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"Beware, for history is written, not by the vanquished, but by the victor."
– Tyvian proverb, excerpt from a volume on regional customs and traditions[1]

This timeline lists all known events in the universe of the Dishonored franchise, dated following the modern calendar established across the Isles. Choices such as the fate of assassination targets or endings are not listed unless they are regarded as canon in Dishonored 2.

−2000

Unknown year
Month of Darkness: A young boy is sacrificed in the Void by cultists, thus creating the Outsider.[2][3]

Year 0

1st Day, Month of Earth
End of the Great Burning, dated as the beginning of the modern calendar.

800

Unknown date
Disappearance of the ancient civilization established on Dunwall's grounds, in Gristol.

1500

1572
Founding of the Academy of Natural Philosophy in Dunwall.

1600

1625
14th Day, Month of Songs: End of the War of Four Crowns.
1626
2nd Day, Month of Nets: Coronation of Emperor Finlay Morgengaard I, marking the foundation of the Empire of the Isles.
20th Day, Month of Timber: The Parliament is created in Gristol.
1631
Morgengaard commissions the first fleet of whaling ships, starting the whale trade.[4]

1650

1651
Coronation of Empress Valessa Morgengaard.
1668
Coronation of Emperor Jalle Morgengaard.
1669
Coronation of Emperor Aneirin Rhydderch.
1675
Coronation of Emperor Ailish Rhydderch.
1678
Coronation of Emperor Hurien Morgengaard.

1700

1701
Beginning of the construction of the Abbey in Dunwall, as ordered by Overseer John Clavering.
1705
Coronation of Emperor Yefim Olaskir.
Beginning of the Rectification War, led by the Abbey of the Everyman.
1708
End of the construction of the Abbey.
Siege of White Cliff, marking the end of the Rectification War.
1711
The Abbey of the Everyman is named State Religion of the Empire.
1714
Coronation of Empress Zolana Olaskir.
1727
Coronation of Emperor Daniil Olaskir.

1750

1751
Coronation of Emperor Alexy Olaskir.
circa 1765
Birth of Vera Dubhghoill.
1775
Birth of Theodanis Abele.[5]
circa 1780
Vera Dubhghoill receives a marriage proposal from the Emperor.
1783
Coronation of Empress Larisa Olaskir.
1786
12th Day, Month of Seeds: Birth of Anton Sokolov.
circa 1790
Vera Dubhghoill marries Lord Preston Moray.
1795
13th Day, Month of Ice: Birth of Daud in Serkonos.
1798
25th Day, Month of Nets: Birth of Corvo Attano in Karnaca, Serkonos.

1800

1801
27th Day, Month of Nets: Burning of the ESV-Ridgegate at Wynnedown, Morley.
1st, Month of Ice: Beginning of the Morley Insurrection.
8th Day, Month of Clans: Assassination of the Empress Larisa Olaskir.
17th Day, Month of Clans: A Regency is established to rule the Empire during the crisis.
1802
15th Day, Month of Seeds: End of the Morley Insurrection.
1803
Morley settlers immigrate to Karnaca.
An unknown woman is marked by the Outsider.
13th Day, Month of Wind: The Morley Famine is officially declared.
3rd Day, Month of Seeds: Coronation of Emperor Euhorn Jacob Kaldwin I.
1804
16th Day, Month of Rain: Birth of Delilah Copperspoon.
1805
3rd Day, Month of Earth: Birth of Jessamine Kaldwin.
1806
Anton Sokolov paints a portrait of Vera Moray.
circa 1806-1810
Lord Preston Moray and his wife Vera explore the Pandyssian Continent. Vera is marked by the Outsider.
1808
Sokolov explores the Pandyssian Continent, looking for the Outsider.
1809
1st Day, Month of Timber: Foundation of Dunwall's City Watch.

1810

1810
2nd Day, Month of Seeds, 1810: Vera Moray succumbs to a Pandyssian disease. Upon her recovery, she is released from the Addermire Institute.[6]
Construction of the Wind Corridor in Karnaca.
1811
Vera Moray takes Morris Sullivan as her apprentice.
Daud arrives in Dunwall.
1813
2nd Day, Month of Hearths: Birth of Billie Lurk.
1814
Discovery of ancient ruins beneath Dunwall.
Vera Moray kills her husband.
Corvo Attano wins the Blade Verbena competition in Karnaca. He is given an early officer ranking and starts serving in the Grand Guard.[7][8]
1815
Vera Moray starts living in the streets and becomes known as Granny Rags.
1816
28th Day, Month of Rain: Corvo is delivered to Dunwall by Duke Abele, as a political gift to the Emperor.
1817
7th Day, Month of Songs: Jessamine Kaldwin names Corvo Royal Protector.
1818
22nd Day, Month of Ice: The emperor's wife, Beatrix Blayne Kaldwin, dies in childbirth along with the child.
Thaddeus Campbell is appointed High Overseer.
1819
Inauguration of the Royal Conservatory in Karnaca in memory of Beatrix Blayne Kaldwin.

1820

1820
Anton Sokolov meets Esmond Roseburrow and learns the secret of his processed whale oil.
Daud is marked by the Outsider.
1822
Sokolov is named Royal Physician and Head of the Academy of Natural Philosophy.
1823
2nd Day, Month of Rain: Jessamine and Corvo become lovers.
1825
Month of Wind: Piero Joplin enters in conflict with William Trimble on theories about the preservation of mortifying tissue.[9]
19th Day, Month of Darkness: Death of Emperor Euhorn Jacob Kaldwin.
1st Day, Month of High Cold: Coronation of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin I.
Piero and Trimble resolves their conflict with a coin toss. Trimble is forced out the Academy of Natural Philosophy.[9]
Beginning of the industrial boom across the Empire.
1826
Delilah Copperspoon becomes a painter as Sokolov's apprentice.
1827
2nd Day, Month of Rain: Birth of Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin.
1828
Radanis Abele,[10] son of the Duke of Serkonos, murders Billie Lurk's friend Deirdre. Lurk kills him and becomes a pariah in the underworld.[8]
8th Day, Month of Clans: The first carriage railway is built in Dunwall.
1829
Billie Lurk joins Daud and his Whalers.
A confederation of merchants starts investing in Drapers Ward to produce high end clothing. Mortimer Hat arrives in the district with the Hatters gang.[11][12]

1830

1830
Hiram Burrows is appointed Royal Spymaster.
circa 1830-1833
Pistols carried by City Watch officers are upgraded with whale oil technology, under the advice of Burrows to the Empress.[13]
1831
Delilah is marked by the Outsider.
1833
Sokolov invents the Arc Pylons and the Walls of Light for the City Watch.
1834
Esmond Roseburrow commits suicide.
Delilah begins a relationship with Arnold Timsh.
1835
Month of Clans: The Rat Plague strikes Dunwall.
Month of Songs: Drapers Ward crashes.
Delilah founds her Coven of witches. Daud meets some of them.
The "Lonely Rat Boy" is marked by the Outsider.
1836
Sokolov invents Tallboys for the City Watch.
Delilah moves her coven to Brigmore Manor, thus becoming the Brigmore Witches.
Piero Joplin has a vision about a mask in the Void.
The water barriers of the Rudshore Financial District break, flooding the place which becomes known as the Flooded District.
Month of Clans: Corvo departs from Dunwall, on a tour of the Empire with the mission from the Empress to find a cure to the plague.[14]
1837
Month of Earth: Drapers Ward is affected by the plague, abandoned by the clothing businesses and is disputed between the Hatters and the Dead Eels.[15]
18th Day, Month of Earth: Assassination of the Empress Jessamine Kaldwin and abduction of her daughter, Corvo Attano is incarcerated in Coldridge Prison.
19th Day, Month of Earth: The High Judges of Tyvia reveal Zhukov's betrayal and sentence the Hero of the People to a lifetime of prison.
Hiram Burrows is appointed Lord Regent by the Parliament.
Month of Rain: The Dead Counters commissioned by the Lord Regent start their duties under the authority of the newly appointed City Barrister, Arnold Timsh.[16]
Between the Months of High Cold and Hearths:[17] Corvo escapes from Coldridge Prison and is marked by the Outsider. Daud has a vision of the Outsider and starts searching for Delilah. The events of Dishonored, The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches take place.
Delilah corrupts Billie Lurk.
Daud sabotages Rothwild Slaughterhouse.[18]
Daud spares Billie after her treason and she slips away to a better life.[19]
28th Day, Month of High Cold: Lady Boyle's Last Party takes place. Daud participates in and resolves gang conflict in Drapers Ward. Within the next few days, Daud visits Brigmore Manor and stops Delilah Copperspoon's plan to possess Emily Kaldwin.
Corvo spares Daud following their encounter in the Flooded District.[20]
Corvo strikes down the Loyalist Conspiracy and rescues Emily.
1st Day, Month of Timber: Coronation of Empress Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin.
The Rat Plague of Dunwall ends with the combined efforts of Anton Sokolov and Piero Joplin.
1838
28th Day, Month of Clans: Alexandria Hypatia receives her Doctorate of Medicine from the Academy of Natural Philosophy.

1840

1845
Inauguration of the Addermire Institute of Infectious Disease in Karnaca by Dr. Hypatia.[21]
1847
12th Day, Month of Earth: Dr. Hypatia is decorated with the Grand Medal of Merit by the Duke Theodanis Abele for her work.
The Parade of Fishmongers takes place in Karnaca.[22]
Death of Theodanis Abele.[5] His son Luca succeeds him as Duke of Serkonos.
1848
Aramis Stilton and Duke Luca Abele inaugurate Stilton Manor's windbreak in the Batista Mining District.[23]
circa 1848-1849
Zhukov finds the Outsider's sacrificial knife in the salt mines of Utyrka and marks himself with it.
1849
16th Day, Month of Rain: The Duke and his inner circle perform a ritual at Stilton Manor. Aramis Stilton becomes moonstruck and Delilah is rescued from the Void.
circa 1849-1850
Zhukov escapes Utyrka.

1850

1850
Between the Months of Earth and Hearths: The events of Dishonored: The Wyrmwood Deceit take place.
Month of High Cold: Dr. Vasco of the Addermire Institute records his and Dr. Hypatia's initial experimentation of her new serum and the first apparition of "Grim Alex".[24]
1851
Month of Nets: Dr. Vasco creates Vasco's Formula for Eyes and Ears, to purge eyes of silver dust from the mines.[25]
Month of Darkness: The events of Dishonored: The Corroded Man take place.
25th Day, Month of Timber: Correy Brockburn is murdered by the Crown Killer in Karnaca.[26]
1852
16th Day, Month of Earth: Ichabod Boyle is murdered by the Crown Killer in Dunwall.[27]
18th Day, Month of Earth: Commemoration of the anniversary of Jessamine's death. Delilah usurps the throne of the Empire with the complicity of Luca Abele, Duke of Serkonos.[28]
The events of Dishonored 2 begin.[29]
4th Day, Month of Harvest: The Dreadful Wale reaches Karnaca.[30][31]
Between the Months of Harvest and Nets: The protagonist eliminates the Duke and his inner circle, and recovers Delilah's spirit.[32]
Month of Nets: The Dreadful Wale returns to Dunwall. Delilah's reign is ended.[33]

Trivia

  • Dishonored did not originally have a clear dating system. It became a necessity when Harvey Smith started working on Dishonored 2.[29]
  • Most of this timeline was revealed in the official artbook, Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives, as well as a few events unmentioned in-game. The rest are based on comments from Dishonored's co-creative director, Harvey Smith.
  • The Great Burning which led to the beginning of the modern calendar is described as a time dominated by cultural destruction – the period was effectuated by a roving cult which grew to enormous size and visited ruin upon all cities. This suggests that the Great Burning was an event orchestrated by human hands and not something linked to the supernatural.[34]
  • 1837, the year during which Dishonored takes place, is a real-world reference to the first claimed sighting of Spring-heeled Jack, an English urban legend which originated in London during the Victorian era.[29]
  • Despite the transitions between missions, Dishonored takes place within a time span of 4 to 8 weeks following Corvo's escapes from Coldridge,[35] between the months of High Cold and Hearths.
    • This is also confirmed by Corvo and Emily's recollection of those events in Dishonored 2.

References

  1. Dishonored: The Corroded Man
  2. The Outsider during A Crack in the Slab: "It's the place where my throat was cut, four thousand years ago."
  3. Born in the Month of Darkness
  4. Old History Textbook
  5. 5.0 5.1 Commemorative statue on Theodanis Plaza, Batista Mining District
  6. Vera Moray's Belongings
  7. Developer Commentary - Corvo's Youth
  8. 8.0 8.1 Developer Commentary - Corvo, the Duke, and the Grand Serkonan Guard
  9. 9.0 9.1 Trimble's Coin
  10. The Duchess In Green, By Douglas Harwickle, Historian
  11. The History of Drapers Ward
  12. We've been here eight years. We ain't leaving! - Hatter gang member to a Dead Eel
  13. Field Survey Notes: the Royal Spy
  14. The Movements of Corvo Attano
  15. Intro monologue of The Dead Eels
  16. Dead Counter Responsibilities
  17. Developer Commentary
  18. Dishonored: The Corroded Man, p.345
  19. Developer commentary on Billie's fate after The Knife of Dunwall.
  20. Twitter post by Harvey Smith on Daud's fate
  21. Silvergraph in Alexandria Hypatia's apartment in Campo Seta Dockyards
  22. Safe Contest Combination
  23. Silvergraph in Armando's chamber in the Grand Palace.
  24. Vasco's Diary - Month of High Cold, 1850
  25. Vasco's Diary - Month of Nets, 1851
  26. Note from Correy Brockburn
  27. Ichabod Boyle Case – Witness Statement
  28. File:Bethesda Showcase (2016) - Dishonored Gameplay World Premiere.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Dishonored 2's Harvey Smith Answers Your Questions on Game Informer's Youtube channel.
  30. Meagan Foster to the protagonist during A Long Day in Dunwall: "The Dreadul Wale is slow. It'll take us a couple of weeks to reach Karnaca, even with the Canal."
  31. Meagan Foster to the protagonist during Edge of the World: "We've been en route for two weeks."
  32. Anton Sokolov in the mission The Grand Palace: "In a lifetime, how many monarchs have done half of what you have in a month?"
  33. The Dunwall Courier printer to the protagonist: "It's been almost two months, hasn't it?"
  34. Developer Commentary
  35. Twitter post by Harvey Smith


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