Nightbane: Drifting the Astral Seas
March 6, 1999, 6:02 EST – Dark Day.
(See Nightbane book for extended timeline)
April 2007 – A large alien spacecraft bursts through hyperspace and enters Earth’s atmosphere, crashing on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific.
The Nightlords are both disturbed and curious about the implications of this alien craft.
August 2007 – “Official” investigation of the derelict alien spacecraft begins (ie. Nightlord controlled government). The crash site on the island is designated a UN sphere of jurisdiction. At this point, Nightlord control over the government and essential services is basically undisputed.
September 2007 – According to the first top secret report of the study of the alien spacecraft, it is discovered that the ship is military in nature, and its crew are on average, six times the size of human beings, with exceptional individuals exceeding fifty feet in height.
Terrified by the all too real prospect of invasion from deep space, a campaign is initiated to unite the Earth under one unified government (under Nightlord control). With little exception, all resistance is forced into hiding deep below all notice.
January 2008 – The Nightlords undertake a massive scouting mission in astral space and the dreamlands, searching for the origin and source of the ship. Tremendous amounts of supernatural and mundane resources are spent, and everyone able is expected to contribute. Lilith begins communicating extensively with Nightbane leadership around the globe, with promises of both retaliation and a way of usurping Nightlord rule.
June 2008 – Despite spending so much energy and so many resources, the Nightlords essentially complete their plot to bring all of humanity under their collective thumbs.
June 19, 2008 – At humanity’s darkest hour Lilith enacts her plans – an enclave of the best and brightest the earth has to offer, along with a large group of Nightbane that have hidden themselves across earth and the Nightlands, storm the island, and attempt to take the ship both through deception and force of arms. Upon seizing the vessel, King Moloch makes an unprecedented physical appearance in his true form. Somehow, this causes the ship to respond of its own accord, firing a weapon that was previously unknown to anyone. To everyone’s shock, the resulting beam of devastation obliterates the invincible king of the Nightlords. Without warning, the ship also undergoes some sort of teleportation, carrying itself and all its occupants deep into unexplored space.
July 2008 – The ship, apparently unable to teleport a second time, becomes the home to nearly 5000 nightbane and human passengers. After an initial period of adjustment, the ship organizes itself. A council is elected, and Lilith is assigned an advisory position adjacent to the council. Due to her inhuman nature, several special Nightbane are assigned to Lilith both to protect her from the prejudice of certain holdouts, and to protect the populace from the predations of her inhuman appetites.
2009 – Arcane researchers develop an elaborate and taxing ritual that transforms the morphus of a Nightbane into a towering monstrosity able to manage the rigors of space indefinitely – the only downfall in this is that a significant part of the conscious mind shuts down while in the morphus form. The ritual is modified further to include a bonded partner that is able to provide direction to the Advanced Morphus. The research comes due to a brief engagement with a hostile ship. The crew realize that they are not alone in the vast unknown.
2127 (current year) – The crew is still traveling home.