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The timelines of the Drakengard series, including all the possible outcomes and routes. Primarily based on information included in the Drag-on Dragoon World Inside book that was included with the 10th Anniversary Box.[1][2] Additional sources are stated next to the events they relate to.


Setting

Time doesn't always flow in a single direction.
— Accord, Drakengard 3

The history of the Drakengard world, which eventually came to be known as Midgard, was effectively created when, in AD 856 on the Iberian Peninsula, a great city appeared from the sky, along with mysterious beings known as dragons and Watchers. This event produced what is called the Multiple-World Divergence Phenomenon: when a group of "singularities" (most commonly special sentient beings) come together, splits occur in a timeline of events. This phenomenon has affected the course of events in Midgard for generations to come.

It is theorized in Grimoire Nier that the world of Drakengard exists in a universe parallel to the universe which contains the world featured in Nier, which is ostensibly Earth. Information presented in Drakengard 3 reinforces this theory and indicates that the events on the Iberian Peninsula resulted in the initial point of divergence. The world of Nier resembles our own (real-life) world up until the events that occurred in 2003 Tokyo, as featured Drakengard's Ending E.

Chronological Content Overview

Drakengard 3 & Drakengard

Drakengard 2

Which branch of Drakengard events Drakengard 2 follows is unknown, but it does not follow branch A.

The Timelines

See also: The Complete Drakengard Chronology (According to Accord)
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

1

  • The birth of Jesus Christ. (World Inside)

856

  • A giant earthquake occurs on the Iberian Peninsula. At the same time, a huge metropolis appears within one night, while a lot of strange things appear around the world. Casualties aside, this incident shook the very balance of the world. The dragons, Flower and the watchers are introduced into the world. This event becomes known as "The Great Disaster". (Drakengard 3)

858

  • The Eastern Roman Empire is destroyed by dragons. (World Inside)

862

  • The Frankish Kingdom monarchy breaks down. (World Inside)

865

  • Europe loses all concept of nations and becomes known as Midgard. (World Inside)

867

Nobles and intellectuals from the former kingdoms escaped to the Cathedral City with little more than their lives and set up the Pythagoras Institute to study the disaster and rise in abnormalities throughout the world. (World Inside)

981

995

  • An accident of unprecedented scale happens in the central magic institution in the Cathedral City. Witness accounts uncovered at a later time reveal that the dust and debris caused by the explosion resembled a gigantic flower that covered the night sky. (World Inside)

997

June
  • The parasitic Flower begins to feed on Rose's dead body. She changes her name to Zero once she becomes an Intoner. (World Inside, Zero's Novella)

998

February
  • As the power of the Flower becomes a threat to the world, Zero attempts to commit suicide but fails, which results in the birth of One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. (Drakengard 3, World Inside)
March
11th
  • Zero and Michael meet for the first time. (Zero's Prologue)
12th
  • Zero begins her trial to prove to Michael that she can subdue the Flower long enough to kill her sisters. (Zero's Prologue)
May
  • One and Gabriella meet for the first time. They fight off a strange character known as Bartas. (Zero's Prologue)
June
  • The Intoner sisters and Partition arrive to the Cathedral City. (Utahime Five)
  • Five, Four, Three and Two are killed, only to be resurrected by a dark entity that emerges from behind the Mercurius Gate. (Utahime Five)
  • One forges a pact with Gabriel, turning him back into Gabriella. (Utahime Five)
12th
  • Zero and Michael battle. Zero wins and their alliance is sealed. (Zero's Prologue)
August
1st
  • One creates her twin brother, One. (One's Prologue)
14th
  • One and her dragon companion Gabriella fight off several hostile monsters in the Land of Sands. (One's Prologue)
18th
  • One and her twin brother undertake a trial in The Forest of Trials in the Land of Forests, where they successfully defeat a fake Zero. (One's Prologue)
  • Zero meets Accord for the first time. (Zero's Prologue)
27th
  • Three and Octa travel to Cathedral City to destroy Three's defective modified Ogres. They later go on to defeat her Imps in the Land of Sands, her Cerberuses in the Land of Mountains and her Gigas in the Land of Seas. (Three's Prologue)
December
  • It becomes known that the four Intoner sisters, lead by One, were the ones who defeated the evil rulers of the lands and are therefore revered as great heroes. From this point on, a sort of religious faith in the Intoners as the rulers of each land spreads throughout Midgard. (World Inside)
November
4th
  • One trains her brother in battle, preparing him for his confrontation against Zero. (One's Prologue)


999

January
1st
27th
February
14th
22nd
March
3rd
  • Along with the reborn Mikhail, Zero goes into hiding in the Land of Seas to rest. (Drakengard 3)
April
14th
18th
  • Two and Cent fight off resistance in the Land of Forests. (Two's Prologue)
25th
  • Two and Cent make their way to Cathedral City after a letter from Decadus warns them that something is wrong. There they find soldiers corrupted by Two's power of song. (Two's Prologue)
  • Entering the crypt below the Cathedral, Two and Cent find that their orphan children have been transformed into a giant monster known as the Homunculus, which they are forced to kill. This event permanently breaks Two's mind. (Two's Prologue)

Drakengard 3

This branch leads to Drag-On Dragoon 1.3.

1000

March
  • With her wounds healed, Zero starts her mission once again to defeat her younger sisters. Zero manages to kill both Five and Four. (Drakengard 3)
April
  • Three, Two, One and Zero die, but One’s twin Brother lives on. (Drakengard 3)

1003

  • Plague spreads. (World Inside)
  • The world has transformed into one inhabited by even fiercer monsters. The Cult of the Watchers oppose them. (World Inside)

1012

  • The Seal system has been completed, though information regarding its details is kept in secrecy by the priests. (World Inside)

1017

  • The second Goddess of the Seal is chosen by the mark. A woman close to One, the leader of the Cult of the Watchers, volunteers to be the Goddess of the Seal. (World Inside)
  • One tells the events of Zero's journey to the second Goddess of the Seal. (Story Side)

1021

  • Conflict arises within the Cult of the Watchers. It all began with the jealousy and despair of the woman chosen to be the second Goddess of the Seal, and ended with the cult's leader One being exiled. (World Inside)
  • The first case of Red Eye Disease manifested within someone related to the cult, though they fell to their death immediately thereafter. (World Inside)

1022

  • The third Goddess of the Seal is chosen by the mark. (World Inside)
  • From thereon, the ceremony to appoint new Goddesses was conducted in secret by the cult's priests. (World Inside)

1023

  • Former Land of Sands stages invasion into the former Land of Forests. (World Inside)

1024

  • Many citizens of the former Land of Forests leave the land. (World Inside)
  • One meets a refugee girl called Rosa in the former Land of Forests. (World Inside)

1025

  • The founding of Caerleon. (World Inside)
  • Rosa gives birth to One’s children, Gruen and Grenat, in a hidden stone village. (World Inside)

1027

  • The Fourth Goddess is assassinated. The Fifth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)
  • The Fifth Goddess is unable to endure the pain of being the Goddess and attempts suicide, but fails. Ultimately by the will of the Goddess, she is killed by guillotine in secret. The Sixth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1028

The Sixth Goddess is kidnapped by anti-Goddess separatists. She is never found. The Seventh Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1029

The Seventh Goddess is assassinated. The Eighth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1030

  • The Red Eye disease and famine spreads. (World Inside)
  • Caerleon goes through two kings. (World Inside)

1035

  • The first king of Caerleon dies from illness. The second king succeeds to the throne. (World Inside)

1039

  • The second king of Caerleon is assassinated. The third king succeeds to the throne, but is confined by the senior councilmen. They execute a virtual coup d'état called the “Council Agency”. (World Inside)

1041

  • Gruen becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (World Inside)

1042

  • The Ninth Goddess is chosen by the mark. There are no published accounts of the circumstances regarding the Eighth Goddess' death. (World Inside)
  • The priests begin creating poetry and music about the Seal and the Goddess. (World Inside)

1045

  • The third king dies of illness while in confinement. The fourth king is enthroned. (World Inside)

1051

  • One hears rumors about 'Red-Eyed rioters' and heads towards the Cathedral City, witnessing the Red Eye disease for the first time. (World Inside)
  • He kills Gruen, who was manipulating the victims of the red eye disease as the High Priest. One spares Verde, Gruen’s son and next in line to be High Priest. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)

1067

1073

1075

  • One attacks the Cult of the Watchers. Not only does he kill the leader Verde, he also kills many cult members. However, he does not discover the woman who was pregnant with Verde's children at that time, leading to the birth of Luis and Fey. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)
​May

1079

1080

1085

1090

1092

1093

  • Death of High Priest Luis. The younger sister of the High Priest, Fey, succeeds him in becoming the next High Priestess. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)
May
  • The Red Eye disease spreads throughout Caerleon, killing most of the kingdom. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)

1094

  • Furiae becomes the Thirteenth Goddess. (Drakengard)

1096

  • The Cult is assaulted again. The High Priestess Fey and her child Chloe are killed. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)
  • One is briefly fooled by Nero's sister into believing that she is his deceased sister One. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)
  • After finding out that he is the source of the Red Eye disease, One gives up and asks Nero to cut off his head. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)

1097

1098

  • On Verdelet's orders, Caim climbs a snowy mountain to forge an alliance with a Red Dragon. Near death and after single-handedly killing an insane dragon, the Red Dragon accepts Caim's proposal for an alliance and offers him her blood, which rejuvenates him (The Crimson Dragon)
One Month Later

1100

  • By this year, the dragons have been enslaved by humans, and are used for manual labor, entertainment and military purposes. However, following the Black Dragon's escape from his cage, a dragon uprising begins.(The World Two Years Later)

1000

April
  • Zero forms a pact between the flower and Mikhail to save his life. (Drakengard 3)

1000

April
  • Cent kills himself and all the disciples as well. (Drakengard 3)
  • An unevolved Mikhail is killed by One and Gabriel. (Drakengard 3)
  • Zero loses her sanity because of Mikhail's death and vomits. (Drakengard 3)

1000

April
  • Accord sacrifices herself so that Zero can kill One. (Drakengard 3)
  • Mikhail destroys the Flower and seals the Intoners into another dimension. (Drakengard 3)

This branch leads to Drakengard.

1000

March
  • With her wounds healed, Zero starts her mission once again to defeat her younger sisters. Zero manages to kill both Five and Four. (Drakengard 3)
April
  • Gabriel is defeated by Mikhail. Mikhail is poisoned, however. (Story Side)
  • Zero forms a pact between herself and the dying Mikhail to save his life. (Story Side)
  • One's brother kills Zero, also killing Mikhail as per the laws of a pact. (Story Side)

1003

  • Plague spreads. (World Inside)
  • The world has transformed into one inhabited by even fiercer monsters. The Cult of the Watchers oppose them. (World Inside)

1012

  • The Seal system has been completed, though information regarding its details is kept in secrecy by the priests. (World Inside)

1017

  • The second Goddess of the Seal is chosen by the mark. A woman close to One, the leader of the Cult of the Watchers, volunteers to be the Goddess of the Seal. (World Inside)
  • One tells the events of Zero's journey to the second Goddess of the Seal. (Story Side)

1021

  • Conflict arises within the Cult of the Watchers. It all began with the jealousy and despair of the woman chosen to be the second Goddess of the Seal, and ended with the cult's leader One being exiled. (World Inside)
  • The first case of Red Eye Disease manifested within someone related to the cult, though they fell to their death immediately thereafter. (World Inside)

1022

  • The third Goddess of the Seal is chosen by the mark. (World Inside)
  • From thereon, the ceremony to appoint new Goddesses was conducted in secret by the cult's priests. (World Inside)

1023

  • Former Land of Sands stages invasion into the former Land of Forests. (World Inside)

1024

  • Many citizens of the former Land of Forests leave the land. (World Inside)
  • One meets a refugee girl called Rosa in the former Land of Forests. (World Inside)

1025

  • The founding of Caerleon. (World Inside)
  • Rosa gives birth to One’s children, Gruen and Grenat, in a hidden stone village. (World Inside)

1027

  • The Fourth Goddess is assassinated. The Fifth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)
  • The Fifth Goddess is unable to endure the pain of being the Goddess and attempts suicide, but fails. Ultimately by the will of the Goddess, she is killed by guillotine in secret. The Sixth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1028

The Sixth Goddess is kidnapped by anti-Goddess separatists. She is never found. The Seventh Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1029

The Seventh Goddess is assassinated. The Eighth Goddess is appointed. (World Inside)

1030

  • The Red Eye disease and famine spreads. (World Inside)
  • Caerleon goes through two kings. (World Inside)

1035

  • The first king of Caerleon dies from illness. The second king succeeds to the throne. (World Inside)

1039

  • The second king of Caerleon is assassinated. The third king succeeds to the throne, but is confined by the senior councilmen. They execute a virtual coup d'état called the “Council Agency”. (World Inside)

1041

  • Gruen becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (World Inside)

1042

  • The Ninth Goddess is chosen by the mark. There are no published accounts of the circumstances regarding the Eighth Goddess' death. (World Inside)
  • The priests begin creating poetry and music about the Seal and the Goddess. (World Inside)

1045

  • The third king dies of illness while in confinement. The fourth king is enthroned. (World Inside)

1051

  • One hears rumors about 'Red-Eyed rioters' and heads towards the Cathedral City, witnessing the Red Eye disease for the first time. (World Inside)
  • He kills Gruen, who was manipulating the victims of the Red Eye disease as the High Priest. One spares Verde, Gruen’s son and next in line to be High Priest. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)

1067

1073

1075

  • One attacks the Cult of the Watchers. Not only does he kill the leader Verde, he also kills many cult members. However, he does not discover the woman who was pregnant with Verde's children at that time, leading to the birth of Luis and Fey. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)
​May

1079

1080

1085

1090

1092

1093

  • Death of High Priest Luis. The younger sister of the High Priest, Fey, succeeds him in becoming the next High Priestess. (World Inside, Shi ni Itaru Aka)
May

1094

  • Furiae becomes the Thirteenth Goddess. (Drakengard)

1096

  • The Cult is assaulted again. The High Priestess Fey and her child Chloe are killed. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)
  • One is briefly fooled by Nero's sister into believing that she is his deceased sister One. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)
  • After finding out that he is the source of the Red Eye disease, One gives up and asks Nero to cut off his head. (Shi ni Itaru Aka)

1097

Drakengard

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • The Red Dragon becomes the Fourteenth Goddess. (Drakengard)

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • Inuart places Furiae into a Seed of Destruction, which transforms her into a monster. He is killed by her.
  • The world is overrun by many clones of the monstrous Furiae that were copied from the original by the other Seeds. (Drakengard)

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • The Red Dragon breaks its pact with Caim to battle him. Caim kills the Red Dragon. (Drakengard)

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • Furiae and Inuart are killed when the Sky Fortress collapses. (Drakengard)
  • The Grotesqueries descend upon the world. (Drakengard)
  • Seere releases his time, forever freezing time around the Imperial City. (Drakengard)

This branch leads to NIER.

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • Furiae and Inuart are killed when the Sky Fortress collapses. (Drakengard)
  • The Watchers descend upon the world. (Drakengard)
  • Caim and Red Dragon charge at the Queen-beast. They break the barriers of time and space, falling into a parallel dimension. (Drakengard)

2003

June
12th
  • Approximately 3:00 PM - a massive white statue (henceforth referred to as "The Giant") appears from the sky in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  • Shortly thereafter, a red winged entity (henceforth referred to as "The Dragon") falls from the sky.
  • The Dragon and the Giant engage in a battle. The principle behind and effects of the attacks are a mystery. A piercing series of sounds are heard across the area.
  • The Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) observes the situation and plans counter-measures. An emergency Cabinet meeting takes place regarding the situation.
  • Approximately 4:00 PM - the Giant falls and breaks apart. The composition of the Giant is unable to be determined. The substance is similar to sodium chloride but lacks any manner of mass or weight. It quickly disperses and vanishes from the area.
  • Shortly after the fall of the Giant, Bravo-One (Callsign "Scarface") of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's 6th Air Wing, 303rd Squadron shoots down the Dragon with a missile strike. The body is later recovered from atop Tokyo Tower and taken to a government research facility for testing.
  • This event becomes known as the "6-12 Incident". It results in 56 fatalities, 320 injuries, and an economic cost of over 60 billion yen.
  • A gag order is issued regarding the events of 6-12, but videos and photos of the incident circulate on the Internet soon thereafter. Fears of terrorism, foreign plots, and other conspiracy theories soon follow the extraordinary events.
Further reading: 2003 on the NieR Wiki.

This branch leads to Drakengard 2.

1099

  • Manah becomes the leader of the Cult of the Watchers. (Drakengard)
  • The Red Dragon becomes the Fourteenth Goddess. (Drakengard)
  • During a disaster at sea, Hanch forms a pact with Kelpie. (World Inside)

1100

  • The Empire dissolves. (World Inside)
  • The Red Eye disease begins to disappear. (World Inside)

1101

  • Founding of the Knights of the Seal by Verdelet. (World Inside)

1105

  • Seere becomes the Hierarch of the Knights of the Seal. (World Inside)

1107

The Black Dragon and Nowe are discovered in the Forgotten Ruins. (World Inside, Drakengard 2)

1108

1114

  • Verdelet strengthens the Seal on the Red Dragon. (Drakengard 2)

Drakengard 2

1117

1123

  • Manah settles down in a distant land and becomes the proprietor of an orphanage. (The Garden of Light)

1126

1117

  • Manah is repossessed by the Gods. Nowe is forced to kill her. (Drakengard 2)
  • The Holy Dragons, led by Legna, Nowe and Eris ride into battle against the Watchers. (Drakengard 2)

1117

  • Nowe brings about a world where the Seal system is no longer needed. (Drakengard 2)

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