This section of the Stampede timeline covers the period of time after The Big Fall and before Meryl and Vash meet. The information below is based on confirmed in-show data as well as estimates. Where precise data is available, references are provided.
The Wilderness Years
3? years after The Big Fall
Pre-teen Knives finds Conrad living in luxury in July under the name Count Lebnant Vasquez. The July symbol is seen on the windows. Conrad recognizes Nai from SEEDS05. This is the first time we see Knives use his gate knives, growing out of his left hand. Tesla’s eye is embedded in his left hand’s knives. Conrad reacts to the sight of Tesla’s eye or Knives’ knives or both with shock and horror.
5 years after The Big Fall
Vash and Brad regularly travel so Vash can heal plants around No Man’s Land. Luida brings Vash a gift: a new red coat. Vash and Luida rename SEEDS03 as “Home.” Brad has finally repaired the SEEDS05 black box and he and Luida hear Knives declaring his success and claiming Vash was his accomplice. Brad reacts badly and Vash overhears. Vash leaves his red coat behind along with a letter, declaring he will somehow make up for The Big Fall.
Knives is working with Conrad on a plant carrier. Sees his first Last Run. Vash hears the cries of the plants and finds Knives.
Vash’s drain gate and amputation.
Vash gets his prosthetic arm
Vash helps the water plant at Jeneora Rock 2 years prior