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98,000 years ago The Sh'pokt take samples of Homo sapiens sapiens from Earth
to their home world, under the mistaken impression they are an
unusually clever ape in danger of extinction.
After several semi-successful escape attempts and acts of sabotage over the
next few decades, the Sh'pokt grudgingly admitted they'd made a
mistake and unintentionally enslaved sapient creatures. The Sh'pokt
couldn't put them back, as that would interfere with the natural
development of the native population. They made it up to their
captives by freeing and educating them and giving them their own
planet in an isolated system in their part of the galaxy. The culture
later known as the Shilmek responded by eventually building a
powerful military force and wiping out their former captors.
AD 928 Moldaria formed.
AD 1492 A Catalan using the pseudonym Christopher Columbus discovers
the New World. Believing the Earth is actually smaller than educated
people have known since Eratosthenes he assumes his expedition has
reached India, and subsequently calls the brown-skinned people he
encounters Indians. Despite his mistake soon being discovered the
Folklore states that he also called the small, pointy-eared, fey creatures he
found "elves." In truth, Columbus never got far enough
inland to see any. Exactly who so labelled these creatures is lost to
1793 Francis (Le Rapière Rouge) Augereau fights the excesses of the French Revolution openly in a
flamboyant disguise while working to improve the system from within
in his civilian identity.
Second son of a prosperous but non-noble merchant family, Francis earned the disfavor of his father by becoming an actor. He favored energetic - even acrobatic - roles, often playing the classic figure of the scaramouche clown. He became involved in politics late in 1790, due to his acting mentor's membership in a liberal political assembly. Having developed a talent as a negotiator between actors and management, Francis served much the same role in the political movement and, later, the Republique Française. A quiet, even shy man when not playing an adventurous role, he rarely attracted much attention from political allies and rivals, despite his successes in peacemaking within the disparate and squabbling factions of the Republic.
Francis and his mentor were among those who opposed executing Louis XVI and
his family. They first advocated exile then, later, life
imprisonment. They lost, the royals were executed and both men fell
out of influence. Disgusted with politics, Francis returned to the
theater while his mentor semi-retired.
In 1793 - as the Terror was just getting underway - Francis' mentor was
accused of secret royalist sentiments and imprisoned. No trial was
scheduled, but Francis received word from allies that his mentor was
targeted for private execution.
Desperate, Francis and others from the theatrical world who knew and admired the
man pieced together makeshift disguises. Francis - as ever flamboyant
when taking an adventurous role - chose an outfit of mostly scarlet,
including a mask. The group stormed the jail and liberated all the
prisoners, their action such a surprise that the jailers gave little
opposition. In a moment of inspiration Francis struck a theatrical
pose just before exiting, and proclaimed that all those unjustly
imprisoned should take heart; Le
Rapière Rouge would free them.
The prisoners were smuggled out of France by a hastily improvised
process. This was soon adopted and improved on by a larger
organization similar to the later Underground Railroad of the United
Francis realized that there were things he could do as Le
Rapière Rouge which were not possible as himself or through the unnamed secret
organization which he and his fellow theater folk created following
this operation. Moreover, Le Rapière Rouge
had struck a chord among many people of widely disparate backgrounds.
Francis learned that in the frantic haste of the operation, no-one
knew who was in which costume. Even some of those who had
participated were soon convinced that Le
Rapière Rouge was not one of them, but an unknown figure who had organized and led
the rescue through his mysterious powers.
From this sprang an idea. Francis created a role, a larger than life
champion of the oppressed. A man in favor of the Revolution but
opposed to the excesses of those who had gained control of it. With
the help of a few confidantes he let in on his secret, he formed Le
Comité Rouge de Liberté. The legend grew, deliberately encouraged by Francis both as himself
and his alter ego. For the next several years Le Rapière Rouge
greatly hampered many of the exercises in excess of the Jacobin Club.
An enormous price was put on his head but never claimed.
The actions of Le Rapière Rouge helped discredit the Jacobin Club and was part of the reason for
their fall from influence. Shortly after the Thermidorian Reaction Le
Rapière Rouge made a final appearance, atop the Bastille. He bowed, made a sweeping
flourish of his plumed hat, and announced that sanity had returned
and he was no longer needed. Then he vanished in a cloud of red
Francis Augereau participated in the Thermidorian Reaction, but soon again retired from politics - permanently this time. He returned to acting, which he frequently claimed was more real. He married and had half a dozen children, most of whom also chose the theatrical life. He expanded into producing, then writing, then forming a troupe, and eventually owned his own successful theater. He finally revealed his role as Le Rapière Rouge in his memoirs, published when he was seventy-eight. Many denounced his writings, claiming he was either an old man desperately trying to regain some fame before his death, or was demented. Few were still alive from the time of Le Rapière Rouge who were ever close to him and none of those were among the tiny group who knew that champion's true identity. Francis never answered the criticisms and never provided any physical evidence.
However, analysis of what he wrote about Le Rapière Rouge
and his Le Comité Rouge de Liberté shows that the material contained information only an insider could
have known. Several historians and other scholars investigated - some
of them even interviewing Francis - and confirmed many of his
statements. The fact that he was still teaching stage acrobatics and
swordplay to young actors - and often showing them up - in his
eighties strongly supported his claims.
Francis refused to comment publicly on the Empire, but privately complained
that most of what he had fought for died with the crowning of
Napoleon. He refused to take action against the new regime, however,
except in plays he wrote and roles he played which indirectly
criticized Napoleon through portrayal of fictional or historical
characters. Francis lived to an unusually old age, actually long
enough to comment - publicly and in his journals - on the US Civil
War and see hope in the reconciliation following its end.
Francis learned basic swordplay for some of his stage roles, and through
further training and hard experience became arguably the finest
swordsman of his time. He was also an expert with knives of several
types, both fighting and throwing. In one adventure on a farm Le
Rapière Rouge threw a hatchet exactly where it needed to go. Francis was a natural
athlete, one of those people capable of doing well at anything they
try. In addition he was intellectually brilliant with a talent for
negotiation. This way with words extended to his writing. Some of his
plays are still produced today, and a few enthusiasts proclaim him to
be the equal of Shakespeare. As well, several of his books on
stagecraft - especially his manuals of arms for using various weapons
in performances - are still in print.
Whether he had any actual powers is unknown; disregarding the more
spectacular feats as stagecraft or pure invention, we are left with
an account which could represent either an extraordinary normal human
or a low-level super. In either case, his abilities were augmented by
excellent training and hard practice. What is known for certain is
that both direct and collateral descendants of Francis have genes for
powers. However, multiple searches for actual genetic material from
Francis Augereau have been fruitless. Following his wishes, after
death he was cremated and his ashes scattered in the wind from the
roof of his theater.
There is a huge amount of speculation about the "true"
inspiration for Le Rapière Rouge. Some claim that Francis was familiar with the works of Robert
Montgomery Bird and his Nick of the Woods character. Given the
completely different personality of Le Rapière Rouge,
even if he did know of the character Francis did not base his
greatest role on it.
1837 London inventor and adventurer D. Gerald Bredon adopts the costumed identity
of Spring-Heeled Jack. At first he merely uses the guise - and the
inventions created for it - for some fairly innocent mischief. After
a few weeks of this he retires the identity. However, when he learns
that someone wearing a similar costume is molesting women he resumes
the disguise, stalks the impostor and captures and unmasks him as a
young aristocrat. The man - with several of his peers - had decided
to use the legend to conceal their lecherous and improper attacks on
Though several other people use "Spring-Heeled Jack" disguises
over the next few years, Gerald decides to stay retired. He has
proven that the original was not a molester of women and that those
who committed such acts were not the real character. Let the police
deal with the imposters. The majority of those who are caught are
from the same club for young noblemen, where the tradition of
dressing up in a "devil" costume and attacking young women
has come to be seen as a rite of passage within the group.
The true identity of the original Spring-Heeled Jack is not revealed until 1888, several years after Bredon's death, when his heirs discover his secret workshop during a remodeling. The motivation for his choice of appearance in his disguise is the various jokes he suffered as a young man over his first name: Death.
There is some evidence that Gerald knew and perhaps trained under Francis
(Le Rapière Rouge) Augereau. Some of his documented acrobatic feats are quite similar in
style and daring. It is generally accepted that Gerald was a
superhuman, though there is no proof or even hard evidence. He was a
brilliant inventor whose creations enriched his family and in many
cases were beyond the state of the art for the time. Some of his
documented feats as Spring-Heeled Jack almost certainly required at
least low-level superhuman physical ability. Several descendants of
Gerald have super genes.
1849 Sonora Aero Club founded. Though they make major advances in aeronautical
science, a series of disasters - caused by dangerous flaws in their
airship design - result in the club disbanding after a few years.
1868 Teenage former slave and champion jockey Kuiper Brown discovers he has
superhuman speed. He becomes one of the first known modern
superhumans, taking the "stage" name Tenbroek (after Jason
Tenbroek, an abolitionist friend killed by Ku Klux Klan members).
1895 Professor Meshach Donner develops an in utero process for endowing a creature with greatly increased strength,
resilience and speed. After several animal experiments he treats his pregnant wife.
1896 Professor Meshach Donner is found guilty of the murder by poison of his wife and unborn
son. He is eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity. He dies in an asylum eight years later.
Forty years after the last of Donner's experiments researchers are
astounded when they rediscover his lab and study his equipment and
notes. He built the first known electron microscope, made discoveries
in biology and biochemistry which were not duplicated until much
later and otherwise was decades ahead of his time. If not for an
undetected contaminant in his serum he would have created the world's
first deliberate superhuman.
The work of Professor Donner is immediately classified.
1898 The first known official recognition of the Sailor, during the
1901 The Fortean born.
1908 Emil Constantine Moldarus born.
1914 The Great War begins, and soon expands to include much of the world.
August 18, 1914 In preparation for the Battle of Tannenberg Germany invades
Moldaria to use as a staging area. Young Emil Moldarus, his mother
and a small staff are sent to the United States with enough of the
country's treasury to establish a government in exile. His father,
the Grand Duke, stays behind to protect the elderly King - the Grand
Duke's uncle - and manage the occupation, and is imprisoned by the
Kaiser's forces. He is treated reasonably well, but his continued
good health is conditional on his staff doing what the Kaiser says.
1918, January The Spanish Influenza begins. It will kill many more than the War does.
1919 As Moldaria begins to recover from the German occupation a small
Bolshevik army - organized and backed by Communists from Russia -
takes over before Emil and his mother can return. Emil's father is
executed, along with the King and several of his family members and
state officers. Emil and his mother campaign vigorously for the
United States to free his country and restore the throne, but the US
is soured on war and leery of monarchs... Especially given what
happens to US troops supporting the White Russians. The family's
diplomatic status is revoked by Russia - which claims the area as
part of the Soviet Union - and the Moldarus family members and their
staff living in the US are reclassified as refugees. Very wealthy
refugees, but still refugees.
1923 Emil Constantine Moldarus arrested for stealing cigarettes.
Moldarus manifests as a superhuman while attacking a group of teens
making fun of his accent.
1926 The first widely accepted scientific paper on superhumans is published in The
Journal of the German Medical Association for the Promotion of Physical Activity.
1928 The first stages of construction of an advanced, analog computer is begun
at the Steinman Institute of Mathematics. The design philosophy is
unusual; the head of the project begins by electronically duplicating
the structure and function of the simplest brains in the animal
kingdom. The idea is to gradually build up the "brain" of
the computer, making it more and more complex by imitating more and
more complex animal brains. The project is painstakingly slow, and
shows little reward for decades. This is fine in the view of the head
of the project, who sees it more as an experiment in studying the
mathematical structure of thought than doing practical work. By the
time of Dr. Steinman's death in 1951 the computer is roughly as
complex as the brain of a Capuchin monkey.
One of Steinman's more interesting coworkers was Dr. Andrew Greenhill,
who claimed he had built a time machine as a hobby. However, he never
showed the actual device to anyone, impishly declaring it was his
secret. He did produce several pieces of interesting equipment
supposedly from the future, most of which were dismissed as junk by
his peers, since they couldn't see any way the items could actually
do anything. Greenhill became the second director of the Institute
after Steinman's death.
Whether prankster, eccentric or delusional, Greenhill was, indeed, brilliant.
He proposed a number of ideas, some of which led to great advances in
the computer project. However, due to a combination of his fantastic
stories and his age, he was retired not long after being appointed
director. He puttered around the Institute in a private lab for
several years - working on a design for an advanced cybernetic unit
which he claimed was intended for a robot with human-like mental
capabilities - before mysteriously disappearing. The prototype
optical memory unit discovered in his lab became the inspiration of
the next - and final - version of the computer.
Several new heads were appointed in quick succession, with each
making major contributions to the project before resigning, usually
giving overwork or stress as the reason. The work began attracting
the attention of the US government, especially when their computer
was used by researchers from Oak Ridge to accurately model advanced
nuclear devices. Pressured by the US government to use the computer -
which the staff stubbornly refused to give a model name despite
government efforts to assign one - to help with the burgeoning space
program, the last director of the project brought the computer to the
level of a brilliant human brain in 1955. Interestingly, the majority
of suggestions for improvement in the last few years of operation
came from the computer itself. The mere humans supposedly in charge
of the project soon realized they no longer understand more than the
basic function of the device.
Advances continued until, in 1957, the computer was caught in a plan to take
over the world through nuclear blackmail, and destroyed.
Post-incident analysis showed that the closet-sized optical memory unit was
actually far more, something only hinted at in Greenhill's notes. It
was actually an optical analog to a very advanced, streamlined
organic brain. This developed a personality in secret. A very
While that project was abandoned, technologies developed from it helped
advance computing and programming. The most impressive offshoot was
the Cephalon Integrator. The EMMARAC family of of early
supercomputers also owes a great deal to the Steinman project.
1929 Emil Moldarus's Mother dies. The official diagnosis is tuberculosis, but
the young man is convinced it is from a broken heart. To this day he maintains a deep hatred against Bolsheviks.
1930, August 3rd Lawrence Hawthorne born.
1933 The Marligt attempt to establish a beachhead in the Gobi Desert. The area
is so isolated that no-one notices their arrival for several months.
They are finally discovered by a multi-national paleontological
expedition, which is looking for dinosaur fossils. Through a
combination of sabotage and bluff the humans convince the Marligt to
leave. In the process the aliens abandon some advanced technology,
including hand weapons. Though the encounter is kept officially
secret for decades by the Soviets it quickly becomes known by most
governments and many individuals.
The items of technology the Marligt left behind turn out to be
unduplicatable by anything short of full-blown mad science even
today. Despite this, conspiracy theorists still claim that
examination of them led to jet engines, nuclear bombs and digital
computers. All of which had been at least theorized before the
Marligt arrived, and all of which were so far behind the state of the
art exhibited by the aliens that the aliens themselves would have
needed major research programs to produce such technologies. Many of
the actual Marligt devices are still functional and considered prized
1934 Judson Kemper creates the costumed identity of The Night Master.
1937 The Shepherds are formed.
This informal group is originally created for a specific pair of connected
tasks, but their success convinces the members to work together for
decades to come. Their group name comes from a newspaper article, in
which the reporter describes them as "bringing the black sheep
of society to justice and returning the lost white sheep to the
Badgerbears created by a mad biologist in Alaska.
The work of Meshach Donner is rediscovered and examined,
after the property is purchased by a new owner who has enough
technical and medical knowledge to realize the old workshop has
equipment still far beyond the current state of the art.
1938 As the world moves towards war more and more costumed mystery men and
women come to the attention of both the public and the authorities.
Many of these adventurers do not bother with concealing their
identities. Instead they proudly use their own names, though often in
conjunction with colorful nicknames and equally colorful signature
outfits. Others maintain the tradition of public anonymity, largely
due to a continuing concern about corrupt officials. While many of
these individuals are criminals or crime fighters, there are also
daredevils, explorers, scientific adventurers and many other
categories. The openly public figures tend to be concentrated in
those last classes.
A dichotomy quickly forms among the costumed adventurers. Those who
have discernible powers are placed in one group, while those who
don't are lumped in with more mundane current and past heroes and
Much has been written - and far more spoken - on the effect the relative
handful of superhumans who participated in the subsequent War had on
its outcome. Opinions range from them all but deciding matters to
being of negligible utility. As declassified materials become
available to researchers the modern investigator tends to a middle
ground. While most of the empowered had little effect on the war -
indeed, most rarely went anywhere near combat areas - a select few
played major - if usually covert - roles.
Even before the end of WWII many individuals of political or financial
power are worrying about what to do with the supers after it is over.
Eventually, most governments do nothing... which may have been the
best action for all concerned. The consensus of those who study
supers is that if oppressed or tightly regulated they will unite
against those who are oppressing or regulating them. However, if left
to their own devices, supers tend to act as counterbalances against
each other. For most costumed adventurers, knowing there are others
like them but with different goals and beliefs tends to reduce
socially and politically extreme behaviors. In those cases where some
super does become a perceived threat due to their excesses, other
supers quickly gather to oppose them.
As Dwight D. Eisenhower said in 1953, "Thank God there are so many
supers. If there were just one he could rule the world on a whim."
March, 1939 First known appearance of the Walrus, when he helps rescue the
passengers and crew of a burning ferry at Brighton. After shoving the
boat aground he tears open the hull to reach those trapped inside.
November, 1939 Mack Risk, investigating a series of puzzling minor crimes,
discovers Lawrence Hawthorne and his recently awakened powers. He
takes the young super on as his apprentice, in part to fulfill a
promise to the boy's parents to keep him out of trouble.
May 26, 1940 Evacuation of Dunkirk begins. Several British and French
supers help with this effort, chief among them the Walrus.
August 25, 1940 First Allied bomber raid on Berlin.
Something happened that night. Something still not fully understood. After
this, Hitler often seemed to know what his enemies planned to do
before they did. This only happened for certain events - prompting
multiple checks for security leaks among the Allies - but those were
enough to throw off the War effort.
June, 1941 Moldaria seized by the Nazis.
In the United States the Posse Comitatus Act is modified to let the US Army participate in civilian law
enforcement matters when there are supers involved. After a few
disastrous overreactions word is passed down to pull back from
applying this law. Eventually, a strict set of guidelines is
established for using military forces against supers in the United
States and its possessions and territories.
December, 1941 The Japanese declare war against the United States at the same
time they attack multiple US possessions and resources. The US
Pacific Fleet is severely damaged at Pearl Harbor.
January, 1942 "United Nations" suggested by Franklin D. Roosevelt
as a group name for the countries allied against the Axis.
Dr. Eugene Hartford moves from San Francisco to Mexico City, where he
contacts German agents. Though none of the Nazi efforts in Mexico
during the War cause much damage to the US, the funds the agents
provide Dr. Hartford give him the seed money to establish himself as
a major player in the mad science game.
March, 1942 Recognizing the need for a trained force of supers to defend the
US against global threats, a group meets in secret in Los Angeles to
plan such an organization. A double baker's dozen of supers,
politicians, businessmen and scientists of many types create
organizational and legal guidelines for such an organization.
Somewhat presumptuously, they choose the name Planetary Guardians for
the proposed organization.
Almost exactly a year will pass before such a group is actually formed. None
of the planners will be members of this team. However, their
groundwork is essential to the creation, structure and success of the
May, 1942 Germany successfully brings its first nuclear reactor to
This follows the removal of Werner Heisenberg from nuclear research. There
are accusations against Heisenberg by co-workers that he is guiding
nuclear research and development in the wrong direction. Heisenberg
is barred from all projects intended for practical application of
nuclear science and restricted to theoretical work for the duration
of the War. Within six months of criticality in the research reactor
the first power-generating unit - Uranmaschine Zwei is on line. By the end of the war there are eleven nuclear power
plants in operation, somewhat reducing fuel oil requirements.
Early on the Allies don't understand what the structures are and largely
leave them alone. There are plenty of other targets, most with
clearly discerned - and usually important - military functions. In
late 1943 the Allies learn the true nature of these reactors through
various intelligence reports. At first they plan to bomb them.
However, someone thinks to check with Allied nuclear experts. Who
respond, very quickly and worriedly, that the destruction of the
reactors would result in large swaths of Europe - including some
friendly areas currently occupied by the Nazis as well as neutral and
friendly nations - being polluted for decades with radioactive
debris. The Allied leaders quickly reverse their policy, and place
the reactors off limits. They feel that the War will be over soon,
and any contribution of these reactors to the German defense effort
will be minimal.
June, 1942 The Commando Seven form. The group consists of the Night Master,
the Sailor, Gunboat, Marine Max, Airman, Cutlass and Cavalry. (Both
Gunboat and the Night Master are Great War veterans. The Sailor
claims to be a veteran of many conflicts, going back to the War of
The Night Master was a member of the committee which created the concept
of the Planetary Guardians. However, that was intended as a civilian
agency. The Commando Seven are a paramilitary and anti-espionage
organization, intended to make use of the immense collective
experience of the members. They build a center of operations in Los
Angeles which they name the Pillbox. This is the first known
created-for-purpose facility used by costumed adventurers, and the
first super headquarters known to the public. This structure
eventually becomes the headquarters for the Junior (later Young)
The primary purpose of the Commando Seven is to recruit and train supers
for the War effort, though they also do important field work. Most of
the work by the Seven and their recruits involves covert operations
in the European Theater. The group is backed by supporters in the
federal government, including Roosevelt, and is formed over the
objections of J. Edgar Hoover.
The Seven are used in combat as a separate unit a few times, and in
support of regular troops a few times. In practice, they are far more
valuable as a counter to Nazi and Japanese super operations in the
August, 1943 A German Type IXD U-Boat is equipped with an experimental nuclear reactor as a power source, and reclassed as a Type IXE. After successful trials, the Type XA is introduced in December. Made to the same external dimensions as the Type X, it is tailored from the start for nuclear power. With a thicker pressure hull it can dive deeper (collapse depth calculated at 300 meters) than any other submarine of the era. Thanks to the reactor, its submerged endurance is essentially indefinite. These are prototypes and only three are built, due to an improved version entering production.
months later, the Type XB is introduced, with improvements allowing
higher underwater speed and even deeper diving capability. (Collapse
depth calculated at 320 meters.)
The Type XB has a cargo capacity of just under 300 tonnes plus the
capability to tow submersible cargo modules. Due to their modified
hull form, nuclear power plant and four massive electric motors the
few built (four to ten, depending on which reports are accurate) are
faster under water than on the surface and can remain submerged
indefinitely. They spend their careers carrying important people and
cargo to Japan, Africa and South America.
The plans for the XB - along with those for many other advanced weapons -
are sent to the Japanese. They begin modifications of some (the exact
number is lost in the confusion occurring at the end of the War) of
the three I-400 class submarines, already being constructed at the
port city of Kure. Only one is far enough along to take to sea
following the nuclear bombing of the nearby city of Hiroshima.
Contact with it is lost within a few hours. Rumors persist for
decades that it is still out there, roaming the oceans, looking for
some way to reverse the loss of the war or seek revenge. Even finding
the wreck - with half-melted core pieces scattered over a large area
of the seafloor around it - in a shallow trench off the island of
Kyushu during a 1985 search for the Yamato does not entirely end these fantasies.
Word begins to reach the West of a Soviet super who is soon given the code
name the Master Assassin.
May, 1944 Professor Brian Hackenbacker begins the work which will
culminate in Tritonicus. He is convinced that his project is vital to
the War effort. Those in the government monitoring him just feel glad
he's working on something harmless for a change.
April 10, 1945 The only known successful flight of Sanger's Silbervogel.
The unarmed prototype antipodal bomber lands on a runway in South
Africa after a harrowing trip. There it sits for the rest of the War,
too badly damaged to be worth repairing. The existence of this
transatmospheric vehicle is not known of outside upper echelon German
leaders and those at the landing site until years later.
April 12, 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies.
June 22, 1945 The D-Day invasion begins. The initial amphibious assault nearly falters several times, but a secure foothold is eventually achieved. Progress from there is excruciatingly slow, in large part due to the Nazis seeming to anticipate several Allied operations, occasionally in great detail. Still, in spite of these and other setbacks, the Allies are making progress on all fronts. Germany is simply too exhausted this late in the War to stand against them for long, in spite of several revolutionary technological accomplishments. The new wonder weapons are too few to turn the tide of older and less effective equipment used by the Allies. Worse, the Allies are showing rapid progress in developing their own advanced weapons. As just one example, the Argus turbojet-powered reconnaissance aircraft has by this time been in operation for over a year. It was specifically developed for the job, and while it would make a terrible fighter as a reconnaissance plane it is nearly untouchable. It flies so high and fast that only the Me-263A has a chance of intercepting it and only two of those are built.
Germans are hampered in their defensive efforts in part due to
sabotage from the slave laborers they use, but more by their own
incompetent management and infighting. Still, they are
well-entrenched and willing to fight. The war drags on.
July, 1945 Phillip Jennings notifies the US government he has developed a
process to create superhumans.
Jennings was a brilliant young assistant to one of the biologists brought in
to examine the work of Meshach Donner in 1937. His process works on adults rather than in
utero. It is not particularly safe, but roughly 25% of those treated gain
August 6, 1945 Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima. A few days later Nagasaki is bombed. Japan surrenders within a week of the second bombing.
Due to the horrific effects of these two weapons the Allied leaders agree to not use nuclear devices again, except in response to a similar attack. They feel confident that the Nazis are all but defeated, and a bit surprised Hitler doesn't surrender with the fall of Japan.
many would later argue that these attacks were unnecessary, or the
bombs should have been used on Germany (or even the Soviet Union) the
consensus is that by ending the war in the Pacific quickly and
decisively, the freeing of troops and equipment for use in Europe
greatly shortens the War there.
September, 1945 Moldaria "liberated" by Soviet forces.
January, 1946 The Nazis surprise the Allies by making a huge push against a lightly-defended area of the Eastern Front in Poland. Just as the other Allies are mobilizing to help the Soviet Union, a second attack is mounted against the Western Front. The resulting confusion allows the Nazis to make major advances in both regions.
The Eastern assault turns out to be part bluff, part desperate effort to recapture several oil fields in northern and western Poland. (Many of these fields were discovered by the Germans during their occupation. They completed several wells and processing plants before the Russians seized these areas, and desperately want those resources back.) The assaults succeed at both goals, though only partially in the west. The Western effort almost breaks through to the port of Antwerp, but is stopped a few kilometers short due to lack of fuel and unexpectedly firm resistance by what should have been too few, too tired, too green troops. By the time fuel refined from oil produced by the recaptured wells and refineries reaches the Bulge the Allies have reinforced the line and actually begun pushing back.
and his advisors reluctantly conclude that the War is lost. Attempts
at negotiation are rejected by the Allies, due in large part to the
Germans' opening offers being outrageously unrealistic and the Allied
response being seen by the Germans as insulting. Stated simply, the
Nazis want to keep much of what they've stolen, while the Allies'
initial call is for unconditional surrender. Though they say they are
willing to negotiate conditions, the Germans never make any counter
offers. The gap between the two sides is too wide to close, since the
majority of German military commanders and civilian leaders are
unwilling to believe the situation is as bad as it actually is and
the Allies are unwilling to see Germany rewarded for its crimes. The
Germans, outraged at the Allies' presumption, publicly denounce their
"demands." The Führer thereafter declares Germany is determined to fight to the last man,
dramatically describing himself as standing at the doorway to his
office at the Reichskanzlei with a pistol, shooting at the Russians coming down the hall.
However, he also quietly arranges for young, dependable party members
to be taken out of the country to places where they can reorganize in
secret, with resources to support that effort.
February 18, 1946 Many people are already thinking about the post-War era,
with Churchill beginning such plans shortly after the War begins.
Supers are among those planning, both individually and in groups,
both hero and villain. Plans are announced to form the Bay Area
Guardians, and construction soon begins on a base for them in San
Francisco. The team is an official offshoot of the still-nascent
Planetary Guardians and closely affiliated with them.
No members of what is arguably the first superhero team - the Shepherds
- belong to the initial roster of either group. The Shepherds do
associate with the new teams, and eventually the Dragon's Hand and
Schmetterling officially join the Guardians.
March, 1946 The effort to maintain two fronts against Allied advances fails.
The forces holding the Polish oil fields are surrounded, besieged and
eliminated. In a last, desperate act, the stored oil and gas are
detonated as the victors enter the facilities. Some of the resulting
well fires take years to extinguish.
June, 1946 The Odessa network begins moving high Nazi officials and promising
younger party members and their families to South America and South
Africa. The new, nuclear-powered U-Boats aid greatly in this effort.
Over the next three years, many of these escaped Nazis are hunted down and killed by Emil Moldarus, who takes the code name Constantine for this work. He also for the first time begins to exhibit mastermind abilities on top of his potent physical powers. After the war he expands his operation to several party members and scientists brought to the US and other Allied nations for various reasons. He is on the verge of being branded an international terrorist when several people he respects - including the Shepherds and some of their associates - corner him and talk him down. There remains much resentment on all sides over this, but he is unofficially told that if he stops now he will only be forbidden re-entry into the US, Great Britain and a few other nations. (Note that some countries actually welcomed his work and gave him aid and shelter. This eventually included the infant nation of Israel. Constantine is still wanted in several South American nations due to these activities.)
that an opportunity will within weeks present itself to free his
native land, keeping his promise is easy. He will soon be very busy
with more constructive tasks.
November, 1946 The Fall of Berlin. Hitler is captured while trying to reach
the last nuclear-powered U-Boat to South America.
The Shepherds and several associated masks – including Schmetterling
– lead an advance force intended to seize several important sites,
including Hitler's bunker. However, the Führer is already gone. They instead find several bodies – which include a
woman resembling Eva Braun and a chauffeur dressed in the Führer's formal uniform, both partially cremated – all shot, poisoned or
both. They also find surviving documents and people revealing that
Hitler left Berlin days before. Despite his bombastic statements he
has fled, and is attempting to reach his Odessa transport. The Night
Master personally informs Eisenhower of Hitler's planned route. He is
captured by a squad of US Army Rangers just before reaching the
submarine rendezvous point on the Mediterranean coast in northwestern
Italy. The crew reluctantly leave without their leader as Allied
forces approach their hidden dock.
Oddly, Eva Braun Hitler is never found. The former Führer
refuses to reveal what happened to her and no-one else seems to know.
Rumors persist for decades that she and one or more children by
Hitler survive in hiding.
April 25, 1947 The United Nations is formally called into its first
The Planetary Guardians are formally recognized by the United Nations and granted restricted police powers, with the goal of protecting the world from super criminals. The offshoot Bay Area Guardians are included in the document of recognition, even though construction of their base is put on hold for more than a decade with the end of the War. They operate out of the upper floors of a warehouse owned by Judson Kemper in the interim.
Several other groups of supers - most consisting of people who worked together during the War - soon form, though most are less formally established than the Guardians. Though derided by some as "costume fetish clubs" most of these groups do substantial good work over the coming decades. Many members - and some entire teams - pay the ultimate price for their work.
Many people - especially figures of authority - had hoped the supers would go back to fighting crime individually or in small groups after the War. However, the value of cooperation between supers which was demonstrated even before the War is not forgotten. While most crime fighting supers do keep working on their own or in small informal teams, nearly all have affiliations with larger super organizations. Sometimes several of them. Just as important, both individuals and teams have learned to sacrifice some of their pre-War secrecy in order to share information and other resources.
the Cold War begins supers are looked at with increasing suspicion by
nearly every government, even while some government agencies plan to
use them. One reason for the wariness is the activities of supers in
finding and capturing - or in some instances summarily executing -
missing Nazi war criminals. Many of these wanted criminals are
discovered working in various capacities for the victors, spared the
dock at Nürnberg in return for their services. Not only does this
vigilante activity deprive their keepers of their talents, making a
bargain with these monsters then failing to keep them safe makes the
keepers look very bad. Of course, so does the knowledge of the
bargains being made public.
July, 1947 Head of FBI J. Edgar Hoover begins a covert program of
intelligence gathering against supers. This is in part to keep an eye
on groups such as the Planetary Guardians. He is also looking for
leverage to control as many supers as possible, often attempting
blackmail. Only a few of these attempts are successful, and only a
very few work long term.
Even decades later the FBI largely refuses to reveal how much information
they have on supers or to fully acknowledge the past efforts at
control. Nor will they admit how many of the conclusions they reach
in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies about the "threat"
supers present are subsequently found to be works of fiction inspired
on petty vindictiveness.
September, 1947 Three Swords of Justice formed.
February, 1948 The Nürnberg Trials begin.
The US Interstate Commerce Act of 1948 includes details on how super hero
teams may incorporate on the federal level.
June, 1948 Mack Risk and Lawrence Hawthorne recover jewelry stolen from
Constantine Moldarus' mother decades before and give the items to
him. The sale of this treasure greatly aids the rebuilding of his
August, 1948 The 9ne#jkt(HUK)pbr stage a raid on several areas of the US west
coast. They are beaten off by a quickly formed force of super groups
and individuals before the military can mobilize.
October, 1948 After a lengthy and often dramatic trial in Nürnberg, Adolph
Hitler is found guilty on multiple counts and sentenced to death.
This is later commuted to life in prison, to avoid creating a martyr.
Stalin objects, wanting to pull the gallows lever himself, but has
troubles of his own. Within two months the former Führer
takes poison but botches the dose. Instead of dying he is left a
pathetic cripple, until his death by a stroke two and a half years
1949 Partly as a way to make constructive use of the supers and the new
technologies which appeared during the War, the newly-formed UN
begins looking for ways to apply both. While some supers and the
advanced technology they create are used for early reconstruction of
war damaged areas, more is obviously needed... if only to keep the
supers and scientists busy. The UN begins planning an international
effort to explore and colonize the Moon. The effort will take nearly
a decade to achieve the first manned landing, but from there advances
The Lunar Exploration Project was the first major task of the newly-formed UN. The long-term purpose was to create an installation which could protect the Earth, both from native aggressors and outside invaders. The motivation was a combination of the recently-ended War and the sortie by the 9ne#jkt(HUK)pbr in 1948. Using some of the advanced technology developed during the War and much more created specifically for the task, an international team - including participants sent by the Russians - developed a Lunar rocket vehicle and traveled to Earth's satellite. The first mission only stayed on the surface a week, gathering data and collecting samples from a fairly small area. This was enough to allow them to declare the Moon to be UN territory, and deny the aliens any claim to the unoccupied body. Three more missions visited other areas for similar durations over the next two years.
project pushed both the technology and human endurance hard. Several
times during these adventures crisis was averted only by the actions
of supers. Though several human supers from this period could travel
for short times in space none known could reach even the Moon under
their own power. However, as part of the project - either as crew
members or volunteers helping during emergencies - many are capable
of doing work in vacuum which is impossible with the crude pressure
suits of the time.
After a hiatus of a bit over a year to improve designs and upgrade equipment, a multi-ship mission placed a ten-man, long-term station near the middle of the face turned permanently towards the Earth, declared to be Moon Station One. To this day the exact location of this installation is officially a secret. However, after nearly sixty years those who have studied the situation are pretty certain the base is located on a high spot of the Hyginus rille.
the growing threat of Communist China, this station was steadily
expanded over the following decade, and equipped with long-range
nuclear missiles. The military portion of this outpost was renamed
the Lunar Defense Station. The militarization was performed over the
objections of a faction which insisted exploration and development
should be for peaceful purposes only. Partly to mollify this faction,
a second installation, deliberately located hundreds of kilometers
away, was also established. By taking advantage of the infrastructure
created for constructing and maintaining Station One, this second
station, the Lunar Science Outpost, was completed in less than a
year. The second station was intended strictly for scientific
exploration. Over the years the second station - later renamed The
Goddard Research Station - was expanded, then replicated in the
Tsiolkovsky Research Station.
A strongly international community was established in each of the two
associated stations. Women came to the Moon with the first landing
(much to the distress of certain old-fashioned parties) and the
portion of females among the crews remained steady at about 12% for
several years, before beginning a slow increase to 45% shortly after
the completion of Lunar Science Outpost. Six months after the
completion of the initial phase of this base one of the women
stationed there was discovered to be two months pregnant. The scandal
was greatly mitigated by the revelation that Helen Blaine and Thomas
Crawford had secretly married a month before launch. The reason for
the secrecy being that only unmarried people were allowed on the
flights at that time. The Earth-bound administrators of the project
were outraged; both at being lied to and at having their rules
broken. They were especially incensed that everyone involved but them
seemed to know about the marriage - and that the couple was openly
living together on the Moon - before they did.
The Lunar Oversight Committee managing both projects for the UN promptly ordered Helen home. She refused, with support of the on-site doctor; there was too much chance of the trip harming the fetus. The committee then ordered Thomas home. He refused, saying he wanted to be there for the birth of his child. The committee went ballistic, rapidly issuing an escalating series of orders intended to force compliance, all of which were studiously ignored by Lunar personnel, who realized that any attempt to reason with their bosses in this matter was futile. The fact that public opinion was solidly behind the couple only increased the Committee's fury. Their final measure was to cut back supplies to the base by the amount needed for one person, assuming this would force at least Thomas to leave.
response by the various teams was to petition the UN for recognition
as a legitimate state, and request membership.
This move was neither frivolous nor hasty. As a member state they would no
longer be under the authority of the Committee and could request aid
directly from the UN. After much heated argument (most of the
challenges being brought up by the Committee members) both requests
were granted. Only later did the UN realize that this gave "a
group of ideologue scientists" de facto control over the entire
Moon, and that those there assumed the charter included the
nuclear-armed Lunar Defense Station. (Major Harrison Thom, the LDS
commander, was kept in the loop by the scientists and agreed with
their petition. He felt that the task of running his base required
both objectivity and an emotional distance from terrestrial
The group renamed themselves the Lunar Nation of Man (later modified to
the Lunar Nation of Humanity, and still later Independent Luna).
Today they are commonly known as the Lunar Nation, and affectionately
(and sometimes not so affectionately) as the Lunies.
Since there were known supers on even the first Lunar mission, the fact
that a high percentage of the Lunie population is super does not
surprise anyone paying attention.
These events so soured governments on space exploration that the group
which created the project disbanded. No efforts were made to proceed
further into space until the first Manned Mars Expedition of 1983.
After that, though, progress was rapid, and today there are four
small, thriving communities of humans on Mars. Additional permanently
occupied stations are emplaced on multiple other bodies.
Professor Hackenbacker's first giant sea monster dies.
1950 The Second Russian Revolution (aka The Counterrevolution).
strain of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath lead to a
series of rebellions in Russia and several of its satellite states in
the Soviet Union.
Emil Constantine Moldarus takes advantage of the weakened Soviet Union to
free his homeland from Communist control. This starts a domino
effect, with internal revolts and external attacks against the Soviet
Union in multiple areas. For months it holds on. Then, in the early
weeks of the New Year (actually, right after the Russian Orthodox
Christmas) it collapses.
The vacuum this leaves causes great turmoil and horrible suffering.
Russia's former allies try to help, but even where these overtures
are accepted the effects are minor. Russia and other former members
of the now extinct Soviet Union are just too big, and have been too
abused for too long. Millions starve or die of disease. The recovery
will be decades long. Much ill will is still held by those in this
region towards the Western powers for not doing more to help.
East Germany subsequently comes under the control of local Communist
authorities. They maintain - and strongly reinforce - their
totalitarian rule over the next decade and a half.
The Shepherds officially disband, as most of the members wish to focus on
their private lives. The Night Master, Nightmist and Mack Risk stay
active, and some of the other members are available for special tasks.
Joseph Stalin dies. His death is made to look like a stress-related heart
attack, but the paranoid infrastructure he instituted ironically
leads to the truth. Lavrentiy Beria is soon found to be responsible.
Investigation shows him to be a deep cover agent of the Winter Bear.
This brings the Five Great Powers to the awareness of various
government intelligence agencies around the world. Previously, they
had been thought a legend, even though some individual members were
on record for various criminal or insurrectionary activities in
Intelligence agencies begin organizing to investigate the Five Great Powers, but
find every effort to even determine whether the group is real
thwarted. Agents and supervisors working on the problem are ordered
by high-ranking government officials to ignore hard evidence;
discover trusted aides are sabotaging both their work and them,
personally; and learn they, themselves, are under investigation for
"suspicious" activities. Meanwhile, the Five Great Powers
order their own operatives to kill or replace or blackmail or
intimidate important government figures - both elected and appointed
- in multiple nations. Some of these agents succeed, but many are
thwarted by masks who - following the end of the War - have turned to
hunting down Nazis, Soviet agents or local subversives.
1951 Fall of the Five Great Powers.
As the world recovers from the depredations of Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo,
Stalin and others the Five are attempting to regroup and gather
supporters after the defeat, discreditation and dislocation affecting their efforts as a result of WWII. A large
part of the credit for their eventual location and defeat is owed to
Moldaria petitions for membership in the United Nations. The United States
vetoes this, due to several powerful figures inside and outside the
government holding deep grudges against Emil Moldarus. Some of these
individuals are later revealed to be agents of the Five Great Powers.
Even with them eventually removed, two more decades pass before
Moldaria joins the UN.
Constantine - through various means - discovers who is sabotaging his efforts to
rebuild Moldaria. He informs Mack Risk, who spreads the word. The
detective and the Night Master organize a special task force (largely
of former Shepherds members and their allies). This group - with
considerable help from others - sets out to locate and capture or
kill the Five Great Powers. They succeed, but only after several
months, multiple travails and great effort and risk.
Astonishingly, when finally located the Five Great Powers were all in the United
States, organizing another attempt at taking over the world (or at
least a major part of it). They - along with a small army of supers
and very capable normals - were confronted in the mountains of West
Virginia, apparently attempting to reach their secret base. The
damage this battle caused to the countryside there can still be seen.
The heroes attempted to merely delay the force until the State Militia arrived, but the Five forced the issue. In the end, they were thoroughly defeated. Many supers and henchmen were killed along with the Five when a truck full of military-grade explosives detonated. This last act was judged to be deliberate by the Five. At first this was thought to be a ruse to cover the escape of the quintet, but remains of all five were positively identified.
reason for both the discovery of the force and its defeat was the
help of local elves, rallied by Dr. Freysdottir.
The survivors of the illicit force revealed the Five were taking them and
the weapons, ammunition and explosives they were transporting to a
rallying point near a secret base. This Sanctum, as they called it,
was somewhere in the area, though none of the survivors knew where.
Extensive searching - including by local elves - failed to locate the
base. The fact that even magic and psionics were useless in this
effort reinforced the evaluation that the Five were masters of both
technology and magic and were possibly supers themselves.
1952 Society of Covert Adventurous Masterminds formed.
Sung, the self-proclaimed Master of Men, first attracts international law enforcement
attention. Among other crimes, he created SCAM - through intermediaries - as a front for some of his criminal activities. It
proved successful - and profitable - enough that he kept it going
after the initial use was fulfilled.
For a few months the International Criminal Police Commission - only
recently renamed Interpol - suspects that Sung is one of the Five
Great Powers. This is eventually disproven, and they are faced with
the realization that a similar mastermind previously unknown to them
is operating on a world scale. How many more are there, yet to be
discovered? How thoroughly have they already infiltrated legitimate
Analysis demonstrates that the disruption of the War was a major factor in
allowing such people to quietly gain wealth, property and political
The New Soviet Congress forms in the Ukraine. There is no connection with
the function of the former Soviet Union beyond the name. Indeed, it
quickly turns out to be a mechanism for ambitious Ukrainian leaders
to officially take advantage of remaining Soviet loyalists and
Following this event, several other satellites and regions from the former
Soviet Union attempt the same process. Some succeed, some fail.
Ukraine remains one of the few bastions of Communism into the
1953 Intrepids base begun.
The activities of the Five Great Powers, SCAM and others trying to take
advantage of the devastation left by the War cause the UN to start
planning methods to fight such groups. Their biggest and most
successful effort is T.O.W.E.R. This begins simply as a military arm
of the UN which is specifically equipped and trained to fight supers.
Some members are supers themselves. However, one contribution of the
US is the previously secret Jennings Process. A special branch of
T.O.W.E.R. is formed which uses supers as primary field agents. It
uses the Jennings Process to create supers from volunteers. Despite
the high occurrence of fatalities and other serious side effects and
the low empowerment rate there is no shortage of people volunteering
for the treatment. Most of them are people with serious health
problems who hope the process might extend their lives.
1954 Professor Hackenbacker unveils two of his creations: Cetasaurus, a
filter-feeder which rarely leaves the Sargasso and is affectionately
known as Blue Boy; and the Gorgosaurus hybridus, christened Tritonicus by the press. At this time the latter
is only slightly larger than an elephant and mostly manageable.
1955 Slowly, Russia and a few of the other former Soviet satellites form a new
central government in Moscow. An odd and unstable mix of democracy
and totalitarianism, it seems doomed to failure. However, an alliance
of several strong personalities drives through multiple relief and
reconstruction measures. The power plays which take place are
spectacular. Somehow, the leaders manage to stay focused on the goal
of pulling their nation out of the chaos long enough to actually
begin the recovery of the region.
Meanwhile, China assumes the role of the former Soviet Union, though with its
October 29, 1955 In a landmark court case, a jury accepts a criminal
mastermind's defense that he didn't intend his deathtrap to actually
kill a costumed hero, but only delay him while the mastermind
committed other crimes. It just happened that in this case the hero
had a bad case of the flu and died due to being unable to escape in
time. The jurors - and many others interviewed on the matter - say
they had no problem believing this is the actual purpose of
deathtraps, given how often they fail. The mastermind was
subsequently found guilty of accidental manslaughter instead of
June, 1957 Tritonicus escapes.
August, 1957 The Guild forms, occupying a disused train station as their
first Guild Hall.
1958 Sonic Jett's last mission.
1959 An international treaty forbidding the use of supers in combat between
nations is signed. All UN members and a few others agree to
participate, all accepting that T.O.W.E.R. should be specifically
exempted. The main holdout is China. However, despite propaganda
promoting their powerful supers - many of them portrayed in military
uniforms - they are almost never seen outside China or away from
their handlers. Some are eventually revealed to be normal humans
playing roles, evidence of their exploits being faked through often
crude special effects.
March, 1962 Tritonicus returns.
May, 1962 The Guild begin construction of their mountain base, their
first purpose-built Guild Hall.
1963 Angels in Capes starts.
Mack Risk and Nimrod - seeking to learn the fate of Sonic Jett - confront
the Master Assassin and his alien employers in the northern Rockies,
near the US-Canadian border. Only Mack Risk returns.
April 19, 1964 The Reunification of Germany.
1967 Angels in Capes changes.
1969 SecondSkin debuts. Though it is derided by many as little more than an aid to
fetishists, it is durable and resistant to many powers.
Mack Risk killed by Dr. Fission.
1970 Tritonicus returns.
Angels in Capes
Pine Island is seized by the government of the United States after the
owner's illegal activities are revealed. Following three years of
investigation the UN allows the US to declare it a territory of the
United States. It is eventually given the status of unincorporated,
At the time of the acquisition of this new status there were over three
thousand permanent residents, many of them former henchmen of Pine or
part of the staff which investigated his facilities. More people soon
immigrate there from Bermuda and other locations.
1971 The "Super Draft" bill is signed into law, creating
the US Super Resources Agency, nicknamed Dick's Boys.
The Deacon persuades the United Nations to rule that super villain
weapons should be rendered inert and kept in the custody of the super
heroes who capture them. This is to keep them out of government hands
and avoid political complications. (Before that there were several
problems with super weapons aggravating the arms race.)
For most of the next decade the agreement is violated almost as much as
it is followed. However, given the difficulties involved in reverse
engineering mastermind, mad scientist and gadgeteer equipment it is
almost universally followed today. This after many governments and
businesses wasted millions to billions to no good result.
1973 Tritonicus returns, is fed radioactive isotope.
Coltman vs. Dachshund.
1974 Richard Nixon resigns.
1975 First of the Moon Scouts created.
October, 1978 Hostings Act (AKA the Right of Super Privacy Act) passed, in
response to Coltman vs. Dachshund. This confirms that in the United
States revealing a recognized costumed adventurer's legal identity
against his or her wishes is a federal felony, unless and until the
person is convicted of a felony.
September, 1979 The Guild begin construction of their space station.
November, 1980 The Guild occupy their completed orbital Guild Hall.
April, 1981 Amazonia begins her career.
1983 Blood on the Cowlis written by Dreadnaught - a British mask and hero of World War II
who was blackmailed into working for his government as an assassin
early in the Cold War - and quickly goes into print. Part of the
reason for the rush is to keep the British government from having
time to halt the publication.
The scandalous revelations insure the book is a best seller. Several
careers - and retirements - are ruined.
August, 1986 The Border Patrol purchase the old Guild Hall. They only occupy
the base until their own, new facilities are completed on the other
side of the same hill. Eventually they disperse into several smaller
and more modern bases around the US.
1987 Zeep created in an accident with an experimental teleporter. After several
months of operation he is banned from the United States and - subsequently - the Earth.
1992 Jenny Toulon born.
September, 1994 The Specialists formed.
1998 Ike Kenniman deploys the Super Monitoring System satellites. Only he and
those he deems trustworthy have the security codes to access it.
2000, November Harvey Thurlin elected President.
2001 The orbital Guild Hall is destroyed by the criminal organization Churn.
Most members die in the initial explosion. The only survivors among
those on the station are three members who are tough enough to
withstand the blast and decompression; they are rescued by Zeep. Four
other members - plus several reserve and former members - not on the
station at the time also survive.
The Guild survivors buy their old mountain base back from the Border
Patrol, determined both to continue their work and to bring those who
killed their compatriots to justice. Needing money to reorganize they
begin selling assets and seeking donations. Eventually they build a
new Guild Hall in the Rockies. Later they sell the old Guild Hall and
surrounding property to the Assembly.
An international operation to destroy Churn is soon successful.
Late 2001 Randal Devon becomes Template.
2002 Carstairs Act signed into law.
2004 Thurlin re-elected.
2005 Assassination attempt on Thurlin.
Jenny Toulon's first appearance in the masks stories.
2006 Pine Island School for Supers created.
ZipStrips invented. The primary use is for concealed closures in clothing.
Especially super clothing.
January, 2006 Sung, the Master of Men, released from hibernation by agents of
the Thurlin administration.
Fall, 2006 Jenny's first semester at the Pine Island Academy (as Energia).
October, 2006 Thurlin abdicates, leaving Vincent Prescott Gould just over two
years to serve before the next election.
Gould orders federal law enforcement agencies to stop enforcing the
Carstairs Act and to release anyone arrested under it.
The Assembly created.
2008, November Livia Sievers elected first female President of the United
2009, January Livia Sievers inaugurated.
February, 2009 The Carstairs Act is unanimously declared unconstitutional by
the US Supreme Court.
March, 2009 Pine Island attacked by a nuclear missile.
April, 2009 Sung, the Master of Men captured.
Late June, 2009 Tritonicus returns.
August, 2009 Silver Shadow becomes active in Louisville.
Early September, 2009 Roy White Devon born.
WonderCloth comes on the market.
Template on talk show.
Brade appointed Deputy National Security Advisor for Super Affairs
Adirondack Irregulars formed.
Sanctum rediscovered by Energex.
2010, Spring Brade appointed "super top cop" at the newly-created Bureau
of Special Resources.
Revolution in the Shilmek Empire.
A minor demon causes trouble at the Pine Island Academy.
The Five Great Powers take over the world. For a few hours.
2011, Spring Victor Peltior's powers activate.
Jenny graduates from the Pine Island Academy.
Fall, 2011 Victor Peltior enrolls at the Ramsey Technical College.
enrolls (as Energia) at Ramsey Technical College.
2012, November Livia Sievers reelected.
December 4th, 2012 Shilmek scout ships spotted at multiple locations around the world.
March 8th, 2013 Shilmek attack.
2013, July Der Schmalere-imprisoned.
2014, February Lawrence Hawthorne meets with Dr. Fenrisa Freysdottir to discuss what to do about Dr. Gaunt.
Paula becomes the third Champion.
March, 2014 Karen pregnant.
May, 2014 British elections.
Friday October 31, 2014 Demon attacks around the world.
The world learns that magic is on the rise.
Late November, 2014 Sarah Olive Devon born, a little premature but
2016, Spring Energia and Victor Peltior graduate from the Ramsey Technical
A plan is formed to deal with the "outbreak" of magic.
Magical artifacts are found and dealt with in many ways. Magical
sites are neutralized, warded or strictly regulated.
Fall, 2016 Energia and Vic both start in the graduate program at Ramsey
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