The events of the Adventure! series, and the history told in the Adventure!, Aberrant, and Trinity series.
Back-story to Home Game
Back-story to Home Game
Pre Inspiration Age ( -1922)
- Kimberly Dame is born.
- Michael Daemon Donighal, later the Aeon Society founder known as Dr. Primoris, is born.
- Safari Jack Tallon, now in his 60s, has his first heart attack and begins experimenting with exotic herbs to restore his health.
- Jake Stefokowski is born.
- Jake Stefokowski becomes one of the first air aces at 12 years old, as he lies about his age to enlist in the Lafayette Escadrille.
- First public incidents of super-normal acts. Events continue sporadically over the next decades, with minimal impact on politics and culture.
- May 28: Jake "Danger Ace" Stefokowski leads the Air Circus in battling Dr. Zorbo's Death Balloons over Kansas City.
Inspiration aGE (1922-1950)
- July 21: The Hammersmith Incident. Doctor Sir Calvin Hammersmith demonstrates his Telluric Engine. The Engine is theoretically capable of tapping "Z-waves," providing a limitless power source. On activation, however, the Engine explodes, killing nearly all present. Survivors, including Jackson Harley (Dr Hammersmith's butler), Michael Donighal (a friend of fellow attendeeMaxwell Anderson Mercer) and Benjamin Franklin Dixon (Dr Hammersmith's lab assistant), find themselves "Inspired" by the release of telluric energy.
- July 18: Max Mercer establishes the Æon Society for Gentlemen in Chicago. It serves as a worldwide coordinating office for Inspired adventurers and investigators of the paranormal, in furtherance of its larger goal -- Mercer's drive to discover humanity's true potential, and to break down any obstacles in the way. Its seven charter members are Mercer himself, Primoris, Whitley Styles, Professor Dixon, Safari Jack, Crackshot, and Danger Ace.
- July 21: The Æon Society for Gentlemen holds its first official meeting.
- September 21: An explosion rocks Wicker Park, destroying the main floor of Mercer Manor.
- October: Whitley Styles records in his journal that Mercer and Danger Ace, back from success in Mexico City, stopped by Mercer Manor to see how the reconstruction was coming.
- The pulp adventure "Dust of Death!" is published by Greg Stolze, transcribed from the journals of Whitley Styles.
- Doctor Zorbo attacks New York City with an armada of zeppelins. Scalper Dutch shoots down three dirigibles, then attacks members of the Æon Society when they approach.
- Maximilian Stahl, later the Terat known as Max Steel, is born.
- The pulp adventure "The Mystery of Volcano Island" is published.
- The Pulp adventure "Under The Moon" is published.
- The woman later known as Director Thetis is born.
- The Æon Society battles Doctor Primoris, who mysteriously vanishes at the battle's climax. Mercer claims to be content with the resolution, but grows increasingly recluse over the next few years.
- A young man named Michael Maxwell Mercer appears on the steps of Æon's Chicago brownstone, claiming to be Max Mercer's son. Only Max is unsurprised by his appearance. The identity of the boy's mother is unknown.
- When the former British Empire pulls out of Asia, Pakistan and India immediately go to war over Kashmir.
- Maxwell Anderson Mercer vanishes from public life, and even his closest friends seem to be at a loss as to his whereabouts. His son Michael observes that Max will return "when he is needed."
Post Inspiration Age, Pre nOVA aGE (1950-1998)
- September 12: Lauren Pendleton, later the 44th President of the United States, is born in Irvine, CA.
- Katherina Theodora Stahl, later Katerina Sillin, Ed Sillin's mother, is born.
- Maximilian Stahl graduates high school and moves away to college.
- Maximilian Stahl earns his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and moves to England.
- Simon Bishop, later the nova not known as the Shadow, is born in Tucson, AZ, USA.
- Maximilian Stahl earns his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
- Margaret Mercer, daughter of Michael Maxwell Mercer and granddaughter of Maxwell Anderson Mercer, is born.
- Maximilian Stahl is inducted into the Æon Society and assigned his first partner, a Russian adventurer named Afanasiy Bogdanov.
- Guile Reynolds, later the nova known as Raem, is born in New York, USA.
- A dramatic increase in super-normal events. Normal human society is amazed by the achievements and aghast at the actions of unusual individuals.
- January 18: Randel Portman, later the nova known as "The Fireman" (and, even later, 45th President of the United States), born in New York City.
- Katherina Stahl graduates high school.
- Maximilian Stahl meets Victoria Hiedemann.
- Maximilian Stahl and Victoria Hiedemann are married.
- Evelyn, later companion of Ed Sillin, is born.
- November 6: In his private journal, Whitley Styles, the last founding member of Æon still active with the Society, waxes philosophical about what Max Mercer had in mind when he founded Æon versus what the Society's new guard are turning it into. [He is approx. 69-72 years old]
- Eric Voss, later the Utopian known as Control Freak, is born in Ellis, KS, USA.
- November 16: Christina and Frederick Hastings are born in Chicago, IL, USA.
- December 12: Tuuli Fejes, later the Utopian known as Whirlwind, is born in Lati, Finland.
- Anna DeVries, later the founder of the DeVries Agency, is born.
- Maximilian Stahl introduces Afanasiy Bogdanov to his sister Katherina.
- Simon Bishop is arrested for drug dealing and sentanced to military service at 18.
- Afanasiy Bogdanov and Katherina Stahl are married.
- March 9: David Scondras, a director of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, receives a letter of inquiry from Dr. Aaron Richards of the Æon Society dated this date. Evidently, Richards is aware of what Scondras thought was a private letter to Governor Harris, asking for a declaration of medical emergency (based on findings of a CDC colleague); is responsible for halting that declaration (or else is speaking on behalf of the responsible Æon parties); and requires that the patient in question be transferred to a private Æon facility in New Jersey.
- March 18: David Scondras of the Center for Disease Control replies to Aaron Richards' letter of the 9th inst. He expresses his shock at Æon's intrusion into a private correspondence, and at their thwarting (at both the state and federal level) his attempts to declare a medical emergency. He also wonders at Richards' goals in demanding the transfer of the patient in question to an Æon facility "with no explanation of why or of your authority in so demanding. I'm sorry, Doctor Richards, but until we discover the source of the radiation... that has warped and mutated my colleague's patient so radically, I feel it constitutes a danger of epidemic proportion."
- Lev Luitpold Afanaiyevich Bogdanov, later Leo 'Conrad' Petrevich Sillin, brother of Ed Sillin, is born in Germany.
- December: Samantha Phillips, later friend of Ed Sillin, is born in New York, USA.
- Gray Anderson, later the elite and XWF nova known as Darkstep, is born.
- Margaret Mercer graduates high school?
- After April: While on assignment, Afanasiy Bogdanov goes MIA.
- Maximilian Stahl is accused of his death and detained by the Æon Society.
- Katherina Theodora Bogdanov moves to Russia and changes her name to Katerina Martinovna Sillin.
- Katherina changes Lev's name to Leo Petrevich Sillin.
- July 9: Katherine Ming Chen, later chief designer for Capsule Group, is born in Arizona.
- January 4: Daniil Petrevich Sillin, later the elite known as Ed Tavrosky, is born in Russia.
- Tracy Corleone, later the nova known as Pandora, is born in Washington, USA.
- Katerina Martinovna Sillin begins making plans to move to America.
- Victoria Hiedemann moves to England and changes her name to Maria.
- Former British General Frank Carrington joins Executive Actions.
- Katerina Sillin moves to America with her sons Leo (6) and Daniil (3).
- Simon Bishop begins working Black Ops for the US Military, including some jobs with Executive Actions.
- Holger DeVries teaches his daughter Anna (12) how to play tennis.
- Holger DeVries teaches his daughter Anna (14) how to shoot.
- Executive Actions is disbanded, although Holger DeVries maintains control and ownership of the company's assets.
- Holger DeVries teaches his daughter Anna (16) how to flirt.
- Anna DeVries meets Frank Carrington.
- Holger DeVries teaches his daughter Anna (18) how to lie.
- Eric Voss graduates high school and begins pre-med at Kansas State.
- Anna DeVries hikes parts of the Andes.
- Tuuli Oksalahti graduates high school.
- March 23: N-Day - Dawn of the Nova Age (Aberrant Era).