Early Vhalar, 691 Edasha travels to Rynmere, perhaps on a whim, and meets the eyes of a young man, Noah Venora, out on a date with a young maiden and his mother. The two, immortal and man, are inexplicably drawn to one another.
Early Vhalar, 691 The next trial, Edasha shows up at the Venora House in Andaris, calling herself Ambrosine, having convinced the young maiden she'd seen yesterday with Noah, a miss Shannon Meadow, to invite her to the gardens. She and Noah meet properly for the first time. That night, they talk for hours.
Early - late Vhalar, 691 Noah and Ambrosine continue their courtship, much to the dismay of Shannon Meadow. However, Shannon and Noah are soon engaged. The night of their engagement, Ambrosine and Noah throw themselves to passion. Not long after, just before Shannon and Noah are to be married, Ambrosine disappears, not to be seen again. Shannon and Noah fall into a content marriage, neither the wiser that Noah has already produced his first son.
19th of Saun, 692 In Rharne, Si'tony Qy'akor gives birth to a baby girl named Jovy.
23rd of Saun, 692 Si'tony finds a newborn baby, a boy, on the deck of her ship the Andresmarie. After some initial confusion from family, it is accepted that this boy, Hart, is Si'tony's son. Jovy and Hart are treated as twins, a common occurrence in biqaj bloodlines. Hart is given Jovy's birthdate.
3rd of Ashan, 695 In Venora, Noah and Shannon have their first son together, Tristan Venora.
Cylus, 697 Si'tony meets and falls briefly in love with a half-biqaj named Edric, a man not of a biqaj upbringing but knowledgeable of the sea, biqaj culture, and their language. He begins to live with Si'tony, Hart, Jovy, and a varying cast of others on the Andresmarie, helping to raise the children. Quickly, Hart and Jovy begin to look up to Edric as a father, though for a while he is in and out of their lives.
Arc 697 Noah and Shannon have their first daughter, Atolini Venora.
Arc 698 Noah and Shannon have their second daughter.
15th of Ymiden, 699 Noah and Shannon have their final child, a second son named Teddy.
Late Zi'da, 706 On a layover to Ne'haer, Hart is out exploring the land when, unbeknownst to him, his mortalborn abilities awaken. One moment he's collecting rocks and the next he feels, more than sees, that someone is nearby and in need of help. That someone turns out to be a boy a few years younger than him named Quio. After luring the frightened, starving child out with the promise of food, Hart strikes up a hasty friendship.
That evening they sneak back to the walls of Ne'haer but Quio is frightened to go into the gates. He says that he is not welcome in the city and Hart senses, once more, that Quio needs help. Needs his help. There is nothing he can do to deny this feeling. He convinces Quio to come live with his biqaj family on the Andresmarie.
Late Zi'da, 706 That night Hart falls into a sudden severe illness. He has a high fever and ragged cough; worse yet, the fever seems to have affected his mind, making him at times frenzied, passing quickly between euphoria and irritability. Though wanting to leave Ne'haer, his family is afraid to take him out to sea. Instead, he goes to a doctor, then a healer, then a temple. He is given many cures throughout the next two days, but nothing seems to have an effect. Eventually he recovers on his own, but not until after the family has spent a great deal of money trying to heal him from what they feared to be a fatal illness. Already burdened financially from a series of mishaps and bad investments, the addition of a new mouth to feed --Quio-- and Hart's subsequent illness pushes the family into a period of financial tension and uncertainty.
Cylus, 707 Finally having left Ne'haer, Si'tony and Edric argue. Hart takes his mother's side but the stress of the argument takes its toll, and once more he becomes ill. He falls into another fit of illness, and they immediately turn back towards the city. Before they can reach Ne'haer, however, a ship flying pirate colors approaches from the sea, waylaying them. There is another, greater fight concerning the future of the Andresmarie and its occupants. Edric argues that their troubles may be solved by turning to piracy; Si'tony will not betray her kind. The foreign ship follows them to sight of port before vanishing on the horizon. The Andresmarie docks once more. Hart is rushed straight to the temple.
Cylus, 707 Caught up in Hart's illness, Si'tony does not immediately notice when Edric takes Jovy and disappears. Later she finds a note on the ship explaining their intentions. They promise they will be back after earning a pirate's fortune, to wait for them in the meantime. But Quio is terrified of Ne'haer. Once Hart is recovered again from his ailment, they set sail for the nearest city, Argos.
Late Ashan, 707 By the time Edric and Jovy find them in Argos, Jovy is very ill herself, battered, no, shattered from more than a season's worth of abuse. Edric is immediately banished from the family. Hart quickly becomes Jovy's confidant and caretaker, Quio too young and skiddish to do much help besides ship's work. They remain in Argos for a time, seeking treatment, but realize that Jovy's illness is one of the spirit, not the body. She begs them to take her to sea. Eventually the Andresmarie makes way once more, a relief after being landlocked for so long.
Late Ashan - mid Ymiden, 707 Throughout the final season of his sister's life, Hart barely leaves Jovy's side. He tries to help her, he needs to help her, but nothing he does seems to fix her for long. Taking care of her drags him into his own fit of despair. However, now the family's focus is on Jovy, and he doesn't want to worry his mother further, so he learns to struggle through his own suffering in silence. Perhaps Jovy is the only one who knows something is truly wrong with him, but she is not herself. She won't eat, no matter how he begs her. She has difficulty sleeping. She won't get out of bed, she won't talk to anyone but him and their mother. There is no light, no life left in her. Eventually she stops eating entirely. Those final weeks are a personal hell for Hart, but he struggles to deny what is happening until it's done.
78th of Ymiden, 707 Finally, Jovy dies, withered in her bed, little more than skin and bones.
Ymiden, 707 Jovy's death hits Hart extremely hard. There are times he wonders if her illness, one of the spirit, is catching after all. For a long while he is not the same, though he pretends to be to soothe his mother's grief. Though others eventually move on, he cannot shake his sister's death. For weeks he remains obsessed with helping her, despite the fact that she's already gone; he relives her final moments and tries to figure out what he could have done, as if that might somehow bring her back. He is plagued by nightmares and ill sleep. He even seems to age more quickly, as if his own body has betrayed him and is hurrying him towards his sister in death.
But somehow he pulls through.
After that, their family mends itself and goes back to happiness, to life.
Saun, 707 - early Ymiden, 709 Throughout the next few years, Hart and Quio slowly grow up together, Quio always more like a friend than a brother. And as they grow, they also fall in love.
33rd of Ymiden, 709 Before they can truly fall, however, Quio reveals that he is something called yludih, a shape-changer. Hart struggles with the idea that Quio is a monster, because he's always been told that the shape-changers are monsters, that they are little better than pirates. Maybe worse.
But that can't be true because there is nothing worse than a pirate. And Quio is nothing like that. Hart knows. He knows. He tells Quio that he doesn't care. And eventually Quio tells him all about his old life with his mother, and what happened to her, and to them, and what it means to be what he is.
And for a long time, it doesn't matter. Because they're happy. Hart occasionally sees another person during this time, managing his relationships much as Si'tony had managed hers, but each person only reaffirms that for him, Quio truly is the one.
Saun, 710 It's a little more than a year later when they announce their love officially to Si'tony and the rest of the Andresmarie. That's not a big surprise. The true surprise comes when they explain to the rest of the crew what Quio is.
There is a bit of a debate, but in the end it's settled. Quio and Hart will stay. Si'tony, despite the boys' young age, immediately starts hinting at grandchildren. She was Hart's age, she tells them with a knowing smile, when she had Jovy and Hart.
Saun, 712 When Hart is twenty (and Quio eighteen), they undergo Hart's biqaj rite of passage. In Argos once more, they are given a ship: an old, broken sloop to fix up, barely able to float. It takes the inexperienced biqaj nearly two full arcs to repair her to perfection. The sloop is christened the Jovy Akor.
Ymiden, 714 As soon as the Akor is ready, Hart takes the last name Qy'ihadi, and Quio the name 'Ruq Qy'ihadi' to match, though it's against biqaj tradition to take a partner's last name. For all intents and purposes, though without proper ceremony, they are married. They live together on the Akor, though for a while remain with the Andresmarie before setting sail to find their own waters, their own place in life.
Zi'da, 714 - Saun, 716 From then on they, like Si'tony before them, bounce around from harbor to harbor. Mostly the two earn money on land, taking odd jobs for a week or two at a time as Hart begins to pursue a career in art on the side. Once or twice he falls ill, back into the sickness that seemed so uncontrollable in his earlier years. But this time Quio is there and able to take care of him. The yludih acts as a balance, a balm. Hart, when he does get sick, seems not to stay quite as sick for quite so long, as long as Quio is by his side.
Early Saun, 716 It isn't until they come to Rynmere at the cusp of a war that they find themselves unable to continue their seafaring lives. Hart tells Quio that they must stay because they don't have time to resupply and that it will be safer in the city. But truth is, once more he senses that something or someone --maybe a lot of someones-- need his help.
However, as soon as they come to the city it's apparent that he's far in over his head. There's too much for him to handle, no way for him to pinpoint any one thing that he could do to help a city of this size. For the first few days he avoids most of the city, making small connections here and there, but with each passing day his health declines. He feels worse and worse.
16th of Saun, 716 Then, bizarrely, Quio loses the Jovy Akor to a pirate, and gains a pirate schooner in her place called the Blackheart. Hart, on the brink of illness but desperately fighting through, despises this ship.
Mid Saun, 716 Maybe as a punishment, he loses himself from Quio in the city. Then he can't get back to Quio because finally he's fallen ill, very ill. He's bedridden for days. The city falls to war. There's a time a few trials long where he thinks he might actually go insane, or maybe he is insane and he doesn't know it-- from worry for Quio, and from his own incessant illness. He stays with a small family whom out of the goodness of their hearts take care of him, even in the midst of the war. He remains locked up safe in their house as smoke and soldiers fill the streets.
Mid Saun, 716 The war is over, as abruptly as it started. Perhaps before he's back to full strength, he goes out and finds Quio, and finds out that his promised one has been shot. An accident, he's told, and also, I might have found your brother. He doesn't have a brother, not to his knowledge, and his head is whirling but he can't help it, he's intrigued.
33rd of Saun, 716 Their meeting with Tristan and his slave, Faith, is a whirlwind. Tristan looks exactly like Hart, save for a few small differences. He's strange, but brilliant in a way, sort of like Jovy. It's this brilliance that confuses Hart, even more than Tristan's matching face. Because if Tristan is so like Jovy, then how could he and Tristan not be related? But on the other hand, how could they be? It doesn't make any sense. And to make things even more complicated, Tristan is a noble lord. Hart doesn't believe that he himself could be half nobility. Wouldn't he know?
34th of Saun, 716 Unfortunately there's little time to make sense of anything. Strange creatures come out of the shadows and the city is plunged back into war, but war of an entirely different type. Hart is locked in the city, and he stays with the little family who had sheltered him before. Quio is nowhere to be found. And as soon as the creatures have gone, Tristan and Faith disappear too.
For all Hart knows, all three of them have been killed or are hurt or are in danger somewhere, with no one to help.
31st of Vhalar, 716 It's not until the 31st of the next season that he sees Quio again. He's nearly given up hope. Then everything is crazy. Quio is there and tells him of a grand adventure, of immortals and battles, a destroyed city, war. All Hart can think is You're alive, but he's scared too, fearing that not all of his promised one has come home to him. Quio, though he belittles it, is upset. Changed, perhaps irrecoverably. Hart, once more, doesn't know what he can do to help.
But circumstances sour his attempt.
A few days later he finds out that Tristan and Faith are okay also. But circumstances sour that too.
60th of Vhalar, 716 At a party held for those honored in the war, Quio reveals to Tristan and Faith that he is yludih. Hart is convinced further that Quio is not right. Revealing what he is, in Hart's eyes, is an act of self harm. And Quio proves useless for explaining what's wrong.
96th of Vhalar, 716 Nonetheless, they agree to act like everything's normal. They go to Tristan's play, A Royal Tragedy. Hart would prefer Quio use a different face or disguise, just to keep him safe, but Quio decides to go as himself.
End of Vhalar, 716 For the rest of the season, Hart convinces Quio it's best to lay low. They spend the last few good days of Vhalar out on the sea, on the Blackheart. For a while, at least, Quio seems happier, so Hart tells himself to be happy, too.
But it's not to be. Eventually Quio leaves Hart, or is taken away from him for reasons unknown, and Hart doesn't see him again. For a long time after that, Hart mourns the loss of his promised one and best friend.