The following lists the chronology of main events in the Lorien Legacies series. It is still incomplete and is a Work-in-progress.
WARNING - Contains plot spoilers.
The first crucial piece of information that links the plot directly with the timeline of human society is Sam Goode's birth date, revealed in The Power of Six as 4th January 1995. As Sam mentioned in the first novel that his father disappeared "eight years ago" when he was seven, he is thus of the same age as John Smith (or Number Four). Hence the first novel is set in Fall 2010, and the remaining information can be henceforth derived from the narrations.
The dates given are not necessarily accurate; they merely help the reader to get a rough gauge of the storyline's chronology.
The books take on the underlying assumption that time maintains the same for the Loric or the Mogadorians as it does for Earth (as in, the Loric/Magadorians gain age at the same rate as humans, as undertold by the narrations in the novels). Thus the "Year" listed below only represents the equivalent time period on Earth.
Though not entirely relevant, the age of Aeternus (such as Ella) cannot be confirmed unless their birth date is known. This is true for Ella; it is unknown whether the other Loric Aeternus' ages can be determined.
As of LL5 (The Revenge of Seven), the Lorien Universe can be approximately developed into four eras with distinctive geopolitical cultures. Click on each header to access detailed timelines for each era.
|No.||Timeframe (Earth year)||Novels under this era||Description|
|1||The Lorien Era||The era of Lorien, in all the planet's glory, with the Nine Elders in charge and protecting the Garde, Cêpan and Chimæra, until its demise at the Mogadorian invasion on Quartermoon day, in corresponding Earth year of 1999.|
|2||The Post-Lorien Era||The era of the Loric hiding on Earth, the Fallen Legacies of One, Two and Three, and the Garde's Legacy training. The Garde are protected by the Loric Charm, until Four meets Six at the Battle of Paradise High School, breaking the charm and ending this era.|
|3||The Rebellion Era||The era of the Garde coming together and fighting back against the powerful Mogadorians and their allies in human governments. With little allies on their own, the Garde seem weak against the militaristic, mechanical and high-tech offensives the Mogadorians are putting forth. Until, at the end of The Revenge of Seven, the Mogadorian leader Setrákus Ra decides it's time for a full-scale invasion, and all of Earth are pulled into the war.|
|4||The Revolution Era||With Setrákus Ra's plans to take over Earth exposed, all of humanity now knows of the impending threat of destruction. It's up to them to choose their side, and perhaps change the tide of the war.|
Derivation of dates and agesEdit
The derivation of the dates and ages is slightly complicated, and at times involves conflicting information. In quite a few instances, the lunar calendar is consulted to give dates. Some guessing is also involved. Most of the major events and battles featured take place in 2011.
|LL1||I Am Number Four |
|September 2010||January 11, 2011|
|The first novel is set in late 2010, when Four and Sam (both born in 1995) are both 15, as mentioned above. This puts the death years of One and Two in 2004 and 2007 respectively. The starting month, when Three was killed, is September 2010, as Seven mentioned in LL2(1). The end date is the Tuesday after the Battle of Paradise High School and is approximately January 11, 2011. See Discrepancy no.6 below.|
|LL2||The Power of Six |
|Mid-January 2011||March 1, 2011|
|The second novel starts in some days/weeks following the first novel, hence beginning in late January 2011. Obvious moon phases are given in chapters 15 and 18, a full moon and last quarter respectively, setting the dates to be 18 and 26 February; the second date is a Saturday, as given in TLF8(11), putting John and Sarah's meeting on the following morning. This sets the end date to be approximately March 1.|
|LL3||The Rise of Nine |
|March 3, 2011 (Four's POV)|
March 7, 2011 (Six's POV)
|March 10, 2011|
|An agreement of two weeks was set up between Four and Six at the end of LL2 - this would be from February 27 to March 13. Chapter 24 provides the end date as March 10, 3 days before the stipulated meeting date. Six's company visited the Indian Himalayas for two days before that (March 8-9), thus Six's POV starts from March 7, while Four's POV begins 2-3 days after the cave incident (c. March 3).|
|LL4||The Fall of Five |
|March 10, 2011 (Sam's POV)|
March 16, 2011 (Four's POV)
|March 21, 2011|
|Sam gives a wrong account of the duration of his imprisonment (see Discrepancy no.11 below), but his POV nonetheless begins on March 10 (as Adam and the Garde coincidentally attack the base on the same day). Taking BK's invocation of the Antler on a full moon (March 19) is a good estimation, which would start Adam, Rex and Dust's journey on March 16, a week after Dulce. This places the final showdown of the Garde on March 21.|
|LL5||The Revenge of Seven |
|March 24, 2011||March 26, 2011|
|Occurs over a three-day period. The starting day has Six, Seven and Nine completing about two days of trekking (22~23) through the Everglades' swamp (Ch.4), and the last day is less than a week from their previous expedition (Ch.23).|
|LL6||The Fate of Ten |
|March 26, 2011||March 27, 2011|
|Occurs over two days; the first, continued from the previous novel, has the Anubis locating Four and destroying New York City, and the second with the Anubis travelling to the Sanctuary in Calakmul, Mexico for Setrákus Ra to pillage it.|
|LL7||United As One |
|TLF1||Six's Legacy |
|2007||January 9, 2011|
|Begins some time before Two's death in 2007, when Six was 13, and leads up to the duo's capture some months after that. According to LL2(3), Katarina died three years before Four and Six first meet (in January 2011), giving Six's imprisonment period from late 2007 - mid 2008. The novella ends a day before the Battle of Paradise High School on January 10, 2011.|
|TLF2||Nine's Legacy |
|Spring 2010||March 1, 2011|
|Nine was captured in spring 2010, about a year before his liberation and before his third ankle scar appears (see Discrepancy no.3 below). The end date on Nine's liberation is the same as that of LL2.|
|TLF3||The Fallen Legacies |
|Details Adam's teenage life and progress of his thoughts. Begins in 2004 before One's death when Adam was 13, and ends in September 2010 after Three's death.|
|TLF4||The Search For Sam |
|October 2010||March 10, 2011|
|Begins in October 2010, after Adam's recovery, and eventually leads up to the Battle of Dulce on March 10, 2011 when Adam frees Sam.|
|TLF5||The Last Days of Lorien |
|Begins and ends in 1999, narrating the invasion of Lorien and its destruction. Four was 4 (see LL1(23)) then, setting the year.|
|TLF6||The Forgotten Ones |
|March 10, 2011||March 21, 2011|
|(Refer to LL4's description above)|
|TLF7||Five's Legacy |
|Begins a few days after Two's death in 2007, when Five was 13, until some time after Three's death in 2010 when Five swears allegiance to the Mogadorians.|
|TLF8||Return to Paradise |
|Mid-January 2011||Early-March 2011|
|Following LL1, begins soon after the relocation of Mark's school to Helena High (~January 17). Sarah is detained on the Monday after she met John again (February 28). Mark's subsequent escape from Paradise is thus a few days after that, some time before (or after?) the Battle of Dulce on March 10.|
|TLF9||Five's Betrayal |
|c. October 2010||March 15, 2011|
|Starts some time between Five's tasking of his first mission (Sep 2010) and the Battle of Paradise High School (Jan 2011), until the date where Five burns the cornfields and gets ready to meet up with his fellow Loric (March 15, 2011).|
|TLF10||The Fugitive ||c. March 11, 2011||c. March 25, 2011|
|Details Mark James' runaway from Paradise in search for Sarah, as well as his rendezvous with his fellow editor GUARD on the They Walk Among Us forum.|
|TLF11||The Navigator ||1999||2000|
|Narrated by Lexa, from Lorien's doomsday to about a month after landing on Earth. Describes Lexa's backstory as a Cêpan and pilot of the second ship, and how she eventually settled on Earth alone and undercover to help the remaining Loric.|
|TLF12||The Guard ||?||?|
|TLF13||Legacies Reborn ||?||?|
|TLF14||Last Defense ||?||?|
|TLF15||Hunt for the Garde ||?||?|
- Ages of main characters
- One - The supposedly oldest among the nine Garde, and slightly older than Adam (TLF3(4)), giving her birth year as approximately 1990, with conflicting sources (see Discrepancy no.2 below). She dies in 2004 at 14 years old.
- Two - TLF3(17) describes her as 12 at the time of her death in 2007, giving birth year of 1995.
- Three - The prologue of LL1 cites him to be 14 when he died in September 2010, giving his birth year of 1996.
- Four - From LL1(21), Four was 15 in 2010, thus he was born in 1995. A clear mention of the "cool February air" in LL2(18) gives Four's birth month.
- Five - Noted to be 9 (turning 10?) in 2004 and 13 in 2007 (TLF7(1,2)), thus probably born in late 1994.
- Six - Was 13 in 2007 (TLF1(1)) and hence 16 turning on 17 when she met Four in January 2011. Born in 1994, though LL3(11) disagrees (see Discrepancy no.7 below).
- Seven - Given her age as 17 years and 7 months in January 2011 (LL2(1)), her birth date would be in June 1993.
- Eight - Birthdate not explicitly given, expected to be as old as Six or Seven. See Discrepancy no.8 below.
- Nine - LL2(31) describes him to be about the age of Four; born in 1995.
- Ella - Born on the day of the Mogadorian Invasion of Lorien (Quartermoon, 1999), as mentioned in LL2.
- Sam Goode - Birthdate given as January 4, 1995 in LL2(21). Sets the timeline.
- Sarah Hart - Birthdate not explictly given, but as a High School Junior in the begining of the series, she is probably 16 or 17 years old.
- Adamus Sutekh - Was 13 in 2004 when One died (TLF3(1)). Born in 1991.
There are many discrepancies in the novel with regards to the chronology, moon phases and ages of characters. These apply for published works only, and may be corrected or clarified in upcoming novels, to which some of the listed events in the timeline are subject to changes.
- In TLF5, Sandor observed Brandon to be "a few years older" than him, but this is contradictory for Brandon would already be 39 years old then, according to Four's age reckoning. In this article, this is assumed to be Sandor's observational mistake.
- In TLF5, Sandor identifies the ages of the nine Garde at the airstrip between infancy and six years, of which both are questionable, as the eldest would be One at nine years old, the youngest would be Three at three years old, and Ella does not leave from this Loric ship. Coincidentally, a recall by Adamus in TLF3 also erroneously describes One as at most six or seven years old at that time. It could be, however, that One simply looks younger than she actually is.
- In TLF2, Nine already had three ankle scars when he was captured in spring, and he stayed in prison for about a year. However, the events between the death of Three and Nine's release from imprisonment spanned across only five months from September to February. This is also supported by TLF7 that Nine was already captured at the time of Three's death.
- TLF7 incorrectly assumes the interval between Two's and Three's deaths to be two years, and attempts to fit the events of Rey's death and burial up to Five's breakup with Emma in the first year, and Five's training with Ethan in the second. In truth, three years have passed, thus creating a time rift of about 1.5 years between Rey's death and Five's departure from the island.
- While mentioned in LL2(18) that the date of Henri's imprisonment in Athens, Ohio is January 19, it is not possible as this event takes place during Thanksgiving in the first novel. This reference is ignored in this article. 
- On the Saturday night which the James house fire occurred, Four reported seeing a full moon in the sky. Considering the date between New Year's day and the next full moon on February 18 (mentioned in LL2), this would have to be on January 19 (see the lunar chart here), giving too little time for Four, Six and Sam's battle recovery and combat training as described in LL2, as well as being on a Wednesday which does not fit the plot. This article assumes that this event occurred on the first weekend after the resumption of school, and dates to approximately January 8. 
- A remark in LL3(11) relates Six as being only two years old when she left Lorien for Earth. This is contradictory to the references provided in LL2 and TLF1 that show her age as 16, and hence 4-5 years old during the trip. The mistake is likely caused by a discontinuity between LL2 and LL3.
- In LL3, Eight relates how he has already developed Legacies before the death of his Cêpan eight years prior to the visit of Six, Seven and Ella. Assuming the development of Legacies in the Garde only start from about age 13, this effectively places him in his early twenties by then, clearly violating the age rule for which One is significantly older than the rest of the Garde. Considering his fighting abilities being fairly developed then, it is most likely that he has estimated the number of years wrongly. For now, the year is accepted until the age of Eight is confirmed in subsequent publications.
- In TLF4, Adam recalled a note dated about 1 year old (when he viewed it) that required new Mogadorian prisoners to be sent to the Dulce base. This would date to approximately October 2009, before Nine was imprisoned, so it was a wonder why he was not taken to the Dulce base while Sam and Sarah were thereafter. It could be possible that Nine was too dangerous to be transported therefor they decided to leave him there.
- Between LL2 and LL3, the Battle of Dulce happened 3 days before Four and Six's rendezvous, and thus 11 days after Four and Sam's capture at Paradise, Ohio where Sam last met his mother. This is coincidentally also the date on which Adamus and Malcolm free Sam from his Dulce prison, supported by both LL3 and TLF4. Hence, it is not possible for Malcolm and Adam to arrive only "weeks" after the final appearance of Sam at Paradise. Considering that their trip from Paradise to the New Mexico base takes about a week, it is more likely to be a mere 4-5 days between the visits of son and father. (Despite there being also a possibility of a 18-day gap between the captures of Four/Sam and Six, the latter's trip to the Himalayas was short enough to make neither durations actually feasible.)
- In LL4, Sam recounts that he has been trapped in the base in Dulce for weeks and uses the number of times the guards bring in his food to support his time reckoning. However, details in LL3 and TLF4 all point to the fact that only 10 days have passed since his capture and eventual liberation by Adam and Malcolm, which happens simultaneously with the Garde's invasion into the base at the end of LL3. As a result, taking away his interrogation time with Setrákus Ra and transport time to Dulce, he could only have stayed in the Dulce prison cell for a maximum of 4-5 days.  In this article, it is assumed that this was the result of Setrákus Ra playing with his mind to demoralize him.
- ↑ For key references to age and duration, see LL1(16,19,21) and LL2(21).
- ↑ Though out of point here, there may be a certain connection between Number Four and the number 19, as the same number appeared on Bernie Kosar's collar tag when he first appeared as a dog.
- ↑ See LL1(24) and LL2(1).
- ↑ Taking Day 0 (February 27) to be the day of Six's leave to Spain, Day 1 would be that of Sam's capture, Day 6-7 would be the time where Sam is taken to his prison cell in Dulce, and Day 11 would be Six's capture in Dulce, New Mexico when she was questioned by Setrákus Ra on the location where she'd meet Sam on Day 14.