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Dates are presented using Terra Nova's dating system. Most non-native dates are roughly converted. Information about events on Earth during their period of isolationism are based off captured data and prisoner interrogations

What Has Gone On Before

  • TN -1: Terra Nova becomes the second habitable planet discovered after 100 years of exploration. Though it takes time, Terra Nova is slowly colonized.
  • TN 1454: The end of the Third Renaissance on Earth. Unwilling to continue supporting Gateships and the colonies, Earth abandons them.
  • TN 1482-1562: Cut off from Earth support, various city-states begin forming alliances with each other.
  • TN 1681: Alliance of Southern Territories (AST) is formed.
  • TN 1692: Confederated Northern City-States (CNCS) is formed.
  • TN 1752: The Human Concordat collapses on Earth.
  • TN 1758: World War III begins on Earth.
  • TN 1811: Mexico City is obliterated by an NEC antimatter bomb on Earth. 50 million people are killed.
  • TN 1895: The New Eurasian Commonwealth (NEC) effectively wins World War III and renames itself the New Earth Commonwealth. Plans begin to re-take the colony worlds by force.
  • TN 1911: The Colonial Expeditionary Force (CEF) is formed. Though the equipment used is mostly WWIII surplus, the core of its soldiers are formed by volunteers and by GREL.

War of the Alliance + Post War Tensions

  • TN 1913: CEF conducts first invasion of Terra Nova in what the Terra Novans call the War of the Alliance. Paxton Arms remains neutral, but eventually throws their lot in with the polar leagues.
  • TN 1917: Treaty of Westphalia is signed. Earth withdraws from Terra Nova, but is unable to take a good number of their forces with them. They are abandoned on the planet, mostly clustered around Port Arthur.
  • TN 1919: The Joint Terranovan Space Initiative (JTSI) is founded to refurbish and expand the Gateship fleet and orbital defenses.
  • TN 1920-1930s: Earth begins sending spies via microgates to Terra Nova. Post-war tension begins to rise between the polar leagues, putting Terra Nova on the brink of another interpolar war.
  • 20-23 Winter TN 1933: The Southern Republic Intelligence Division (SRID) traces renegade Colonel Jan Proust to a base on the Republican border and bombs it from orbit. Proust flees into the Badlands.
  • 18 Spring TN 1933: The Badlands Revolutionary Front (BRF) begins a program of terrorism using explosives in Peace River.
  • 3-8 Summer TN 1934: Colonel Proust establishes the New Human Republic, intended as a nation for GREL, in the Badlands. The New Human Republic begins attracting GREL from across Terra Nova, drawn to Proust's message, which is the superiority of GREL in the face of "lesser" humans, Homo sapiens.
  • 19-33 Summer TN 1934: The BRF begins a campaign to drive the Southern Republic from Lance Point in the Badlands.
  • 1 Winter TN 1935: The leadership of the Confederated Northern City States (CNCS) receives information that were an all-out war between the Northern and Southern leagues to break out, the Mekong Dominion would remain neutral or might even join the northern side.
  • 4 Spring TN 1935: Captain Gabriel Tynes joins the 99th Northern Guard Gear Regiment, the "Blue Angels," forward-deployed to Massada in the Badlands, as Executive Officer.
  • 16 Spring TN 1935: The Blue Angels, defending Massada, fights off a superior Southern MILICIA force near the holy city.
  • 33-40 Summer TN 1935: Eastern Sun Emirates (ESE) Lord Chancellor Kenichi Tanaka and Western Frontier Protectorate (WFP) Fort Henry Proconsul Lang Regina exchange a series of letters about the worsening relations between the north and south.
  • 1 Autumn TN 1935: Colonel Neel Garner Fulan, Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, assassinates Sorrento Revisionist Second Follower Thor Hutchison on live trideo. Garner Fulan had been scheduled to receive a decoration for his command of the defense of Massada.
  • 17 Autumn TN 1935: Sister Melissa Noble, Garner Fulan's lover and bond-twin, is arrested for her role in the assassination of Hutchison. Under questioning, she reveals a possible southern role in the assassination.
  • 41 Winter TN 1936: WFP General Gervase Aschenbach agrees to join Proconsul Lang's planning for a post-war Terra Nova.
  • 11 Summer TN 1936: A CNCS intelligence operation, Operation Galley, uncovers evidence that confirms the Mekong Dominion is planning to split from the Southern Republic.
  • 15 Summer TN 1936: The Northern Guard and Southern MILICIA fight the "First Battle of Rahnguard Oasis" in the Eastern Desert. The attack takes place on a northern holy day, the Miracle of the Waters; this fact is promoted as a casus belli by CNCS politicians in Valeria.
  • 18 Summer TN 1936: The CNCS declares war against the Southern Republic. The Interpolar War begins.
  • Summer TN 1936: The Northern Guard enters the Eastern Sun Emirates and Mekong Dominion in force. While the ESE offers no serious resistance, several Mekong Peacekepers divisions expected to be allies instead turn out to be aggressive enemies. The intelligence that the CNCS received that the MD would remain neutral in an all-out war turns out to be completely false.
  • 40 Autumn TN 1936: Northern landship Vigilance launches a devastating attack against the the Southern Republic city of Aquitaine.
  • 17 Winter TN 1937: Fort Henry comes under massive cruise missile attack, destroying a portion of the city and the nearby weapons testing range.
  • 5 Spring TN 1937: Astrophysicist Gawaine di Smitt joins Lang Regina's circle of allies after publishing her theories regarding Tannhauser micro-gates: anomalies much smaller than previously navigable, which di Smitt believes could be used with a new generation gate-drive technology.
  • 22 Autumn TN 1937: UMF Gateship Laban Emuros departs orbit of Ares to test di Smit's detection system for Tannhauser micro-gates.
  • 12 Winter TN 1938: While observing a possible micro-gate, Laban Emuros and her crew, including di Smit, observe the arrival of a gate coffin bearing Helene Del Pulciano, a resident of Caprice who smuggled herself to Terra Nova.
  • 20 Winter TN 1938: During a trideo conference with Lang Regina and Kenichi Tanaka, Del Pulciano reveals that gate coffins have been arriving on Terra Nova for several cycles, bearing CEF spies and saboteurs. She requests Terranovan assistance in driving the CEF off Caprice.

The Return of Earth

  • TN 1939: A rare strain of the Terra Novan Influenza hits the Humanist Alliance, killing most of the Perceptor caste. The resulting chaos required the Southern Republic and Peacekeepers to step in and assume control.
  • 2 Summer TN 1939: Peace River, the corporate capital of Paxton Arms, is destroyed by an antimatter bomb.
  • 10 Summer TN 1939: A cease-fire is negotiated, ending the Interpolar War.
  • 18 Summer TN 1939: Kenichi Tanaka undercovers evidence that the anti-matter explosive used to destroy Peace River was provided by the NEC. Meetings between he, Lang Regina, and their allies begin.
  • 29 Summer TN 1939: Takana and Lang reveal the existence of what will come to be known as the Westphalia Cabinet, politicians, scientists, soldiers, and leaders from across Terra Nova who have banded together to protect the planet as a whole.
  • 30 Summer TN 1939: General Aschenbach is placed in command of what will soon be known as the Black Talons. The program is initially kept a secret.
  • 12 Autumn TN 1939: An alliance of leagues and Badlands factions comes together under the Westphalia Cabinet. The Cabinet begins reorganizing Terra Nova toward an expanded space effort and intelligence-gathering on Caprice. Preliminary plans are also put into place to begin contacting the other colonies of Earth.
  • 1 Winter TN 1939: The 1st Black Talons is formed and begins training as a unit.
  • 12 Winter TN 1939: Laban Emuros and Southern Republic Gateship Illustrious are tasked to the Black Talons and instructed to begin searching for micro-gates to insert Black Talon teams into Caprice space and elsewhere.
  • 27 Winter TN 1939: The BRF breaks up, amid accusations that they planted the anti-matter device in Peace River, supplied by the CEF.
  • 35 Winter TN 1939: Milani DuBeau-Slovensky becomes Acting CEO of Paxton Arms. She turns over a great deal of Paxton Gear and weapons research over to the Black Talons. Talon Werks is officially established, headquartered in the Karaq Wastes, though they had been operating unofficially since mid-summer. Construction begins on the first "Dark" series Gears. DuBeau-Slovensky is soon recruited into the Westphalia Cabinet.
  • 1 Spring TN 1940: The 1st Black Talons become active. Their first mission is destruction of NHR assets bordering the Southern Republic.
  • 8 Autumn TN 1940: A Southern Republic destoyer identifies a CEF base in the moutains of the Northern Lights Confederacy.
  • 1 Winter TN 1940: The 1st Black Talons destroys the CEF base. A quantity of intelligence data -- and a single anti-matter warhead -- are recovered.
  • Winter TN 1940: The Westphalia Cabinet sends several one-man vessels, similar to gate coffins, to Caprice. Initial contacts with the Caprician Liberati are established.
  • 11 Spring TN 1941: The 1st Black Talons departs for Caprice.
  • Spring-Summer TN 1941: The 1st Black Talons undertakes several missions on Caprice, including freeing a group of imprisoned Liberati from Bastille Alpha and the destruction of a mass-driver weapon intended for use against Terra Nova.
  • 27 Autumn TN 1941: The 1st Black Talons returns from Caprice in a stolen interstellar shuttle, their own Fury having been destroyed during their mission. They are hailed as heroes and most are reassigned to training and recruiting duties.

Black Talon Rising

  • 25 Autumn TN 1941: The 5th Black Talon becomes active. Initially, the team is sent against rover bands taking advantage of the chaotic situation near the ruins of Peace River.
  • 34 Autumn TN 1941: The 5th Black Talons destroys a major rover group.
  • Winter 1942: The 77th Black Talons returns from Caprice with parts of what is believed to be a "third generation" Gate drive developed by the CEF.
  • 12 Winter TN 1942: The team conducts a rendezvous with the 6th Black Talons, currently investigating a possible link between the NHR and the CEF.
  • 13 Winter TN 1942: Existence of such a link seems to be confirmed when the 5th Black Talons finds much of the 6th Black Talons has been destroyed by CEF assets, including partially stealthed Battle Frames and hover APCs.
  • 18 Winter TN 1942: BT05 enters battle with what appears to be a CEF infiltration force. During the battle, the team disables and captures a CEF Battle Frame, code name Tiamat. Several other CEF Battle Frames and one hover APC are destroyed. Corporal Kayla Chase, KIA.
  • Spring 1942: CEF strike teams begin hitting targets in the northern leagues, using, among other things, partially stealthed Battle Frames. 5th Black Talon names themselves "Trailblazers", and their Fury is christened "Pathfinder". At this time, BT06 and BT07 have been formed but have not chosen names yet.
  • 5 Spring TN 1942: The 5th Black Talon sorties to Caprice, arriving in the Loki system on 29 Spring.
  • 2 Summer TN 1942: The 5th Black Talon arrives on Caprice and attempts to make contact with a Liberati group.
  • 22 Summer TN 1942: The Black Talons are revealed to the public in a major press conference.
  • 31 Summer TN 1942: The team successfully contacts the Van Saar Liberati clan after defending one of their convoys from a CEF raiding force. BT05 later learns the raid was in reprisal for a Van Saar raid against the CEF. Commandant Paul Gotah, WIA.
  • 41 Summer TN 1942: Pathfinder takes damage during a surprise attack launched by the CEF from orbiting Arclight stations.
  • 12 Autumn TN 1942: The 5th Black Talon is ordered to clear a landing zone on Caprice for future Talon teams.
  • 24-33 Autumn TN 1942: BT05 carries out raids against three major CEF firebases, eventually destroying all three.
  • 41 Autumn TN 1942: BT05 discovers a plan linking Elite Genome Labs and Hakkar, Inc. to deliver some form of bio-toxin against the population of Caprice. It appears that the program is geared toward revenge should the planet successfully rebel against the CEF. During the raids, BT05 is briefly captured and questioned by CEF agents, but manages to escape. Corporal Jana D'rall, KIA. Corporal Joanna Farrell joins.
  • 7 Winter TN 1943: The Black Talons fight their first major battle on Caprice, the Battle of Harrid's Ridge. Two Talons join forces to destroy a major NEC convoy moving through the Caprician Highlands.
  • 13 Winter TN 1943: The 5th Black Talon rescues the Van Saar clan from a major CEF attack. The clan had come under scrutiny after BT05 was unable to hide their assistance to them under questioning by CEF agents. The team helps the clan relocate to a new zone where they will hopefully be safe from future CEF reprisals.
  • 35 Winter TN 1943: BT05 tracks Mariko Sanvit to a Sleipnir shuttle currently en route to Moscow Base in the Blessed Asteroid Belt and launches an attack on the shuttle to capture her. The attack is successful.
  • 8 Spring TN 1943: Sanvit tells the team during questioning that she was going to Moscow Base to confirm the existence of an antidote to the CEF bio-weapon. If she is not delivered to Moscow Base, the antidote will not be distributed. The 5th Black Talons agrees to transport her to Moscow Base. Sanvit acquires the antidote and schedules its distribution. The team is subsequently ordered to return to the Helios system and to bring Sanvit with them. Ilan Abu-Sayd Muhammad detached to serve as Liberati liason.
  • 5 Summer TN 1943: The 5th Black Talon returns to Terra Nova.

Change

  • 25 Autumn TN 1943: After a lengthy liberty, 5th Black Talons is reformed under the command of Captain Gabriel Tynes. Their new mission is to investigate the sudden proliferation of advanced weapons in the hands of Badlands rover groups. The groups have been attacking Northern assets.
  • Spring TN 1943: The first oasis towers of New Peace River open to settlers and displaced Riverans.
  • 2 Winter TN 1944: The 5th Black Talon fights and destroys the Karaq Dawgs. The team later learns that this rover group had been supplied by a CEF infiltration team led by Mason Farrell.
  • 7 Winter TN 1944: The 5th Black Talon fights and destroys the Bloody Twelve, another major rover group that was being supplied by Mason Farrell's team.
  • 19 Winter TN 1944: A small CEF strike force emerges from a micro-gate previously unknown in the Helios System.
  • 20-34 Winter TN 1944: Operation Icarus. The CEF strike force, augmented by several destroyers and troop carriers, carries out a major raid against Terranovan space assets, including those scattered across the system, in orbit of Terra Nova, and assets on the surface such as Northern Guard Space Carrier Westphalia. The raid is eventually repulsed, but not before it has done serious damage to Terranovan space assets. The 5th Black Talon assists in the defense of Northern Guard Space Service Carrier Westphalia.
  • 7 Summer TN 1944: The 5th Black Talon arrives in the Loki system for their second sortie on Caprice. The team is immediately involved in the battle to destroy Liberty Station, the old Gate transfer station to the Helios system, which was being used by the CEF as a military staging area for the invasion of Terra Nova. The raid is a success and the station is destroyed, but not before the 9th Black Talon's Fury is destroyed. The survivors are spread through several allied team, including BT05. Corporal Joanna Farrell, KIA. Sous-Sergeant Detro Takira, Private Travis Knight transferred in from BT09.
  • 26 Summer TN 1944: The 5th Black Talon conducts a raid against a pair of CID Sleipnir shuttles used to inspect ice-mining ships in the Blessed Asteroid Belt.
  • 39 Summer - 11 Autumn 1944: Black Talon 05 spends a brief period with the Liberati Al Bansen clan on an independant station. After an eventful departure, CEF assets arrive and storm the station. During this same time period, CEF space assets begin rigging select Gallot Caprice ice refineries as traps, anticipating Talon raids.
  • 19 Autumn 1944: A Sollers corporate ice refinery is attacked by the 5th Black Talon.
  • 24 Autumn 1944: 5th Black Talon walks into one of the trapped Gallot Caprice stations, Gallot Refinery #9, which is being monitored remotely. The unit escapes bloody, but not broken.
  • 32 Autumn 1944: Pathfinder, en route to Caprice, stumbles across a massive asteroid on a stable, eccentric orbit being used to shuttle goods to Caprice and back, as well as a high-speed Sleipnir en route to Caprice/Monolith with antimatter cargo. A boarding excursion leads to BT05 discovering a potentially disguised landing vector within an asteroid hit on Caprice.
  • 38 Autumn 1944: BT05 makes landfall on Caprice and immediately finds themselves defending elements of the Liberati Van Saar clan, which are fleeing a pursuing CEF/Corpserf force.

New Directions

  • 1 Winter 1945: The Liberati hold a Council meeting to discuss future plans, and the Black Talons on planet link up to make their plans. Another Sacrifice is averted, but at the possible cost of one clan's attempts to establish a stable manufacturing center for Liberati arms and munitions.
  • 2 - 21 Winter 1945: The Liberati and Talon 05 move through the highlands, avoiding detection.
  • 22 Winter 1945: The 5th Black Talon enters the Cat's Eye Trench. Karas Barthelemy recruited for BT05.
  • 29 Winter 1945: BT05 recons the area around Paladin Lots, looking for potential targets to snipe and locations for the snipers to work from.
  • 31 Winter 1945: Noting the presence of Utopians in the area, Black Talon 05 conducts its sniper mission, with CEF ambassadors being the priority target. Though the attack is well-executed and a success, the CEF is able to quickly hunt down one of the sniper teams, with casualties taken in the process. First member of scattered BT07 is recovered. KIA, Medic Thierry Tremblay. Dimitri Theophilus transferred in from BT07.
  •  ?? Winter 1945 / 8 November 274LC: BT05 departs the Trench due to increased scrutiny around the Paladin Lots attack. They escort Wiere Cantor to the Van Saar.
  • 39 Winter 1945: Black Talon 05 defends the escape of captured Liberati being held prisoner at the Vega Spaceport. Though the mission overall is a success, a moderate number of Liberati lose their lives in the escape, and the Talons narrowly avoid an Arclight strike. Post-mission interviews of the Liberati reveal that a number of Maribold were taken aside for hypno-training. Xochitl Delgado, doctor, transferred in from BT07.
  • 2 Spring 1945 / 22 June 275LC: Morgan Freidman Commercial District's Tachyon Terminal is moderately damaged by Black Talon 07's CO and her gear, unknowingly putting a hold on BT05's mission to infiltrate Mariss Milspec in danger. After rendevouzing with her at the Alpha level supply cache, it is determined that she was the person responsible for the ongoing reckless and possibly reputation-damaging strikes within the Trench.