Beyond the Tree: timeline

I’ve long been thinking about how much character information – notably backgrounds – I should have officially available and not with Beyond the Tree; while there’s obviously a few details that are best told within the narrative, there is also a great deal of broad strokes information that is part of the characters and how they got where they are but aren’t explicitly part of the narrative. One such thing is a roughly constructed timeline aproximating a few key moments in the characters’ pasts.

There’s a few things I’d like to start off with mentioning – first of being that this timeline is roughly based on the one Blizzard has posted on the World of Warcraft community pages; there’s a few alternate versions spread throughout manuals, Pen and Paper RPG sourcebooks and soforth that all have a few various differences between them – though the key difference tends to be whether they have 25 (community page timeline) or 30 (RPG sourcebook timeline) years set between WarCraft: Orcs & Humans and World of Warcraft. While I personally tend to prefer the 30 year one since it has a little more space and doesn’t make events feel too cramped, I decided to go with the 25 one here so people would have an easier time to line up events with the most officially available timeline. Secondly, I’m using the older RPG sourcebook for reference on Night elven adulthood (which aproximated around 100-120 years) instead of the newer one (which aproximates around 300 years) because it makes more sense to me both in terms of balancing their life spans and in the context of how young Night elves are treated within narrative.

Thirdly and finally, this is only a rough draft – several given years (especially those before year 0) are more rough estimates than ironclad fact and should be taken more as aproximated estimates than actual exact years. While I don’t expect it’d change extensively, it is potentially subject to change.

All the above said, I thought it seemed like something people might be interested in seeing – I’m thinking of potentially expanding the Beyond the Tree cast page to include more in the ways of this manner of detail, along with possibly including some version of the timeline to serve as a guiding framework. I’m not entirely decided whether I will or not – yet – but until then, we have this.

Hani Foonmall is born

Hani by chance has her first ever encounter with High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind (see page #100)

Te’len Nila is born

Rei Featherstorm is born

Hani is officially accepted for Sentinel training

Areen is born

Hani finishes her Sentinel training and is assigned to the command of veteran Sentinel Raene Wolfrunner

Areen joins the gnomish military

WarCraft: Orcs & Humans (the First War)

WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (the Second War)
Areen fights alongside Alliance forces against the invading Horde, coming into contact with the newly formed Knights of the Silver Hand

Areen leaves the gnomish military

Areen travels to the human lands to study the Holy Light

Areen is accepted as a Squire

Areen is recalled to Gnomeregan due to the Trogg invasion

WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (the Third War)
Hani serves in the Night elven forces during the Third War

Rei leaves Kalimdor and travels to the Eastern Kingdoms

Te’len begins training as a druid acolyte
Areen returns to her Paladin training

Hani is reassigned from Raene’s command and is bounced back and forth between various Sentinel companies.
Rei is accidentally shrunk down to 1/4th size by unknown means, gaining the nickname “Tiny”.

Areen is formally declared a Paladin and takes on the last name “Lightspark”
Hani stumbles on a shrunken Rei close to the Ashenvale/Barrens border while on a routine scouting mission. Not long after, Hani is sent back to Darnassus pending further reassignment, bringing Rei with her.

World of WarCraft
Hani Foonmall is officially discharged from Sentinel service and asked to leave Darnassus by High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind.
Beyond the Tree begins with Hani Foonmall and Rei “Tiny” leaving Darnassus for Auberdine.


16 Responses to “Beyond the Tree: timeline”

  1. 1 Iscarti
    August 5, 2010 at 16:25

    That cleared up quiet a bit, many thanks.

  2. 2 Maira
    August 5, 2010 at 18:04

    Rei leaves Kalimdor and **travels to the Eastern Kingdoms**.
    Rei is accidentally shrunk down to 1/4th size by unknown means, gaining the nickname “Tiny”.

    It’s the gnomes! Areen’s daddy shrank her!

  3. August 5, 2010 at 18:19

    Gnomes are a good scapegoat..couldn’t have been Goboo’s, they would’ve blown everything up.

  4. 4 Eduvudd
    August 5, 2010 at 20:08

    This is amazeing 😀 I’ve been wanting to know how everything started out until it ended where the story began 🙂

  5. 5 Eduvudd
    August 5, 2010 at 20:11

    Oh, on pg 100, who is Hani’s sister? Have you done anything else with her or is she just mentioned in that one flashback?

    • 6 Nhani
      August 5, 2010 at 22:24

      I’ve put some thought into her, but not too extensively so – I have largely a rough layout of who she is. Going by what I presently have, she’s tentatively named Rinea Foonmall, was born around -135 (so she’s a little older than Hani is) and unlike her wayward younger sister, she followed in their parents footsteps and became a weaver and tailor.

      The idea is that you’ll see a little more of her from time to time, but never very extensively so.

      Other unmentioned family includes Te’len having an older brother about Hani’s age, and Areen having a younger sister. I have a rough idea of what their various families are like, but not every one has either face or name which is part of why you haven’t seen backstories with that degree of detail, yet.

  6. 7 Illidan
    August 6, 2010 at 08:19

    Wow, the chemistry between Hani and Tiny is so good that I never actually thought that they had known each other for less than a yeah when BTT started… 😮

    • August 6, 2010 at 14:33

      i think sometimes people just connect very well.
      When you look at Cop movies for example two people who are forced to work together might end up becoming best friends in a span of three days.

      • 9 Nhani
        August 6, 2010 at 15:44

        With Hani and Tiny, I always envisioned it as a relationship that started because they really didn’t really have anyone else – both of them are outsiders in their own way, and they actually pay attention to each other even when most others don’t.

        It’s actually rather interesting how Tiny grew up with Te’len – not Hani – and the differences that entails; Tiny will generally fuss and worry over Te’len much more than Hani, and Te’len does seem to have a better idea what bothers Tiny than Hani does.

        On the other hand, and in spite of their differences, Hani and Tiny are almost kindred spirits when it comes up to serving up a few buckets of trouble unto the (hopefully) deserving.

  7. 10 Arafor
    August 7, 2010 at 07:28

    Areen is 65 years old and didn’t join the military until at the age of 35? Just feel like pointing out that gnomes doesn’t live as long as nightelves does. In fact, they probably live shorter lives then humans (though the average lifespan might be affected by gnomes tendencies to blow themselves up with a failed experiment of get transported to an unknown dimension without ability to return.)

    • 11 Nhani
      August 7, 2010 at 08:12

      That lapse is intentional, and going by sourcebook numbers I should possibly actually set her birth a few decades earlier seeing how I tend to think of her as the gnomish equivalent of a human in their early to mid thirties; not to mention that I never intended Areen to have joined the military at youngest age possible 😉

      There’s ultimately a reason why I specifically mentioned the point at which Areen chose a family name for herself – most gnomes do that as early as their thirties; Areen took significantly longer than that.

      For interesting comparison, putting the character ages in relative human terms, I tend to think of Hani as being in her mid twenties (being about 150), Te’len at her early twenties (around 125) and Tiny in her late teens (at around 90). There’s a fun contrast in that Areen is, for pure years, the youngest of the group, but in terms of relative maturity is by far the eldest.

    • 12 Falkon
      August 13, 2010 at 00:25

      From Wowwiki’s life span page:


      Adulthood: 40

      Middle Age: 100

      Old: 150

      Venerable: 200

      Maximum lifespan: 203-500.

      Everything but the Max Lifespan makes plenty of sense.

  8. 14 Noriam
    August 13, 2010 at 14:04

    That particular maximum lifespan is probably based on this fellow;


    Although I can’t actually find the information that implies a given age, it’s out there somewhere – but he was extremely old and if I remember rightly pushing towards 500. Gnomes live excessively longer than humans – although as mentioned, never as long as a night elf. 30 years has much less of an impact with a gnome than a human for sure.

    It seems pheasible. If we roll with the given age guidelines, and use it semi-precisely, 65 is about 22, I believe. I think ~100 is actually 35, quoted as middle age no less. She should probably be older.

    Hard to pin things down, Blizzard’s not that helpful, but I think gnomes living past 300 is rare, but not unheard of.

  9. 15 Griffindor
    September 30, 2010 at 16:51

    will we be seeing anything on rei’s past was just reading page 100 and was just thinking what about rei’s past??

    • 16 Nhani
      September 30, 2010 at 18:21

      I’ve been thinking of ways I could possibly weave some of it into Arc Two; nothing final yet, but I’m hoping to touch on some of it in due time.

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