Benematapa


A hypothetical timeline of Imaro's life and times.

Timeline developed by
Dale E. Rippke

Special word of thanks to
Joe Marek & Morgan Holmes

The following timeline revolves around the stories published in the Daw paperbacks. The rest of the short stories (with the exception of "Mzee") take place after the three published books. Some stories I can't place since I've not read them. The most interesting part of this, in my opinion, is seeing how much the story has changed between being written as short stories, until they reappeared rewritten in the novels. Compare the timeline to Saunder's checklist and you'll see what I mean.

Key: Meaning:
* Proposed Story, May not have been published or even written
(gap here) noticeable gaps between stories, possibly an opportunity for a new story
Estimated Age Title Notes
Birth
Katisa is visited by a Cloud Strider, and gives birth to Imaro in the Mahali-ya-Kiu desert.
½
Kitisa returns to the Ilyassai, exposes Chitendu, who is exiled.
5 Prologue Kitisa leaves Imaro with the Ilyassai, Imaro becomes known as the "Son of No Father".
10 Mzee (gap here) Imaro's childhood takes a different path after a visit with an old man named Mzee.
14 Turkhana Knives (gap here) Imaro's first heroic exploit, he is kidnapped, and escapes, defeating marauders from the Turkhana tribe.
18 The Place of Stones (gap here) Imaro achieves manhood, but exile is his reward. He kills Chitendu in his first brush with Mashataan sorcery.
19 Slaves of the Giant-Kings (gap here) Imaro leads a revolt against the Mawambututssi city of Kigesi. Marks the first appearence of Tanisha.

Horror in the Black Hills (gap here) Imaro is the leader of a group of bandits, and fights a creature of the Mashataan shortly after the sack of Tanga.

The City of Madness Seeking vengeance against the traitor, Bomunu, Imaro discovers the degenerate city of Yahannis. Marks the first appearence of Pomphis the Pygmy.
20 In Mwenni Traveling toward Cush, Imaro gets his first real taste of civilization,and discovers the pervasive influences of a Priest of Naama.

In Bana-Gui Imaro and Pomphis attempt to rescue Tanisha from the clutches of the bog-dwelling Bana-Gui.

On the Bahari Mashiriki Sailing toward Cush, Imaro must overcome storm and Naaman-sent sea creatures.

In Cush Imaro meets the Kandiss of Cush and decides to become a weaponsmith. Tanisha is pregnant with Imaro's child.
25 The Trail of Bohu (gap here) The Erriten of Naama are on the move, and through their agent, Bohu, deliver a great personal loss unto Imaro. The search for Bohu leads to the Monomatapa Empire, and a most unexpected reunion.

*Imaro of Nyumbani The cataclysmic battle against the Mashataan Demon-Gods and their sorcerous minions. Imaro becomes known as "Benematapa", the Liberator.
26 The Skeleton Coast Imaro's life takes an unexpected turn, after he leaves Naama and becomes embroiled in an epic sea-battle.

Scorpion Sand The next adventure of Imaro. I haven't read it, I don't know what its about.
27 Mai-Kulala (gap here) Traveling northward to Bornu, where he hopes to find employment in the army of Idin Amni, Imaro encounters a forest queen.

*The Wrath of Idin Amni One of Imaro's most dangerous confrontations yet, as he battles a tyrannical monarch and his horde of demon-spawn.

The Moon Pool Imaro, on the run from the men of Bornu, rescues a Darfurian noblewoman and battles a creature from beyond the darkness.
28
(gap here) Imaro soldiers among the kingdoms along the Gulf of Otongi.

Kibanda ya Kufa (gap here) Traveling along the savanna south of the Khagga-Sudd, Imaro battles a demon-creature for his very soul.
29 Death in Jukun (gap here) On a visit to the West Coast, Imaro finds himself in a life a death battle with a creature summoned by a sorcerer from Ife.


(gap here) Over the next five years, Imaro becomes a legend on the battlefield. He defeats the Painlords of Velanga and breaks the towers of Komeh. Eventually he tires of this life and escapes to hide himself in the fastness of northern Nyumbani.
35 Death's Friend After living in solitude for nearly a year, Imaro is provoked into freeing Death from a trap.
38 Drum Magic On a trip back to the Abamba Highlands, Imaro helps a young boy rescue his sister from a demon. As to what happens after this adventure, the Saga doesn't say.

 


Legends of the Benematapa

Estimated Age Title Notes
n/a Imaro and the White Queen Unfortunatly, I have not read this story of Imaro's life.

 


The Complete Imaro Checklist 1974-1979
List compiled by Charles R. Saunders

Key: Meaning:
* Proposed Story, May not have been published or even written
Estimated Age Title Notes

Turkhana Knives First of Imaro's exploits. At age of 14, he defeats marauders from a rival tribe.

The Place of Stones Imaro achieves his manhood, but exile is his only reward. In the process he slays Chitendu, his first major foe.

Imaro and the Giant-Kings Imaro leads a revolt against the cruel Mawambututssi. First appearence of Tanisha, Imaro's woman companion.

Horror in the Black Hills A tale of Imaro as a bandit chieftan.

Mji ya Wazimu (City of Madness) Imaro encounters a city of degenerate immortals in a quest for vengance against a traitorous bandit. First appearence of Pomphis the Pygmy.

N'tu-Nusu ya Chikanda Imaro's discovery of civilization, and his adventures against the pervasive influences of the priests of Naama.

The Curse of the Bana-Gui Imaro and Pomphis must rescue Tanish from the clutches of the Dwellers Beneath the Bog.....

*Dark Island A shipwreck seperates Imaro from Pomphis and Tanisha. Imaro is cast away on an island of savage warriors, weird beasts, and malignant magic.

*Sword of the Assassin Imaro returns to the mainland, and secures employment as a mercenary swordsman.

*Queen of the Deepwalkers Imaro finds enchantment and danger on a secret island in the middle of the Great Nyanza, an inland sea.

*The Return of Imaro Imaro returns to his Ilyassai tribesmen to aid them in battle against a menace from beyond.

Mai-Kulala Travelling northward to Cush, where he hopes to find Tanisha and Pomphis, Imaro encounters a forest queen.

Bwala li Mwesu (The Moon Pool) Imaro rescues a Darfarian noblewoman and battles a creature from beyond the darkness.

*The Wrath of Idin Amni One of Imaro's most dangerous confrontations yet, as he battles a tyrannical monarch and his horde of demon-spawn.

*Imaro of Nyumbani This will be the first Imaro novel, relating his cataclysmic battle against the Mashataan Demon-Gods and their sorcerous minions.

The Skeleton Coast An epic sea battle marks the beginning of a new phase of Imaro's career.

Kibanda ya Kufa Imaro battles for his very soul in a story belonging to a later sequence of our hero's life.

Death in Jukun On a visit to the West Coast, Imaro finds himself in a life a death battle with a creature summoned by a sorcerer from Ife.

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