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THE PRE-RESONANCE WORLD
Prior to the Resonance Event the last few centuries were void of magic. Anything ‘paranormal’ in the world resulted from the impending appearance of the Nevus which may have been building up for last two thousand years, nobody knows. What people do know is that any strange encounters were due to unseen/undocumented small scale celestial events that allowed the barrier between our realm and the ‘other worlds’ to become transparent for a short time. Some theorize, some conclude, that these events were precursors to the Nevus.
Not known to the general population: The last Vampire died in 1629 and the one remaining line of Lycanthrope passed away in 1845. This does not mean that prior to these dates these monsters prowled the night in full force. No. Magic has been dying on this planet since 2010 BC and there is no mistaking the significance of that date. Before then man-kind struggled to make sense of that mystical realm residing somewhere between reality and dreams. The Veil danced upon the winds of magic, sporadically opening and closing, ever so slightly altering the world. Spells had power. The Egyptian Book of the Dead, a series of magical texts were able to effect the physical world and few questioned this reality. A century later, however, as magic began fade so too did this belief and it is surmised that ‘The Human Will of Disbelief’ itself destroyed magic and mysticism. This explains, how, in those few hidden corners of the world some forms of magic lingered on, but nothing as grand as what may have existed in 3100 BC and beyond that time would ever exist again. Even then, the magic unleashed by the Resonance now is a hundred times more potent than anything that ever existed in Earth’s past.
Stories of real events merged with fantasy until none could tell truth from fantasy. Magic became myth and then the myth’s themselves faded. Characters based on these legends are either Metahuman or Veil Crossers. Naturally as magic dwindled, those beings dependent upon it were pulled back from whence they came. Those that remained slowly lost their power. Most died out but some lived on until all that remained of their line was hidden away in their blood and called ‘mutation’ or ‘disease’. These ancient blood-lines awakened in what are referred to as Metahumans. They are the rebirth of mythic beings entwined in the legends of Earth’s history. Many worlds touched upon Earth and so the blood of myth lingered on in the populace awaiting the Resonance to become reborn in it’s Human descendants.
The Nevus event mars the planet. What is the Nevus? No one really knows for sure. Scientists postulate that it is definite proof of the multiverse, a tear in the very fabric of space and time through which other realities spilled through, mixing together like the multi-coloured hues of oil upon water. The frightening reality is that we simply don’t know what this ‘rift’ is and what it spells for our existence. We are utterly and hopelessly at the mercy of the cosmos, but perhaps this is how it has always been? The Nevus has simply reminded us of just how powerless we really are.
Most media outlets including television and the Internet are crippled by the widespread damage and chaos – as such, little is initially documented, what information is retained is thanks to eyewitness accounts and some amateur video taken. The world is a little slow to realize that beyond the dead in their streets, millions, perhaps billions, have simply; vanished.
Most of the world is plagued by the morteximius-virus. A zombie-apocalypse terrorizes the world for years to come.
The landscape of Africa has been dramatically altered. The bulk of the populace, after the appearance of the Nevus, was simply 'gone'. Whether they were obliterated or transferred to another universe is unknown
In a hasty decision to destroy the morteximius-virus Chicago, Illinois being seen as the source of the zombies is nuked. It does nothing to curb the spread of the plague.
The United Kingdom is invaded by the forces of the Dragon Empire, led by the black dragon Azazel. Over the course of the next eight months, the Empire will completely devastated the UK, razing much of it to the ground and so scarring the landscape that even in 2017, few plants even are able to grow. In April, another force of dragons under the command of Aura hits Azazel's forces in the flank. This provides the pressure needed to extend the razing of the UK as long as it was, and also allows a large percentage of the civilian population and even a large portion of the military to escape. They are, however, unable to save the land itself.
RUSSIA — In March of 2011, all but consumed by the zombie morteximius-virus the three remaining Russian cities (Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk) had gone from slaying mindless undead zombies to battling Lycanthropes. It would seem that the Slav's in general seemed highly susceptible to contracting the first wave of the super-viruses but for the most part the transformations had been retroactive. Two months after the RESONANCE, the new menace emerged, vying for power and blood in true Russian fashion and what remained of Human and Altered Human alike were lost in the strife of war.
The Purge - known only to the Sheut Nation and the Order of First Light, the growing evidence that vampires were real in Europe was squashed when the Order massacred what they believed to be every last vampire. Thousands died, but what was not known even to the Order, was those slain had been picked for elimination by the Sheut Nation itself.
By May of 2012, Russia was on the verge of becoming a radioactive hot zone. It seemed hopeless and indeed it would have been if it would not have been for the untimely arrival of The Order of First Light. This new power for a new age lent their talents and knowledge to the three remaining cities. With their assistance the allied forces were able to reduce the population of the Lycanthropes.
At the onset of the NEVUS Russia's population was an estimated 142,946, 800 persons by February of 2013 it had been cut to an estimated 50 million. Over half of Russia's people had been infected, their undead remnants hunting the streets. The Russian winter leant it's frigid hand to the survivors, freezing the older and starved aberrations. People had a chance to escape but do little else, the country was lost. Only the three most populated cities remain intact: Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk protected by magical barriers created by the Order of Light to ward the radiation spewed by their many nuclear reactor melt downs.
South America — When they awoke, the continent had been changed. Parts of the landscape had been transformed. Over half of the population was gone! Taken away or rather transferred to another realm by the Resonance. What has left behind were Elves and Faerie, among other creatures from beyond the Veil.
A rally for altered humans meant for peace turns into a bloody massacre, as an explosion results in many Pharos and NYPD injuries, along with multiple Order mages. The public largely comes to blame the Vanguard for Humanity for the attack, though no information is found.
The Statue of Liberty stands at the bottom of the Hudson River, only part of her arm and the torch rising above the waves. The devastating event of a great spire rising from the depths of earth partially destroyed Liberty Island before the collective efforts of several factions rid the world of this other worldly relic.
The big event in 2016 was the war within the Order of First Light. The New York division, particularly Alistair Greene began to suspect that the Order was corrupt. In an unprecedented move, @Alistair Greene broke away from the Order along with a fair number of the New York contingent to form ARMA.
At the end of 2016 after the Order of First Light was ousted out of the Federal Reserve Building those who remained in New York congregated are at the holding of the self proclaimed Chancellor Salvatore Avara. His family owned the Delmonico Building for which they resurrected an old name and began calling it the Citadel.
New Alcatraz Prison is open. Four years in the making it was built to contain and rehabilitate Altered Humans.
THE RESONANCE WAVE — The Nevus up until this day had remained idle, a harmless reminder of the 2010 event that changed the world. On this day, the Nevus acted up, glowing violently that night. The next day, a very small percentage of the Human population had been altered and from this point on strange events followed. All evidence points to the Nevus causing random fluctuations in the very fabric of our reality.
Blood Moon Event - An uncalendared blood moon rose over New York and set the city into a state of panic as thousands of Lycanthrope descended in all their fury on the city. The city most recovered since the Nevus event was suddenly plunged into an all out war against the brutality of those lost to their curse. Untold thousands perished and well into 2020 the city is still trying to recover.
Outworlder Registration - Ireland becomes the first to pass a requirement for outworlders - those not born of earth - to register themselves. Tensions rise as the world is divided on which side of this battle they plan to fall on.
Ireland for Earthborn - this has become the new battle cry in Ireland. Rioting has plagued the country as Outworlder killings become commonplace. Several outworlders from North America have begun an "underground railroad" in efforts to get the veil crossers out of the region but the efforts struggle against the tide of violence that has not been seen since the German genocides.
Bloodshed reaches NY Shores - the first real evidence that the violence in Ireland is spreading came in early July. Ships of human cargo, outworlders trying to escape Ireland and surrounding countries to North America start showing up in NY and often they did not survive the journey.