TIMELINE & IMPORTANT DATES
The main continuity of the SSU starts in the year 1456 BCE, with Egypt's invasion of Canaan. Everything in this Universe starts from that point.
From there, the timeline progresses in exactly the same way as real-life history does, with one major difference: the Unwritten History.
Sometimes referred to as the Lost Ages, these are the events of the War of Virtue and the many years that followed being effectively stricken from the record. It is not recognized as official history and exists today only as comic books, folklore, fairy tales and fables.
Officially, the War of Virtue happened from 1427 – 1425 BCE in Egypt, ending with the death of the pharaoh Thutmose III. The 29 years from Egypt's military campaign in Canaan to the start of the War of Virtue is where the events of GABRIEL take place. The Black Cloaks, the divine arbiters who fought in the War of Virtue , were assembled in 1427 BCE. Their attack on the Nine Virtues is what launched the war.
It is the general consensus that the first Anakim were born sometime in the 1430s BCE, or possibly earlier, in the 1440s BCE.
From 1425 BCE all the way up to the present day are the years considered to be the Unwritten History/the Lost Ages, or as some cultures call it, the Hidden Conflict between humans and the Anakim. This means that there is 3400 years in which to tell a variety of stories in the SSU.
Other important dates are:
1425 BCE - The Azrian Diaspora. This was the result of the reign of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep II, who succeeded his father, Thutmose III. He ordered a purge of the Anakim (who he derogatively called "Azrian") from his empire following the events of the War of Virtue.
Many Anakim, who had been scattered and hidden throughout the world as a result of the Azrian Purges initiated by Amenhotep II, began to migrate en masse to Eastern European countries for their relative obscurity and remoteness. Tucked away behind vast mountain ranges and hidden valleys, many Anakim began making new lives for themselves and for their families, with a few intermarrying with the human natives of the area.
This mixing of humans and Anakim led to a peaceful co-existence in the region for centuries. It also greatly contributed to the aura of mysticism and the supernatural associated with many Eastern European cultures. Basically, Eastern Europeans were more tolerant of the Anakim than their Near Eastern counterparts.
The Blood Cursed Events - In 1451 BCE, the Israelites invaded and conquered the land of Canaan. It was here that the King of Jerusalem told Joshua, who led the invasion, that the Hebrews would be forever cursed to repay with blood, the genocide they inflicted. This curse would not be lifted until the last Hebrew died.
This effectively marked the descendants of Israel for persecution throughout history, which eventually drove Yahweh mad.
This culminated with World War II, which effectively eliminated any shred of reason that might have been left within the Israelite god.
November 9, 1989 – The fall of the Berlin Wall. The end of the Cold War brought about great change for the entire world. Attitudes were changing and the future was the great unknown. Two years later saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it, a change of focus for many peoples to domestic issues. There was no longer the threat of a Third World War to annihilate us all. Now it was the threat of crime on our own streets, combating poverty and reigning in the excesses of the previous decades – the spending done in the name of defeating "the other side." Now, it was all about getting your own house in order and dealing with the enemies within.
This was a SIGNIFICANT change in worldview, as people were now more concerned about what was happening at home, rather than abroad. The 1990s saw the blossoming of the Information Age and great economic prosperity for the West, but also, great change and social upheaval in the East.
The latter was facing major conflicts as the former Soviet countries were now left to fend for themselves. And many of these Eastern European countries were home to large populations of the Anakim.
It was against this backdrop of seismic change, that the Anakim leaders came forward publicly for the first time wanting to open a dialogue with human leaders to discuss peace in the East, equality and rights for the Anakim.
It did not end well.