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Trinity Universe: 1997


  • Early this year, Garou begin to regroup in Russia and launch a series of counter-attacks against the forces of Baba Yaga.[3]
  • A "hotshit whacko" calling himself "Heylel-Something-Or-Other" leads a charge on Horizon. He's joined by bitter Hollower Jeremy Case, making the Hollowers even more outcast.[7][8]
  • A cabal of mages attempts to bring down a Horizon Construct. The result is a bloodbath on the Front Lines which lasts for days.[9]
  • By this time, Mitchell Pratts looks emaciated, with a shaved head, and covered in abstract tattoos. Some flow into Sanskrit characters, such as "death" over his jugular.[10]
  • The Suharto regime of Indonesia is overthrown. It comes to excesses against the chinese minority of the country, with thousand families losing their homes.[11]
  • Relics are stolen from the Vatican, funded in part by Sleeper Carl Tyler.[12]
  • Walter Starr opens the first Star-Mart in KY. It quickly expands into a major chain throughout the country, and unbeknownst to him, is heavily tainted by the Weaver.[14]
  • After extensive remodeling, Sam Boyd's Fremont Hotel and Casino reopens.[16]
  • Robert Pedder is killed on Mount Victoria while trying to flee the end of British rule over Hong Kong.[citation needed]



  • March 26: Members of the Heaven's gate cult commit mass suicide in their house in San Diego.[17]


  • April 21: Omorii Hideo presents a pamphlet of Burakumin before his superior, urging to action against him and his supporters. The pamphlet argues that the Westerners are not demons to be feared, but people like those in the Middle Kingdom, and that the traditionalism of the Courts is what causes the decline into the Sixth Age.[19]


  • With no outside influence, the people of Iran Mohammed Khatami, a Technocratic sympathizer, to the position of President. While the true power still remains with the Ayatollah, the Ahl-i-Batin prepare to become subtle once more if the Technocracy attempts to resume power.[20]
  • May 12: Discussion occurs of the new Hermetic Apprentice Hornbook, edited by Master Auris Galina Gritsenko.[22]


  • June 4: Discussion occurs of the new Hermetic Hornbook, edited by Master Auris Galina Gritsenko.[22]
  • June 27: Mahmet Kemal, a Disciple at the Oxford Chantry, sends a series of "footnotes" to the Apprentice Hornbook to its editor, Auris Galina Gritsenko, in an effort to distill down the most important aspects of Hermetic theory. The footnotes are sent over an unsecured line.[22]
  • June 29: Editor Auris Galina Gritsenko sends a message to the Apprentice Hornbook mailing list regarding Mahmet Kemal's "footnotes." He seems a little irritated by Kemal's audacity, but is willing to add the footnotes just to "light bombs under a few mages who need it," despite repercussions. He solicits the advice of Master Leif Dinesen, who responds "publish, and be damned!"[23]


  • August 21: Cornelius Balt comments with delight on Xadreque Machado's observations on travelling between Umbral Realms, and notes that a less-Enlightened mage in the Umbra is like an infant being thrust into the middle of New York rush hour traffic, while a more highly-Enlightened mage is more like a wealthy man trying to move through a crowd of beggars.[30]


  • September 15: A new action series from Aaron Spellman, The Slayer, premieres tonight.[32]


  • In late October Baba Yaga's forces attack the Sept of the Crystal Mind (of the Stargazers) and the Aral Sea Caern (House Wise Heart Silver Fangs). By the end of the month every single member of the Silver Fang sept had been destroyed, ending the line of House Wise Heart Silver Fangs in Russia. The Stargazer caern barely survives through guerrilla tactics. At the same time, the hag sends forces into Siberia to deal with the Wendigo who had fought her back in early 1995.[3]


  • November 10: Doissetep explodes, causing a shock wave affecting everything connected to it, including the Digital Web, which experiences the Great Crash. The entire Web goes offline for three seconds, killing many, injuring others for weeks or months, and any sector that wasn't permanently erased is damaged.[33][34][35][36]
  • November 27: Ozymandias Cody's mom knows something's going on; he finally breaks down and tells her there's a hidden side of his life that's been taking over. She tells him that if he can't share that with his wife, some sacrifices need to be made. At that point, Cody decides to abandon the Order and magic and everything because he loves his wife.[38]


  • December 22: Ozymandias Cody gets called in to see his boss. He knows he's in trouble; the only time anyone ever sees him is if you've made an appointment or you're getting fired, and Cody hasn't made an appointment.[39]
  • December 23: It turns out Ozymandias Cody accidentally gave his boss one of his dream-inspired designs instead of plans for a house. The mayor saw them, and decided that the city needed a new, un-copied, futuristic look. Cody is now a partner at Coleman, Skal & Spartus.[40]
  • December 24: Lambach Ruthven writes a letter to his beloved, though deceased, Klara. Remiscing about the Sabbat, Lambach states that he is a coward, a weakling, a lord of the Sabbat and - most importantly - a good lad. He remembers how the local Zantosa Elder revealed the existence of something beneath New York and decides to lose himself by feeding on the blood of addicts.[41]


  1. VTM: Clanbook: Malkavian Revised, p. 34
  2. VTM: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 WTA: A World of Rage, p. 74
  4. MTAs: Mage: The Ascension Second Edition, p. 288
  5. MTAs: Horizon: Stronghold of Hope, p. 45
  6. MTAs: World of Darkness: Sorcerer, p. 10
  7. MTAs: The Orphans Survival Guide, p. 50
  8. MTAs: Tales of Magick: Dark Adventure, p. 60
  9. MTAs: Guide to the Technocracy, p. 86
  10. MTAs: Tradition Book: Akashic Brotherhood, p. 30
  11. KOTE: Killing Streets, p. 29
  12. 12.0 12.1 MTAs: Guide to the Traditions, p. 6
  13. MTAs: The Book of Madness Revised, p. 123
  14. WTA: Book of the City, p. 57
  15. MTAs: Tradition Book: Euthanatos, p. 42
  16. MTAs: The Fallen Tower: Las Vegas, p. 48
  17. VTM: Sins of the Blood, p. 81
  18. 18.0 18.1 MTAs: The Book of Madness Revised, p. 117
  19. KOTE: Shadow War (book), p. 52
  20. MTAs: Lost Paths: Ahl-i-Batin & Taftâni, p. 18
  21. MTAs: The Bitter Road, p. 33
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 MTAs: Order of Hermes Tradition Book, p. 5
  23. MTAs: Order of Hermes Tradition Book, p. 7
  24. MTAs: Destiny's Price, p. 41
  25. MTAs: Book of Crafts, p. 118
  26. MTAs: Dragons of the East, p. 13
  27. MTAs: Dragons of the East, p. 137
  28. MTAs: Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts, p. 32
  29. 29.0 29.1 MTAs: The Book of Madness Revised, p. 119
  30. 30.0 30.1 MTAs: The Book of Madness Revised, p. 120
  31. MTAs: The Book of Madness Revised, p. 121
  32. MTAs: Technocracy: Syndicate, p. 35
  33. MTAs: Digital Web 2.0, p. 21
  34. MTAs: Digital Web 2.0, p. 65
  35. MTAs: Digital Web 2.0, p. 77
  36. MTAs: Tradition Book: Sons of Ether, p. 44
  37. MTAs: The Bitter Road, p. 35
  38. MTAs: The Bitter Road, p. 34
  39. MTAs: The Bitter Road, p. 31
  40. MTAs: The Bitter Road, p. 32
  41. VTDA: Libellus Sanguinis I: Masters of the State, p. 70
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