This article lists the chronology of the main events in the Red Rising Saga. It is a continual Work-in-progress.
- 1 Legend
- 2 Basis
- 3 Retcons
- 4 Discrepancies
- 5 Forenotes
- 6 Anno Domini (Pre-Conquering) Era
- 7 Conquering Era
- 8 1st Century, Post Conquering Era
- 9 2nd Century PCE
- 10 3rd Century PCE
- 11 5th Century PCE
- 12 6th Century PCE
- 13 7th Century PCE
- 14 8th Century PCE
- 14.1 701 PCE
- 14.2 702 PCE
- 14.3 705 PCE
- 14.4 707 PCE
- 14.5 c. 708 PCE
- 14.6 710 PCE
- 14.7 713 PCE
- 14.8 717 PC
- 14.9 718 PCE
- 14.10 719 PCE
- 14.11 720 PCE
- 14.12 721 PCE
- 14.13 723 PCE
- 14.14 726 PCE
- 14.15 728 PCE
- 14.16 729 PCE
- 14.17 730 PCE
- 14.18 731 PCE
- 14.19 733 PCE
- 14.20 735 PCE
- 14.21 736 PCE (Red Rising)
- 14.22 737 PCE
- 14.23 738 PCE
- 14.24 739 PCE
- 14.25 740 PCE
- 14.26 741 PCE (Golden Son)
- 14.27 742 PCE
- 14.28 743 PCE (Morning Star)
- 14.29 744 PCE
- 14.30 745 PCE
- 14.31 746 PCE
- 14.32 747 PCE
- 14.33 748 PCE
- 14.34 749 PCE
- 14.35 750 PCE
- 14.36 751 PCE
- 14.37 752 PCE (Iron Gold)
- 14.38 753 PCE
- 14.39 754 PCE
- 15 Notes and references
Legend[edit | edit source]
- PCE - Post Conquering Era
- AAcXX - System of referencing for information in the timeline;
Basis[edit | edit source]
There are only approximate clues as to the time relationship between the era portrayed in the novel and the current Anno Domini era in real time. Due to the number of inhabitable planets and planet moons, it is clear that there is likely an established common time scale used across all of the Solar System. Based on Darrow's own narration in Chapter 40 of Red Rising, Earth reckoning is used for all dates noted across all novels. This is also supported by the use of Earth-time terminologies (a "day" instead of a Martian "sol"), as well as the fact that the highest government of the Society (the Sovereign) is based on Luna (Earth's moon).
Based on Pierce Brown's own discretion, the beginning of the first novel takes place in 736 PCE (Post Conquering Era) in the Society This system is confirmed in the fourth novel Iron Gold chapters 6 and 18, where Ephraim's age and birth year are noted and setting the year as 753 PCE.
Relation to Earth years[edit | edit source]
According to Darrow and many of the other characters, Mankind began colonizing planets and enslaving Reds about 700 years prior to his era. There are also references made by several characters to wars before and during this period.
- In Morning Star, while mentioning the Roman era and its fashion for Togas, Cassius and Darrow describe Roque as being born "3000 years too late". Depending on the reader's interpretation of the Roman era, this gives a timeline between 2500 and 3500AD, with the latter being more in tune with other clues left throughout the book.
- Iron Gold Chapter 50 places October 17th of 753 PCE on a Tuesday.
Retcons[edit | edit source]
Certain details about the passage of time that are mentioned in Golden Son are changed in later novels. For the purposes of editing the timeline page, please refer to the most consistent versions:
- Golden Son Chapter 14 mentions Octavia having reigned for forty years at the time of the novel, and she claims the First Moon Lord Rebellion, which took place in the first year of her reign, was forty years ago. Morning Star and all subsequent books extend the time span between the two Moon Rebellions to sixty years, two hundred and eleven days. MSc40
- Darrow says in Golden Son Chapters 46 and 47 that it has been four years since he left Lykos, while a year and four months later in Morning Star Chapter 21 he says it has been almost seven. The latter would make the gap between Red Rising and Golden Son three years, rather than the two Darrow and The Jackal mention in the opening chapters of the novel. Iron Gold supports the three-year gap by saying it has been ten years since Phobos, eleven years since the end of Golden Son, and seventeen since Darrow's hanging.
- However the first chapter of Dark Age indicates that it has been fifteen years since Darrow last saw Dago, the Gamma Helldiver in Lykos, rather than seventeen. This actually would align with the "four years" comments in Golden Son, and could be explained away as having seen Dago from a distance when Nero was taking Darrow on a tour of Mars.
Discrepancies[edit | edit source]
- The Prologue for Dark Age is said to take place two months prior to the speech Mustang gives in the previous section, but the actual timing of the novel places it at just under two weeks. This was likely done to misdirect the audience and create suspense for how Darrow's battle on Mercury is going to go.
- In Dark Age Chapter 91 Mustang claims she was 19 at the time of the Iron Rain in Golden Son. According to Morning Star and Iron Gold this would make her 15 at the time of the Institute. All students at the Institute are shown to be at least 16, so this is likely an error on Pierce's part.
- If Mustang is 16 during her time at the Institute in 737 PCE and turns 17 shortly after graduation, that would make her 20 at the time of Golden Son, aligning with her twin referring to himself as twenty in Golden Son Chapter 07.
- The Red Rising: Sons of Ares prequel comic gives contradictory information regarding the timeframe of events surrounding the death of Bryn and travel time between planets. While some discrepancies could be explained as Fitchner not telling the truth, many of them cannot be explained away - such as Fitchner's narration referring to the Board of Quality Control subjecting him to the exposure as "30 years ago", but Issue 4 and Volume 2 establish that Bryns' death was a little over a year after Fitchner graduated from the Institute, putting him in his late teens.
- In addition, while the novels depict travel time between planets taking several weeks and often two or three months without layovers, Volume 2 of the prequel comic depicts Ryanna traveling from Triton to the Asteroid Belt in 3 hours, and then reaching Mars from there in another hour.
Forenotes[edit | edit source]
- Durations are often given as approximations; for example, both Golden Son Lorn au Arcos holding the position of the Rage Knight for sixty years as well as over sixty years.
- Seasons and the day-night cycle on Mars are not expected to align with the Earth-based calendar months.
- Events in Red Rising: Sons of Ares Volume 1 take place in 720 PCE.
- Events in Red Rising: Sons of Ares Volume 2 take place in 721 PCE.
- Events in Red Rising occur between July 736 RRc01  and June 738 PCE RRc40; Darrow is sixteen when he joined the Sons of Ares RRc08, and seventeen when he is drafted into The Institute. Events in the Institute take place for months.
- A three-year interval occurs between the first and second novels. MSc38, IGc10, IGc60
- Events in Golden Son occur between October 741 and March 742 PCE. Darrow's Triumph (and downfall) occurs in March 742 PCE. MSc37, DAc91
- A one-year interval occurs between the second and third novels. MSc02
- Events in Morning Star occur between March and December 743 PCE. IGc10, IGc14, IGc47
- A ten-year interval occurs between the third and fourth novels.
- Events in Iron Gold occur between September and November 753 PCE. IGc06, 18
- A three-week interval occurs between the fourth and fifth novels. DAc00
- Events in Dark Age occur between December 753 and February 754 PCE. DAc18
Anno Domini (Pre-Conquering) Era[edit | edit source]
- Trojan War
- Napoleonic Wars
- World War I
- World War II
- World War III MSc53
Conquering Era[edit | edit source]
0 PCE[edit | edit source]
1st Century, Post Conquering Era[edit | edit source]
Late 1st Century PCE[edit | edit source]
- The last pre-Color humans die off after the Conquerors sterilize the remaining population of Earth with solocene. IGc06
2nd Century PCE[edit | edit source]
Mid-2nd Century PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Terraforming of Io begins. IGc22
3rd Century PCE[edit | edit source]
Late 3rd Century PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Obsidians instigate the Dark Revolt against the Golds, which fails and results in the massacre of 90% of their race. GSc34; MSc60; DAc37
- House Votum commissions Lunese Carvers to create the Merurian Hydra. DAc39
5th Century PCE[edit | edit source]
Early 5th Century PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Colors not already working in the Helium mines begin migrating to Mars. RRc09
493 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The first docks of the Ganymede shipyards are completed MSc49
6th Century PCE[edit | edit source]
540 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Vindabonda is built IGc08
7th Century PCE[edit | edit source]
c. 630s PCE[edit | edit source]
c. 640s PCE[edit | edit source]
- Nine year old Octavia au Lune incites a riot by throwing diamonds from an aircar. GSc14
649 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Nero au Augustus GSc28; MSc63
656 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The father of Nero au Augustus has a dispute with Julius au Bellona, Cassius's grandfather. House Augustus attempts to assassinate the entire Bellona family. The plan fails.
- ArchGovernor Cylus declares his forces for House Bellona.
- ArchGovernor Cylus puts House Augustus to death, sparing only seven-year-old Nero, raising him.
- All members of House Augustus, with the exception of Nero au Augustus.
c. early 670s PCE[edit | edit source]
676 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Nero au Augustus murders his newly-wedded wife, Iona au Bellona, the daughter of Julius au Bellona, and succeeds in a coup against Martian ArchGovernor Cylus. GSc28
- Nero's men massacre House Cylus, whose existence is then wiped from the Gold records.
- Nero becomes the new ArchGovernor with the support of Octavia au Lune and Lorn au Arcos.
c. mid-late 670s PCE[edit | edit source]
- Quicksilver MSc16
681 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Octavia au Lune murders her father, the reigning Sovereign, with the help of Nero au Augustus. She proceeds to crown herself as the new Sovereign. GSc28; MSc63
- The First Moon Lord Rebellion occurs in August.
682 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Cedric cu Platuu IGc02
c. mid-late 680s PCE[edit | edit source]
c. mid-late 690s PCE[edit | edit source]
696 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Dancer RRc16
698 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Bryn GSc46
8th Century PCE[edit | edit source]
701 PCE[edit | edit source]
702 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Deanna IGc02; DAc29
705 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Atlas au Raa DAc59
707 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Ephraim ti Horn IGc18
c. 708 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Atalantia au Grimmus DAc06
710 PCE[edit | edit source]
713 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Victra au Julii GSc01
717 PC[edit | edit source]
718 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Kieran of LykosRRc01
719 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Thraxa au Telemanus (est.) IGc01
720 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Theron au Aktler
- Varus au Celinius
721 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Sons of Ares infiltrate the estate of Arturius au Vardan, where Fitchner attempts to kill Drusus.
- Fennix is captured as they exit the compound, and later dies while being tortured in interrogation.
- Ryanna takes Sevro with her back to Triton, for fear of his safety.
- Quicksilver sends Fitchner to assassinate Hecuba au Rhodes of Ganymede.
- Hecuba au Rhodes and her daughter Prospera are killed at each other's hands.
- Arturius and Fitchner face off against each other at Ganymede, where Arturius falls to his death.
- Fitchner and Quicksilver agree on an alliance, officially establishing the Sons of Ares.
723 PCE[edit | edit source]
726 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Dale MSc50
728 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Dancer is recruited into the Sons of Ares. GSc46, DAc29
729 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Marius au Raa IGc25
730 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Volga Fjorgan IGc06
731 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Ajax au Grimmus DAc59
- Claudius au Augustus GSc51
733 PCE[edit | edit source]
735 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Lyria of Lagalos IGc04
736 PCE (Red Rising)[edit | edit source]
- Darrow marries Eo in March. RRc01
- In September,
- Darrow's mining clan, Lambda, loses the Laurel to rival clan Gamma.
- Darrow and Eo are caught in the garden of the Tinpots without authorization, and are publicly punished by Ugly Dan.
- Eo sings the Song of the Reaper during her punishment, and is sentenced to death for treason by ArchGovernor Augustus. RRc05
- Darrow buries his wife, and is also hanged for it. MSc21, IGc60
- Darrow's uncle Narol cuts down Darrow as he falls into a coma, and secretly sends his body to the Sons of Ares.
- Darrow meets Dancer and Harmony of the Sons of Ares and agrees to join the Sons of Ares. RRc07, RRc08, MSc39
- Darrow is carved into a Gold, and learns the Golds' history and literature.
- Seraphina au RaaMSc41
737 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Harmony accompanies Darrow during his intensive physical training exercises.
- In May,
- Matteo the Pink begins educating Darrow on the culture and mannerisms of Golds in the Society.
- Dancer guides Darrow in formulating his thought processes to emulate those of a Gold.
- Darrow briefly meets Mustang while learning how to ride horseback.
- In August, Darrow takes the entry tests of The Institute and passes.
- Early December, Darrow is escorted to The Institute in Agea.
- Darrow is drafted into House Mars, learns briefly about its past from Proctor Fitchner, and meets some of his fellow housemates: Cassius, Julian, Antonia, Priam, Titus au Ladros and Roque.
- Darrow is brought into The Passage in the early morning, where he is forced to kill Julian to pass.
- The houses are tasked with the quest to defeat and dominate all the other houses.
- On December 27th, Trigg ti Nakamura's platoon is sent to destroy an illegal breeding facility.DAc21
- The Grays' standard combat stimulants are replaced with Zoladone to ensure compliance with all orders, including killing all men, women, and children.
- Trigg attempts suicide, and joins the Sons of Ares on Holiday ti Nakamura's advice.
738 PCE[edit | edit source]
- In the Institute, the battle continues between the houses, and the survivors graduate in late June.
- In January
- Darrow briefly allies with House Minerva, led by Mustang, to eradicate the tyrannical Titus.
- Darrow gains the loyalty and allegiance of Sevro and his Howlers during this period.
- Darrow finds out Titus' true identity as a Red.
- Titus is killed in a duel with Cassius.
- Darrow defeats and enslaves Houses Minerva and Ceres.
- In February,
- Darrow becomes Primus of Mars after conquering House Minerva and House Diana.
- Antonia, Vixus, and some of Titus' original followers murder Lea.
- The Jackal delivers the holocam containing Julian's death to Cassius.
- Cassius challenges Darrow and wins the duel, leaving Darrow for dead.
- Darrow is nursed back to health by Mustang.
- Darrow takes care of Mustang, who has fallen critically ill, and Proctor Fitchner gives aid.
- Proctor Fitchner reveals that Proctor Apollo gave the Jackal the recording of Julian's murder.
- In May, Darrow and Mustang defeat a band of Oathbreakers led by Milia and gain their allegiance.
- In June, Darrow graduates from The Institutue as a Peerless Scarred.
- In January
- As a favored Lancer for House Augustus, Nero takes Darrow on a tour of Mars to show him the House's domains, GSc04 including a brief stop in Lykos. GSc47, DAc01
- Nero travels to Mercury to negotiate a trade deal with House Votum. DAc34
- In the Institute, the battle continues between the houses, and the survivors graduate in late June.
- A month later, Nero sends Darrow to deliver a box of grapes. A warning.
- In December, Harmony murders the senators at a vacation home and leaves the Sons of Ares to form her own splinter faction. GSc46
- A lurcher squad raids the Sons headquarters, and Fitchner reveals his identity to Dancer.
739 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Octavia au Lune orders Atalantia au Grimmus and Kalindora au San to kill Brutus and Anastasia, passing their deaths off as a space landing incident. GSc28; IGc48; DAc37, 90 
- Octavia uses the Pandemonium Chair to erase Lysander au Lune's memories of his parents. DAc90
- Atlas au Raa is sent to the Rim to harry the Ascomanni in the Kuiper Belt.
- Octavia appoints a new Fear Knight to replace Atlas. DAc59
740 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Paleron au Raa IGc36
741 PCE (Golden Son)[edit | edit source]
- Lorn au Arcos retires from his position as the Rage Knight and moves his family to Europa.
- Venetia au Rein, the Morning Knight, retires.
- The Sovereign appoints Fitchner au Barca as Rage Knight and Cassius au Bellona as Morning Knight. GSc08
- In their final days at the Academy, Darrow’s fleet attacks almost wins against Karnus au Bellona, but in the end Karnus prevails. GSc2
- Darrow and his friends return to the Academy’s central hub for their graduation ceremony.
- After going for a swim, Darrow is ambushed by Karnus and other Bellona. GSc3
- Three weeks after leaving Mars, the Augustus household fleet arrives in orbit of Luna for a Summit.
- Nero au Augustus inform Darrow that his contract will expire after the Summit.
- Victra takes Darrow to the Lost City to meet with the Adrius au Augustus and discuss an alliance against Pliny.
- Darrow saves Adrius from the bomb Evey had planted at the Pearl club they were in.
- Upon confronting the Sons of Ares, Harmony tells Darrow that Dancer is dead.
- Darrow finds out that Eo was pregnant at the time of her death.
- Darrow agrees to be used as a suicide bomber at the Summit’s closing gala.
- At the closing gala three days later,
- Darrow does not go through with Harmony’s plan, and challenges Cassius to a duel.
- Octavia au Lune shows her favoritism for the Bellona family, changing the dueling rules.
- Darrow cuts off Cassius’ arm in defiance of Octavia, but does not kill him.
- A melee between the gathered families escalates the hostilities between Augustus and Bellona. Leto au Augustus is killed by Karnus.
- Octavia calls upon Darrow, and attempts a war of truths using the Oracle.
- It is revealed that Octavia had planned to kill members of House Augustus.
- Mustang gives Lysander au Lune to the Howlers to be used as a hostage to release Darrow.
- The Howlers free Darrow, with help from Virginia.
- Aja brutally beats Quinn with her bare hands. Quinn later dies.
- Tactus au Valii-Rath, betrays Darrow, and escapes with Lysander.
- Darrow and Sevro manage to take control of The Vanguard by inspiring lowColors to rise up against the Golds on board and take the ship for the Augustans.
- Darrow appoints Orion xe Aquarii as the ship’s new captain.
- Ragnar Volarus, a Stained Obsidian, offers Darrow his servitude.
- Sevro reveals that Dancer is still alive.
- Three weeks after leaving Mars, the Augustus household fleet arrives in orbit of Luna for a Summit.
742 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Darrow meets with Lorn au Arcos on Europa to convince his old mentor to join their cause.
- Darrow orders the Telemanuses to engage the arriving Bellona fleet.
- Lorn kills Tactus au Valii-Rath after Darrow manages to talk him down from harming Lorn's grandchildren.
- Lorn brings his entire household with him when he departs Europa with Darrow.
- As the newly expanded fleet departs for Hildas Station, Mustang arrives with news of Pliny’s betrayal.
- Three days after leaving Europa, Darrow tells Ragnar the truth of who he is and where he came from.
- Darrow leads a war party consisting of himself, Mustang, Lorn, the Howlers, and Ragnar, retaking the ship from Pliny.
- Darrow calls for an Iron Rain on Mars.
- Three weeks after leaving Europa, the Siege of Mars begins. Darrow, Mustang, Ragnar, and the Howlers fall in the Iron Rain and proceed towards Agea.DAc91
- After confirming that Octavia is hiding in Agea, Darrow leads his battle past the city walls.
- After Darrow and the Howlers take flight, they are crippled by a Bellona EMP. Harpy and Rotback die.
- Darrow gives razors to Ragnar and the remaining Obsidians with instructions to take down the Bellona defenses at the city walls.
- Darrow manages to jump aboard Octavia's shuttle just as it lifts off, and kills Karnus au Bellona.
- Fitchner reveals he is Ares and escapes the shuttle with an unconscious Darrow.
- After a week in recovery after the battle, Darrow finally wakes up. He and Mustang have sex.
- The following day, Darrow visits Adrius and Victra in Attica delivering gifts, while Sevro and a team of cloaked Sons of Ares storm the fortress and rescue Mickey, Evey, and Harmony.
- Darrow returns to Lykos, bringing Sevro, Mustang, and Ragnar with him.
- Darrow orders MineMagistrate Timony cu Podginus to throw the Reds of Lykos a feast with the food he brought.
- Darrow gives Mustang a recording of his carving.
- Darrow enters his old home, where his mother is, and she instantly recognizes him.
- After leaving his family's home, Mustang threatens to kill Darrow, but eventually leaves him in the tunnels while she heads into orbit to seek Kavax's counsel on the Reynard.
- The following day, Darrow's Triumph is held in Agea. Darrow is betrayed by Roque and Adrius and several key characters are killed.
- After being crowned with the laurel, Darrow is asked in private by Nero to be his heir, and husband for Virginia. Darrow agrees.
- Mustang did not show up for the Triumph and later sends word to Orion and the rest of the Augustan fleet that a coup was underway.
- Darrow has Sevro and Ragnar look for the missing Fitchner. MSc02 37
- Roque presents Darrow with Fitchner's head in a box, where his Triumph Mask was supposed to be, and injects Darrow with a paralytic poison.
- The Jackal’s boneriders attack, massacring the guests.
- Lorn is killed by Adrius.
- Aggripina au Julii is killed by Antonia.
- Victra is shot in the spine by Antonia.
- Praetorians led by Aja and Cassius land to cut off any escape.
- Adrius reveals to Nero that he masterminded the death of Claudius, then shoots him in the head.
- Sevro and Ragnar discover that Fitchner was killed and the Sons of Ares base destroyed. They and the rest of the Howlers evacuate Darrow’s family from Lykos.
- Kavax and Daxo organize and evacuate the legions loyal to Darrow as the Jackal and the Sovereign’s forces take power.
- Nine days after later, Mustang's spies aid in the escape of the Moon Lords' children. MSc10 MSc40
- Second Moon Lord Rebellion: Eleven days after Darrow's Triumph, the heirs of House Raa stole or destroyed the entirety of the eighth fleet garrison from its dry docks on Callisto with the help of the Codovan family of Ganymede. Under the leadership of Romulus au Raa, the Moons of Jupiter declare their independence from the Core and war against the Sovereign, pressuring the other moons of the Rim to join them. MSc10, MSc37, MSc40
- The Sword Armada arrives in Jupiter orbit to crush the Moon Lords' rebellion 63 days after it begins. MSc10
- Darrow is placed inside the Jackal's stone table after three months of interrogation. MSc01
- Mustang gives birth to her and Darrow's son Pax in secret.
- Tactus au Rath, killed by Lorn au Arcos
- Pliny au Velocitor, killed by Augustan bannermen
- The Wind Knight, killed during the Siege of Mars by Ragnar Volarus
- Fitchner au Barca, killed by Cassius au Bellona
- Lorn au Arcos, killed by The Jackal
- Agrippina au Julii, killed by Antonia au Severus-Julii
- Nero au Augustus, killed by The Jackal
743 PCE (Morning Star)[edit | edit source]
- Darrow is removed from the Jackal's table after 270 days of solitary confinement to be transferred to Luna for dissection, but is rescued by the Sons of Ares. MSc01, 37, DAc37
- Two undercover Sons of Ares agents, Holiday and Trigg ti Nakamura, retrieve Darrow. Sevro, via holocam, confirms their identities to Darrow.
- En route to the pickup point, they cross paths with Vixus au Sarna, and force him to bring them to Victra's cell.
- Darrow kills Vixus, and they bring Victra with them, who had to be sedated.
- They are confronted by Aja, Adrius, and Cassius at the pickup point. Holiday is injured and Trigg is killed by Aja. MSc6
- Holding onto Holiday and Victra, Darrow jumps into a clawDrill crewed by the Sons of Ares.
- Two days later, Darrow awakens in the medical facilities of Tinos and reunites with his friends and family.
- Darrow's Uncle Narol and his son Loran are revealed to be alive, and Darrow spends the rest of the day with his family, including his mother and brother.
- The next morning, Sevro, now leading the Sons, and Ragnar bring Darrow to the mission briefing.
- It is revealed that Sevro released the footage of his Carving to all of the Society.
- Ragnar takes him to visit the wounded Sons in the med bay, showing him how it inspired others to join.
- Victra accepts Darrow’s offer to join the Sons of Ares. MSc12
- Three days later, on Thursday, Mickey arrives to carve Darrow and Victra back into fighting shape.
- Victra, Holiday, and Darrow are officially accepted as part of the Howlers after a short but revolting initation.
- Antonia is dispatched to reinforce the Sword Armada on the Rim.
- Mustang leaves Ilium and travels to Phobos in secret to negotiate terms of peace.
- The Howlers launch a raid on Quicksilver's tower on Phobos, aiming to capture the elusive Silver and disrupt the economy of The Society. MSc37
- Upon entering Quicksilver's bedroom, Darrow sees Matteo for the first time since before the Institute. Sevro breaks Matteo's jaw, is left alive, but unconscious.
- They find him in middle of secret negotiations between Mustang with her people and the Sovereign's people, including Cassius au Bellona and Moira au Grimmus.
- Moira is killed, and the Howlers take Kavax au Telemanus prisoner.
- Mustang almost kills Darrow, until his face is revealed behind his shattered face shield.
- After retreating to Phobos’ main hideout for the Sons, Darrow interrogates Kavax and learns that Mustang had attempted to contact Sevro and join forces months ago.
- Darrow and Sevro interrogate Quicksilver and learn that he funded the Sons of Ares and financed Darrow’s carving.
- Darrow and Sevro have a physical altercation over their different leadership styles. Sevro willingly gives leadership back to Darrow, and Sevro serves as his second.
- The Battle of Phobos begins the following morning.
- Darrow, Ragnar, Mustang, and Holiday sneak off to liberate the Obsidians from Mars’ south pole. IGc10,
- Their ship is pursued and shot down by Aja and Cassius, but Ragnar cripples their ship as well.
- They confront Aja and Cassius in battle, and Aja kills Ragnar and escapes, while Cassius is held prisoner.
- Alia Snowsparrow, mother of Ragnar, refuses to support the Rising, and imprisons them.
- Sefi, sister of Ragnar, decides to join Darrow and Mustang's cause.
- With the help of Sefi and her Valkyrie, Darrow and Mustang manage to infiltrate and seize Asgard.
- They return to the Valkyrie spires, where Sefi deposes of her mother after Alia again refuses Darrow’s offer, and proceeds to call her people to join the war against the Society.
- On the eighth day after the fall of Asgard, Darrow and his group, along with Sefi, return to Tinos and begin coordinating the migration of Obsidians away from Mars’ south pole.
- In the early hours of the morning, Deanna and Darrow's family share stories about him with Mustang and the Telemanuses.
- Cassius warns Darrow that the Jackal now has access to world killer-grade nuclear weapons.
- Darrow declares that they will destroy the Sword Armada in forty days.
- Three and a half weeks after Darrow leaves Mars, the Jackal executes Narol and broadcasts the footage across the solar system.
- After five and a half weeks of travel, the Red Armada arrives at Ilium to meet with the Moon Lords. MSc37, 38
- Darrow and Mustang meet with Romulus au Raa on Io to discuss an alliance.
- Roque is sent as a representative of the Sovereign to convince Romulus to ally with her Octavia instead.
- Darrow reveals to Roque that the Jackal in fact was responsible for Quinn's death, not Aja. MSc42,56
- Roque's offers seems to be in favor, but Darrow offers to reveal the Sons of Ares cells around the Rim, and also reveals a secret depot of nuclear weapons between the Rim and Luna. This information leads Romulus to side with Darrow.
- Romulus declares a bloodfeud against Roque. He is escorted out by Vela au Raa, despite Mustang and Darrow's insistence that he not leave.
- The Battle of Ilium takes place.
- The Sovereign's Sword Armada is defeated, and Roque commits suicide in favor of imprisonment and shame for losing the fleet.MSc48
- Antonia flees back to the Core with what remains of the Sword Armada.
- Kavax is captured by Antonia's forces while attempting to board the Pandora.
- Darrow destroys the docks of Ganymede, which were the property of Romulus au Raa and the Rim, to prevent them from attacking in the future.MSc49
- Sefi renames Roque's ship from the Colossus to Tyr Morga, or the Morning Star.
- The day after leaving Ilium, Victra leaves to engage Antonia’s fleet and rescue Kavax.
- Two days after the Battle of Ilium, Darrow and Romulus meet via holo conference.
- The Rim now has its independence from the Core, as promised by Darrow.
- Though Romulus knows now that Darrow destroyed the Ganymede Docks, he decides not to retaliate for the sake of his people.
- Per the agreement, Darrow leaves thousands of Sons of Ares in Romulus's hands, knowing they'll die.
- No Core ship is to cross the asteroid belt from this point, or Romulus will declare war.
- Three days later after the conference with Romulus, Darrow's fleet departs the Rim.
- Darrow, with Cassius, gives Roque an honorable burial in secret, torpedoing his metal casket to the sun.
- Darrow and Cassius watch Roque's vids of their time in the Institute, and gives Cassius a holocube of the assassination of his family, which was orchestrated by Octavia.
- Darrow and Sevro arrive at the Belt with reinforcements to aid Victra only to find the Julii fleet under Victra’s control and Kavax freed.
- Darrow’s group attempts to get information from either Antonia or Thistle about the Jackal's plan.
- Once Thistle says that she will tell Darrow everything, Antonia kills her.
- Victra beats Antonia to near death.
- They find Thistle's Howler cloak, and Pebble puts it in her pack.
- Sevro tells Darrow and Mustang that Victra broke up with him.
- Mustang departs to join the rest of the fleet with the Telemanuses.
- The Pandora receives a public broadcast of the Jackal murdering Darrow’s uncle Narol.
- The broadcast was timestamped three weeks earlier.
- Tensions between lowColors and Golds within the Red Armada boil over.
- In the Morning Star, Sefi and the Obsidians are preparing to hang Cassius.
- To quell the infighting and prevent further bloodshed, Sevro hangs himself alongside Cassius, forcing Sefi to cut them both free.
- Cassius and Sevro both survive.
- As Sevro is being looked over in the medBay, Darrow tells them that Sefi has united the Obsidian under her leadership.
- Victra and Sevro announce their engagement.
- Seven nights after his hanging stunt, Sevro and Victra get married in the hangar of the Morning Star.
- During the reception, Darrow receives a holoCall from the Jackal, and they have a battle of words, with Mustang joining in after following Darrow.
- Octavia declares martial law in all Society cities.
- The Red Armada arrives in Luna's orbit, ten weeks after the news of the destruction of the Sword Armada. MSc57
- A week after Mustang's ascension, The Jackal is hanged for his crimes. MSc64
- Cassius departs Luna with Lysander after acquiring the Archimedes. MSc65
- A few weeks after Cassius' departure, Mustang introduces Darrow to their son Pax for the first time. MSc65
- Trigg ti Nakamura, killed by Aja au Grimmus
- Moira au Grimmus, killed by Darrow of Lykos
- Ragnar Volarus, killed by Aja au Grimmus
- Roque au Fabii, suicide
- Thistle, killed by Antonia au Severus-Julii
- Narol, executed by The Jackal
- Antonia au Severus-Julii, executed by Aja au Grimmus
- Aja au Grimmus, killed during a battle against Darrow of Lykos, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Cassius au Bellona, and Sevro au Barca
- Octavia au Lune, stabbed by Darrow of Lykos
- Adrius au Augustus, executed
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745 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Pytha joins Cassius and Lysander aboard their ship, the Archimedes.
746 PCE[edit | edit source]
- After the Gold who tortured his unit is pardoned for information, Ephraim ti Horn deserts the Rising. IGc06, IGc18
- The Battle of Luna comes to an end. IGc31
- Darrow launches an invasion of Grimmus-held Africa on Earth. DAc03, 38, 55
- During the campaign, Darrow visits North Africa to personally recruit Harnassus as a Praetor. DAc03, 55
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750 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Ash Lord is poisoned by men paid by Apollonius. Atalantia takes command of the Society Remnant. IGc60
751 PCE[edit | edit source]
- The Solar Republic's siege of Mercury begins. IGc01
- Screwface undergoes carving from Mickey to have his appearance changed so that he can be inserted into Atalantia's legions as a deep-cover mole. DAc15
- Lagalos is liberated by Sons of Ares under the command of Dancer. IGc04
- The Rat War ends.
- Cassius and Lysander are attacked by Syndicate assassins on Ceres. DAc06
752 PCE (Iron Gold)[edit | edit source]
- During the Siege of Mercury, Darrow returns home to Luna for a brief visit.
753 PCE[edit | edit source]
- Darrow proposes an Iron Rain to finally take Mercury. The Senate refuses and orders him to maintain the siege. IGc01
- Darrow disregards the Senate's orders and two days later launches an Iron Rain. 1,000,000 lose their lives. IGc03
- A Liberation Day parade is held when Darrow returns to Luna IGc03
- In Assimilation Camp 121 on Mars, Lyria and her family watch Darrow's triumph on the HC. IGc04
- That night on Mars, Red Hand forces led by Harmony attack Camp 121. Lyria’s brother Tiran is killed on the landing pad.
- After warning her family of the Red Hand’s attack, Lyria rushes to the clinic to retrieve her nephew Liam.
- Together, Lyria and Liam flee to the edges of Camp 121, where the Red Hand uses flamethrowers to bottleneck the fleeing Gammas.
- Republic forces under the command of Kavax au Telemanus descend on Camp 121 to drive off the Red Hand.
- Kavax takes a hit during the battle and crashes into the river beside the camp. While the rest of the survivors freeze in shock, Lyria races forward to pull Kavax from the mud.
- That night on Luna, Ephraim ti Horn, Cyra si Lamesis, Dano, and Volga Fjorgen rob the Hyperion Museum of Antiquities and steal the sword of Silenius au Lune from the Conqueror's Exhibit.
- The day after the Triumph, Ephraim meets with his broker to have the sword's value appraised and collect his payment.
- After the funds have been transferred, he meets with his crew that afternoon to distribute their cuts. Ephraim rejects his teammates’ efforts to socialize with him and leaves when two Golds arrive in the bar.
- The Republic Senate holds a hearing in which Darrow appeals for additional funds and troops for the liberation of Venus.
- Dancer reveals that the Ash Lord had sent Julia au Bellona and Asmodeus as emissaries to request a cease fire and open peace talks.
- Ephraim meets up with Holiday that night to share a drink in memorial for Trigg on his birthday.
- After leaving the bar, Ephraim wallows in his grief over Trigg, and is drunkenly contemplating suicide when he is captured and rendered unconscious by a trio of Obsidians.
- Darrow gathers the Howlers and plans to flee Luna for an unsanctioned mission to kill the Ash Lord.
- After the violence on Mars is over, Lyria discovers that her family was killed in the massacre, leaving herself and Liam as the only survivors.
- Kavax arrives in the medical tent expressing his gratitude for the rescue and promises that he will do whatever he can if she asks him for help.
- With nothing left for them on Mars, Lyria asks Kavax to bring them with him back to Luna. His daughter Xana objects, citing the Republic’s current immigration laws, but Kavax proceeds to hire her on the spot as a valet to get around those restrictions.
- Upon regaining consciousness, Ephraim is interrogated by the Duke of Hands as a test of whether he was qualified to pull off a heist they want him to plan.
- Despite their initial reluctance, Ephraim manages to talk the rest of his crew into the heist.
- Enraged with Darrow’s deception and lack of respect for the law, the Senate votes to remove Darrow from command and issues a warrant for his arrest.
- Darrow and Sevro make one last visit to their children before they leave, but Pax continues to resent his father’s constant absensces.
- Mustang attempts to talk Darrow out of his chosen course, and when that fails, she summons the Wardens to their home.
- Though two Wardens side with Darrow, a skirmish quickly breaks out, and Wulfgar is accidentally killed in the chaos.
- With a final look at his wife and son, Darrow and the Howlers flee the manor.
- En route to Lacrimosa Station for repairs, Cassius, Lysander, and Pytha receive a distress call from the cargo ship Vindabonda. After discussing the situation, they redirect course to investigate.
- Cassius and Lysander find survivors, who say they were hired by a Gold woman to bring her to a particular asteroid near the edge of the Gulf.
- Lysander refuses to leave the Gold behind and continues further into the ship alone until he finds her tied up with the other surviving prisoners.
- He rescuers her first but is forced to abandon the other prisoners when she takes his razor and runs off into the ship.
- Lysander flees and manages to catch up with the girl. Despite pursuit by diasporic Ascomani, they manage to make it back to the Archimedes. While tending her wounds in the medical bay, Lysander discovers that she bears the mark of a Peerless Scar.
- As they flee the Ascomani, Lysander urges Cassius and Pytha to go to Asteroid S-1392, where the Gold woman says that help is waiting.
- Upon arrival, they discover a Rim Dominion warship, and Cassius quickly uses their on-board faciem to mask his face before they are boarded.
- The Archimedes is boarded by Kryptea commandos, and the Gold rescued from the Vindabonda reveals herself as Seraphina au Raa, daughter of Romulus au Raa.
- On Monday, October 16th, Darrow and the Howlers raid Deepgrave to free Apollonius au Valii-Rath.
- After securing their prisoners aboard Colloway xe Char’s pelican, Darrow and the Howlers fly back to their base in Greenland.
- Kieran asks Darrow to not bring Rhonna with them, to which his daughter strenuously objects.
- While walking Sophocles around the Citadel grounds, Lyria overhears a Copper and a Gray arguing under a pulseField. Afterwards, she spends time with the veterinarian Liago and the other Reds working for House Telemanus.
- Ephraim and his crew visit Kobachi’s Tech Emporium to have equipment custom made for their heist. While initially belligerent, Kobachi is quick to comply when he sees Ephraim carrying the mark of the Syndicate.
- On Tuesday, October 17th, Lyria goes into Hyperion City for the first time to see the sights. She is framed by Ephraim for a crime, enabling Ephraim to bail her out and infiltrate the Telemanuses. IGc50
- On Monday, October 16th, Darrow and the Howlers raid Deepgrave to free Apollonius au Valii-Rath.
- While Kieran and the support Howlers disperse across Earth to carry out their assignments, Darrow’s crew begins their voyage towards Venus, with prisoners in tow.
- 2 weeks after leaving Earth, Darrow finds that Rhonna has stowed away on the Nessus against his orders.
- After dealing with Rhonna, Darrow and Sevro negotiate their deal with Appolonius and bring him up to speed regarding the current state of affairs on Venus and within House Rath.
- On October 29th, Kobachi finishes his work on the miniaturized tech, which Ephraim gives to Lyria under the pretense of a gift.
- On November 1st, Lyria attends Quicksilver's birthday party as a valet for the Telemanuses, where she meets Pax. IGc31, 35
- The Kryptean warship carrying Cassius and Lysander arrives in Io’s orbit. Diomedes teaches Lysander a lesson in respect by dangling him out the airlock.
- Upon arrival on Io, Cassius and Lysander are brought to a secure bunker where Romulus au Raa has prepared for his daughter to be confined to house arrest to cover up her violation of the Pax Ilium.
- Before Romulus can have Cassius and Lysander executed to ensure their silence, his wife Dido arrives at the head of a coup.
- After some persuasion, Dido au Raa spares Cassius and Lysander’s lives and offers them hospitality.
- Cassius and Lysander’s identities are discovered during a dinner with House Raa, at which point Cassius is forced to begin an honor duel against Belerophon au Raa.
- When leaving the party, the pendant Ephraim gave Lyria begins emiting a paralytic gas which disables the shuttle’s passengers while Ephraim crew tow the ship in with a gravity well.
- Ephraim's team abducts Pax and Electra. Ephraim attempts to kill Lyria but cannot bring himself to shoot her.
- When Ephraim chooses to bring her with him, Kavax manages to fight through the paralyzing gas and kill Dano with a single punch.
- Lysander reveals his identity and gives up his and Cassius’ safe in exchange for Cassius’ life.
- After narrowly escaping from the Syndicate, Lyria encounters a group of Reds in the slums of Luna before she heads up to the Promenade level and surrenders herself to the Republic Watchmen.
- After Dido reveals the recording of Darrow destroying the Ganymede docks, Lysander is escorted back to his room, where Aurae informs him that Cassius died from his wounds.
- After Lyria gives her story to the Watchmen, Holiday arrives with a Lionguard escort to deliver her to the Citadel for questioning.
- During the night, Lysander awakens to find an elderly Brown in his room, who leads him through a secret passage in the walls of Sungrave to a hidden room where Gaia au Raa asks for his help in restoring her son Romulus to power.
- The convoy is attacked en route by a vengeful Victra, but the Barca forces retreat with the arrival of Lionguard troops led by Niobe au Telemanus.
- Daxo and Theodora interrogate Lyria, believing her to be an agent of the Society. When she maintains her innocence, they use one of the surviving Oracles.
- Mustang arrives, and furiously kills the creature. Enraged at her council going behind her back, she orders everyone out of the room so that she may speak to Lyria alone.
- Gaia sends her Obsidian Gorgo to escort them to the cells, but along the way Lysander chooses to report the two to Dido in order to guarantee his and Pytha’s survival.
- After Lyria convinces Mustang of her innocence, the two of them and Holiday compare notes and learn that the Wardens hadn’t reported the gun Lyria had stolen from Ephraim.
- After Lionguard forces obtain the gun and run its history, Holiday is able to link Ephraim with his alias of Phillipe.
- The following day, Ephraim arrives at a skyhook terminal to board his and Volga’s shuttle to Earth, only to be confronted by Holiday and Lyria, with Mustang communicating via hologram.
- Mustang offers Ephraim a pardon for himself and for Volga in exchange for his assistance in rescuing the children.
- Romulus au Raa is put on trial for his refusal to investigate the possibility that Darrow had lied to them about the nukes and that Darrow, not Roque, had destroyed the Ganymede Shipyards.
- While Dido declines to pursue charges of treason due to insufficient evidence that Romulus knew that Darrow had destroyed the docks, the Chance intervenes and convinces the Olypmic Knights to press forward with the charge.
- Romulus confesses his knowledge of Darrow’s deception and his conspiring to keep the truth hidden from his people.
- Eprhaim manages to arrange himself a second meeting with the Duke of Hands on the pretense of accepting his offer of full-time employment by the Syndicate.
- Once Gorgo and the Obsidians have left the room, Ephraim takes the Duke hostage and forces the Pink to give him directions to where the children are being held.
- As punishment for his treason, Romulus must walk to the tomb of Akari au Raa until he dies. After saying goodbye to his family, he sets off on his journey and ultimately succumbs short of the tomb.
- After getting the kids out, Ephraim leads them to the Duke’s private shuttle to escape. During their departure, Ephraim is wounded by Gorgo.
- Lysander convinces Dido to send him to the Core and make peace with the Ash Lord so that Gold can unite against the Solar Republic.
- The Syndicate Queen takes control of the autopilot on the Duke’s shuttle, and Ephraim is forced to detonate a cache of grenades to disable it by knocking the ship out of the sky.
- Ephraim loses his leg in the crash, but before the Syndicate can re-capture the three of them, they are rescued by Valdir the Unshorn, husband of Sefi, who has a new leg carved for Ephraim before transferring him and the children on a shuttle bound for Mars.
- In mid-November, Darrow's strike team arrives on Venus, where they help Apollonius retake his household from the control of his brother Tharsus. IGc52
- Along with Apollonius’s household troops, Darrow and the Howlers storm the Ash Lord’s citadel on Gorgon Island.
- Once inside, they find the Ash Lord lying sick and dying in bet after Apollonius had him poisoned three years ago, leading Darrow to the realization that Atalantia is the one now leading the Society in the war against the Republic.
- Angered that this mission had been for nothing, Darrow orders the Ash Lord burned alive.
- Furious after learning of their children’s abduction, Sevro and the original Howlers insist on returning to Luna, while Darrow continues on to Mercury with Thraxa, Tongueless, Aelxandar, Rhonna, and Colloway aboard the Ash Lord’s private shuttle.
- Darrow arrives on Mercury and places the key to Pax's bike in his luggage. IGc65, DAprologue
- Sevro, Clown, Pebble, and Min-Min arrive back in Luna. IGc65
- Ephraim ti Horn awakens six weeks after rescuing the kids to find himself at the former Bellona estate in the Martian city of Olympia. As he regains consciousness, he finds Ozgard sitting in front of the fireplace in what was once the bedroom of Julian au Bellona. DAc23
- Ozgard informs him that Valdir the Unshorn was coming to speak with him. Terrified by Valdir’s reputation, Ephraim flees out the window and attempts to climb his way down from the cliffs of Eagle Rest.
- Valdir stuns Ephraim and drags him in a tacNet back up to Eagle Rest, where Ozgard shows him Pax and Electra sparring in the way of the Obsidians.
- After witnessing Pax lecturing the Obsidians, Ephraim is led to Sefi, who shows him the work she is doing to create Alltribe.
- Sefi reveals that she has united the Obsidians under one banner and is preparing to break with the Republic so that her people can prosper.
- In exchange for Lyria and Volga’s freedom, Ephraim is being offered a job training Sefi’s Skuggi warriors the skills of a freelancer so they can be effective for more than just killing.
- Three weeks after arriving on Mercury, Darrow, Rhonna, Thraxa, Alexandar, and Colloway rescue Orion from the minions of Atlas au Raa. DAprologue
- During the rescue mission, Tongueless is killed by Ajax.
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- In the first week of January, Darrow goes to visit among the wounded Republic soldiers and reunites with the old Gamma Helldiver Dago from Lykos among the wounded.
- After Thraxa and Alexandar report that Atlas au Raa is making for the city of Angelia rather than taking the bate at Eleusis, Darrow and the Howlers take to the field.
- When Darrow arrives, he learns that Atlas gained enough of a lead due to Thraxa and Alex’s sleep deprivation to leave a forest of impaled corpses outside the city.
- Concerned that Atlas may have guessed part of his plan, Darrow asks Orion how quickly the Storm Gods can be activated before ordering her to initiate Operation Tartarus.
- Darrow and the Howlers follow Atlas’ trail to an abandoned ore refinery in Angelia, where they discover that Atlas has used the power supply of the refinery’s reactor to cause a chain reaction and destroy the northern shield chain.
- While nuclear missiles descend from orbit, Darrow begins giving orders to coordinate the Free Legions as the Iron Rain begins.
- Lysander falls in the Rain along with Kalindora, Seraphina, and Ajax. After breaching the atmosphere, they fly north to make a secure landfall with the Thunderbolt Legion to make landfall for the first wave to assault Heliopolis.
- Darrow and the Howlers fly across Mercury in the Necromancer to resupply at Skyhook Eleven. While restocking, the station is hit by an atomic bomb and decimated.
- Darrow orders Colloway to take the Necromancer to collect Thraxa retreat from Kydon to Tyche while he heads for Tyche with the Second Army to ensure Tyche remains secure.
- While crossing the Ladon, Lysander’s battle group is joined by the First Cohort Praetorian Guard under the command of SubLegate Rhone ti Flavinius.
- Though the Praetorians swear allegiance to Lysander, he is quick to discourage notions that he seeks to become Sovereign. As they approach Heliopolis, the Storm Gods come online and begin generating hypercanes over the Sycorax sea and a massive sandstorm over the Ladon.
- With his knowledge of the Storm Gods, Lysander is able to predict Darrow’s plan, so Ajax sends him, Kalindora, and Seraphina to bring down the one in the desert.
- En route to the eye of the storm, they link up with Cicero au Votum’s Scorpion Legion, sent by his father to prevent Atalantia from seizing Heliopolis for herself.
- The two forces arrive at the Storm God and quickly come under fire as Seraphina au Raa is killed by a rail slug launched from the garrison stationed on the ancient weather machine.
- The storm continues to escalate in strength as Darrow arrives in Tyche to find a third of the city flooded.
- Darrow orders Orion to turn off the storm, but she continute to escalate to Terraforming Level Four, intending to scour the surface and cripple the Society, feeling that the complicit citizens of Mercury a worthwhile sacrifice.
- Darrow initiates the override he installed in the Storm Gods as insurance and forcibly disconnects Orion from the sync, killing her in the process of averting planetary destruction.
- Darrow argues with Alexandar over the Arcosian knights’ request to deter the Ash Legions remaining in Tyche from seizing the gravLoop and evacuating into Heliopolis.
- Screwface, having spent the last three years undercover in Atlantia’s Thunderbolt Legions, breaks cover and returns to the Free Legions to warn Darrow of the assault on Heliopolis.
- Faced with the cost of Orion’s insubordination, Darrow orders Rhonna to return to the Morning Star and Thraxa to relay orders to relive Heliopolis.
- Darrow relents and allows House Arcos to aid the evacuation of Tyche before he withdraws from the city with the Second Army to cross the Ladon to Heliopolis.
- Lysander awakens at 0630 the following morning and regroups with Rhone, Kalindora, Cicero, and their surviving legions.
- Lysander calls Ajax to be evacuated, but Aja’s son tells the grandson of Octavia that he is on his own.
- Refusing to die in their feud, Cicero departs with two dozen of his men who still have enough power in their armor for flight.
- With their armor power depleted and no way to evacuate, Lysander and the rest of the group prepare to make their stand at the remains of the Storm God as Darrow’s army approaches.
- The Reaper defeats Lune’s unit with minimal effort and continues on to Heliopolis, leaving Lysander trapped beneath a fallen starShell as a broken boot thruster burns his face.
- The Second Army arrives in Heliopolis to find Ajax’s army assaulting the city. Screwface departs to scout for potential attack points.
- While they wait for Screwface, Darrow’s force is ambushed by Gorgons under the command of Atlas au Raa himself.
- Before the Gorgons can castrate and kill Darrow, Colloway xe Char arrives with the Morning Star, distracting the enemy long enough for Darrow to break free.
- With Atlas au Raa driven off, the First Army surges into Heliopolis. Combat against the Legio XX Fulminata lasts well into the afternoon.
- After hours of combat and days without sleep, Darrow suffers a heart attack as the exhaustion of the battle finally catches up to him.
- While Darrow recovers in the reception chamber of the Votum family estate, Thraxa arrives that night to declare that victory is theirs.
- Three days after the battle, Mustang gives a speech from aboard the SRN dreadnought Echo of Ares, urging the citizens of the Republic to pressure their senators into sending reinforcements to the Free Legions.
- Meanwhile, prototype orbital rail guns discreetly launch pods full of relief supplies towards Mercury.
- While descending from orbit, Virginia and Holiday ruminate on politics before Dancer calls to discuss Virginia’s speech.
- Virginia and Holiday arrive at Dictaeon Antron, a skyshook serving as the personal offices of Senator Daxo au Telemanus and informal headquarters of the Optimate Party.
- After joining Daxo’s meeting with Senator Caraval, Virginia gives instructions to the Optimate political aides in preparation for the senate vote in three days.
- The day before the vote, Virginia meets with the Zenith Ring. DAc26, DAc29
- In the first week of January, Darrow goes to visit among the wounded Republic soldiers and reunites with the old Gamma Helldiver Dago from Lykos among the wounded.
- After the meeting, she returns to Sunhall to examine the crime scene footage from Sevro's execution of the Syndicate's Duke of Heads.
- As she finishes analyzing the crime scene, Holiday arrives to inform her that Theodora's agents have captured the Duke of Hands.
- After interrogating and tweaking the Duke’s memories at the black site with psycho-Spikes, Virginia steps out for a tea break with Theodora and Holiday.
- When Sevro and the Howlers arrive, she berates them for their impulsiveness and reveals that she knew Victra’s plans all along.
- With Sevro back on her side, Virginia finishes her interrogation of the Duke before going through his memories and realizing that the Duke was in regular contact with Dancer.
- Virginia and Sevro confront Dancer about his affair with the Duke of Hands. Dancer lashes out under the mistaken belief that the two are attempting to blackmail him by threatening to make his homosexuality public knowledge.
- Once he learns who his lover really was, he realizes he had been set up to take the fall of Pax's abduction. After pledging solidarity with Virginia in defeating the Society for good, the three of them put their heads together and determine that the Syndicate's real mole was Copper senator Publius cu Caraval.
- On the day of the vote, Sevro and the Howlers track the Syndicate Queen to Earth while Virginia and Daxo enter the senate.
- Dancer steps forward to give his support to sending reinforcements. Before he can finish giving his remarks, Dancer and several moderate Vox senators drop dead from poison released by the Syndicate.
- While the Wardens stand passively by as the senators die, Virginia receives a garbled transmission from Sevro warning that the Howlers had been ambushed by Boneriders at the Syndicate Queen's hideout.
- Caraval accuses Virginia of murdering her political opponents, and when his syndicate contacts disable the Citadel's security, a mob of Vox Populi radicals storms the Citadel.
- Virginia and the Optimates flee the senate, and in the chaos, Daxo is killed by the Syndicate Queen, who reveals herself as Lilath au Faran, before Virginia herself is captured.
- Immediately after the coup, Sefi has Ephraim, Pax, and Electra shuttled off Mars while she confirms the facts of what happened with Niobe.
- Four days later, they arrive on the Heart of Venus, where Sefi informs Pax of his mother's apparent death.
- Sefi shows Ephraim the military preparations occuring within the former cruise ship and explains that in one week, the Obsidians are going to seize the helium mines of Mars' southern continent so that they can have a homeland that they control.
- Six days after the vote, Atalantia contacts Darrow to deliver the news of Caraval's coup and outline her terms for his surrender.
- To avoid dragging the entire army down with him, Darrow leaves the ultimate decision up to Thraxa, Screwface, Colloway, and Harnassus before retiring for the night as he broods over the fate of his wife and son.
- Screwface wakes Darrow up the following morning, believing a walk among the troops will lift his spirits.
- As they stand on the beach, the pods full of relief supplies sent by Virginia splash down in the water just off shore. After the Free Legions drag the pods up onto the beach, a message from Virginia plays.
- With his spirits restored by his wife's message, Darrow returns to the command center, where Harnassus declares the group's decision regarding Atalantia's terms by launching a particle beam at one of her warships.
- Darrow has the Master Maker Glirastes summoned as he begins planning their escape from Mercury.
- Ten days after the Battle of Ladon, Diomedes au Raa departs Mercury to prepare for the Rim's entrance into the war.
- Eleven days after the Day of Red Doves, Ephraim joins Sefi, Valdir, and the rest of the Obsidians in seizing the mines of Cirennia.
- Afterwards, Ozgard gets Ephraim drunk for three days straight.
- On the fourth day after the seizure of the mines, Sefi and her Valkyrie, accompanied by Pax and Electra hunt a Nidhoggr ice drake, representing the bringer of winter in Obsidian mythology, to commemorate the beginning of winter on Mars’ south pole.
- Lysander makes it out of the desert four days after killing Seneca, and finds an abandoned farmhouse with an aloe plant growing in the garden that he uses to treat the burn on his face.
- After tending to his wound, he sets about restoring power to the farm so that he can get himself cleaned up and fed.
- He leaves the farm two days later, and the following day he encounters a local family of Reds making their way out of the Valley of Erebos.
- After being reassured that Lysander isn’t part of the Republic, the family informs him of the recent movement of Society forces.
- Later that morning, Lysander arrives at the ruins of Erebos and finds the entire city flooded. As he travels amidst the ruins, he finds four hundred Republic soldiers impaled by Atlas au Raa as a message.
- In the Fear Knight’s mountain base, Lysander is thrown in a cell with Alexandar, Drusilla, and Crastus to await interrogation.
- Ephraim and Xenophon join Sefi's hunting party on the sixth day of the hunt. Though they finally manage to corner the beast, Sefi cannot bring it down. To save her life, Ephraim shoots the drake himself.
- As the Echo of Ragnar sets down on the ice and Obsidian begin cutting off the drake’s parts to be cooked or used, Ozgard invites Ephraim to join in the ceremonies.
- When Valdir strikes up a conversation with him, Ephraim warns the man that Sefi knows about his affair with Freihild.
- After a heart to heart over the latter’s backstory, Ephraim and Ozgard go in search of Freihild to discuss her affair with Valdir, only to find her dead in what remains of Alia Snowsparrow’s throne room.
- The two men are ambushed by a man claiming to be the Ascomanni king Volsung Fa, who declares his intention to challenge Sefi for her throne.
- The Obsidian are skeptical of Ephraim and Ozgard’s testimony, but Sefi at least is willing to accept the possibility that the Kuiper Ascomanni are real.
- In response to Freihild’s death, Valdir murders Sefi’s griffin and taunts his queen’s desire to make Volga her heir.
- Sefi reveals that though she was bred in a lab, Volga is in fact the daughter of Ragnar Volarus. Sefi’s efforts to modernize the Obsidians are meant to ensure that Volga can be accepted as queen and a person after her aunt succumbs to Atalantia’s poison.
- The next morning, the Pandora is attacked over Mars by Kuiper Ascomani. Volga and Lyria flee with Figment, while Victra gives the order to abandon ship as her security forces are overwhelmed.
- The Ascomani begin dumping bodies from the Pandora over Alltribe lands, provoking Sefi to isolate her people from the rest of Mars.
- Ephraim manages to smuggle Pax and Electra out of Olympia aboard the Snowball so that they can search for survivors. During the escape, Pax and Electra cut out the heartspike Sefi had implanted in Ephraim’s chest as insurance.
- After their escape craft crashes on Mars, Lyria and Volga search for survivors. Lyria encounters Figment dying from her wounds, and takes the black orb the freelancer had been carrying.
- As figment dies, a squid-like parasite crawls out of Figment's body and into Lyria's, replaying a recorded message before going dormant.
- Volga and Lyria find Victra in the snow, but despite their anger at the woman for holding them prisoner, neither of them can bring themselves to harm her.
- The three women are forced to flee on foot when the Red Hand approaches the crash site of Victra's shuttle.
- The next day, Lysander, Kalindora, and Cicero’s group encounters another sandstorm on their trek across the Ladon.
- The group races for cover, but Lysander cannot make it in time, and is forced to backtrack and hide inside a hydra burrow they had passed a few minutes before.
- After the sandstorm passes, he emerges to find that his allies have all been captured by the Republic.
- When he is alone, Lysander hears the voice of Apollonius au Valii-Rath critiquing his performance as Seneca au Cern arrives with a squadron of Iron Leopards with orders from Ajax to kill the last Lune.
- Using the Mind’s Eye, Lysander manages to kill Seneca and all of his men. Afterwards, he convinces Apollonius not to kill him by offering him a good show.
- Not convinced Apollonius isn't a dehydration-induced hallucination, Lysander continues his trek out of the desert.
- The day after, Lysander meets with Atlas au Raa and make plans for the latter to infiltrate Heliopolis using the escape of Alexandar.
- Lysander finally receives an audience with Atlas au Raa. They proceed to discuss the events of the last few weeks and make plans for Lysander to infiltrate Heliopolis so that they can liberate it before Atalantia’s chemical attack.
- During their conversation, Atlas reveals that Ajax is envious of Lysander because he is in an incestuous relationship with his aunt and sees the Lune heir as competition for Atalantia's attention.
- While the Gorgons are escorting him back to his cell, Lysander stages his escape, freeing his cousins and taking Atlas prisoner before leading them out of the base.
- Lysander, Alexandar, Crastus, and Drsuilla flee across the Ladon with the captive Fear Knight in tow as Alexandar frantically sends out a distress signal to the Howlers.
- Crastus and Drusilla are killed by pursuing Gorgons before Darrow and the Howlers arrive to airlift Lysander, Alexandar and their prisoner back to Heliopolis.
- A few days after the reconstruction of Tyche begins, Lysander ventures out into the desert to meet with Apollonius away from prying eyes.
- After setting up a banquet table filled with expensive food as a show of respect, Apollonius arrives to discuss Lysander’s plans going forward.
- Lysander offers Apollonius his chance at revenge and glory in exchange for his services in the war.
- Virginia finally arrives on Mars. At Kavax’s urging, she flies the Iron Circle around the planet’s circumference as a show of strength.
- After reuniting with her son in Agea, Virginia goes to Hippolyte, where Victra is marshalling Julii Industries and the Sons of Ares for war.
- Victra is enraged with Virginia for leaving Sevro behind on Luna but acquiesces when Virginia reveals the scars she endured just to get herself out alive.
- Mollified for now, Victra embraces Virginia and swears that if they cannot rescue their husbands, then they will avenge them instead.
- Word reaches Mars that Earth has fallen.
- Under the joint command of Diomedes and Ajax, the allied fleets of the Rim and the Core successfully retake Earth.
- The next day, Volga and Lyria load Ephraim’s body into a racing ship to return him to Earth for burial when acting ArchGovernor Kieran O’Lykos arrives with a Sons of Ares escort.
- Kieran reveals that word has reached Mars about the fall of Heliopolis and explains that Volsung Fa is offering to leave Mars in exchange for Volga.
- Volga agrees to leave Mars with the Obsidian so that she can get close to Volsung Fa and kill him in revenge for Ephraim's death.
- After the Obsidians depart, Pax comes to Lyria with information about the parasite she inherited from Figment and how it could be used to help Volga.
- On Mercury, Lysander begins overseeing the reconstruction of Tyche.
- On the fourth day after Ephraim left to warn Sefi, Marian ships led by House Barca arrive at Olympia to provide aid to the other Colors after the Obsidians depart Olypmia.
- That evening, Victra, Lyria, Volga, and the children hold a funeral for Ulysses. While Victra would prefer sending her newborn’s remains into the sun per Aureate custom, she gives Ulysses a burial so that Sevro can visit their child’s grave once he is rescued.
- After waking up in Atalantia’s bed the next morning, Lysander returns to the surface to visit Kalindora as she slips away from poisoning.
- Kalindora confesses to the bombing of Anastasia and Brutus’ shuttle, detailing how Lysander’s parents were plotting a coup against Octavia with support from Nero au Augustus and Revus au Raa.
- Kalindora reveals that after the deaths of his parents, Octavia erased Lysander’s memories of his parents so that he would stop mourning them. Horrified, Lysander flees the villa.
- Kalindora succumbs to the poison that night. Lysander and the Grimmus send her remains into the sun with a traditional Gold sendoff.
- Lysander’s triumph is held in the rebuilt Heliopolis. Despite his protests, the Praetorian guard wear the House Lune crest on their ceremonial uniforms.
- At the top of the Triumphal steps in Heliopolis, Lysander proposes marriage to Atalantia to permanently unite House Lune and House Grimmus and maintain a show of unity to the other Gold.
- Atalantia agrees to the match and holds off on assassinating Lysander. After the Triumph, she takes him up to her quarters on the Annihilo to consummate their impending union.
- In the morning, Ephraim and Ozgard are dragged into Griffinhold before Sefi’s war council, where the Obsidian queen declares war against the Ascomanni
- Xenophon reveals his true colors to announce the arrival of Volsung Fa, proclaiming the Ascomanni king as the father of Ragnar and Emperor of the Obsidian.
- Sefi duels Fa for the throne of Alltribe, but the Gorgon puppet ultimately dethrones and eats her before telling the Obsidians to sack Olympia.
- Fa orders Xenophon to kill Ephraim using the heartspike Sefi had implanted in the freelancer and make it look as if a heart attack had killed him.
- Ephraim had planted the heartspike in Xenophon’s pocket, killing the logos when the explosive Pax attached to it disintegrate him.
- In retaliation, Volsung Fa rips out Ephraim’s heart and eats it as he dies.
- The next day, Ephraim and the others are all recovering in Attica at the Julii estate when Pax shows Ephraim a recording of Xenophon claiming to be making the exchange shortly before the Ascomanni attack, indicating that the White had been manipulating Sefi all along.
- After taking Volga to visit Trigg's grave and saying his goodbyes, Ephraim heads back to Olympia to expose Xenophon and help Sefi maintain control of Alltribe.
- After informing Ozgard of Xenophon’s treachery, Ephraim learns that Xenophon has allegedly arranged a peace summit between the Republic and the Alltribe.
- While Ozgard leads the Skuggi to free Valdir from prison, Ephraim infiltrates Xenophon’s rooms and discovers that the logos is in fact a Gorgon agent operating under orders from Atlas au Raa himself.
- Xenophon attempts to render Ephraim unconscious with the heartspike. Ephraim attempts to play along, but one of Xenophon’s Ascomani kicks him in the head.
- When Ephraim awakes, Xenophon has framed him in front of Sefi for his own crimes. The Gorgon convinces Sefi to let Ephraim live long enough to witness Sefi’s speech the following morning.
- The following morning, Lyria infiltrates the Red Hand base by presenting herself as an elligible bride. Once inside, she encourages the incoming brides to fight back, distributing the acid teeth among the girls.
- After the wedding ceremony, Lyria and the girls kill their would-be husbands using the acid-filled teeth and proceed to wreak havoc in the Red Hand base.
- After putting out a general distress call for help, Lyria is caught and imprisoned with Victra in what used to be the mine’s administrative complex.
- Using another acid tooth to free themselves, Lyria and Victra proceed to hunt Harmony through the base until they confront her and throw her into a nest of adult pitVipers.
- That night, Ephraim and the kids receive Lyria’s distress signal and boost it so that all of Mars can here, then fly off to the rescue.
- Former Sons of Ares and Republic veterans arrive en masse to aid in the destruction of the Red Hand, while Pax destroys the Red Hand’s torchShip.
- As the people of Mars rally to help round up the last of the Red Hand, Ephraim is reunited with Volga, and Lyria convinces Victra not to kill Ephraim for his transgressions against her family.
- Around a week later, Victra, Lyria, and Volga find the Red Hand's base of operations in an abandoned mine. While discussing plans to get to the communications equipment and call for help, Victra goes into labor.
- They take refuge in the home of a local Red fisherman, and Lyria assists with the delivery.
- The fisherman is revealed to be a spy for the Red Hand. During the ensuing fight, Lyria and the other two women are separated.
- Victra, and Volga are captured by the Red Hand, and Lyria returns to the cabin to find Ulysses nailed to a tree outside.
- Lyria learns that the Red Hand are operating out of an abandoned helium mine nearby and are forcing the locals to provide them with child brides to breed a new generation of the Red Hand.
- Lyria examines the box she found on Figment’s corpse and discovers several acid pouches disguised to look like false teeth.
- Lyria enlists the aid of one of the local families whose daughter was taken as a bride by the Hand to pretty herself up and find a secure way to hide the acid teeth on her person.
- Four days later, Glirastes and Lysander activate the EMP inside the Morning Star, crippling the defenses of the Republic stronghold and allowing Lysander to liberate the Society forces held as POWs.
- Before activating the EMP, Darrow manages to discover Lysander's identity as the man in question is being given a tour of Heliopolis by Alexandar and Rhonna. When Darrow calls to warn the two, Lysander kills Alexandar.
- With the power out, their prisoners freed, and the citizens of Heliopolis rallying around Lysander, Darrow and the surviving Free Legions are forced to fight through the streets, with Darrow and the core leadership of the Republic legions taking refuge in the Mound of Votum.
- Just when all hope seems lost, Cassius arrives to evacuate them aboard the Archimedes.
- Their departure is witnessed by Lysander, who keeps Cassius’ survival a secret to avoid the suspicion it would cast on him.
- Mustang is placed on trial by the People's Tribunal, a socialist government instituted on Luna after Caraval's coup.
- Servilla au Arcos and Theodora were executed shortly before her trial.
- Before the trial can begin, the proceedings are interrupted by the arrival of Lilath and the surviving Boneriders, angered at Publius’ attempt to dispose of them.
- With the People’s Tribunal held captive in the Citadel along with Sevro and the Howlers, Lilath unveils her master: a clone of the late Adrius “The Jackal” au Augustus.
- Adrius II has all of the Howlers but Sevro, Clown, and Pebble executed by cooking them inside an enormous iron wolf, while threatening to use Virginia’s psycho-spikes to completely erase Sevro’s mind.
- While being forced to attend a banquet the Boneriders hold to celebrate their takeover of Luna, Virginia manages to start driving a wedge between Adrius II and Lilath by not only easily solving the puzzles the clone creates, but also revealing that she still keeps all the puzzles the original Adrius made stored in her office.
- While talking with her brother’s clone in her office, Virginia manages to distract him and Lilath with Night Lilies and throw herself into an escape tunnel out of the Citadel.
- Wounded by Lilath during her escape, Virginia is taken to the Reynard as the Telemanus fleet fights their way through the Vox blockade to escape Luna.
- Despite her desire to go back and rescue them, Virginia is forced to leave Sevro and the Howlers behind as she sails for Mars, as Kavax has revealed that they’ve received a warning the Rim is coming.
- The next day, Glirastes vouches for Lysander’s cover identity of Cato au Vitruvius, and after running the young man through every lie detector and fact checking methods they have, Darrow releases “Cato” to the Master Maker’s custody.
- That night, Lysander and Glirastes discuss Lysander’s plan to retake Heliopolis with the aid of the loyal mid and lowColors of the city.
- Around this time, the Rim war fleet leaves Io to invade Earth.
- A few days after the reconstruction of Tyche begins, Lysander ventures out into the desert to meet with Apollonius away from prying eyes.
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Pierce Brown, Facebook - The Sigil of the Society - July 18, 2014
- Stefan Kyriazis, Daily Express. “WATCH Red Rising Author Pierce Brown: Top 10 Fan Questions, Top 3 Howler Pick-up Lines!”, February 3, 2018
- Lorn would later attend Nero's wedding as the Rage Knight and the Sovereign's representative.
- Pierce Brown, Facebook "Agea, Mars, 720 PCE." March 29, 2017
- Details in Iron Gold and Morning Star indicate that the "almost six years to the day after we first met" line about Darrow and Cassius refers to their meeting at the Institute before the Passage rather than at the entrance exam, and that this occurred in December 737 PCE. Darrow's brief alliance with Mustang against Titus occurs on the 31st day of the Institute, putting it in January 738 PCE.
- This happened about 15 years prior to Dark Age, but at which Lysander is already old enough to be fond of his parents.
- Iron Gold presents the events of Chapters 22-30 as taking place within the same 48 hour period.