Shadowrun: A Runner's Legacy
1999: The Seretech Decision
-A 3-month truckers’ strike causes food riots in New York.
-A Seretech truck hauling infectious medical wastes on Staten Island, is attacked by a mob in the mistaken belief that it carries food. Seretech security forces use lethal force to protect it. 20 Seretech employees and 200 rioters are killed.
-The Supreme Court upholds Seretech’s actions as responsible for saving thousands of lives, rather than costing hundreds.
Scientist are surprised to discover a distinct new species of ferret in North America. Dubbed the Century Ferret due to the time of discovery, it is later concluded to be a “Spike Baby”, a premature awakening.
2001: The Shiawase Decision
-The Shiawase court decision establishes extraterritoriality for megacorps when a radical eco-group called TerraFirst! attacked a Shiawase nuclear power plant. Though the attack was repelled, the corporation used the incident to convince the Supreme Court that major multinational corporations need the ability to protect themselves. To this end, the Supreme Court granted major companies extraterritoriality. (TerraFirst! manages later to acquire evidence that the attack was in fact a setup with the intent to force the courts into granting sovereignty. However, before the group can act on said information, their headquarters are destroyed and key members killed in what is considered to be one of the first shadowruns.)
-Aug-Oct: NASA Mars probes photographs pyramids and a skeleton on the surface of Mars. The information is given the highest classification (Top Secret:Veil).
Libya attacks Israel with chemical weapons.
Nuclear meltdown at Dungeness in Kent (England) creates a localized irradiated zone.
2005: New York quake
Israel retaliates against Libya with nuclear weapons.
A major earthquake hits New York City on 12 August, killing 200,000 and causing 200 billion in damage. It will take 40 years to rebuild.
United Nations moves to Geneva.
East Coast Stock Exchange moves to Boston.
Conservative government in the United Kingdom establishes regional parliaments in Scotland and Wales.
2005-6: Korean War
Japanese megacorps push the Republic of Korea into a war with the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea
DPRK launches a nuclear attack at Japan, but the missiles do not reach their targets.
DPRK is overrun. Japan proclaims Japanese Imperial State.
2009: Lone Eagle incident
The resource rush
May 5: United Oil receives rights to 25% of national parklands and 10% of Indian lands.
Sovereign American Indian Movement (SAIM) seizes the Shiloh launch facility in Montana. Delta Team retakes the site, but not before the terrorists launch a Lone Eagle ICBM at Russia. The missile never arrives at its destination. The reasons for this are unknown by the public.
Re-Education and Relocation Act (Nepean Act in Canada) round up Native Americans into “reeducation centers”.
Native Americans are spared the worst of VITAS because of this internment, ironically.
King Charles III is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
2010: VITAS 1
Virally Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome (VITAS) kills off a quarter of the world’s population.
The Yakuza of Seattle is given official recognition as the Dungeness Crabs of the 87th Prefecture by the oyabun of the Watada-rengo in Chiba, Japan. This approval of and support for their activities allows the Seattle Yakuza to grow rapidly and expand its operations.
2011: the Year of Chaos
Unexplained Genetic Expression (UGE) — Babies bearing a close resemblance to Elves and Dwarves are born across the world. Widely believed to be a foreshadowing of The Awakening ahead.
Pope John Paul IV denounces metahumans as abominations in the eyes of God.
England’s Sizewell B nuclear power station suffers critical meltdown, resulting in a total death count of 17,000.
A nuclear power plant in Dounreay, Scotland suffers a meltdown, creating the Scottish Irradiated Zone.
July: Operation Discovery, an 8-man Mars Mission, makes planetfall and begins its survey.
Dec 24: The Awakening
The great eastern dragon, Ryumyo, is sighted flying over Mt. Fuji, the first dragon seen by mankind in thousands of years
Under the cover of a fierce storm, Daniel Howling Coyote leads a walk-out of the Abilene detainment camp. Although guards fire upon him, none of the shots fired hit Daniel, and he leads his people into the storm, leaving no trace.
The operations module of Operation Discovery crashes on Mars, killing 5 of the 8 astronauts.
Dec 26: Ley lines and standing stones re-emerge all over Britain. First sighting of the great Welsh dragon, Celedyr, in Caerleon.
2012: the Big D
Jan 27: The great western dragon Dunkelzahn’s first appearance at Cherry Creek Lake in Denver.
Grants exclusive 12-hour interview with Holly Brighton during which he explains The Awakening.
The great western dragon, Lofwyr, appears in Germany and becomes a corporate player.
England’s King Charles III abdicates in favor of his only surviving son, George.
Formation of Hildebrandt-Kleinfort-Bernal (HKB) megacorporation in England, an increasingly major power in world financial affairs.
First televised Combat Biker match (Baton Rouge, LA)
2014: Native American Nations
Daniel Howling Coyote announces formation of the NAN
Following magically enhanced terrorist activity, the governments of the UK and Éire sign the Treaty of Galway establishing the United Free Republic of Ireland.
May 5: Francisco Pavón of the Azatlán party becomes first directly elected president of Mexico.
Mexico becomes Aztlan, backed by ORO corporation (Aztechnology)
Hong Kong breaks free from mainland China and proclaims independence. The British government uses its influence to protect Hong Kong, but is duped by megacorporations and loses face over the incident.
Schism splits the Irish Republican Army (IRA) into two factions: the Provisional IRA (led by Liam O’Connor, a “spike baby” elf) and the Official IRA.
The Provisional IRA is incorporated into the state security apparatus, where it counters Protestant paramilitaries. It would grow into the core of the Tir Republican Corps (TRC).
2016: the Indian War
Daniel Howling Coyote declares war on the United States in order to reclaim Native American land for the formation of the Native American Nations.
Redondo peak erupts and buries Los Alamos, New Mexico.
President Garrety assassinated by William Springer (never captured). Also assassinated: Russian President Nikolai Chelenko, Prime Minister Lena Rodale of the United Kingdom, Minister Chaim Schon of Israel.
Vice President William Jarman passes Executive Order 17-321, the extermination of the Native American tribes.
The defence and aerospace megacorp Ares buys NASA.
A major oil spill in the North Sea creates the Scottish Fringe Toxic Zone.
2017: The Great Ghost Dance
Aug 17, 10:32 a.m.: Mts. Hood, Ranier, St. Helens, and Adams erupt.
2018: Treaty of Denver
Aztlan invited to join the new Sovereign Tribal Council (STC) of the Native American Nations (NAN). As a member nation, it participates in the Treaty of Denver.
The Treaty Of Denver resolves the dispute between the United States and the Native American Nations.
Denver is divided between the US and four members of the NAN: Aztlan, Pueblo, Sioux, and Ute.
Denver and the surrounding territory becomes the Front Range Free Zone, a technically sovereign state governed by the Council of Denver.
1st-generation ASIST developed by Dr Hosato Hikita, ESP systems, Chicago.
Civil war in China results in yet another fractured nation: Manchuria, Xinjiang, Guangxi, the Canton Confederation.
The spaceplane America disintegrates in orbit, crashing in Longreach, Australia and killing 200.
The violinist Leonora Bartoli becomes the first to have a cyberlimb successfully implanted.
Aden destroys Tehran in response to the Ayatollah’s declaration of jihad against the metahuman races.
Ares launches Apollo space program.
Shiela Blatavska establishes the Atlantean Foundation
Apr 30: Goblinization strikes 10% of the world population
Martial law and concentration camps in the US
Yomi Island (Philippines) in the Japanese Empire
England’s King George VII is declared dead, rumors persist that he was killed when he began changing into a troll.
2022: VITAS 2
Race riots occur around the world
Electronic news mag Data coins the term “Awakened”.
VITAS 2 claims another 10%
Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands join together to form the Caribbean League
Los Angeles is rocked by gang warfare, eventually suppressed by National Guardsmen. The city’s worst slums are walled off, soon renamed “El Infierno” by local residents.
2023: Metahuman rights
Humanis policlub founded
US Supreme Court grants equal rights to metahumans
Riots over hoarded VITAS 2 serum level the LA neighborhood of Watts.
First commercial simsense
After a prolonged succession dispute, George Edward Richard Windsor- Hanover becomes King George VIII in England.
2025: Lone Star Seattle
UCLA establishes first undergraduate program in occult studies. Followed by Texas AMM (Agriculture, Medicine, and Magic) and MITT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thaumaturgy).
Cyberware enters professional sports (NFL).
Lone Star takes over law enforcement in Seattle.
Pope John XXV issues In Imago Dei encyclical:
Metahumans have souls and are capable of salvation.
Magical abilities are not inherently evil
Spirits are manifestations of nature (gray area).
The United Kingdom Constitution Act is passed in the United Kingdom, creating the office of Lord Protector.
The Mafia Commissione appoints Brian O’Malley from Milwaukee as the head of the Finnigan family and Don of Seattle, and assigns him to deal with the problem of the Yakuza in the metroplex.
Oxford and Edinburgh Universities establish Bachelor of Science degrees in occult studies.
World Combat Cyclists League (WCCL) founded. Combat Biker becomes a major sport.
2027: Fusion power
Desperate to alleviate water shortages, the Los Angeles Power and Water Company pioneers the first use of cold fusion technology, which produces fresh water from salt water as a by-product.
The Lord Protector’s office (England) drafts the Magical Practitioners Registration Bill, which Parliament passes into law.
A major earthquake hits L.A., destroying LAX.
Cambridge institutes a magical studies program.
Britain withdraws from the European Economic Community (EEC)
2029: the big Computer Crash
Sony Cybersystems, Fuchi Industrial Electronics, and RCA-Unisys develop prototype cyberterminals.
CIA, FBI, and NSA begin Echo Mirage project.
The Salish-Sidhe Council (SSC) opens its borders to all metahumans (not just Native Americans). The Sinsearach elf tribe is founded in the southern region.
Feb 8: the Crash of ’29
Aug: presidential emergency order drafts hotshot corp and university hackers into Echo Mirage. 32
graduate training. First-generation cyberterminals are room-sized and require a sensory deprivation tank.
Eighteen minutes after engaging the virus, four members of Echo Mirage were dead. When the data logs were analyzed, two things became apparent: First, the virus program could induce lethal biofeedback in humans accessing the Matrix. Second, no existing computer security could even slow down someone using a cyberterminal.
Ghoul nation of Asamando founded in Africa.
Oct 15: Act of Union signed in Washington D.C., Canada and the US merge into the UCAS.
Awakened forces in Russia seize Siberia.
Brian O’Malley is shot and killed in his home by Yakuza assassins. A retaliatory hit the next day kills the Yakuza oyabun responsible, along with his lieutenants. Losses on both sides of the Mafia/Yakuza conflict result in a truce. Patrick Finnigan becomes capo of his family and the Don of Seattle.
Beginning of the Euro-Wars
Late: Echo Mirage finishes off the virus (7 survivors).
Second-generation cyberterminals are desk-sized.
James O’Malley, capo of Milwaukee and Brian’s older brother, becomes obsessed with revenge against the Yakuza. He neglects his city’s operations so dramatically that the Commissione strips him of his position and forces him to retire.
2033: Nightwraith strikes, Nanosecond Buyout
Jan 23: Nightwraith airstrike. Fighter-bombers attack key C&C centers on all sides of the Euro-Wars, bringing the fighting to a screeching halt. Whodunit? Swedish air surveillance implies that the aircraft were of UK origin, but this is denied by the government.
Nanosecond Buyout: Damien Knight takes control of Ares.
To rebuild gumis nearly crippled in the conflicts with the Mafia, the Japanese Yakuza send a new upper echelon of Koreans to Seattle. These Korean leaders begin aggressively reclaiming lost territory.
2034: Amazonia, CAS, Tir Na nOg, Fuchi rising
CAS secede from the UCAS.
Aztlan withdraws from the STC and the NAN.
South Florida joins the Caribbean League.
Richard Villiers becomes one-third of Fuchi Industrial Elec.
May: Matrix Systems, Boston, releases first gray-market cyberterminal.
Jun: Matrix Systems suffers a computer crash and its two primary shareholders die in “unrelated accidents”.
Jul: Richard Villiers, the remaining majority shareholder, buys into Fuchi with the Matrix Systems technology.
Dec 25: Formation of Tir Na nOg announced.
2035: Tir Tairngire
Mar: Liam O’Connor becomes State President of Tir Na nOg.
The Ceneste branch of the Sinsearach elves establish the elven nation of Tir Tairngire (TT).
TT secedes from the Native American Nations.
Lugh Surehand appointed High Prince of TT.
Tsimshian secedes from the NAN.
Aztlan invades Texas, capturing the cities of Austin and San Antonio. The CAS refuses to support Texan resistance, causing Texas to secede (briefly, they were re-admitted 4 months later).
2036: California Free State
UCAS Pres. McAlister withdraws all federal support from CA after they threaten secession. Seeya!
Tir Tairngire invades south to Redding.
Aztlan invades north to San Diego.
Japan takes control of San Francisco.
Alamos 20,000 claims responsibility for the firebombing of a town in rural Ohio, their first public atrocity. 20 people (mostly metahuman) die.
14th Amendment to the UCAS Constitution: SINs.
Fuchi markets 3rd-generation cyberdeck, desktop CDT-1000.
Akiko Kano and Arthur White-Eagle earn the Nobel Prize for the “Kano-White Eagle Theory of Metaphysical Phenomena”.
Regeneration and transformation of regional forests begins in Scotland.
2037: Denver Data Haven
Emotive simsense. Hello, BTL!
Denver Data Haven shows up in the shadows. (Physical location: the old USAF Academy in Colorado Springs).
Lofwyr announces 63% ownership of Saeder-Krupp, votes himself chairman of the board, president, and CEO.
Guerilla warfare in northern California pushes Tir Tairngire back north as far as Yreka. The territory between Redding and Yreka becomes neutral ground, claimed by both sides.
Wolves and bears are restored to the Scottish Wild Lands.
First North American Urban Brawl championship, “Super Brawl”
2039: Night of Rage
Feb 7: Thousands of metas, friends & family, and wannabes die in global riots.
New York City: 836 dead.
Seattle: “Hands of Five” terrorist group firebombs the metahuman detention centier on the Tacoma docks.
Feb 10: Alamos 20K destroys the Sears Tower in Chicago.
St. Patricks Day: Boston, Knights of the Red Branch bomb an elven restaurant on the parade route, killing 24 and inciting a race riot that claimed hundreds more.
Nadja Daviar becomes the Dunkelzahn’s third interpreter.
Charleston, South Carolina: Serial killer caught and convicted on evidence obtained from a ghost.
Fuchi sponsors the Universal Matrix Specifications (UMS) conference, Tokyo.
A massive chemical spill kills 70,000 people in Teeside, England.
Southern Africa unites into Azanian Alliance, composed of the Cape Republic, Oranje-Vrystaat, Trans-Swazi Federation, and Zulu Nation.
Renraku Arcology in Seattle begins construction.
The Universal Brotherhood opens shop (CFS in ’42, Seattle in ’45)
EuroAir Flight 329 from London to Atlanta destroyed by Sirrurg.
Yamatetsu elbows its way into the Big Seven, becoming the Eighth major megacorp.
Policlubs appear in Europe.
Dunkelzahn begins semi-annual “Wyrm Talk”
Akira Watada, oyabun of the Watada-rengo, issues an ultimatum to the Korean oyabuns of Seattle. They must pledge their loyalty to the Watada rengo or suffer the consequences.
Ares project: Cydonia discovers Operation Discovery crash, Veil agents engineer a hoax to cover it: The cheesy UFO photo made public 15 years later by Dunkelzahn’s Will.
Liam O’Connor (President of Tir Na nOg) disappears from public life.
First biannual international Urban Brawl World Cup
2043: Seoulpa Rings
Jan: Watada-rengo assassins invade Seattle and kill the vast majority of the Seattle Yakuza’s Korean leadership. The survivors are forced to pledge loyalty to the Japanese rengo or be executed. New Japanese managers are put in place, and within a few weeks the Japanese once again control the Seattle Yakuza.
Former Korean Yakuza oyabun Park Jai Kyu begins organizing the Seoulpa Rings in Seattle with the help of his remaining contacts and followers. The concept catches fire and begins to spread through the metroplex and the rest of North America.
Rhiannon Glendower becomes Countess of Snowdon.
Gwynedd elves make major advances in Welsh regional parliament.
2044: The Oyabun
Hanzo Shotozumi is appointed the oyabun of the 87th Prefecture in Seattle. He re-institutes and enforces traditional Yakuza ways and values, and begins an aggressive campaign to expand Yakuza operations in the Pacific Northwest.
2045: German Alliance founded
Don Patrick Finnigan is failing to hold the line against Yakuza encroachment in the Seattle metroplex, and so the Commissione calls Don James O’Malley out of enforced retirement to resume control of Seattle operations. O’Malley is appointed Don of Seattle specifically to slow Yakuza growth in the metroplex. He, his wife, and his 15-year-old daughter Rowena move to Seattle.
The Seoulpa Rings start making a name for themselves in the Seattle underworld as their operations expand; they begin to encroach on the markets of the other syndicates.
Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua are accepted into the Aztlaner republic.
2046: The Lost Election
A team of rogue deckers erases the results of California’s gubernatorial election, allegedly aided by a Los Angeles street gang. The so-called Lost Election prompts the government to declare war on the “criminal element” in Los Angeles, sending army and corporate mercenary troops to raze El Infierno. After fighting a losing battle, California’s central government declares Los Angeles a Free City.
VITAS outbreak in Tynesprawl (England) kills 120,000. Believed to be the work of unidentified eco-terrorists.
2048: Operation Reciprocity
Panama admitted into Aztlan.
Aztlan (Aztechnology) nationalizes all foreign businesses. Corp Court authorizes a joint corporate military strike, “Operation Reciprocity”, against Aztechnology – the first known Omega Order. The end result is a classic “half a baby” decision – Aztlan allows foreign companies to maintain subsidiaries, but requires that the nominal holders must be Aztlan citizens.
Veracruz Settlement: Aztechnology pays reparations.
Panama canal becomes a Pan-Corporate Zone under the Corp Court
Colbert Group CEO Alan Adams is elected president of the UCAS.
Renraku develops first Semi-Autonomous Knowbot (SK)
Aztlan and Amazonia squabble over Colombia and Venezuela
Seventh generation cyberdeck are keyboard size.