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.”

Canon Note: There is no official “start” to the HSD timeline.

My personal pick for the start of the timeline—the invention of the Geomat—is 2035, but that’s an arbitrary decision, as are the arbitrary historical periods and many editorial choices on dates (I think I reversed the creation of Progenitus and IRPF, for example). 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.

At any rate, enjoy!


1965 to...?Beginning of the "modern" information age...

The Prehistory of Sol

The distant past is largely lost to Vectors. The elements of the world’s history that were recorded describe the growth of a decentralized, global community on Terra linked by mobile communication and an independent spirit that would not be bound by government law. This is in some ways a racial myth, the legendary ancestors that […]

-32 AE- 116 AE?Settlement and cultural foundations of Mars and Sol

The Age of Mars

History is written by the winners, and we are dealing with the history of the vectors, the undisputed victors of the greatest, and last, culture war in humanity’s long history of same. When the curtain parts on Mars, the spotlight of history remains on the red planet. The Age of Mars begins with the fusion […]

150-380 AE?Sol experiments with the Free Market...

Corporate Boom

Early Sol’s corporate terrain was built exclusively by MarsCo. There’s no way around this. All Terran corporations that managed to survive in some form on the red planet did so as subsidiaries of MarsCo. The earliest of the Post-Terran megacorps–ASR, Pulse, Genotype–were founded as MarsCo spinoffs. At some point, the landscape began to change, likely […]

380? AE - 485 AEA glorious age of space adventure spanning a century!

The Interplanetary Age

Up until perhaps 350 AE, Vectors hadn’t really expanded beyond the orbit of Mars. There was lonely Luna Colony, but it was still an airless moon. A few robots were decaying on Mercury as a part of the Dawn March project sometime in the 200s. Venus was just a mess. TTI’s first exploration of the Jovian […]

486 AE - 496 (?) AEAfter the disaster on Luna, cold war, restrictions, and rivalries dominate Sol

The Whisper Recession

For about a decade, ripples of the loss of Luna spread across Sol. MarsCo pulls its strings. Traffic between worlds is drastically reduced, even banned. The Jovian colonies suffer as their supply lines are broken, and many corporations that are dependent on shipbuilding and travel go out of business. Paranoia sours relations between Mars and […]

500-550 AEGrowth and recovery after the Whisper Crisis

The 500s

When does the future begin? After a recession spanning 15 years followed by a decade of lukewarm growth, Pulse would tell you that the future was now. And the turn of the 500s was a great time to launch that message. MarsCo announced a “partnership” with failing Stellarum, helping that old, troubled company get back to […]

550 AE - 600 (?) AETranscendent Technology revolutionizes metaphysics

The Transcendent Age

When TTI released the Transcendent Implant, that single technology shook the corporate space, but not since the GeoMat had a single technological innovation changed society so thoroughly… and perhaps never so quickly. Transcendent Technology revised Vector understanding of reality. With not even a gesture, a Vector armed with transcendent tech could create destruction edging into […]

605 AE - present (?)The darkest "new normal" yet.

Modern Sol

The Transcendent Age was a period that was, in a sense, controllable. The strange powers that Transcendent Technology gave its users were still the tools of Vectors, even if they weren’t perfectly understood tools. As the new century dawned, Sol seemed to be gradually darkening. This dark new normal may have begun around 585 or […]