Timeline

ca. 13,700,000,000 B.C.
Creation.

War in Heaven. This event has no date, since the combatants are capable of time-travel.

ca. 5,000,000,000 B.C.
The Siege of Thulcandra begins. The Bent Oyarsa of Earth is imprisoned on this planet and a barricade is established at the orbit of the Moon.

ca. 130,000 B.C.
Anatomically modern humans, pre-Adamites, appear in Africa.

ca. 110,000 B.C.
Creation of elves and dwarves.

ca. 50,000 B.C.
Creation of Adam, followed by the Antediluvian Age and the Flood, in the Persian Basin.

ca. 49,500 B.C.
A pan-Adamite culture led by Nimrod builds the Tower of Babel, to launch an invasion into the ionosphere and then into cis-lunar space, against the djinn and the eldila. The Tower of Babel falls. Adamite humans lose most Antediluvian magic and technology, scatter, absorb pre-Adamites. The Principalities are established and parcel out human cultures among themselves.

ca. 26,200 B.C.
Morgoth, the Bent One, draws a cloud-cover over western Europe and establishes Angband, a stronghold on the material plane.

ca. 25,500 B.C.
Varda disperses Morgoth's cloud-cover over western Europe as Noldor arrive to battle Morgoth. Humans ally with Eldarin elves in western Europe.

ca. 25,000 B.C. The War of Wrath, destroying Angband, exiling Morgoth from the material plane. In elven chronology, the end of the First Age.

ca.25,000 B.C. – ca. 21,500 B.C.
Second Age, dominated by Atlantis/Numenor, ending with the sinking of Numenor.

ca. 21,500 – ca. 18,500 B.C.
The Third Age, ending with the War of the Ring.

ca. 7300 B.C.
The events of the Ramayana: the war between the avatar Rama and the rakshasa king Ravana.

2697 – 2598 B.C.
Reign of the Yellow Emperor, founding emperor of China.

ca. 2650 B.C.
The Yellow Emperor turns back an invasion of the Mirror People, aggressive Unbegot.

ca. 2450 B.C.
The biblical Exodus, causing the end of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

ca.1400 B.C.
The Typhonomachy: war between the Olympian gods, led by Zeus IX, and Typhon.
The events of the Mahabharata: a dynastic war for the throne of Hastinapura.

1194 – 1184 B.C.
The Trojan War.

ca. 1000 B.C.
Zeus IX, the last king of the Olympians, dies of injuries sustained in the Typhonomachy.

2 B.C.
Pan, the last Olympian god, dies the same year Jesus is born.

33 A.D.
Jesus is crucified, dies, and rises.

ca. 480 – 516 A.D.
Reign of Arthur Pendragon.

1794
The Eclipse Directorate is founded in France, during the Reign of Terror.

1802
The Department of the Ulterior is founded by Thomas Jefferson.

1879
Greenwood is established by Queen Victoria.

1883
The Court of the Tsar-Patriarch, in Russia, acquires the Stepmother from the djinnish kingdom of Ararat.

1920
The Committee for Psycho-Physical Unity is founded by Joseph Stalin.

1930
The Holy Grail is removed from the parish church of the small English village of Fardles by the immortal Prester John. See War in Heaven by Charles Williams. This event is optional.

1931
Sir Giles Tumulty, explorer and archeologist, obtains the Stone from the crown of Solomon, containing the Tetragrammaton, the Name of God. It probably grants the holder miraculous powers, but also probably brings divine judgment down on them. Sir Giles and his nephew, the financier Reginald Montague, disappear and the Stone is returned to the Sufi order that guards it by Lord Christopher Arglay, a British magistrate, shortly after the death (by "shock") of his secretary Chloe Burnett. See Many Dimensions by Charles Williams. This event is optional.

1931
In the Hertfordshire town of Smetham, John Berringer, a retired philosopher, falls into a coma as a result of (inadvertently?) summoning Platonic archetypes into the mundane world, in the form of Titanic animals. As an unintended result, his house was destroyed in a fire, killing him, a medical attendant, and his housekeeper. Three local people died mysteriously in various ways, and one vanished. Many animals disappeared. There were power failures and collapses of buildings and other structures. The archetypes are bannished by Anthony Durrant and Damaris Tighe, two doctoral students in philosophty. See The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams. This event is optional.

1932
In an English country house, there is a magic "chess set" that continually "plays" its own game, using 78 little golden figures on a great, round board. These figures are the originals of the tarot card images and the game they play is the history of the world. The "chess set" is in the care of the Lee family, of gypsy extraction but now respectably bourgoise. Henry Lee tracks down the cards, the original tarots, that go with the "chess set" and will let the player control the game. He finds them in the possession of Lothair Coningsby. He also falls in love with and becomes engaged to Coningsby's daughter Nancy. Henry tries to seize the cards and accidentally sets loose a magical snow storm in rural England. The cards are destroyed and the storm is quelled by Nancy and her aunt Sybil. See The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams. This event is optional.

1933
Nigel Considine, an English adventurer in the British African colonies, claims to have discovered, and to teach, a way of turning all the emotional energy created by joy, love, and beauty into strength and life, a path to immortality. He teams up with various African chiefs and occultists, and starts a political movement, the "African High Executive," dedicated to the end of colonialism and, more ultimately, of rationalist civilization. But Considine is assassinated by a disgruntled follower before things get far and the Executive movement dies or goes underground. See Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams.

1933-1938
Edward Rolles Weston, under infernal inspiration, develops an anachronistic spaceship. Construction is financed by Richard Devine (1935-1936).

1937
In the summer of 1937, in the London suburb of Battle Hill, noted poet and playwrite Peter Stanhope helps a local theatre group put on a pretty little play. Behind the scenes, several people find salvation or damnation while dopplegangers, ghosts, and tulpas stalk them. See Descent into Hell by Charles Williams. This event is optional.

1938
Weston and Devine make a short trip to Malacandra.

1939
Gangster Bugsy Siegel ascends the
Western Throne in Las Vegas. See Last Call by Tim Powers.

1940
Weston and Divine kidnap Elwin Ransom to Malacandra. They return nine months later; Ransom takes three months to convalesce. Weston and Devine are similarly exhausted. See Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis.

1942
Ransom and Weston go to Perelandra. See Perelandra by C. S. Lewis.
The Committee for Psycho-Physical Unity destroys the Court of the Tsar-Patriarch.

1943
The Committee for Dialectical Extrapolation branches off from the Committee for Psycho-Physical Unity.

1944
Ransom returns from Perelandra.
In the next three years, Ransom inherits St. Anne's on the Hill from his widowed sister in India, on condition that he change his name to her late husband's, "Fisher-King."

1945
Father Simon le Clerk appears on the international scene, preaching a religious revival. Covertly, he is making a bid at messiahship, energized by Hermetic magic. His plot is foiled by Richard Furnival, the ghost of his late wife Lester, le Clerk's daughter Betty Wallingford, and the artist Jonathan Drayton. See All Hallows' Eve by Charles Williams.

1947
Georges Leon ascends the Western Throne in Las Vegas. See Last Call by Tim Powers.

1948
Ransom destroys the N.I.C.E. in Edgestow. See That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.
The World Intelligence Taskforce founded in Palestine under the auspices of the United Nations.

1988
Kim Philby, British spy and defector to the USSR, dies of natural causes at the age of 76, and is shortly thereafter eaten by the Stepmother, the djinnia who guards the Soviet Union. She succumbs to the lethal spell put on Philby when he was shot with an enchanted bullet by Andrew Hale, a British agent of Greenwood, in 1964. Without the protection of the Stepmother, the USSR collapses in 1991. See Declare by Tim Powers.

1993
Scott Crane, son of Georges Leon, ascends the Western Throne in Las Vegas and moves to California to become a grape farmer. See Last Call by Tim Powers.


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