explodes 8 kilometers above the ground near the river Tunguska,
destroying about 2150 square kilometers of Siberian taiga. A
wave of high-energy radiation catapults around the globe.
November 20: After a prolonged struggle to
determine the leadership of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and the
ethical direction the Order would take, Aleister Crowley is forced out
October 31: Aleister
Crowley founds the Order of the Black Flame, an order of sorcerers
dedicated to the accumulation of wealth and power.
April 4: The
Cobra begins his war against Don Carlo Grappandino, crime boss of
September 23: The Masked Marine is
first seen in Los Angeles. The burgeoning crime rates in Southern
California begin dropping.
March 12: The first news
story to include the word "superhuman" appears in the New York Times.
October 24: Warcraft sent by the Daribi Confederation land
near Grover's Mills, New Jersey and begin an invasion of the Earth.
The military might of the United States is useless against the
Daribi's superior technology. The invasion stalls after three
days, however, when the invasion force begins dying from various
Terran diseases, most of which humans are resistant to. A week
after the invasion begins, all landing forces are dead. The
United States government confiscates as much of the Daribi technology
as they can.
October 31: Well-known writer/producer Orson Welles is
hired by the US government to assist in the cover up of the Daribi
November 15: The
Masked Marine disappears while investingating rumors of a new Los
Angeles crime boss. Within five months, the crime rate in Los Angeles
December 2: A glowing meteorite crashes near Burke Falls, New York,
and is recovered by auto mechanic Silas Tucker.
December 9: Silas Tucker
uses the meteorite to help power his prototype rocketpack and flies
for the first time as the superhero Barnstormer.
December 23: Discovering Barnstormer's secret identity, rich
kid Archie Burke blackmails the man into building him his own
rocketpack. They reconcile after Archie saves Barnstormer from the mad
scientist Doctor X-Ray, christening himself as Barnstormer's sidekick
February 12: Frenchman Marc Robitaille uses his ever-growing
invulnerability and knowledge of Savate to foil a robbery at the
Louvre, in Paris. Donning a mask, he becomes known as Resolu, the hero
of France! The papers quickly dub him the "Gallant Warrior" of France
for his bravery and joie-de-vivre.
May 3: A new hero calling himself Valor first
appears in San Diego, stopping a group of Tommy Gun-toting thieves
from stealing materials being used to build Miramar Naval Air Station
at Camp Kearny near San Diego.
July 29: The teleporting American superhero Airdrop
makes his debut, teleporting Franklin Delano Roosevelt out of the Oval
Office just moments before a bomb disguised as FDR's Scottish terrier Fala explodes in the room.
September 1: German troops invade Poland,
led by the Nazi superman called Sturmfurhrer. He is the first
superhuman to gain widespread notoriety.
September 14: The
German submarine U39 attacks a British battlegroup and is sunk
September 18: David Danner is kidnapped
for use as a guinea pig by Baron Ulysses Maltus, a Nazi scientist
searching for a reliable means of manufacturing superhuman soldiers for
Hitler's army. The
experiment goes awry when Danner manages to escape before the
procedure is concluded. He presents himself to President Roosevelt and
later is seen in the skies over America as Maximan.
September 18: Five
crewmembers of the lost U39 submarine wash up on a German beach,
claiming to have been rescued from their dying sub by mermaids. Their
claims are not believed.
October 30: Several
survivors from recently sunk British ships wash ashore on the coast of
Britain after having been presumed lost. Their fantastic claims of
rescue by water-breathing people are discounted as delusions.
January 14: Maximan and Sturmfuehrer meet each other for
the first time in Krakow, Poland. Their battle manages to destroy half
the city before Maximan drives Sturmfuhrer off. However there is
no clear cut victor.
June 2: Resolu opts to
stay in France after the Nazis invade, rather than escape to England. His spirited determination
becomes a backbone for the French Resistance.
July 1: Surfrider, a new superhero in Honolulu, beaks
up an opium-smuggling ring trafficking from Southeast Asia through
Hawaii to San Francisco.
July 15: A German
submarine and a British destroyer do battle in the mid-Atlantic. Several
depth charges fail to detonate at their preset depths and fall all the
way to the bottom of the ocean. They explode when they hit bottom, in
the middle of an Atlantean farm. Within half an hour of the explosion,
the destroyer that launched the depth charges hits bottom as well,
having been sunk by the submarine.
July 17: King Balam
Thoth of Atlantis dispatches a scout to the surface to find out if the
events of two days before was an isolated incident or if it could happen
again, and if the latter, why.
March 23: Noting the success of German superhumans
supplementing armed forces in the European conflict, the Imperial
Japanese Navy begins the search for superhumans. They task a
sorcerer code-named Haiku to recruit superhumans. Haiku sets up hidden
bases throughout the Pacific.
March 30: Surfrider
disappears while on a case. He is presumed dead after a month.
December 5: Valor
fights a Japanese spy ring hiding in the Koolau Mountains of Oahu.
During this fight, he rescues a captive Surfrider.
December 7: Valor and
Surfrider aid in the rescuing of civilians and servicemen injured and
trapped during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Finding they work well
together, the pair decide to become a permanent team.
February 8: A team of American superhumans gathered and
sponsored by the US Military and calling
themselves "The Liberty Legion", begins fighting Axis saboteurs and
counterpart superhumans on behalf of Allied forces.
June 4: Admiral Chester Nimitz receives intelligence
reports of superhumans supporting an approaching Japanese Fleet.
He makes several urgent requests for superhuman assistance, but is
told that most of the Allied superhumans are in Europe fighting Nazi
Germany. Valor and Surfrider responded to the call and arrive in
time to neutralize the Japanese superhumans, Oni and Kuei, allowing
the US Navy to achieve a stunning victory at Midway that turned the
tide of the war. One creative journalist on Midway Island described
the duo as "Surf and Turf" and the moniker sticks.
November 22: The Chinese superhero and kung fu master Go
battles Japanese forces alongside Chang Kai-shek in northwestern
China. His duels with Japanese karate master Itazurakko become
With an amazing feat of foresight, a German SS officer in Africa
realizes the fate of the Nazi party. He sends his entire unit into
hiding in Belgian controlled Rwanda. They stay in hiding until well
after Rwandan independence in 1962.
April 12: Maximan disappears during a battle in which he
and the Liberty Legion fight Sturmfuhrer and several other Nazi
superhumans in Stuttgart, Germany. Maximan is believed to have
been killed in the fighting.
April 16: Resolu faces Sturmfuhrer in colossal battle,
his adaptive invulnerability making him nearly a match for the Nazi
superman. The two battle for hours near Antipolis, as Resolu keeps
Sturmfuhrer occupied and contained, allowing a large group of the
French Resistance leaders to escape. The battle ends as Sturmfuhrer's
beating takes its toll, and France's "Gallant Warrior" finally falls
dead from his wounds.
October 9: The first
commercial advertising featuring a metahuman is released over the radio.
Featuring well-known Boston superhero Lawdog, and running only in that city, the
commercial hawked Bukowski's Tavern. The Tavern's business
increased 214% within the next year, all because of Lawdog's commercial.
March 3: Intelligence is received by U.S. that Japanese
army has found a method for the successful production of super soldiers, to begin immediately in Nagasaki and
Hiroshima. President Truman orders immediate use of atomic bombs at
these locations. Japanese operation is destroyed, along with super
August 8: Rumors emerge that the delivery of the Fat Man
plutonium bomb to Nagasaki was accomplished not by the B-29 named
"Boxcar", but by the American superhero Airdrop. A haggard Airdrop
"drops" from public sight shortly afterward.
April 16: A statue of Resolu is erected in Paris, bearing
a grin as it points down the block to the Arc de Triomphe.
October 4: The
surviving members of the Liberty Legion announce that, with two
exceptions, the surviving members of the Legion will continue protecting
the people of the United States. Of the two holdouts, Sergeant
Victory retires because of wounds received in combat, and Liberty Belle
announces her attention to settle down and start a family.
President Harry Truman presents the Congressional
Medal of Honor to Army Sergeant Larry "Sergeant Victory" Floyd, citing
the man's fearless actions against the Germans and Japanese. The
other members of the Legion are presented with the Medal of Freedom.
June 13: Valor and Surfrider move from Hawaii to San
Diego, Valor's hometown, where they are needed more than in Hawaii. They continue to
fight crime in Southern California.
June 19: The United States launches Explorer 1,
the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
Liberty Legion member Terry "Mister America" Benedict announces that
will be retiring from crimefighting in order to pursue an acting career.
He signs a ten-year contract with Universal Pictures.
May 14: A team of
twelve metahumans assist the newly-founded nation of Israel when that
nation is attacked by the Arab League.
South Africa forms a paramilitary organization to defend their
nationalistic right to practice apartheid, dubbed Purity. It
consists of a small unit of super-soldiers called the White Legion and a
small army of highly trained soldiers.
December 4: Castle
in Visaria, the first film starring Terry Benedict, is released by
Universal Studios. A Grade-B horror film, the movie recoups its
production costs only because of its low budget.
August 2: The
People's Republic of China institutes a program of controlled breeding
with the intent of producing government-controlled metahumans of massive
February 20: Senator
Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) makes a six-hour long speech on the floor of the
senate, decrying communist infiltration of "the so-called masked
heroes". He claims to have evidence that at least 31 well-known
metahumans (some villains, some heroes, some neither) are communists.
March 15: Vakaki, the shark-man who would one day become
known as The Master Shark, is born in Kacharias village in the
Atlantean province of Vallus.
March 18: The House
Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), lead by Senator McCarthy issues
subpoenas demanding the appearance of all members of the Liberty Legion,
past and present, to answer to charges of "Unamerican political
April 4: Appearing
before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, a visibly shaken Larry
"Sergeant Victory" Floyd calls Senators Joseph McCarthy and Richard
Nixon "facist snakes" and challenges both men to fist-fights, despite
his wheelchair-bound condition. Floyd is later found to be in
contempt of Congress and sent to prison for three years.
April 7: During his
appearance before the HUAC hearing, Mister Mind (who refuses to give his
real name) of the Liberty Legion announces that he's had enough of
"simplistic questions coming from simplistic men". He then
mentally paralyzes everyone in the hearing room and walks out the door.
A warrant for his arrest is issued, but Mister Mind is never seen again.
April 9: When Airdrop
fails to appear before the HUAC hearing, a warrant is issued for his
arrest. No arrest is ever made, and it is suspected that Airdrop
simply took the costume off and blended into the general population.
April 10: At the
urging of his bosses at Universal Studios, Terry "Mister America"
Benedict testifies before the HUAC hearing as a friendly witness.
His testimony is especially damning of Airdrop and Liberty Belle (both
of whom flirted with membership in the Communist Party during the Great
Depression, but who left that organization shortly thereafter) and
Mister Mind (who continued to hold membership in the ACP as of 1951).
April 12: Under a
barrage of insulting and harassing questions from Senator McCarthy, a
very-pregnant Janine "Liberty Belle" Warren suffers a miscarriage.
She dies of blood loss on the way to the hospital.
June 1: With few
exceptions, by this date most publicly operating metahuman
crime-fighters have faded into the public rather than face same same
fate as the Liberty Legion.
August 14: Battle
at Klondheim, a war film starry Terry Benedict, is released and
October 10: The
French deploy the first operational suit of powered armor. The
suit resembles a one-man tank on legs, and is about as graceful.
February 19: The absent superhero Airdrop reappears,
evacuating dozens of passengers and crew from a lightning-crippled Pan
Am flight before the plane crash-lands in the Pacific. After making a
brief speech denouncing Senator Joseph McCarthy, he disappears again.
January 2: Science vessels sent by the Loxor begin a
survey of Earth. Several of their probes are spotted by various
humans, sparking a craze of "UFO sightings".
Windstorm, the first of the "second generation" of metahuman heroes,
makes his first public appearance.
Whirlwind Horseman, starring Doug McClure is released.
Terry Benedict has twenty minutes of screen time as "Matt, the
December 24: The crew of the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the
moon spot a pressurized facility of alien construction on the far side
of the moon. Astronaut Gordon Cooper, navigator of Apollo 8,
christens the alien lunar base "the Dark City".
The American invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs
succeeds, due in no small part to the assistance of a quartet of
exiled Cuban metahumans. A pro-American government is put into
place within days.
Terry Benedict is cast as Tarzan in Tarzan of the Apes on
CBS. The show lasts eight years, finally being cancelled in
January of 1968.
Under pressure from the United Nations, the
United States withdraws its military forces from Cuba. Castro
and his guerillas topple the fragile government and re-establish
control once American support is removed.
March 4: During an Ecumenical Council of the Holy Mother
Church, reformers manage to push through the idea that intelligent
apes and other sentient species have souls, bringing on harsh debate.
In the end, the Council decrees that artificially
intelligent computers and other machines are held to be mechanical
creations and thus obviously lacking in souls.
April 4: Osgrove Wellington the
III found Z-Optima.
April 12: The United
States establishes unlawful telepathic contact to be a form of Rape,
combined with Criminal Invasion of Privacy, and make such unwanted
contact a federal offense.
May 24: A meteor
strike in the Appalachian mountains of Upstate New York, prompts
scientist, Dr. Daniel Kirkland, to visit the impact site. There he
discovers a strange metal alloy with mysterious properties. After
bringing the alloy back to his home in Scarsdale, he discovers that as
long as he stays in contact with the alloy, he is able to project
various forms of energy as well as negate gravity and surround himself
with a field of force. Dubbing the alloy "Stellaranium", Dr. Kirkland
fashions a pair of forearm bands from the alloy and takes to the skies
over New York state as the Stellar Sentinel, Major Adventure.
November 7: Nelson
Mandela dies of "accidental" injuries acquired in a South African jail
shortly after his arrest.
UN Secretary-General U Thant announces the formation
of Checkmate, an international paramilitary force whose mission is to
"fight terrorism and the international consequences of metahuman
March 28: U Thant
meets with a eight heroes from around the world. Those heroes
(Excalibur of Great Britain, Lumina of Brazil, SteelWolf of the Soviet
Union, Carnival of France, Rampart of the United States, Jabbar of Iran,
Katla of Iceland, and Apollo of Greece) form the initial Global
Guardians team. The team initially operates out of UN Headquarters
in New York City.
July 4: The word
"mutant" is used for the first time in a news story, describing a person
born with their powers.
November 13: The
Defenders, the first privately funded and organized hero team, begin
operation in Detroit, Michigan.
November 5: A team of Norwegian geologists
unearth the frozen neanderthal who will come to be called Nordkapp
Man in the glacial ice near Nordkapp,
February 16: The Blood Red King attacks the Papal Palace in
Vatican City. He is driven away by a cadre of super-powered priests,
monks, and nuns. Despite the best attempts of the press, little
information is gained about these superhuman clergy.
11: The low level media speculation about meta
powered clergy that has existed since the attack of the Blood Red
King on the Vatican is ended as a team of superhumans calling
themselves the Knights of Malta foil a kidnapping attempt on Italian
starlet Maria Maderno after her wedding. In Europe, the
public's immediate reaction was one of overwhelming interest, with
clips and websites appearing in hours.
December 1: Scientists in Cuba
acquire a formula for a drug that temporarily enhances human beings
into "super soldiers" from sources inside the USSR. This formula
becomes the basis of the Cuban super-soldier program. The
circumstances of this acquisition are mired in mystery, but the Soviet
spokesman claims they have no knowledge of such a transaction.
SteelWolf is expelled from the Global Guardians
after it is revealed that he has been passing intelligence
information to the Soviet government since the team's inception.
He is replaced by Japanese strongman Fuji.
October 10: Aging heroes Valor and Surfrider nearly shut
down the border operations of a drug cartel calling itself "Los
The words "Surrender Dorothy" appear in the sky
over Los Angeles. The letters, which glow a bright red during
the day and a bright bluish white at night, remain in place for 36
hours. The perpetrator never comes forward.
30: Valor and Surfrider are are lured into a trap
and slain by a pair of super-powered assassins employed by the
In US vs. Takagi, the United States Supreme Court
holds that a masked superhero
can testify and retain his hidden identity if it can be
confirmed that the man behind the mask is indeed the
superhuman in question. The court further holds that, if the hero can be
approved through vois dire, he may testify as an expert
February 29: Captain Courage, son of Valor, and Seabreeze,
daughter of Surfrider, avenge their parents and shut down the
activities of the Syndicate Internationale. The team of Surf and
Turf is reborn.
June 5: Robert
"Bulletproof" Moldea steps between Senator Robert F. Kennedy and
would-be-assassin Sirhan Sirhan. Suffering from gunshot wounds
to the abdomen, the Senator is rushed into emergency surgery.
A week later, he makes an announcement from his hospital room that
he is retiring from politics.
Excalibur announces his retirement, and names Apollo as his
replacement in command of the Global Guardians.
February 1: The
"Klyx!ma Nix" enters a
geostationary orbit around the Earth, parking directly above the
equator in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Two orbital shuttles are launched on an intercept with the alien
May 3: The Nixon
administration secretly orders "destruct-training" to begin at selected
Marine Corps and Army basic training centers, in the hopes that the
increased stress and possibly lethal nature of the environment will
create metahuman soldiers.
The program of "destruct-training" at Army and
Marine bases is ended and carefully covered up after nearly 300
recruits are killed without a single metahuman soldier produced.
April 28: The United States Congress passes the Non-Human
Intelligence Law, recognizing intelligent apes and all alien species
proven to possess at least human intelligence as "persons bearing
rights that must be recognized by the government".
May 2: Scientists begin defrosting the Tautiq colonists and transporting them to Earth. The basic facts about the Tautiq emigration are
leaked to the general public. Public response to the information
November 30: Idi Amin personally
purchases formula that uses engineered viruses to extend the normal
human lifespan, as well as the "Cuban" super soldier formula, and
begins his own super soldier program in Uganda.
December 10: Terry
Benedict is spat upon by Danger Girl at an American Red Cross
fundraiser. The superheroine, a member of the California Angels,
later explains to a reporter that she was surprised that "Judas dared
show his face in public."
In Washington vs. "Knightblade", the United States Supreme
Court holds that superheroes who are sanctioned and
sponsored by police forces must abide by normal police
procedures and standards. The Court further states that
a non-sanctioned vigilante, who is acting on his own as a private
citizen, has no obligation to follow police procedure, and that
evidence supplied by such vigilantes to police may be used in court,
even if the methods used would be illegal if performed by the
police. The non-sanctioned vigilante is still liable for any
criminal activity he may have performed while accumulating the
August 12: Jabbar,
Lumina, and Katla all announce their retirement from the Global
Guardians. They are replaced by Mindset, Stellarina, and
Carnival retires from crimefighting. The
Global Guardians replace her with Belgian superheroine Charisma.
June 4: In a small, private wedding, Captain Courage
August 19: Rwanda experiences a
bloody military coup. The Nazi's hidden here have fully integrated
into Rwandan society and government. They take advantage of the
political turmoil and seamlessly take control of the small country.
The world does not find out for many years that Nazi's rule in Rwanda.
September 5: Arab
terrorists take the Israeli Olympic team hostage at the 20th Olympic
Games in Munich. Despite all efforts by the German police and a
local hero team, none of the Israeli athletes survive.
May 13: Astronaut Fred Haise becomes the first human to
enter the "Dark City". It is discovered that the alien station
retains a breathable atmosphere, but minimal power. Nothing
living is found, though some alien skeletons (labeled "rather
interestingly shaped" by Haise) are discovered.
May 23: The first
components of the Subsurface Environmental Engineering Experiment
Assist (SEEEA) Lab, comprising the living, power, medical, and
hydroponics modules, are dropped onto Grant's Shelf in the Mariana
Trench in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of approximately 8000
meters. Assembly is handled by a team of meta-enhanced
humans led by Dr. Yolanda Stefanias of Italy, designer of the
SEEEA Lab. Construction is completed in four days, and
full-time habitation begins a week after that.
Annfrid Sigurdsdottir, the future Global Guardian Aurora, is born
to Sigurd Leifursson and Inga Bjarnadottir in Laugarvatn, Iceland.
December 15: Jean
"Warhawk" D'Alville is arrested for possession of six kilos of
heroin. He is immediately expelled from the Global
Guardians, and eventually is sent to prison for fifteen years.
In his place, Apollo recruits Pendragon, the son of former
Guardians leader Excalibur.
May 14: Annfrid
Sigurdsdottir, the future Global Guardian Aurora, receives her PhD
in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In
March, she joins the staff at the Joint European Torus fusion
project in Culham, England.
Knightblade announces his retirement from
October 4: The
masked thief called Le Chat Noire begins his criminal career in
A federal appeals court rules in the case of US v. Leuten that
because there are clear differences between metahuman criminals and
normal criminals, legal standards granting rights to normals may have to
be altered to account for superhuman powers. Because of this,
extraordinary measures that do not place the metahuman in risk to life
or limb may be taken to incarcerate such persons once convicted of a
Idi Amin declares war on Tanzania and invades with his newly
created super soldier army. With the help of the mystical warriors of
Z-Optima, Tanzania defeats the Ugandan forces, but makes no headway in
their own counter-invasion.
January 1: Abyss appears over the Great Barrier Reef and releases a
chemical into the ocean. The reef, on the point of destruction, is
revitalized and begins regrowth in those areas in which it was
March 21: Portia
"Charisma" Bourne resigns from the Global Guardians in disgrace
after a British tabloid newspaper reveals her short-lived career as
an adult film star. Within weeks of the story, sales of her
three films skyrocket. She is not replaced.
April 10: New
Jersey issues the first "operators license" to a metahuman
dockworker who "works
as a heavy equipment operator without the need for heavy equipment".
May 27: A starship crewed by a species dubbed "the
Monks" by the New York Times (based on the appearance of the alien's
pressure suits) takes up position a kilometer above the Empire State
Building. They sell the United Nations the design for a working
faster-than-light motor, the chemical formula for a room-temperature
superconductor, and a design for a matter/anti-matter reactor in
exchange for two hundred gigabytes of human knowledge, art, and music
plus perpetual refueling rights at the Terran System's gas giants.
The Monks then leave in peace, vowing to come back "when they are in
the neighborhood again".
November 4: Iranian
militants take 55 US Embassy staff members hostage in Tehran. Fast
action by a team of American heroes, operating under orders from
President Carter, rescues most of the hostages (five are murdered by the
militants before the heroes can get there). Despite this swift and decisive action,
and despite the economic boost resulting from the accompanying swell in
national confidence, Carter's re-election bid is defeated the next year
by Ronald Reagan.
November 4: Evidence comes to light that an aid to UN
Ambassador Than Ngyuen Soy of Viet Nam is an undercover mentalist who
has been using his telepathic powers to influence the votes of several
other Asian ambassadors. The resultant uproar causes governments
around the world to call for strict regulation of mentalists
December 28: The United Nations announces the creation of the
United Nations Psionics Organization. This organization's
declared mission is to propose regulations protecting non-psionics
from unwanted telepathic influence.
December 31: California cybernetics corporation TL Prosthetic
Devices Corporation makes a working bionic arm, that while not very
sophisticated, is affordable although expensive.
September 2: British metagenius Dr. Fiona Richards patents
working nano-technology. She immediately forms the Diamond
Technologies corporation to exploit and further develop the
Apollo retires from the Guardians.
Pendragon is named commander of the team in his place. His
first act is to dismiss all currently active Guardians members.
In their place he recruits a fresh, new team made up of the Walrus,
Stormsong, Carpathia, Force, the Shield, Arsenal, Massada, the Iron
Knight, Olympian, Pellmell, and Looking Glass. This team will
become the standard by which all other Guardians teams are measured.
The Metahuman in Combat by "Knightblade,
with Tim Conroy" is published. It spends 27 weeks at the top
of the New York Times nonfiction best seller list.
Battlecat begins his war with New Orleans crime
lord Baron Samedi.
December 19: A week after the infamous "snow plow play", the
New England Patriots players and coaches are all hunted down and
killed by the Masters of Disaster, who leave a videotaped statement
decrying that the football players and coaches deserve it for being
The owner of the New England Patriots
announces that he does not feel morally just in trying to reconstitute
his team after all team members were killed. The
National Football League formally dissolves the team.
January 14: The Jupiter Space Probe 2 (JSP2) successfully
lands on Europa, one of the gas giant's many satellites. Almost
immediately, it begins sending data back regarding the ice coating
of the moon. JSP2 successfully drills beneath the ice
coating, reaching the liquid water beneath the frigid surface. Two
JSP2 transmits data to Earth suggesting and then confirming the
presence of carbon based microbial life forms in the Europan
May 2: South Africa invades
Cuba controlled Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique,
Swaziland, and Zimbabwe simultaneously. The invaded countries band
together and fend off South Africa with the help of the Z-Optima
mystic warriors until the rest of the world can mobilize. The
Treaty of Lesotho forces South Africa to not only give up land
recently invaded, but to also allow West South Africa its
independence as Namibia.
"Suicide Squad," an hour-long drama
featuring five supers who travel the country helping people in
trouble while dodging the agents and super-powered pawns of
their former employer, the fictional criminal agency known as
"The Dominion", debuts on NBC. Within two months it
begins its five year stay at #1 in the Nielsen Ratings. It
is cancelled in 1990.
September 25: The
Federal Metahuman Registration Act enacted into law. The act
calls for the registration of a metahuman's known powers, address,
and identity. Very few metahumans actually comply with the
January 28: Bell Technologies
cybernetics lab announced that they had succeeded in creating a
functional humanoid robot.
January 14: More than 50 people are killed when the small town of
Snyder, Oklahoma is destroyed by the sudden appearance of a thunderstorm
and half a dozen tornados.
March 15: In Crouch
the United States
Supreme Court holds that the act of putting on a costume, calling
oneself by an unusual name, and committing unusual crimes does not
automatically mean that a person is insane.
March 21: Project Prometheus AMX-1,
the android created by Bell Technologies, sues its creators to have
his rights as a sentient being recognized. Eventually, the case
reached the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in the android's
April 1: Earth is invaded by the Xorn, a predatory
warrior species. The aliens lay waste to several cities around
the globe. They are driven off by the combined force of the
Earth's combined military might, along with the might of nearly every
superhuman on earth (including such villains and criminal
organizations as Lord Doom, Abyss, and Tarot). The governments
of earth immediately begin examining the technology and alien slaves
July 29: In US vs.
Kwan (1984), the United States Supreme Court holds that sending a
"supernormal", whose powers only come from intense training to
a super-maximum security prison designed to hold metahumans is a violation of the "cruel and unusual"
provisions of the 8th amendment to the constitution.
October 23: In a hyperwave broadcast made using Xorn
equipment to whatever alien species are listening, Pendragon, leader
of the Global Guardians, issues the Terran Ultimatum.
March 10th: A
recently retired French Legionarre, and a minor hero the Xorn war for
his leadership during the last ground action disappears skiing after an
avalanche during a freak snowstorm in the Alps. Pierre Mountblanc is
assumed dead, and given a ceremonial funeral by the Legion.
November 27: An
impromptu attempt to overthrow the South African government by an
international team of black metahumans fails. The slaughter of the
black metahumans by South African forces (including Purity, South
Africa's government-sponsored hero team) shock the world.
The South African government orders the genetic
screening of all babies born in the country. All non-white
babies shown to be carrying the metagene are immediately euthanised.
Construction is begun on the Bifrost Bridge project. The
project, located near the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, will eventually
be the UNSA's primary launching facility, incorporating launching
laser and mass driver technology. Simultaneously, the UNSA
announces the inception of the Barsoom Project, which will study the
feasibility of a Beanstalk space elevator on Mars.
April 25: The
worst nuclear power accident in the history of the world occurs at
Chernobyl, when a nuclear reactor located 80 miles north of Kiev
explodes. More than 30 people die immediately, while nearly a
hundred thousand more suffer radiation exposure. The Soviet
government combines cleanup of the accident with a massive screening
effort looking for "accidental" metahumans created in the disaster.
The results of their screening never become public.
May 14: The
British Parliament passes its own version of the American metahuman
registration law. Such
registration is strictly voluntary and allows a masked hero to
retain his secret identity if some other positive form of
identification is possible. In return for registration, the
person in question gains access to police records and has more
leniency to act as a "freelance, unofficial policeman" than a
In US v. Kwan (1986), the United States Supreme
Court holds that a supernormal can be incarcerated in a
super-maximum security prison designed to hold metahumans when "that supernormal has proven himself to be so
adept at escape that it is unlikely a normal prison facility
could ever contain him for long."
February 14: An earthquake strikes
Barcelona, Spain. This quake kills 5000 and leaves
275,000 homeless. The Blood Red King savages over a hundred
survivors before disappearing into thin air.
The small Libyan town of Al Jawf is the site of an unexpected
low-yield nuclear explosion. The Libyan government decries the
incident as an attack by Israel and the United States, but takes no other action.
deny any involvement. Checkmate Intelligence believes Al Jawf
was the site of a hidden chemical weapons factory.
An earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale strikes western
India. 8000 people are killed in Bombay alone, and the final
death toll reaches close to 150,000. The Blood Red King is
spotted in the area shortly thereafter, but is not confronted.
An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale strikes the greater
Los Angeles area, killing 60 and injuring thousands more. The
Blood Red King is seen at the epicenter after the shockwaves die
May 11: Supermodel Catherine Cody dies suddenly when she
abruptly bursts into flame during a showing of designer Peter
LaRusso's latest creations. Investigators can find no reason
for the model's spontaneous combustion. In addition, it takes
great effort to collect the ashes left behind by the model's fiery
demise, as the efficient air circulation system in the Ambion
Hotel's Sargasso Room spreads her remains across the horrified
May 21: France enacts
its own version of the American metahuman registration law. The
penalties for noncompliance are much harsher than the American law,
and a higher percentage of French metahumans comply than comply with
the American law.
August 29: A hail of meteors pummels eastern Siberia.
Other impacts are in the northern Pacific Ocean and in Central
Alaska. The meteors leave craters between 20 to 400 meters
across. Most of the meteors are obliterated upon impact.
Luckily, no one is injured during the shower.
November 20: RCA announces
that they have made a breakthrough in the field of
three-dimensional, free-standing, holography. One viewer who
witnessed the demonstration of the new technology says that the
images produced are projected into the air and, though a bit fuzzy,
are still quite impressive.
March 18: Eightball, leader of the villain team HardCorps,
publicly endorses Wolverine brand boots in an unsolicited letter sent
to Outdoor Life magazine. Sales of the brand skyrocket.
September 7: The Rothlyn/Dalburg
test, which detects the presence of the metagene, is put into
September 18: A team of doctors at Crestwick
Hospital in York, England perfects an AIDS vaccine that not only
killed the virus an infected individual, but prevented uninfected
individuals from ever being infected.
September 28: Construction on Gateway Station, a permanent
space station built in Earth's trailing LeGrange Point, is completed.
October 2: The fact that Rwanda
is controlled by remnants of the old German Nazi party becomes widely
known. Nothing is immediately done in reaction, at least
April 20: To the shock and amazement of the outside
world, the armed forces of Gorilla City smash several company-sized
united of Rwandan militia in response to attacks on small villages
near the hidden ape city.
A thorough investigation on the part of the Knights of Norfolk
reveals that the Parahuman Rights League is a front for Tarot.
Despite lightning raids on all Parahuman Rights League offices, no
useful information is found, and the only arrests made are for minor
A jury in Detroit, Michigan finds that a person's metagene
expression was a "medical condition", and thus fell under the federal
laws against discrimination.
February 18: The
UN-sponsored Barsoom Project, a century-long effort to begin the
slow terraforming of Mars, begins operations. Construction
begins on the Beanstalk, a surface to orbit elevator central to the
April 11: The Darkside Radio Observatory is constructed
on the Moon.
April 14: Joptha, Libya, is consumed in a hundred and fifty megaton fusion
explosion. The mushroom cloud is visible from the coast of
Sicily. The city's entire population of 30,000 people are
killed, though there is no fallout or residual radiation in the
wreckage. Joptha has long been thought to be the center of
Libya's nuclear weapons production industry.
"Meta" magazine publishes an interview with Lord Doom. This interview, conducted over the internet, reveals that
Lord Doom's primary motivation for wanting to rule the world is to put an end
to "the violence, hatred, and chaos that is so prevalent". It
also reveals that he is a fan of Stephen King novels, James Bond films,
the music of Queen, Tony's Circuit, and Garth Brooks, and that his
favorite food is veal marsala.
June 19: President Vladimir Lazarenko of
Ukraine is assassinated while visiting the city of Sevastopol in the
Crimean Peninsula. His killer is believed to have been working with the
drug cartels that ship narcotics from Turkey through Ukraine into
July 11: The Federal
Metahuman Registration Act is repealed. Critics contend that it
was never effective in the first place.
Petro Radenyk is elected the President of
Ukraine following a turbulent special election. Leonid Kuchma, widely
considered to be corrupt and catering to a select few, was only narrowly
defeated after his name was mentioned in connection with the
assassination of former President Lazarenko. It was believed by most
that Kuchma had retired to a secret villa in the Crimean Peninsula after
his second term in office ended in 1988, so his return to politics
caught many off guard.
November 2: Members of Purity attack the annual
conference of the Organization For African Unity in Kampala, Uganda.
They are driven off by a loose coalition of African superheroes.
virus strikes computer systems across Europe and North America.
The virus is concealed within a spam email offering .gif versions of
the famous super-heroine's Playboy layout. Millions of users world-wide are
infected rapidly. The virus, once it clones itself, starts off
with a countdown that ends with a "Gotcha" and promptly
shuts down the computer.
The Sagan Orbital Telescope is launched, replacing the aging Hubble.
An autographed copy of the Hero System Rules write-up for Lord Doom,
including penciled in corrections, is auctioned on eBay for $2800.
November 12: Under intense
international pressure, South Africa disbands Purity as a paramilitary
force and ceases creation of super soldiers to restock its White
Legion. Soon after, the few metahuman members of Purity gruesomely
slaughter the mystic warriors of Z-Optima, in a mass execution.
April 12: Maximan re-appears in modern day Stuttgart,
having been thrown 50 years in the future one of Ulysses Maltus'
superweapons. The hero makes his way to America and begins
acclimating to the present.
March 23: A CIA intelligence report, uncovering information
about the superhuman breeding program undertaken by the People's
Republic of China is made public. The Chinese government denies the
truth of the report but the evidence remains convincing.
August 9: Alabama State Senator Bill Hawkins is assassinated
during a speech in Mobile, Alabama. The assassin is never caught,
but because of the ultimately foolproof nature of the crime it is
suspected that a metahuman killed the Senator.
August 22: For fourty
eight hours across the evening sky around the world a short manifesto
written in blue/white light proclaims both laws of U'tua the Gardner and
the arrival of Sol's Guardsmen who will be enforcing those laws. The
existance of the Guardsmen is confirmed by the Tautiq and the surviving
Xorn slave species. That the laws provide only for the survival of
sentient species not their freedom, explains in part why the Xorn tried
to turn Earth into a slave planet.
August 24: Sol's new
Guardsman appears before the UN and in the General Assembly lays out
Galatic Law as established by U'tua the Gardner and the consequences for
defying those laws. The Peoples Republic of China representative walks
out decrying this as mererly another western trick, as Guardsman
identified himself as the former French solider Pierre Mountblanc.
November 16: The Chinese
government announces the existence of the
People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective. The official
superhero team of China, the PRSC is also the largest hero team in the
world, having over 40 members.
March 15: After
India announces plans to launch a campaign to wipe out several
hundred thousand acres of marsh land in the name of progress
Guardsman makes a public announcement that this plan is in violation
of Galatic Law and a three day interdiction of India from the rest
of the world will take place. A solid dome blocking all traffic
from leaving or entering India seals that nation off from outside
contact for three days, not even the most powerful humans are able
to penetrate the shield. The Indian government barely manages
to survive the crisis and backs off it plans for the marsh land.
Governments around the world take notice and even the most corrupt
and tryrannical at least pretend to play by the rules.
In what at first appears to be a live enactment of a cheesy science
fiction movie, Tokyo is attacked by a gigantic lizard-like beast which
is quickly dubbed "Godzilla". The city is defended by
a team of Tokyo heroes, who manage to defeat the beast. It is later
revealed that "Godzilla" is a superhuman man whose possesses the
ability to transform himself into the gigantic creature.
Ugandan and Tanzanian militias attempt to annex
Gorilla City. Gorilla City responds with force, using it's first
official super powered protector, Tachyon.
Leonid Kuchma is elected
President of Ukraine. Following another sabbatical to his
villa in Crimea after the election loss in 1992, Kuchma made a
triumphant return to politics, taking the presidency with an
overwhelming majority. In his acceptance speech, Kuchma makes
a promise to rid Ukraine of the "meta-human menace", and to preserve
the 'human' gene pool.
September 11: A small genetic research company in Vancouver,
British Columbia makes vast purchases of waterfront property in the
Vancouver and Seattle regions of the Pacific Northwest, including the
purchase of the Vancouver Aquarium and marine research laboratories.
There are rumors that the company, TeraDyne Industries, has made a
breakthrough in both human and animal DNA relating to the Metagene.
April 1: The supervillain group
Play Time attempts to
destroy a new superhero-themed ride at Disneyland called the White
Event, claiming correctly that several of its animatronic and
holographic characters are based loosely on them.
April 3: Jumping
Jack invades the experimental Joint European Torus fusion reactor.
He teleports Dr. Annfrid Sigurdsdottir into the reactor's core,
activating her latent metagene. She defeats his henchman and
rescues the project's staff with her new-found powers, but severely
damages the reactor in the process.
April 10: Bright Star, leader of The Shield, a
superhero team operating out of Taiwan, announces that his team
stands ready to repulse any invasion of that island by "bandits from
the mainland". Though he refuses to specify, it is clear that
he is talking about the
People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective.
May 7: India
passes a metahuman registration law,
but the bureaucracy in charge of such things is so under-funded and understaffed that the
registration law is toothless and unenforceable.
August 12: Dr.
Annfrid Sigurdsdottier becomes Iceland's national superhero, taking
the name Nordurljosa (the Icelandic name for the Aurora Borealis).
The English press call her Aurora, and this is the name which
"sticks" as her superhero identity. She spends the next year and a
half traveling the globe as a good-will ambassador for her country.
After several years of modern-day heroics, Maximan is invited to
join the Global Guardians.
October 24: The
United Nations recognizes Gorilla City as a separate and independant
state within Africa. Gorilla City starts campaigning to have Tachyon
join the Global Guardians.
March 1: Nicholas
Kirkland, after being trained in the use of the "Stellaranium" bands
by his father, Dr. Daniel Kirkland, follows in his footsteps and
using the "Stellar Bands", becomes the hero Polaris.
Tachyon officially joins the Global Guardians.
Aurora joins the Global Guardians, proudly representing Iceland as
one of the world's mightiest heroes.
March 2: New Orleans philanthropist Spencer
Troy is thrown from his penthouse apartment's bedroom window by an
September 14: The
senior leadership of al-Queda is pulled from a cave in the mountains
of Afghanistan by a team of Global Guardians under the auspices of
the US Defense Department. Osama bin-Ladin, the leader of al-Queda,
commits suicide rather than being captured. The remaining
prisoners are transported to New York City for trial.
October 22: Members of Purity, now
officially declared a terrorist group by most nations, assassinate the
presidents of Zimbabwe and Zambia after talks of a military coalition
between the two nations to depose South African apartheid near
fruition. Both countries reintegrate back into Rhodesia and form a new
independent democratic state despite the twin tragedies.
January 2: The World Health Organization removes
marijuana from the interdicted substance list. Most member nations follow
the WHO's lead, making marijuana legal. There are several notable
holdouts, including Russia, France, and the United States. Several Central
American countries applaud the WHO's decision, as it turns the previously
illegal marijuana crops into cash commodities.
The "Alberta First" Party, lead by Keith Marlowe sweep the Progressive
Conservatives from power in Alberta in a stunning upset victory
following a dirty campaign that has seen over $100 million spent by
Alberta First and their supporters.
After an in-depth investigation by Checkmate's Tarot Taskforce, it is
discovered that the Alberta First Party is in fact a cover
organization fronting for Tarot. New elections under tight supervision
are called for by the Lieutenant Governor as the Alberta First MLA's
are arrested and quickly tried. Checkmate analysts hypothesize that
the aim of Tarot was to gain control over the now nearly 3 trillion
dollars in the Alberta Heritage Trust Fund.
June 21: After
several years of enforcing Galactic Law and stopping Earthly
criminals Guardsman is invited to join the Global Guardians in a bid
to bolster its abilities to handle extra solar threats.
August 21: An
automated probe sent originally to study Pluto and its moon, Charon,
sends back pictures of an enormous ring of dark matter floating in
space at the inner edge of Sol's Oort cloud, moving in a stationary
orbit around the sun. The ring, which was over a hundred million
kilometers away from the probe when photographed, is estimated to be a
kilometer in diameter and has an inner edge that is sharply defined
and thus obviously artificial. While several scientists propose
theories, no consensus as to the exact nature of the ring is reached.