PHE = Prehistoric Era
BCE = Before Common Era
CE = Common Era
BCE: Reptiles first appear on the
Earth in the Carboniferous Period.
PHE/BCE: The first Serpent People
appear during the Permian Period. The Great
Old One, Yig. Is
said to be the Father of all Serpents, and so the Serpent People
worshipped him from the first. Legends say that these
early Serpent People formed their First Empire in Valusia,
a fertile land near the center of the super-continent of Pangaea.
This empire was based on sorcery and alchemy, and at its height
it must have ruled much
of the Paleozoic world. How many of these legends are true can
not be said. Records of the Elder Things and Yithians
who inhabited the Earth at the time say little of these early
PHE/BCE: The Rise of the Dinosaurs,
the collapse of the First Empire of the Serpent People.
civilization was at its greatest height ever. The Serpent People
had become prodigious scientists, able to create other life forms
at whim. Life was luxury, joyfully lived. Then Yoths
doom was uncovered, when curious explorers discovered the path
to blackly litten NKai. There they found great altars
to Tsathoggua. The toad-god possessed
tremendous power and wisdom and many Serpent People turned
away from Yig to worship him. Yig
did not look kindly on his people abandoning him, an
so he cursed them. The Serpent People of Yoth
devolved, losing their speech, their limbs, and their intelligence.
They became the serpents that they had once been millennia before.
the faithful escaped Yigs curse. The high priest Sss;haa led Yigs
true worshippers out of Yoth. They
traveled to Hyperborea, a land in the north, where they
dwelled deep below Mount Voormithadreth.
Under Voormithadreth, the Serpent Peoples
greatest scientific civilization continued to prosper. By this
time, they had become pitiless creatures of near pure intelligent.
They had no morals, and their only law was that curiosity must
always by satisfied. The Serpent People of Hyperboreas
greatest achievements continued to be in genetic engineering.
It is believed that the Voormis who
ruled the surface of Hyperborea from approximately 3 million years
ago were their creation. However, the Voormis
special affiliation with Tsathoggua
shows that even among the supposedly faithful, the taint of the
the time of the Serpent People migration, conditions were also
changing upon the surface. The dinosaurs which
had destroyed the First Empire were long gone. The mammals had
begun to rise. In Africa, the first hominids were evolving; they
were the first true ancestors of man.
fleeing Hyperborea the Serpent People
tried to form a kingdom upon the newly risen land of Lemuria. Unfortunately they found themselves
in contention with the new-born human race.
PHE/BCE: The exact fate of the Serpent
People of Hyperborea is unknown,
their Voormis were swept aside by the cold of Ithaqua.
PHE/BCE: The human Hyperboreans
arrive and form a new civilization.
PHE/BCE: The humans of Hyperborea
are gone. Today, the merest remnant of Hyperborea
PHE/BCE: The Serpent People civilization
has fallen into ruin. Fleeing even further south the Serpent
People came to the Thurian Continent. Here they were finally
able to reform their Empire. They named it the Second Empire,
and it was centered in Valusia, a land named after a legend. Many
war were fought, but eventually the men of
the Thurian Continent were consigned to thralldom.
Some fled to less oppressive realms, but at the center of the
world the Serpent People ruled.
the Age of Reptiles was over, and the Age of Mammals had already
begun. The Serpent People could oppress the most primitive humans,
but they were doomed by the relentless march of evolution. It
took a million years or more, but the earliest human civilization
arose: Kamelia, Verulia,
Grondor, Thule, Commoria,
Atlantis, and Lemuria. After a hundred
wars, the Second Empire of the Serpent People was destroyed.
Thereafter, Valusia was ruled by humans. Some Serpent
People fled to the south of the Thurian
Continent to create a new kingdom, but most went underground,
hibernated, or simply died.
Serpent People who remained were unwilling to give up their mastery
of the world. Where strength had failed, they turned instead
to deceit. Using their powers of disguise, they replaced humans
of power and ruled in their stead. For aeons
they were successful, but that would eventually end in 18,000
PHE/BCE: An Atlantean
by the name of Kull leads an uprising
against the Serpent People, bringing their schemes to an end.
Shortly after the rule of Kull, a great
cataclysm shook the Thurian Continent.
It was the beginning of the end for the Serpent Peoples
survivors, hardened by centuries of disaster and slavery, fell
upon the Serpent People cities that had been spared by the cataclysm.
The Serpent Peoples southern kingdom was destroyed. However,
Stygia, the human country formed from
its ashes, would carry forward many of their beliefs, including
the worship of Yig.
last remnants of the Serpent People feld
southward, stopping only when they reached the ocean. Here, they
founded one last city, Yanyoga. It
had none of the grandeur of its predecessors. It lasted for thousands
of years, but in 10,000 BCE it too was destroyed, by a Cimmerian
descendant of Kull.
then, the history of the world has scarcely been touched by the
Serpent People. They still lurk, dwelling in the deepest caverns,
sometimes even hiding among us, but their power has been broken.
Pyramids of Egypt are built.
BCE: The Serpent People of the city of Yanyoga
is destroyed by a Cimmerian descendant of Kull.
The Demon Pharaoh, Menkuhor appears leading an army of well over
100,000 soldiers and conquers Egypt. After installing himself
as Pharaoh, he resurrects the Cult of the Black Pharaoh and begins
sacrificing thousands of Egyptians to his dark god, Nyarlathotep.
The Black Pyramid of Menkuhor "The Demon Pharaoh" is
constructed in a man-made cavern beneath the Giza
Plateau. Also erected is the Black Obelisk of Menkuhor
"The Nightbringer", and the Temple of the
Night dedicated to the Black Pharaoh; Nyarlathotep.
. It was only through the
combined might of the First Atlantean
Empire that Menkuhor was put down.
And even then, we could not destroy him. The dark ritual that
had created him had created a monster that defied death itself.
There was no true death for Menkuhor, it was only through a long forgotten ritual
that the Atlantean Sorcerers of the time were able
to seal him in a massive crystal. From that point on, the Atlantean
Senate knew the end was in sight. The Egyptians, after the fall
of their Demon Pharaoh, set about to destroy any record of his
existence. And so that dark time was forgotten by the Egyptians
within three generations.
BCE: Numbia conquers Egypt.
Cleopatra assumes the throne of Egypt.
CE: Lord Ramius, one of the few
remaining great leaders of the Atlantean
people in Italy would begin a war campaign against all of the
feuding Atlanteans of Italy and the
surrounding regions. Lord Ramius claimed
all of this was done in an attempt to reunite the Atlantean
CE: No less than 17 of the Atlantean
families residing within Southern Italy and Sicily would be wiped
out by Lord Ramius in his attempt to unite and bring a
lasting peace to the feuding Atlantean
vampiric families of Southern Italy
CE: Lord Ramius dream of a
united Atlantean race would be realized in the year.
It would be in this year that the leaders of the families that
claimed fealty to Lord Ramius and his cause would unite to form the
first of the Houses of the Imperium
Ex Atlantia, House Ramius.
passes into the Shaggai system, utterly
destroying the planet.
September CE: Ferdinand
Magellan sails from Spain in search of a westerly route to the
Indies. Sailing down the coast of South America he discovered
the narrow straight passing through to the Pacific Ocean which
today bears his name. To the south lies Tierra del Fuego which the early geographers assumed
to be the edge of the southern continent.
Francis Drake passes through the Straights of Megellan
only to find himself blown significantly southward due to a tremendous
storm in the Pacific. This event proved that Tierra del Fuego
was separated from any southern continent and the passageway
came to be known as the "Drake Passage".
The Englishman John Davis, in the DESIRE, discovered the Falkland
Islands. This was a tragic expedition as the crew
were forced to eat some 14,000 penguins which they were
forced to kill for food. Stored as properly as possible, once
they reached the tropics the penguin meat spoiled and subsequently
only 16 members of the original crew of 76 ever reached home
CE: The Shan arrive on Earth after being expelled from L'gh'rx (Uranus)
CE: Matthew Hopkins destroys the Severn Witch Cult.
April CE: Antonio
de la Roché is blown south of Cape Horn and
experiences the first sighting of South Georgia.
February CE: Frenchman
Yves Joseph de Kerguélen-Trémarec discovers
the Iles Kerguélen.
de Lozier discovers Bouvet. The island is not sighted again until
1808. Due to significant ice packs, the first landing did not
take place until the American Morrell landed in 1822.
enters the Severn Valley and is infested by a Shan tenant.
CE: The first performance of Massa
de Requiem per Shuggay instigates a riot.
is imprisoned for heresy.
is executed, but his Shan tenant escapes.
January CE: Captain
James Cook and his crew become the first men to cross the Antarctic
Captain Cook, on his third voyage, sails past South Georgia and
discovers the South Sandwich Islands two weeks later.
year marks the start of the sealing industry on South Georgia.
The sealers are primarily American from New England as the Europeans
are involved in war.
July CE: Australian
Frederick Hasselborough discovers Macquarie Island while
searching for new sealing grounds.
Englishman William Smith is blown to the south while rounding
Cape Horn and discovers the South Shetland Islands, claiming
them for Great Britain in October.
The Royal Navy sends Edward Bransfield,
with Smith as pilot, to search the waters southeast of the newly
claimed South Shetlands. As a result, it is claimed that he is
the first to see the Antarctic Peninsula.
Russian Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
becomes the first person to see the Antarctic continent (January
American Nathaniel Palmer, on the HERO, claims to see the Antarctic
Peninsula. Palmer was a member of a sealing fleet from New England.
Only 19 years old, he was dispatched from the sealing grounds
in the South Shetlands by his commanding officer to search for
land to the south.
Bellingshausen returns to the Antarctic
waters and discovers Peter I Island and the Alexander Islands.
He completes a circumnavigation of Antarctica being only the
second explorer, after Cook, to do so.
American sealer John Davis arguably becomes the first person
to land on the continent. From Connecticut, Davis had been searching
the South Shetlands for seals.
Nathaniel Palmer discovers the South Orkney Islands along with
British sealer George Powell.
Englishman James Weddell sails to 74 degrees south. This is the
farthest south yet reached and the penetrated sea bears his name
today. Except for possibly Morrell, no one is able to penetrate
this sea again for eighty years.
Englishman John Biscoe, an employee of the British sealing business
"Enderby Brothers", discovers
Enderby Land, the first sighting of
Antarctica from the Indian Ocean zone.
Englishman John Balleny, another Enderby
Brothers employee, sails from New Zealand and discovers the Balleny
January CE: Lt.
Charles Wilkes, American leader of the United States Exploring
Expedition, sights an area now known as Wilkes Land.
January CE: Frenchman
Jules-Sebastian Dumont d'Urville discovers
a stretch of Antarctic coastline which he promptly names for
his wife, Adélie.
Under Sir James Clark Ross in EREBUS and TERROR, search for the
South Magnetic Pole has been ordered by the British Royal Navy.
He discovers Victoria Land and enters the sea which is known
famously now as the Ross Sea. He discovers Ross Island, Mt. Erebus
and the Ross Ice Shelf.
Skarpeli immigrates to the United States
from Russia. Over the next 10 years he attempted to earn a living
as a Professor at the University of Boston.
a American Civil War occurs, Dr. Skarpeli
is drafted in the Union Armys Research Division, his job
is to research into new weapons that the Union Army can use to
defeat the South with.
Nicholas Skarpeli leaves the employment
of the Union Army as the American Civil War draws to a close.
From this point on, it is assumed that Dr. Skarpeli
dies on his way to the American Southwest.
mysterious weapons maker named Dr. Anton Fate appears in the
California territory. Baron Kaiser Von Brom contracts Dr. Anton Fate to build him
an armada of armored dirigibles.
Kaiser Von Brom leads a armada
of armored dirigibles to Washington D.C., firing on the city
with 10 inch cannons, demanding that President Grant surrender
the United States to him. This ends up being only a rouse to
committ one of the greatest bank robberies
in American history. Two months later Baron Von Brom is taken into custody, but none of the
gold that was taken ever resurfaces.
Psychic Research Association is founded.
CE: Arkham Gentlemans Club is founded in Arkham
MA by renowned archaeologists Adrian Macalister, Chester Macalister
and William Tyler-Hutchenson
Arkham Gentlemans Club funds
Miskatonic Universitys expedition
to Central America to study the various known Aztec Pyramids.
Malcolm Freemont, of Yorkshire England leads the expedition to
study and catalog the ancient libraries of Seville Castle in
Spain. While there, his team discovers one of the few surviving
copies of "Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows". After
its discovery, the tome mysteriously disappears from the Great
Library of Seville Castle.
May 14th CE: Dr.
Marcus Telceon Thorne, leading a team of Archaeologists
from Cambridge University in England, discover
the tomb of a previously unknown Pharaoh in the deserts 100 miles
south of Cairo.
May 17th CE: The
Thorne Expedition explores a tunnel complex located 2 miles south
from the tomb of the unknown Pharaoh. By the end of the day,
the Thorne Expedition finds the entrance to a massive cavern
with an ancient city in it.
May 20th CE: The
Thorne Expedition flees into the deserts with a host of desert
nomads at their heels, heading North to Cairo.
May 20th - 23rd CE:
Only Dr. Thorne survives the desert journey back to Cairo, the
rest of his expedition either dying from heat exhaustion or the
knives of the desert nomads that attacked them in the ancient
underground city near the tomb of the Unknown Pharaoh.
May 23rd - 24th CE:
Dr. Thorne books passage on a Steamer bound for the United States.
His only evidence of his experiences and discoveries in Egypt
are his journal and the Egyptian copy of the Necronomicon
that he found in the underground city.
May 24th - June 14th CE: The
British Steamer Victoria Rose arrives in Boston Harbor. Dr. Thorne
disembarks in Boston. There he will stay for the next day and
June 16th CE: Dr.
Thorne takes a stage coach into upper New York State after hearing
rumors of the disappearance of children in a small mountain town.
June 19th CE:
Dr. Thorne disappears after entering a silver
mine in upper New York State.
Captain Carl Larsen of the JASON lands near the Antarctic Peninsula
on Seymour Island. Discovering a number of fossils, this becomes
the first evidence of a prior warmer climate.
British Admiralty begins Project Delphi to use the spirituality
movement for Naval Intelligence activity.
January CE: Henryk Bull lands in the Antarctic at Cape Adare. A member of the party, Carsten
Borchgrevink, finds lichen on an offshore
island becoming the first signs of plant life.
renowned explorer/antiquarian, Adrian Macalister makes public
his recovery of a copy of the tome " The Book of Dorrathe."
At this point, he hides it away in the highly secretive and widely
speculated, Macalister Collection. After six months of negotiating,
Mr. Macalister authorizes the Head Librarian of Miskatonic
University to study and catalog the contents of the Macalister
DELPHI disbanded after lack luster results.
Adrien de Gerlache
and crew in the BELGICA become trapped in the pack ice off the
Antarctic Pensinsula. They drift helplessly
for a year becoming the first to survive an Antarctic winter.
February CE: Carsten Borchgrevink
and crew of the SOUTHERN CROSS land at Cape Adare.
They build huts and become the first to winter over on the continent.
Arkham Gentlemans Club has grown
so large that its governing members decide to disband it and
reform it under the name of the Arkham
Foundation. Its membership open to all those in academia and
professions dealing with Archaeology and the Paranormal.
Commander Frederick Ramsey of the British Navy resigns his commission
and journeys the world, eventually founding the Ramsey Institute
for Psychical Education.
February CE: A
Swedish geologist, Otto Nordenskjöld,
and five crew members are left on Snow Hill Island where they
spend two winters. It was during this expedition that the first
major sledge journey in Antarctica took place; some 400 miles.
Unfortunately, their ship Antarctic was crushed in the ice pack
after leaving the crew on the island thereby creating two separate
groups of explorers. Miraculously, the second crew was able to
survive the winter and find their way back to Snow Hill Island
where the whole party was rescued in 1903 by an Argentinean relief
German Erich von Drygalski and the crew of the GAUSS discover
Wilhelm II Land. Stuck in the ice for a year, the party does
extensive scientific research filling 20 volumes of reports.
November CE: Robert
F. Scott, Edward Wilson and Ernest Shackleton
strike out for the South Pole. Leaving McMurdo
Sound heading south across the Ross Ice Shelf, two months later
they find themselves at 82 degrees south suffering from snow
blindness and scurvy. Forced to return home, they nonetheless
cover 3100 miles.
in the Français, begins his
survey of the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The small
expedition winters in the ship in an inlet on Booth Island. Over
two summers they discover the Loubet
Coast, Doumer Island and Port Lockroy.
They chart the Biscoe Islands and generally extend Gerlache's
survey of the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
William S. Bruce and members of the Scottish National Antarctic
Expedition aboard the SCOTIA discover Coats Land. This is the
first sighting of land to the south of the Weddell Sea.
Larsen builds the first whaling station at Grytviken
on South Georgia. Before ten years elapse, over 20 stations and
factory ships are operating in this region.
Henry Armitage takes charge of the
University Library of Miskatonic University.
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Armitage contacts
Mr. Macalister with a request to re-catalog the contents of the
Macalister Collection. Mr. Macalister promptly refuses Dr. Armitages
request and disappears on another of his expeditions into South
Ramsey founds the Ramsey Institute for Psychical Education.
October CE: Explorers
Ernest Shackleton, Frank Wild, Eric Marshall and
Jameson Adams attempt to reach the South Pole. Within 30 days
they have surpassed Scotts effort in 1903. Reaching within 97 nautical
miles, the group is severely ill and undernourished requiring
them to abandon their attempt on the pole.
Edgeworth David, Douglas Mawson
and Alistair McKay reach the South Magnetic Pole.
November CE: The
first Japanese Antarctic Expedition sails south led by Lt. Nobu
Shirase and lands at the Bay of Whales.
December 14th CE:
Norwegian Roald Amundsen and
four team members reach the South Pole. Amundsen
discovered a new route which took only 57 days. Letters are left
for Scott, a Norwegian flag planted and then they return to the
Bay of Whales.
January 18th CE:
Robert F. Scott, Edward Wilson, Edgar Evans and Lawrence Oates
reach the South Pole. Unfortunately, Amundsen
had already been there and left a flag marking the spot. Terribly
discouraged after a tortuous journey, all members perish on the
return trip. Scott, Wilson and Bowers die in their tent after
using up all fuel and food. The three are not discovered until
January CE: Wilhelm
Filchner in the DEUTSCHLAND discovers the
April CE: Scott's
Northern Party give up hope of the TERRA NOVA arriving to pick
them up before winter sets in. The six men must dig a cave out
of a snow bank where they live for six months on penguin and
December CE: Douglas
Mawson must begin his lone trek across George
V Land back to his base at Commonwealth Bay. Mawson's
two companions had died and despite the tragedy, he makes it
home. A new section of coast is discovered and radio is used
for the first time in Antarctica.
October CE: Ernest
Shackleton has a plan to cross the
continent but is forced to abandon this idea as his ship, the
ENDURANCE, is crushed in the ice of the Weddell Sea after drifting
for nine months. The 28 men must camp on the floating ice for
five more months before an opening in the ice allows them to
take to the boats for Elephant Island in the South Shetlands.
Meanwhile, members of Shackleton's
Ross shore party lay depots for the ill-fated group, depots expected
to be used by Shackleton and his party
on their trek across the continent. Three members die but the
rest were eventually rescued in 1917.
April CE: Shackleton and five of his men leave Elephant Island
in the lifeboat JAMES CAIRD. In 15 days they arrive at South
Georgia. Unfortunately, they made land on the wrong side of the
island and Shackleton, Tom Crean
and Frank Worsley had to cross the
island through difficult terrain to reach the whaling station
his fourth try, Shackleton reaches Elephant Island in the
Chilean ship YELCHO and rescues the 22 survivors from the ENDURANCE.
They survived by turning the remaining life boats upside down
and setting up living quarters beneath.
CE: Commander Ramsey creates MI13, the Special Reconnaissance
Section, for MI6s Captain Mansfield Cumming. Major David
Cornwall encounters a ghoul cult in the No Man's Land.
January CE: At
the age of 48, Ernest Shackleton dies of a heart attack. On board
the QUEST at the time, Shackleton is
buried at South Georgia.
refuses Geneva Convention ban on biological weapons.
February 28th CE:
MI-13 talents begin to have queer dreams
about a vast alien city rising out of the ocean. Two of MI13s
talents die and five go insane after experiencing nightmares
over a three-month period.
April 2nd CE: The
dreams stop suddenly.
Macalister and William Tyler-Hutchenson
face off over the destiny of the Arkham Foundation. It ends with Adrian leaving
the Arkham Foundation to found the Macalister
Foundation, dedicated to similar goals, but under different governing.
This one act alienates Adrian Macalister from most of the Academic
and Archaeological community for the years to come.
CE: Major David Cornwall is recruited into MI-13 after an encounter
with the Brothers of the Skin.
Alfred Cornwall of London England founds the United Kingdoms
Arkham Foundation Affiliate. Its
first chapter house being in London.
CE: Major David Cornwall joins MI13 after exposing the Brotherhood
of the Skin in Istanbul.
Division with Federal Agents raids the coastal town of Innsmouth.
Ives is infested by a Shan in England and killed by American
Vigilantes in Kingsport Massachusetts.
November CE: Hubert
Wilkins makes the first flight in the Antarctic region, flying
from Deception Island in the South Shetlands in a Lockheed Vega
The British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition
establishes itself under Douglas Mawson over two summer seasons discovering
MacRobertson Land and charting much of the
November 28th CE: After
a ten hour flight from their base at the Bay of Whales, Richard
E. Byrd and three others become the first to fly over the South
December 1st CE: Norwegian
expedition leader Lars Christensen lands on and claims Bouvetoya
Japanese troops invade Manchuria. Shiro Ishii, a physician and army officer
who was intrigued by germ warfare, begins preliminary experiments.
dies of cardiac arrest. Cornwall takes over as MI-13 director
and goes on to provide a variety of information about Nazi Occult
beliefs, even uncovering the existence of the Karotechia fairly early on.
November CE: American
Lincoln Ellsworth is the first to successfully fly across the