The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

by Lotsawatts

Port of Dead Ships

A Novella in the [Witch World Saga] by Andre Norton


See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey] [Coulson's Index]

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Edition Used for Analysis:

Storms of Victory (1992) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-51109-3, LCCN 90-49030, $4.99, 432pg ~ cover by Dennis A. Nolan 


Follow Destree m'Regnant, a young woman despised by her people, the Sulcars, due to the circumstances of her birth and her powers of foreseeing. On a sea expedition to investigate disturbances to the south, her slowly maturing powers save her shipmates and the lost souls entrapped by an ancient evil that manipulates a Gate to many worlds.

Timeline Points:

  1. p16. "It was in the month of Peryton and there was already the sharp bite of coming winter in the air. We had finished the last of the harvesting…" Kemoc arrives at Lormt to tell Duratan the events of "Port of Dead Ships".
  2. p17. Year of the Winged Bull - 'my father's time' - Osberic intending to send out a search force - but then the Kolder took Gorm.
  3. p20. Simon: "Kolder… there were rumors not long since that such as they linger still in Alizon, their old overseas ally."1 Koris: "They (Falconers) wish to establish a new Eyrie—in fact there is talk of one overseas."2
  4. p24. "We have met in .Escore… one adept to whom our Witches would be as untaught apprentices." (Hilarion)3
  5. p26. Destree: "There was a healer in Quayth then, One of the Old Blood of .Arvon. And my mother was taken to her."4
  6. p39. Simon: "Fifty years!" The date on the magazine in the ship from Earth is fifty years after Simon left Earth.5
  7. p52. Kaththea lives by another sea.6
  8. p91. "In the Founding Years of Varn 6783 there was a similar time and then there came a wind from the south, searing with a heat which lay waste all the fields just before the harvest." (Volcano erupted) "This is the settlements Year 6810" (the current date) - the Varn calendar.

1. See: The Stillborn Heritage and Falcon Magic
2. See: Seakeep. This story probably takes place around the same time as Falcon Blood and the storms that happen here are possibly the ones Tanree and Rivery barely survived as there is no mention of Salzarat being an alternative in this story or Seakeep/Falcon Hope.
3. See: Sorceress of the Witch World
4. See: Amber of Quayth.
5. See: Witch World The ship would have left Earth circa 2010 if Simon left around 1960.
6. See: Sorceress of the Witch World and The Gate of the Cat

The Sorcerer’s recommend that you read next: Seakeep


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