Tales out of Tallis: Timeline

Includes the ages of the Draak brothers.

Jurgen Liam Rutger Rien Event
0 Jurgen is born
1 Diantha is born
2 Wendel is born
4 Jurgen’s father, Gerlach, grows ill and dies within a week of the first symptoms
Thirza marries Levi, one of her advisors
5 0 Lammert is born
Jurgen starts to grow ill the same way his father did.  Levi is caught poisoning him and is sentenced to death by torture
6 1 Levi manages to dash his skull against a wall, thus carrying out his death sentence after over a year of torture
11 6 Koert is captured in a raid and taken as a slave by a noble of Clan Valyk
13 8 Koert is ordered to entertain Thirza with a poem.  Thirza appreciates the poem enough that she purchases Koert.
15 10 The opening scene of Stone and Fire
16 11 Koert gives Lammert his first birthday present via Jurgen
Thirza arranges the alliance between Clan Draak and Clan Valyk, thus effectively uniting 2/3rds of the Wildlands
Koert begins training Lammert in staff fighting
Lammert and Jurgen fight back to back for the first time, defeating six other boys in a duel
Koert teaches Lammert how to ride a horse
Jurgen meets Diantha, Diantha breaks Jurgen’s nose, Jurgen falls in love with Diantha
Thirza informs Jurgen he must choose between marrying Diantha and accompanying Lammert on his adulthood quest.  Jurgen choses Diantha.
The Ilael queen dispatches Uduak and a few others on a quest to return a gemstone to a volcano
17 12 0 Rutger is born
Lammert leaves on his adulthood quest
Returning the gemstone causes an earthquake, and the Ilael are captured by the Unitafels
Lammert enters the tomb and discovers the scepter, thus taking on Asrael’s Sight.  Meanwhile the Unitafels slaughter his guard
Lammert is captured by the Unitafels.  Shortly after regaining consciousness, he hears them talking about abusing Efua, and comes to her defense.  He kills one, but then is overpowered and abused instead.
The Unitafels sell the Ilael to Tebotas.  Uduak insists Lammert be purchased as well, offering to pay his ransom personally
Uduak realizes Lammert can speak and understand any language, and starts to get an inkling that his dreams are prophetic
Jurgen marries Diantha
Uduak pays her ship’s bread to ransom Lammert, then adopts him as her son, Liam
18 13 1 Liam is officially adopted by the Ilael
Liam gets a vision of a wrecked ship, and leads his crew to rescue the survivors.  Adaeze is thus rescued.
Jurgen and Diantha meet Pauwel
Adaeze asks to join the crew of the Phoenix to stay close to Liam
19 14 2 Jurgen and Diantha’s son, Petrus, is born
Thirza marries Pauwel to gain control of his clan’s mineral wealth
Adaeze is captured by Manisar slavers.  Wendel is a prisoner at the same time.  Liam gets a vision, and goes to the rescue.  Enu accompanies them despite Liam having a vision that he will die if he does.  Liam choses saving Wendel over saving Enu, and Enu is murdered by the Manisar slavers
Liam helps Wendel on his quest, thus starting Wendel on the road to Solsthriem’s throne and preventing a civil war
20 15 3 Liam gets a vision of Rien’s birth, and realizes he has to return to the Wildlands
0 Rien and Phillip are born during a total eclipse of the sun
Liam arrives in Darodelf during Rien’s naming ceremony, and presents the Scepter of Asrael to Queen Thirza, thus completing the quest he’d set out on three years earlier.
Liam stops Rutger from tossing Rien off the balcony in a jealous tantrum
Thirza gives Wharf Tower to Liam
Liam rescues Wendel from assassins and gives Wendel his horse
Liam returns to the Ilael and Adaeze
21 16 4 1 Ama is born
Adaeze claims Liam, and they are married
22 17 5 2 Liam returns to visit the Wildlands, bringing Sugarplum the stallion as a gift for Jurgen
Liam starts teaching Rien to juggle
Liam introduces Jurgen to Wendel
Uduak tells Jurgen which Unitafels tribe tortured Liam
Wendel and Jurgen have a threesome with Efua, thus beginning the relationship between Wendel and Jurgen
Jurgen and Liam help Wendel pull of the coup that leaves Wendel king of Solsthriem.
Jurgen and Wendel learn of Liam’s gift
Thirza orders Jurgen to carry out the raid on the Unitafels against Liam’s wishs
Wendel cements his position as king by marrying Marina
Marja Valyk is born
23 18 6 3 Mbali is born
Liam gets the vision of the Unitafels retalitory attack on Clan Valyk
Koert is killed saving Liam
Jonas Jaeger is born
24 19 7 4 Adaeze becomes captain of The Bard
Liam’s vision leads the ships to aid Uhses
Liam kills the basilisk and recovers the first keystone
Liam acquires Mikaere
Jurgen brings Pauwel and Diantha to meet Liam’s Ilael family
Bastien is born
Alida and Teuna are born
25 20 8 5 Pauwel is killed rescuing Jonas
26 21 9 6 Adaeze is named the heir to the throne of the Ilael
Paul Jaeger is born
Thirza begins pushing Liam to build a navy for the Wilders
Maikel Valyk is born
27 22 10 7 Efua begins accompanying Liam to the Wildlands
Jurgen makes Liam promise that if he has to choose, he is to save Rien over Jurgen
Liam promises to take Rutger to Petobae
Liam and Efua rescue the grandchildren of Mahdi al Nejem bin Amin of Jolusth
Zuri is born
28 23 11 8 Mikaere joins Liam and Efua in their treks to the Wild
Liam and Jurgen ride out together to save the Akobul villagers from the Unitafels
Liam takes Rutger to Petobae, and Rutger acquires twin gold stallions
Diantha loses her child, but Efua is able to prevent the miscarriage from claiming Diantha as well.  Efua reveals to Diantha that Efua herself is sterile after having miscarried the child of either Jurgen or Wendel
Ama becomes Liam’s apprentice
29 24 12 9 Rutger runs away from Jurgen in an attempt to prove his own worth during his adulthood quest.  Rutger is beaten, robbed, and raped by bandits and is moments away from throwing himself off a ledge in suicidal despair when Liam finds him and pulls him back
Despite knowing what will come of it, Liam purchases Rutger an elephant and magical artifact to take back to the Wildlands in triumph, knowing that if Rutger goes back as a failure Rutger will take his own life.  He promises Rutger that he will never tell anyone the truth
30 25 13 10 Maela and Rachel are born
Petrus comes with Jurgen to the Ilael and meets Liam’s children.
Jonas comes to the Wildlands incognito for six months, living among Jurgen’s children.  He and Petrus become blood-brothers
31 26 14 11 The relationship between Rutger and Liam starts to decay when Liam refuses to take Rutger on a ship with him.  Liam knows both that if Rutger goes with him on an Ilael vessel, Rutger will die, and that if he tells Rutger the truth Rutger will tell Thirza.
Jonas lives with the Ilael for six months, and forms a big brother / little sister bond with Zuri
32 27 15 12 Adaeze becomes Queen of the Ilael, making Liam King of the Ilael
Petrus participates in a tournament in Solsthriem as his adulthood quest.  His victory makes him the first Wilder to own land in Solsthriem and thus have legal rights in that kingdom.
Wolter Valyk is born
Rien goes on his adulthood quest, raiding into Thatela.  Liam declines to accompany him and Jurgen, as he knows if he does Rutger will become even more jealous of Rien and likely retaliate in some fashion
Jurgen talks Wendel into smuggling him into Natiel as part of Wendel’s diplomatic entourage so Jurgen can thwart a minor issue with the Unitafels.  Things go the way they normally do when Wendel and Jurgen team up
33 28 16 13 After another argument about the Liam refusing the build a navy for Thirza, Thirza attempts to kill him for the first time.  Liam spills the poisoned desert to prevent Petrus from eating it, thereby cluing Jurgen in to what just happened.
37 32 20 17 Enu Idowu is born
41 35 24 21 Liam blows up a castle
45 40 28 25 Thirza dispatches her sons to find the keystones, proclaiming whoever brings one back will be her heir
47 42 30 27 Rien joins in a raid on the Duke’s castle and takes Bastien prisoner

Events that have not been posted or referenced yet in story are left off to prevent spoilers.  A few events (such as various people’s births) are on this list despite having not been explicitly called out in the story, just for clarification purposes.

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Awaakan – Backstory Notes

Some of this might get referenced in the story, but otherwise it’s all stuff that was cut because it wasn’t actually needed in the main book itself.  And yes, cutting it was painful and I’m glad I never went back and poured more into any of these scenes.   Some of this might get changed as the actual book is finished, so don’t take any of it as gospel.

Continue reading Awaakan – Backstory Notes

David Andrews

Full Name: David Gideon Andrews
Nicknames: ‘Kid’, though only Cora calls him that.

Background: David has always gotten along better with his mother, Sarah, than with his father Wyatt. He inherited Sarah’s love of music and plays the guitar. He’s a decent singer, but suffers from a bit of stage fright. David leaned toward the intellectual, and narrowly missed out on being the valedictorian. When his father nagged him about getting into a sport, David chose taekwondo over baseball, and has continued practicing martial arts. He eventually joined the wrestling team and went state, though he did not try out for wrestling or any other sport when going off to college.
Throughout high school he dated Amber Rosenthal, and the general consensus was that the two of them were going to get married. However, while he and Amber were good friends, their relationship was never actually intimate and David jokes that he and Amber were the only two people in Awaakan who actually took a telescope when going ‘star-gazing’. Amber went on to major in astronomy and got a job with NASA. The two remain casual friends.
His father insisted he major in construction and business. At the university, however, David was out from under his father’s thumb and began branching out. After class on day, he stopped to help a TA named Elliot pick up some dropped papers. To his shock, Elliot asked him out. To his even greater shock, David found himself actually saying yes. Elliot’s friend Mark initially disapproved of the relationship as David was considerably younger than Elliot and he thought David might be a gold-digger. However, after Elliot’s circle of friends got to know David better they all decided they liked him just fine. David changed his major to bio-medical engineering and got paramedic training at Elliot’s encouragement.
He and Elliot had been dating for two years when Sarah drove up to visit and decided to surprise David by picking him up from work. Elliot happened to be picking him up that day, and Sarah was surprised to see her son greeting another man with a kiss. Upon realizing she was there, David and Elliot took her to dinner and Elliot even offered to let her stay with him. Though Sarah’s feelings were very hurt that David didn’t think he could tell her, she understood. She told them to wait a few days to let her break the news to Wyatt, then she wanted Elliot to come visit them for Thanksgiving.
Just four days later, David got a frantic call from Naomi that there had been an accident. His parents had gone on a date to discuss something important, and on the way back Wyatt had been drunk and speeding. The vehicle had gone off the road. Wyatt was paralyzed from the waist down, but has no memories of the time leading up to the accident. Sarah was left in a coma. David had a pretty good idea of what had made his father behave so recklessly, and blames himself for the accident. He came home from the university and began trying to salvage things and take care of Naomi. Elliot refused to let them break up at that point, pointing out he was starting his residency and they could see each other a weekend a month, then pick up again when things settled down for both of them. Somewhat reluctantly, Elliot agreed that the relationship could be kept secret rather than risk making David’s situation even more difficult.
As the construction company was already in the red, David sold it to cover the expenses. Leona helped him out by getting him a job as a deputy. He ended up being a sacrificial offering to Cora. He was amused when she tried to frighten him off by taking him to an autopsy, as Elliot was a med student and had already dragged him along for similar events. He succeeded in impressing Cora just a little, and she set about mentoring him in earnest.

Birthday: July 15, 1989

Place of birth: Awaakan, Minnesota

Family: David and his mother were close, while Naomi was the jewel of their father’s eye. He and his father have never truly gotten along, due mostly to Wyatt’s desire that his son follow in his every footstep. Wyatt was a boisterous jock who went into construction, and David has a definite tendency towards being something of a nerd. Wyatt bragged considerably when David was chosen as captain of the wrestling team, and David never really had the heart to tell him that he was actually picked because of his nerdy tendencies (namely the ability to instantly rattle off a list of opponent weaknesses) rather than in spite of them. Despite not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps as a carpenter, his father’s tendency to drag him along on job sites has given David many handyman skills.
He can be somewhat overprotective of Naomi on occasion, but generally their relationship is good. He functions as the family care taker, shouldering most of the work regarding Sarah’s invalid condition.

Economic/social status growing up: His family was lower middle class, though his father had a tendency to spend rather than save. When David took over the family finances, he had to downgrade a lot of things and sell off others to do the work on the house necessary to accommodate Wyatt’s wheelchair and Sarah’s hospital bed.

Ethnic background: The Andrews have a lot of Native American (Ogibwe) in them, but Wyatt’s ancestry is also Irish.

Places lived: Awaakan, Minneapolis.

Education: He did not finish his degree, which occasionally bothers him.

Special training: David was a licensed paramedic before coming to work as a Sheriff’s deputy. Cora has him do a lot of additional training, which David actually enjoys.

Jobs: He has worked as a security guard and tutor.

Friends: David was fairly popular in high school and has a lot of friends in Awaakan. In college, he joined Elliot’s circle of friends. He and Mark are still a little wary of each other, though he gets along well with Mark’s husband Thomas. David and Monty became very good friends after David stopped Monty from getting his ass kicked in a bar fight. David is also fond of Naomi’s two best friends, Janet and Emily, and he considers them part of the family.

Enemies: David and his father do not get along, which means David also doesn’t get along with Wyatt’s friend Jack and Jack’s son Edgar. Naomi’s boyfriend Keith is absolutely terrified of David, which David finds amusing.

Physical Description: David is about 6’3”, and considered to be very good looking. He spends enough time out of doors to be nicely tanned, and wears his black hair almost long enough to tie back. He has green eyes.

Mode of Dress: Off duty, David prefers a simple t-shirt and jeans combo. When he is in Minneapolis, he dresses much more fashionably due to having learned that if he doesn’t, Thomas and Monty have a tendency to start treating him as a dress-up doll.

Outlook: David has a tendency to come across as serious and dedicated, with a dry sense of humor that borders on snarky. With his friends and Elliot, he occasionally relaxes and drops his mask entirely, sometimes indulging in outright goofiness. Though not aggressive by nature, anyone messing with his friends will discover that his black belt isn’t just for show.

Vehicle : He often drives a sheriff’s car, and one of Naomi’s biggest complaints is he never lets her run the siren when he has to take her somewhere in it. He couldn’t sell the oversized pickup truck he calls ‘the beast’ due to needing it to occasionally transport equipment for Sarah or Wyatt’s wheelchair. There is also his mother’s old honda, which is his preferred vehicle to drive due to the beast getting approximately six feet per gallon of gas.

Home : David lives with his parents, though he’s now the one making house payments so it could be said they live with him. The top floor master suite is now his domain, and on occasion he avoids his father by going in the door on the upstairs deck rather than entering through the front door.

Secrets: Nobody in Awaakan knows he is gay, and he prefers to keep it that way. He lets everyone believe he’s dating a med student in Minneapolis named ‘Elle’.

Coraline Maree

Full Name: Coraline Elizabeth Maree (Langbroek)
Nicknames: Cora

Background: Cora is not a native of the area. She met Brendan Maree while he was in school in California, studying to be an architect. Cora at the time was working as a cop and slowly starting to move up in the ranks. Brendan was charming and swept her off her feet. Cora got pregnant with her eldest daughter, Candice, and Brendan proposed. Cora accepted, and the two got married. After their third daughter, Dorothy, was born deaf and Brendan was unable to find work in California, he convinced Cora to move back home with him. Reluctantly, Cora agreed.
They moved in with Brendan’s father, Jasper. Brendan was still unable to find work, and developed a drinking problem. Not long after the birth of their youngest daughter, Amy, Cora discovered Brendan also had a gambling problem and was cheating on her. She filed for divorce and custody. To her surprise, Jasper threw his son out and told Cora that she and the kids could stay as long as they wanted. Cora occasionally jokes that she got her father-in-law in the divorce. Jasper takes care of the kids while Cora is at work.
Working as a small town sheriff deputy in a county where virtually nothing ever happens was a big change for Cora. She and Sheriff Heather occasionally butt heads over just how relaxed the Awaakan sheriff’s department is. Referring to it as Heather’s Barney Fiefdom nearly got Cora fired. However, Heather has noted that Cora is actually a damn good cop and having a genuine professional around isn’t really a bad thing. She can send Cora to all the various seminars and trainings and trust that Cora will browbeat the applicable information to the rest of the department.
When Cora’s pushing about various things like mandatory CSI training and the like got too much for Heather, Heather responded by offering David to Cora and telling Cora she could train him. Initially, Cora was skeptical of a twenty-year old that was only hired because his aunt was the dispatcher. She decided to simply break him and go back to nagging Heather to start turning the department into a real police force. She started by taking David to an autopsy. When he started talking to the ME about various facets of the corpse and correctly noted the cause of death from the information the ME gave, she decided he might make a decent cop after all.

Birthday: May 3, 1967

Place of birth: San Diego, California

Family: Her parents were Oskar and Vera. Both were cops, both were killed in the line of duty. This is why Cora has actively discouraged her daughters from following in her footsteps despite being a dedicated cop herself. Cora has no siblings. Her eldest daughter, Candice, got married in college and now lives in Oregon where she runs a restaurant with her husband. Kaitlan is seventeen and going into her senior year of high school. She is the captain of the girl’s softball team and her grades leave something to be desired. Dorothy is fourteen and just starting high school, though she attends an online school due to being deaf. She is a serious computer nerd who blogs everything. Dorothy can talk but prefers sign language. The youngest, Amy, just turned twelve and is working on her black belt. She and her ex-husband are civil to each other when they speak, but try to avoid having to speak. He now lives in Vegas with ‘some floozy or another’.

Economic/social status growing up: Military brat turned police force brat. She was never poor and had a lot of surrogate aunts and uncles on the force. She keeps in touch with some of them.

Ethnic background: Her family name is Dutch, but her ancestors had been in the US long enough they rarely thought of themselves as anything other than American.

Places lived: Initially from San Diego, California, though her family moved often during her first seven years due to being in the military. They settled down in San Diego again when they got out.

Education: In addition to her law enforcement training, she has a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Special training: Cora is known for attending pretty much any law enforcement training or seminar she can, whether in person or online, and is thus often the only person in the department (unless she’s already school David in it) who knows how to do various things.

Jobs: She was a detective, and took a demotion in working for the sheriff’s department.

Friends: Cora gets along well with most of the department, though she’s known for being impatient with those who don’t take the job seriously. She is currently dating Fred Matheson, a local car mechanic, though neither of them are particularly serious about the relationship. Her best friend in town is Paul Fleming, the doctor who also serves as the town’s medical examiner, and they get together for drinks a couple times a month. She’s genuinely fond of her partner, but the fact that David is the same age as her eldest daughter means she has a tendency to be a little maternal toward him. Cora and Sheriff Heather Donnelly may be able to work together professionally and have a mutual respect, but on a personal level they don’t care for each other.

Enemies: Cora has an antagonistic relationship with a few of the town’s known troublemakers. She sends David to get her coffee mainly because the owner of the coffeeshop near the department is Ashlee Roth, who had an affair with Cora’s ex-husband. The two women don’t hate each other, they are just uncomfortable around each other.

Physical Description: Cora’s brown hair is starting to go gray, and she declines to dye it. She stands about 5’8” in height and is muscular for a woman. Her features are a little bit blunt, and her nose is just a little crooked from having been broken before. Cora prefers to wear her hair short and keeps her makeup fairly minimal.

Mode of Dress: On duty, she wears her uniform or a professional looking pantsuit. Off duty, she dresses much more casually and has a fondness for shirts featuring Disney characters. On duty, she wears no jewelry, but off duty generally wears earrings.

Outlook: She tends to be on the conservative side, and checks ‘Protestant’ on the box despite the fact she hasn’t actually gone into a church in over a decade. Cora prides herself on being a professional and takes her job very seriously. However, she does not want the actual Sheriff’s job because she doesn’t want to ‘play politics’.

Vehicle : She drives a minivan due to having four daughters. It’s ‘lovingly’ referred to as the ‘Cora-mobile’.

Home : The house she lives in his technically owned by her father-in-law, Jasper, though Cora is the one paying all the bills these days. It’s a nice house on about an acre of land in a quiet neighborhood, and Cora likes it that way.

Embarrassing Moment: She once shot a canoe. She does not appreciate having that incident brought up.