instead of 7; early RAS works mistakenly mention "weeks" instead of "tendays", but this has been revised in later editions.
- TFF : the novel The Fallen Fortress.
- "TFN" : the short story "The First Notch".
- TFRAt : the lorebook The Forgotten Realms Atlas (because the abbreviation "FRA" would cause confusion with Forgotten Realms Adventures).
- TGHOTR : the published lorebook The Grand History of the Realms (as opposed to the earlier online-only document A Grand History of the Realms).
- TGK : the novel The Ghost King.
- THBCE : the omnibus book The Hunter's Blades Collector's Edition.
- "THBT" : the mini-series "The Hunter's Blades Trilogy".
- THG : the novel The Halfling's Gem.
- "TIDT" : the mini-series "The Icewind Dale Trilogy".
- TIDTCE : the omnibus book The Icewind Dale Trilogy Collector's Edition.
- TL : the novel The Legacy.
- TLD : the novel The Lone Drow.
- "TLHG" : the short story "To Legend He Goes".
- "TLOD" : the collective series of re-released Drizzt Saga novels, "The Legend of Drizzt"; in a general sense, may also refer to all products of the extended Drizzt Saga.
- TLODA:TCSt : the short story anthology The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories.
- TLOD,B4:TCSh : the novel The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV: The Crystal Shard.
- TLT : the novel The Last Threshold.
- TN:GTTSF : the lorebook boxed set The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier.
- TOK : the novel The Orc King.
- Toril : the fictional planet of the FR fantasy setting (comparable to medieval Earth).
- TPK : the novel The Pirate King.
- "Transi." : the trilogy mini-series "Transitions" (because "Trans." could cause confusion with RAS's non-Realms novel Transcendance).
- TSB : the novel The Silent Blade.
- "TSell" : the trilogy mini-series "The Sellswords" (because the abbreviation "TS" would cause confusion with The Sentinels, The Shadowmask, and The Stowaway).
- TSent : the novel The Sentinels (because the abbreviation "TS" would cause confusion with "The Sellswords", The Shadowmask, and The Stowaway).
- TSF : the lorebook The Savage Frontier.
- TShad : the novel The Shadowmask (because the abbreviation "TS" would cause confusion with "The Sellswords", The Sentinels, and The Stowaway).
- TSOTW : the novel The Spine of the World.
- TSR : TSR, Inc., original publisher of all Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms products.
- TStow : the novel The Stowaway (because the abbreviation "TS" would cause confusion with "The Sellswords", The Sentinels, and The Shadowmask).
- "TTL" : the short story "The Third Level".
- TTO : the novel The Thousand Orcs.
- TTS : the novel The Two Swords.
- Uktar : the Forgotten Realms month generally corresponding to the real world month of November.
- VGTTN : the lorebook Volo's Guide to the North.
- VL : the lorebook Villains' Lorebook.
- "WITN" : the short story "Wickless in the Nether".
- WOTC : Wizards of the Coast, present publisher for D&D and FR products.
- ZD&J : tongue-in-cheek shorthand acronym for a rumored, yet-untitled "Zaknafein Do'Urden & Jarlaxle" project; rhymes with "PB&J" (peanut butter & jelly).
- The assorted Forgotten Realms works of R.A. Salvatore, themselves (see above).
- "Afterward: The Legend of Drizzt Chronology". p334-336. <The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV: The Crystal Shard (hardcover edition only)>. MAR-2005.
- A Grand History of the Realms, by Brian R. James. 3rd ed. MAY-2006.
- A Reader's Guide to R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt, by Philip Athans. AUG-2008.
- <"Dale-Reckoning Date of the Menzoberranzan Box Set">. Candlekeep Forum. 2008. Web.
- Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark, by Eric L. Boyd. NOV-1999.
- Forgotten Realms Adventures, by Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood. 1990.
- Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting [2nd Ed.], by Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb. JUL-1993.
- Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting [3rd Ed.], by Ed Greenwood, Robert Heinson, Skip Williams, and Sean K. Reynolds. JUN-2001.
- Hall of Heroes, ed. by Scott Bowles. APR-1989.
- Heroes' Lorebook, by Dale Donovan and Paul Culotta. JUL-1996.
- <Live Chat: R.A. Salvatore>. Suvudu. 16-OCT-2009. Web.
- Menzoberranzan [Boxed Set], by Ed Greenwood, Douglas Niles, and R.A. Salvatore. OCT-1992.
- <"Questions for Ed Greenwood (2008)">. Candlekeep Forum. 2008. Web.
- <"Presenting . . . Seven Millennia of Realms Fiction: R.A. Salvatore">, by Eric L. Boyd, Ed Greenwood, Steven E. Schend, and "The Candlekeep Monks". Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms. WOTC. 2000. Web.
- Silver Marches, by Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl. JUL-2002.
- <"Spellplague: The Wailing Years">, by Brian James. Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms. WOTC. FEB-2008. Web.
- <"Tethtoril's Bookshelf: RPG Products: 1st - 3.5 Edition">. Candlekeep: The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore. No date. Web.
- The Forgotten Realms Atlas, by Karen Wynn Fonstad. 1990.
- <The Grand History of the Realms>, by Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood, George Krashos, Eric L. Boyd, and Thomas Costa. SEP-2007.
- The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier, by slade, Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven Schend, Paul Jaquays, and Steve Perrin. APR-1996.
- The Savage Frontier, by Paul Jaquays. 1988.
- <"Timeline, Dalereckoning">, by O-Love. Forgotten Realms: The Library. Olaf Krusche. 2008. Web.
- Villains' Lorebook, by Dale Donovan. JUL-1998.
- Volo's Guide to the North, by Ed Greenwood. DEC-1993.
SUMMARY OF EDITS:
- Rearranged sequence for Neverwinter Tales through Night of the Hunter in the Index.
- Adjusted Summary of Edits, accordingly.
- Added The Companions, Cutter, Night of the Hunter, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, and Rise of the King to the Index.
- Added abbreviations for the above to the Glossary.
- Adjusted Summary of Edits, accordingly.
- Changed closing date for the short story "If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair" from 1358 to 1348 DR.
- Added "Summer" to entries for The Stowaway, The Shadowmask, and The Sentinels.
- Added date to Charon's Claw entry.
- Updated Index.
- Moved Neverwinter Tales after The Last Threshold in Index.
- Added note in Neverwinter Tales post citing interview about nebulous time setting of the graphic novel.
- Added seasons to Neverwinter date.
- Added entries for Neverwinter Tales, Neverwinter, Charon's Claw, & The Last Threshold; in posts, Index, & Glossary.
- Added Spoiler Notice re: prefaces in The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories.
- Added estimated fictional date for short story "To Legend He Goes", in post and in Index.
- Moved "TLHG" to after Gauntlgrym in the Index, accordingly.
- Added stub post for short story "To Legend He Goes".
- Moved speculative Jar&Zak story to new post.
- Added "TLHG" to Index.
- Updated links to both Jar&Zak and "TLHG" stories in Index.
- Added "TLHG" entry to Index post's Glossary.
- Added "Publication Title" and "Fictional Date" column headers to Index.
- Added "DR" label to dates for TPK and TGK in Index.
- Changed "Dalereckoning" to "Dale Reckoning" in Glossary.
- Changed Introduction from a sentence fragment to a complete sentence.
- Made date range more precise and narrow for "Iruladoon" in publication post.
- Updated index date, accordingly.
- Fixed code tags for The Sentinels and Gauntlgrym in index.
- Added fictional dates for Gauntlgrym, The Shadowmask, and The Sentinels, in each publication post.
- Added fictional dates for Gaunt. and TShad in index.
- Added publication dates for Gaunt. and TSent.
- Because of these publication dates, rearranged these two publication posts in the thread.
- Updated links to those publication posts in the index.
- Added "Real World Historical Context" section to opening post, as a stub.
- Cleaned up opening post explanatory notes with horizontal rule and "Feedback" section header.
- Standardized number of line returns in opening post, for consistency and appearance.
- Moved "Recommended Reading Order" to below the index, to streamline the introductory material.
- Added "Personal Motivation" and "Method" sections to opening post.
- Added Vendes, Dantrag, Bladen'Kerst, and Quenthel references to M[BS] entry.
- Clarified language in M[BS] entry regarding how the mention of the above characters being alive in one season, while RAS's novels show them being killed in other seasons, means that the M[BS] must be set earlier and the novels set later.
- Added notes on Catti-brie's age inconsistencies in TL entry.
- Moved ZD&J entry to a new post.
- Inserted info for rumored Gauntlgrym novel in old ZD&J post.
- Created index entry for Gauntlgrym.
- Updated link for ZD&J entry in index.
- Changed date of M[BS] from 1358 to 1357-1358 DR, per latest research.
- Moved M[BS] entry in index above "DM" entry, accordingly.
- Added ZD&J acronym to "Glossary".
- Added Suvudu chat transcript excerpts possibly hinting at Gauntlgrym.
- Added Suvudu chat to "References" section.
- Added numerous "Consistent" and "Inconsistent Time Clues" to M[BS] entry.
- In TL entry, added explanatory notes how M[BS] material helps establish 1358 DR date for TL.
- Added M[BS] notes in TL entry's "Consistent Time Clues" section.
- Added transposition notes in TL entry's "Inconsistent Time Clues" section.
- Moved "Catti-brie's Age" section below transposition section, because it is relatively lower in importance.
- Added legal disclaimers, per WOTC's Fan Sit Kit Policy.
- Added FR month names to "Glossary".
- Moved quotes on the history of the crafting of the M[BS] from TL entry to M[BS] entry.
- Added page numbers to TLOD,B4:TCSh entry in "References" section.
- Added numerous "Inconsistent Time Clues" to TL entry.
- Added citations to "Consistent Time Clues" section of TL entry.
- Added "Publisher's Official Date" notes and "Inconsistent Time Clues" in TL entry.
- Added time clue details in TL entry.
- Cleaned up headers in main events section of TGK entry.
- Eliminated closing section on alleged inconsistencies concerning length of time Catti-brie had been a wizard, as there is no clear inconsistency.
- Continued adding time clues to TL entry.
- Added many time clue details in TGK entry.
- Added terms in "Glossary".
- Added extraneous time clue details in TGK entry.
- For clarity and standardization, removed underlining from beneath ending colons in index and all posts.
- Added period after publication dates in "Publication History" section of all posts.
- Changed obtuse language "Reconcilable" to "Consistent", and "Extraneous" to "Inconsistent", in all posts.
- Colored "Consistent Time Clues" header in kelly green to connote approval, and colored "Inconsistent Time Clues" in red to show disapproval.
- Added horizontal rule after the last body of text, and before the final link to return to index, in all posts.
- Converted "Color Key" and "Key Acronyms" into bulleted lists.
- For clarification, added the name of colors into "Color Key", in addition to the already-illustrated color examples.
- Added dates for short story "Iruladoon".
- Changed template of annotated posts: header, "Publication History", "Publisher's Official Date", "Rationale for Alternative Date", "Reconcilable Time Clues", and "Extraneous Time Clues".
- Removed parentheses from "Color Key" definitions; used colon ( : ) instead, to set off colored items and defintions.
- Corrected mispelling in "Recommended" section.
- Corrected mispelling in "Color Key" entry for "The Sellswords".
- Added "P#:C#" entry in "Glossary".
- Corrected annotated post for short story "DM", reflecting a later date of 1358 DR.
- Fixed code in order to cause blank cells in the table to be the same size as filled cells, for standardization.
- Added double line breaks/returns in index "Glossary" and "References" bulleted lists, for clarity. Single line breaks/returns were not effective in Preview.
- Deleted acronyms from "References" section to avoid redundant list of acronyms in "Glossary" section.
- Moved "Organization" and "Color Key" to above the chronological list, rather than within it, to simplify reading of the list.
- Added angle brackets (< >) back into list, to visually clarify that publication titles serve as links.
- After consultation with RAS Forums member "Boggs", began converting list to table.
- Continued converting list to table.
- Removed periods from table.
- Restored seasons to table.
- Corrected dates for "DM" and the M[BS] in table and explanatory posts, retaining their relative positions.
- Added to "Glossary" section.
- Added "Prologue" line to all "WOTSQ" novel explanatory posts.
- Added black bar to bottom of index to more clearly separate the end of the index, and beginning of explanatory posts.
- Moved "Glossary" to between the list and "References" section.
- Added to "References" section.
- Re-arranged annotated posts in order of publication. This will better facilitate adding new posts in the future, because they can be added to the end of the thread without having to correct all other links. Arranging all annotated posts in chronological order like the index would have required constantly moving posts around to make room for new posts, as well as constantly changing all associated links, as well as constantly double-checking those links. This new arrangement provides both chronological order in the index and publication order in the posts--plus greater administrative eave to the poster.
- Added HOH and M[BS] into index.
- Made appropriate posts.
- Corrected links in index.
- Corrected link and color code tags in index.
- Incorporated clarifying language and brackets for speculated Zak & Jar work and pending novel The Sentinels.
- Fixed code error for POTWK.
- Added Drizzt quote to beginning.
- Added The Sentinels to index.
- Finished annotating and indexing (through "Iru.").
- Added line-returns and removed angle brackets ( < > ) from publication titles within the index, for clarity.
- Removed Realmsian year names from index, for simplification and clarity.
- Added a comma ( , ) between seasons and year numbers. Standardized throughout index and all annotations.
- Discovered and blanked-out duplicate SOTS annotated post.
- Re-indexed entire chronological list, to fill in the blanked-out post.
- Removed seasons from index, for simplification and clarity.
- Added period ( . ) between titles and year numbers, for clarity.
- Tested internal links.
- Moved spoiler warning into "Chronological Reading Order" section.
- Combined separate "Color Key" and "Glossary" sections into one unified "Color Key & Glossary" section, then spoilered the contents, for simplification and clarity on first view. This also speeds subsequent viewing.
- Moved "Color Key & Glossary" to inside the list, to speed viewing.
- Changed "Recommended Reading Order" section wording to consistently use the past tense for "TIDT".
- Added a period ( . ) after each date in the list, for consistency and completeness.
- Corrected code errors, in order to restore color formatting in index.
- Changed difficult-to-read olive green to brown.
- Selected title + details + index link as standard publication annotation format.
- Continued annotating and indexing (through TOK).
- After consultation with RAS Forums member "Lady Fellshot", began converting original serial chronological list into an index post with parallel links for each publication.
- Began creating separate posts for each publication's annotation (through THG).
- Began experimenting with different formats for publication annotated posts: index link + title & spoilered details, title & spoilered details + index link, or title + details + index link.
- Combined Basic and Annotated chonological lists into just one list.
- Moved References list to the bottom/end.
- Rearranged Recommendation section.
- Added "Summary of Changes".
- Replaced previous short story place-holder information with the title "Iruladoon" in both lists.
- Fixed bullet markings in the bulleted list in the "The Stowaway" annotated note.
- Added dates to References in "Annotated" section.
- Clarified note Color Key note about gray-highlighted works.
- Eliminated unnecessary line returns and wasted space before the actual chronological lists, and in the References.
- Reinserted dates for work each work back into the "Basic" section, with line returns for ease of reading.
- Added note in the "Basic" section explaining that the Color Key could be found below in the "Annotated" section.
- Added a spoiler note in the "Basic" section recommending that readers start with "TIDT", and then continue in chronological order from there.
- Added references in introductory paragraphs for both sections regarding independently calculated fictional dates for the works.
- Changed introductory paragraph wording for both "Basic" and "Annotated" sections from "timeline" to "list [...] in chronological order."
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