Historical Timeline for the Campaign

High Level Timeline

1920 – 1930’s
  • As the prohibition era swept the country, the mystique surrounding mob/gang warfare and the glamour surrounding Eliot Ness’ Untouchables gave rise to the first ‘Mystery Men’.
  • These heroes were mostly ordinary citizens taking arms against the racketeers. They were strictly locally based and were looked at as vigilantes by law enforcement and hunted as criminals themselves.
1940’s
  • During World War II, Axis espionage activity on the home front led to increased activity by Mystery Men as they change focus from fighting hoodlums to fighting enemy agents.
  • Public opinion of the Mystery Men begins to swing from negative to positive.
  • Several Mystery Men begin working in a loose alliance with Law Enforcement.
1950’s
  • The 50’s were a decade of increasing popularity and publicity for the masked heroes. As a reaction to their success, the first Masked Theme Villains began appearing.
  • Heroes and Villains began to get more sophisticated leaning more heavily on technological powers as opposed to merely honing their natural skills and using firearms.
1960 – 1970’s
  • The first ‘Super-powered’ heroes and villains begin to appear.
  • The FBI creates a special branch to police this new phenomena: MEDUSA – Metahuman Enforcement Department, United States of America.
  • A shadowy underworld organization appears providing technological support (weapons, vehicles, mercenary soldiers, etc.) to those who can afford it. The organization is referred to as TECH.
1980’s
  • The Paragon Society becomes active. They primarily invesigate paranormal activity. They are not believed to utilize metahumans.
  • There is a massive increase in the number of super-powered beings worldwide
  • The U.S. Government founds their superbeing enforcement division: CHESS – Central Headquarters, Espionage Science and Security
  • The first Super Hero Teams are formed
1990’s
  • MEDUSA steps in and formalizes the roles of super teams in law enforcement by offering groups charters.
  • Several Regional Teams are created through MEDUSA charter. The East Coast team was the Sentinals, a group of extremely experienced and powerful heroes
2007
  • Earth experiences a massive invasion by a coalition of Space Pirates. Conventional forces are not a match for their technology and the hero population is hard pressed to meet the threat
  • Super-Villains are granted amnesty for past crimes if they assist in repelling the attack
  • The Sentinals discover that the driving force behind the invasion is an other-dimensional being of awesome power referred to as ‘the Devil’. The Sentinals capture a pirate vessel and blast off into space to take the fight to the Devil.
  • The combined forces of Earth are victorious and drive the invading force away. A significant percentage of Earth’s hero and villain population are killed or missing as a result of the conflict.
  • The Sentinals did not return from their mission. It is not known whether they succeeded or not. The East Coast is left ‘defenseless’ in their absence.
  • To help fill the void left by the fallen heroes, a private mercenary company is founded: PITs – Paranormal Investigation Team
2008
  • Reboot of the campaign

Historical Timeline for the Campaign

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