Timeline

  • Jan 12, 2014: First ghost flu symptoms reported.
  • Jan 16, 2014: Apex of ghost flu panic. Worldwide pandemic feared. Riots break out in dozens of cities, mostly in the third world.
  • Jan 18, 2014: Panic abates as world populations realize that the flu appears to be non-fatal.
  • Jan 23, 2014: All symptoms end simultaneously. The unnatural suddenness of the epidemic’s end fuels a new, less demonstrative wave of paranoia.
  • April 2, 2014: First power manifestation occurs when Tammy Graves takes flight during a softball game in Slocum, Texas.
  • April 3, 2014: Three new manifestations are caught on videotape and reach the attention of the international media. Roman Shevchenko of Bradavka, Ukraine, is hit by a truck—and passes through it, unharmed. In a quarantine unit in, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, hospital orderly yasiin Muhinda lays hands on the sufferer of an Ebola-like virus, healing him instantly. Adriana Mori, a bored tour guide at an Etruscan burial site in Cerveteri, Italy, apparently causes a cloud of flies to form into a moving, three-dimensional representation of actor Brad Pitt.
  • April 4, 2014: Online video hosting sites are flooded with footage of hundreds of people manifesting strange powers. These appear on news cable channels, fuelling another worldwide panic.
  • April 5, 2014: Thousands of people are now manifesting mutant powers.
  • April 12, 2014: In the absence of disasters, panic subsides, and attention returns to other local or international news stories.
  • May 30, 2014: Miami experiences its first mutant-related homicide, when unemployed construction worker Don David French enters into a drunken argument with step-brother Jack Guest over the validity of an impending baseball record. French hits Guest in the chest with a lightning bolt, electrocuting him.
  • June 1, 2014: In a rushed act of Congress, the Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is formed. The same bill also introduces the Article 18 Interim Registration Initiative. Plans are made to more fully flesh out the act, but get bogged down in politics. Article 18 stands to the present day.
  • June 13, 2014: Miami’s first large scale mutant crime occurs when six heightened individuals, all of them boasting lengthy criminal records, botch a bank robbery, which devolves into a hostage situation. Self- styled costumed heroes calling themselves the Blue Team attempt a raid on the bank, leading to the maiming of a hostage and the severe beating of several Blue Team members, including leader Eugene “Thunder Squall” Pavnicki. The incident is finally defused by police hostage team negotiator, Eric Krose.
  • June 17, 2014: The militant anti-mutant organization Human Integrity Campaign forms during a meeting in Savannah, Georgia, attended by concerned citizens and apostate neo-Nazis from around the country.
  • June 28, 2015: The Blue Team is involved in another humiliating incident. Mutant youths assault anti- mutant goons, or barheads, in Riverside. Blue Team members intervene, and are turned on and beaten by both sides. Eugene “Thunder Squall” Pavnicki is hospitalized with a concussion.
  • July 13, 2015: The Blue Team announces a change in focus from active crimefighting to “outreach”: that is, dressing up and doing personal appearances.
  • Aug 18, 2015: Lucius Quade, professor at the Miami Institute of Science and Technology coins term “anamorphology” to describe study of mutant powers, an area he has already been researching.
  • Oct 28, 2015: Venture capitalist Galen Birch holds a press conference to announce his mutant status. He calls for all mutants to reveal themselves, and “stand without shame as harbingers of a new era.”
  • Apr 13, 2016: Genetic Action Front founded in Seattle, WA.
  • Aug 18, 2016: Lucius Quade announces foundation of department of Anamorphological Studies at University of Miami. In the following years, several more such departments open at universities across the nation.
  • May 6, 2016: Mainstream political lobbying group the Heightened Information Alliance is founded during invitation-only conclave in Miami. Attendees include Lucius Quade, Galen Birch, and Brian Schmiederer.
  • Aug 18, 2017: With key funder Galen Birch, Lucius Quade breaks ground on site of his new independent research foundation, the Quade Institute.
  • Last weekend before Labor day, 2017: First annual CapeCon, a SF media con with heavy goob fandom track, debuts at the Miami Beach Conventio Center.
  • Sept 9, 2017: The Bayfront Park Riot. A large Human Integrity Campaign rally turns into a deadly riot when protesters are attacked by a team of masked, blast-wielding assailants. The perpetrators disappear in the chaos after 18 people are killed. Even more deaths are averted by police lieutenant Hector Pacheco, who calms the crowd and averts a stampede.
  • Sept 10, 2017: Hector Pacheco becomes a media hero.
  • Sept 12, 2017: Homicide detectives establish that the heightened perpetrators of the Bayfront Park killings were foreign mercenaries hired by leaders of the Human Integrity Campaign to foment anti-mutant outrage.
  • Sept 14, 2017: First media reference to gentrifying downtown neighborhood, Riverside, with high mutant population as “Helixtown.”
  • Nov 2, 2017: Separatist organization Continental Nation Of Mutants is founded in Miami, now beyond doubt the city with the largest concentration of Heightened individuals in the United States.
  • 2nd weekend in May, 2018: Quade Institute hosts first annual Symposium Of Anamorphological Research (SOAR.) Participants in panel discussion “Faith and Mutation” form the Ecumenical Working Group, an organization devoted to reconciling mutant status with various Christian denominations.
  • Wept 25, 2018: Continental Nation Of Mutants activist Eddie “The Machine” Florence presides over grand opening of the local chapter’s Freedom Hall.
  • Nov 3, 2018: Brian Schmiederer elected as municipal councilor for downtown ward including Helixtown.
  • Apr 29, 2018: Leaders of the Ecumenical Working Group announce its dissolution in favor of a new, mutant-oriented religious faith, the Eighth-Day Church.
  • May 1, 2019: Trial of Human Integrity Campaign leaders for the Bayfront Park Riot concludes. They are convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
  • May 2, 2019: In Quebec City, flamboyant Catholic heretic turned Eighth Day Church pastor Gilles Tremblay experiences an ecstatic vision of an alien invasion, and the mutant counter-insurgency that ultimately defeats it.
  • May 18, 2019: Hector Pacheco tapped as police chief.
  • June 9, 2019: Pacheco announces formation of first HCIU unit, commanded by Captain Harold Suarez. This is the first such unit to go live in the US under the Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs’ HCIU Initiative. Pacheco’s first major action as Chief of Police is widely applauded for this act of outreach to the heightened community.

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