Hc Svnt Dracones: The (Very Unofficial) Timeline of Everything

Completely mapping the HSD timeline is tricksome. Dates in HSD’s history are, with very few exceptions, fuzzy: humanity’s final gasp is somewhere between “more than a century” and “less than 150 years” after the end of most terrestrial life. That sort of thing. Given that 700 years is frequently “nearly 1000 years” in other text, there’s a wiggle degree of about 30%. And when the megacorp machine has filtered every historical record through countless spin doctors…well, Henry Ford once said “History is more or less bunk.”

When does the Timeline Begin?
There is no official “start” to the HSD timeline.
My personal pick for the start of the timeline—the invention of the Geomat—is around 2070, but that’s an arbitrary decision, as are the arbitrary historical periods and many editorial choices on dates. I happen to like close-future games. The game’s author indicates that the canon timeline is at least 200 years in the future, so that sets the game in a distinctly more science-fictional period.

Following the rulebook, this timeline’s built with a gap of unknown length between 20th century Terra and the end of humanity. In the rulebook the only date reference is “700 AE,” the rest is inferred. What’s Latin for “let the browser beware?” So by all means, change the start date and increment as you see fit. Or delete the dates entirely, in a way they’re counter to the world’s tone.

Why doesn't this match the Sound and Silence timeline?
That’s a complicated story…I started this project well before Sound and Silence was created, with an Excel spreadsheet and a lot of best guesses, lots of lookups to keep X, Y and Z related, and a huge margin of error, 10% here, 30% there. So there were places where a given event could have occurred some 100 years off my estimated date. Ultimately, Radio Free Deimos’s timeline became the backbone for the canon timeline in Sound and Silence, with a fair amount of modification and correction, but most of the dates stayed more or less intact. When HSD 2.0 was created, it had an entirely new way of looking at dates, which gave suggestions of at least what century some events occurred in, and a clearer dating of key events (the story of Genotype, in particular). This helped clarify some of the timeline, fix some order issues, and otherwise gave a real shakedown to my first estimates of the dates…and it showed more clearly what the narrative timeline should have been.

In a sense, there’s three different histories — 1.0’s hazy narrative, Sound and Silence’s timeline, and 2.0’s 100-year-marker version, and the S&S timeline is a best-guess effort at sequencing 1.0, made without the clearer picture of 2.0. This current version of “The Timeline of Everything is essentially the S&S timeline, corrected whenever possible to fit with the date ranges in 2.0.


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