The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

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Short Story of Witch World

Were-Flight

A Novella in the [Witch World Saga] by Lisa Woodworth

 

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See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey]

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Edition Used for Analysis:
[Tales of the Witch World 3] (1989) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-54757-8, 978-0-812-54757-3, $3.95, 343pg ~ cover by Victoria Poyser

 

Synopsis:

Coming Soon

 

Timeline Points:

  1. p405. Tirath rode into the abbey at Rhystead (somewhere in the north) with Khemrys on her back and a dying Herwyd across her saddlebow. Tirath's House fallen to Hounds of Alizon during Invasion of High Hallack.
  2. p406. Tirath met Herwyd in the fens1 when she was sick from fever and he cared for her until she was well. They then exchanged vows before riding north 'seeking news of her kin and of the fighting brothers from which he'd become separated.2 In time Khemrys was born.3 When Khemrys was 11 her mother Tirath died.
  3. p407. 'a few scant months' after Khemrys born Herwydin dies.4
  4. p408. Three years pass since her mother's death. Near the end of the Year of the Sphinx the abbess dies and is replaced by an outsider, abbess Rosera.
  5. p414. Khemrys is 16 years old (Old enough to marry).
  6. p415. Khemrys Changes into a Pard for the first time.
  7. p417. Several months pass. Khemrys changes and cannot return to the Abbey.
  8. p419. Harlyn arrives at Rhysdale late afternoon in late summer. He and his horse Keldar had ridden far over a couple years: "from The Waste south even unto Trevamper, site of the Great Fair of the Dales".
  9. p.421. Harlyn hears of Khemrys's transformation, now a few months past. A woman of Power sings a song about Khemyrs with sympathy for her plight and later tells Harlyn that he is to seek out Khemyrs as part of a pattern laid out by Gunnora (p.422). As he leaves he feels Khemyrs's eyes on him. (p.423)
  10. p424. Years turning (into Year of the Orc). Month of the Snow-Bird.
  11. p425. Month of the Frost Sprite.
  12. p428. Was Year of the Harpy, now Year of the Orc.
  13. p430. "Seeing them [the flames] brought to mind my mother's face, bending her will to See what lay ahead in the scrying bowl."5
  14. p437. Harlyn reveals he is also a Were.

 

Sorcerer's Notes:

Khemrys's Age

Note Years6

GURPS Year

Timeline Year

Alizon Year

Event

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Year of the Gryphon

Year of the Gryphon

Year of the Gryphon

1033

Tirath & Herwydin meet near Sorn Fen & marry

0

Year of the Fire Drake

Year of the Fire Drake

Year of the Fire Drake

1034

Khemrys born, Herwydin dies sometime this year.

1

Year of the Hornet

Year of the Hornet

Year of the Hornet

1035

Or Herwydin dies early this year.

2

Year of the Unicorn

Year of the Unicorn

Year of the Unicorn

1036

 

3

Year of the Red Boar

Year of the Red Boar

Year of the Red Boar

1037

 

4

Year of the Gargoyle

Year of the Fox Maiden

Year of the Hippogriff7

1038

 

11

Year of the Manticore

Year of the Kobold

Year of the Lamia

1045

Tirath dies

12

Year of the Barrow-Wight

Year of the Snow Cat

Year of the Chimera

1046

 

13

Year of the Cameoleopard

Year of the Horned Hunter

Year of the Sphinx

1047

 

14

Year of the Sphinx

Year of the Lamia

Year of the Harpy

1048

The old abbess dies near the end of this year and is replaced by an outsider, abbess Rosera.

15

Year of the Nix

Year of the Chimera

Year of the Orc

1049

 

16

Year of the Lamia

Year of the Harpy

Year of the Kobold

1050

Khemrys changes for the first time; she also turns 16 in the spring this year.8

17

Year of the Chimera9

Year of the Orc

Year of the Werewolf

105110

Khemrys finally "captured" by Harlyn

 

For sake of completeness, the Coulson Index/GURPS/compiled timeline is continued  here, but it's probably not necessary to include in the main table.

5

Year of the Mandrake

Year of the Phoenix

Year of the Roc

1039

6

Year of the Wyvern

Year of the Hippogriff

Year of the Basilisk

1040

7

Year of the Winged Bull

Year of the Roc

Year of the Black Adder

1041

8

Year of the Horn Worm

Year of the Basilisk

Year of the Gorgon

1042

9

Year of the Dragon Horse

Year of the Black Adder

Year of the Fox Maiden

1043

10

Year of the Gorgon

Year of the Frost Giant

Year of the Horned Hunter

1044


Footnotes:
1. Legacy from Sorn Fen
2. This would have to be after the Were-Riders joined the war in the Year of the Gryphon. see: Year of the Unicorn and Gryphon in Glory
3. Probably in spring of the Year of the Fire Drake.
4. Most likely late in the Year of the Fire Drake, though it could have been early in the Year of the Hornet too.
5. He goes on to mention that this was among his earliest training. This seems very odd. His age isn't mentioned but he seems not much older than Khemrys. Being a Were he'd have to either be among the original Riders or one of their children. However, Herrel seems the only hybrid among them and they certainly don't treat Gillan well after learning of her Power. In any case he'd have to be born the same year Khemrys was to be 16 here.
6. Andre Norton seems to have had a compilation of her own years for the series, which may be found here. Some years match with GURPS, others do not. I include them here because they do include a Year of the Sphinx, which GURPS does not.
7. Since Eydryth is born in the year of the Hippogriff and she needs to be 13 in the Year of the Werewolf (when Kethan is 14) this can't be any other year name.
8. It is warm enough for Khemrys to sneak outside without extra clothing and several months pass through the year. Harlyn notes that he chases Khemrys through the end of summer, through fall, and into winter. (p.428)
9. Followed in the notes by the Harpy, Orc, Werewolf, and Horned Cat
10. This plainly won't work given that Kethan was born in the Year of the Red Boar and is 14 in the Year of the Werewolf - which ought to be this year. There's no easy fix for this since the story basically adds in two years. At best the Year of the Harpy should be the Year of the Kobold and the Year of the Orc should be the Year of the Werewolf. There's no way to integrate her timeline otherwise without making her 14 in the Year of the Harpy. However, in the GURPS timeline this works out fine. Given this story was written about the same time as the publication of GURPS, it's entirely probable the author was shown that timeline of years and used it. Given the use of the Year of the Sphinx (which appears in a timeline Norton made, but not in GURPS), it's possible she combined the two, since Coulson's Index doesn't quite follow the years Woolworth laid out either.

 


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