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The Chronology pages are a very important part of the Girl Genius wiki. There is a separate Chronology page for every volume of the Girl Genius graphic novel series. Each Chronology page provides a page-by-page summary of one of the graphic novels.

The Purpose of this Page[]

The Girl Genius Chronology pages, as with the Girl Genius wiki as a whole, have grown organically over the years. This page attempts to codify the rules and current practices used in editing the Chronology pages to aid future editors and to help establish an up-to-date official Girl Genius wiki policy.

Rules and Current Practices[]

Here are the rules and current practices used in editing the Girl Genius Chronology pages, as they apply to each section of the Chronology. Rules that have (received) after them were passed on by other, more senior members of this wiki. Rules with (observed) after them are based on looking at what already existed on earlier Chronology pages.

Characters[]

Rules[]

List all characters appearing on a page, listing the characters who speak on the page first, in the order in which they speak (received).

Current Practices[]

Starting with the first panel on a page, list all the characters who appear in that panel, following the rules below. Once you have dealt with all the characters in that panel, move on the next panel, and so on. For each subsequent panel, only list new characters, that is characters who haven't appeared in previous panels on that page and who therefore are not already listed. Stop when there are no more new characters to list or when you have listed all the new characters in the last panel, whichever comes first.

Within a panel, list the speaking characters first, in the order in which they speak. Once you are done with the speaking characters, list the nonspeaking characters in the panel, moving from foreground to background and from left to right. (Depending on the layout of the page, some other ordering—such as clockwise or counterclockwise—for the nonspeaking characters may be more appropriate; if so, use it.)

For pages with a large number of characters portrayed on them, all characters who already have their own pages in this wiki must be listed. For characters who do not already have their own pages in this wiki, all characters who speak must be listed. Characters who do not speak but who perform significant actions that affect the plot must also be listed. Nonspeaking characters who perform no significant actions may be listed by groups. For omnipresent characters like Castle Heterodyne, list them on the first panel on which they speak.

Update (August 2021 for global appearance pages): Attempt to give every creature a link, not only Category:Characters (or potential ones) proper. For instance, an unnamed Jäger, or a group of them, should have a Jägermonster link. (Only one link per group is needed.) If a creature is on a list (such as Castle Heterodyne inmates or List of Wulfenbach military units), try not to use section links; rather, link to a redirect like Green Hood which links to the section (aka "bookmark") on the list. (This is for the ease of giving the creature its own page with the correct appearances in the future. The wiki software will want to avoid the intermediate redirect, but should be overridden.) If the creature seems to belong on a list that doesn't exist yet (perhaps it's one in a developing sequence of likely Category:Nonces as we saw in the Siege of Mechanicsburg), create the list (use the Stub template liberally), and again, link to a redirect to the section in the newly created list. Truly trivial items (beverage labels, book titles) might as well (should) link directly to their lists, though. These rules may be difficult to apply for new pages, but should guide linking as the situation becomes more clear.

Reminder: It's not necessary to have a === section heading === to provide a target for a # link; you can give (e.g.) #REDIRECT [[Page#Name]] a target (bookmark) with <span id="Name">'''thing name (in bold to highlight)'''</span> anywhere on Page. Or Template:Id: '''{{Id|Name}}'''. Note: when using the Id template, it must be the innermost template as it uses the entire contents of its argument as the id (bookmark); hence '''{{GG link|20210312|{{Id|Stonegrease}}}}'''

Actions[]

Rules[]

Summarize what happens on the page, briefly. It is better to put something in the actions field rather than nothing. (observed)

Current Practices[]

Summarize what happens on the page, as briefly as possible, while not omitting any significant incidents. It is better to put in a short, incomplete summary rather than nothing. (Due to the perfectionism and lack of time of the person who created most of the chronology entries over the past few years, far too many action fields have been left blank.)

Update (2021): This field is also used to mention other (non-character) objects that might be important (or interesting to other pedants) — especially, make a link to the page for an object when it exists.

Quotes[]

Rules[]

Record particularly memorable or otherwise outstanding verbal exchanges, such as might be used to introduce an article. It is not expected that every page will have one. [1]

Current Practices[]

Efforts have been made to provide quotes for every entry in recent years. When there is an obviously notable quote or a good, standalone punchline[2], these have been used. When there is no obvious short quote for a page, excessively long passages of dialog may have been quoted on occasion.

Names Used[]

Rules[]

Indicate what characters also "appear" on a page by being mentioned by other characters.

Current Practices[]

List all references in the dialog to persons not otherwise appearing on the page, in the order in which they are spoken, verbatim. That is, whether the person is actually named, or implied by description, or simply described, include these characters as referred to. If it is the case that the person's description can be reasonably understood as an existing character, link to that character's page (using the description as the text — the thing after the bar) or (2021) follow the convention for characters without pages, as described for the characters field above.

Text[]

Rules[]

List background text in the comics: titles of books, names of shops, inscriptions, etc. Also list onomatopoetic text (DOOOM , Tome! , Cube! ) that appears in the artwork as well.

Current Practices[]

Extras[]

Rules[]

Note material that has been added to the post that is not part of the page itself.

Current Practices[]

This material is also been collected in List of Special Pages, Notes, and Annotations. For a while this field was repurposed as for extra comments from the editor (which should be placed in footnotes instead). Hence the use is in flux.

About the Chronology Pages[]

There is a Chronology page for each volume of the Girl Genius saga. Each page starts with GG Chronology Introduction template containing the following explanatory text:


The chronology pages describe the comics to assist scholars in finding the page on which something occurred. For each page of the comic, the chronology pages identify the characters that appear, actions taken, significant quotes, and other things of interest. Page numbers from the website are zero padded to three digits and in parentheses, for example: (005), (061), (113). Page numbers from print volumes are neither, for example: 5, 61, 113. Section titles are from the canon unless otherwise noted.

For historical reasons, volumes 1 (I) through 13 (XIII) are usually identified with Roman numerals on the Girl Genius chronology pages and elsewhere in the wiki. From volume 14 on, the story entered a new "act" and the volume numbers started over, in Arabic numbers, proceeded by a "2-". For example, overall volume 15 is given as volume 2-2 on chronology pages.

For a partial timeline of the events in the comic, see Internal Chronology.


The Chronology Table of Contents template will allow you to easily view each Chronology page:

Chronology Overview         Internal Chronology
Key Book red.png = First page of volume                 Calendar metal.png = chronology                 Cast multicolor.png = cast
Act 1 1 Book red.png

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2 Book red.png

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3 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

4 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

5 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

6 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

7 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

8 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

9 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

10 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

11 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

12 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

13 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

Act 2 1 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

2 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

3 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

4 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

5 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

6 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

7 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

8 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

9 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

10 Book red.png

Calendar metal.png Cast multicolor.png

References

  1. The wiki is very careful to avoid copyright violation, so there is no complete record of the dialog. Rather, it is hoped that by providing the characters present on each page and a general overview of the story through the section headers, the desired exchange can be found.
  2. Since humor is an important part of Girl Genius, and to keep people coming back for more, the Foglios try to end each page with a punchline[citation needed].
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