The Great War had ended. One year after, the damage from four years of war takes its toll on hidden magical Europe and rifts in the barriers between our world and the havens begin.
Most are minuscole and are unnoticed, but here and there across the continents, incidents would begin to occur.
A young man disappears near a holly tree by a bended brook at a festival in Ireland. Records show the presence of unidentifiable energies in the area. Investigators soon arrived. The only note worthy discovery was the existence of strange powder, upon closer inspection, revealed to be fine scales, shaped for flight.
Rifts occur within Norway within the deep forests. Strange items are left behind discovered by adventurers, Real Manly Men, and paid "archeologists", a large number being what are assumed to be ceremonial weapons and armor. Two swords of particular note were bought by the Smithsonian Institution. They are recorded to give off an unknown energy, especially when wielded by fraternal twins of the opposite gender.
Frued has a field day.
Rifts drift further south, appearing in France, Germany, Italy and Greece
A rift opens near Mount Olympus. A single equine automon falls out, crashes into the ground and is rendered broken.
It is recovered by German Scientists. Internal reports state the horse is composed of an unknown bronze alloy, treated to contain massive amounts of energy and systems for self repair (protocol assumed to be disabled from impact). Furthermore, its mechanics and engines rely on antique machinery. German metallurgists estimate the bronze to be ancient, yet the automon had not yet rusted. The internal systems were powered by a core engine of unknown design. Efforts were soon underway to reverse engineer the automon.
Rift activity begins to decrease. There are few major incidents. The existence of the rifts is hidden from public, known only by the heads of governments.
The Third Reich begins
Hitler, intrigued by the unknown energies expands research and procurement of all artifacts related to the rifts.
German scientists stumble upon, once again in Norway, a cube of mysterious origin, created out of an unknown metal.
It is deemed to be a power source, named the Tesseract.
Nazi Germany, and humanity, begins its forays into Magic.
Albert Einstein escapes to the United States, bringing with him a complete record of all German research into Magic.
The Sewer Project begins beneath the fledgling Manhattan project.
Scientists complain of crocodiles in New Mexico.
The Rifts stop appearing. New artifacts cease to appear.
Nazi Magitech has advanced considerably. Various weapon systems are in development, few ready for prototype testing. Of significance, there is development of the first powered armor and magic missiles. A different project finds it is possible to change the mass of a object by running a specific range of magical energy through electrical currents. No prototype is finished and Nazi Germany is unable to complete any weapons capable of turning the Eastern front in Russia. Most prototypes are mothballed due to impracticability, cost, or usage limitations.
There is development of laser weapons system.
A group of American Spec Ops conducts a raid on Nazi research centers using data stolen from an assault on Greenland.
A certain captain manages to steal the Tesseract.
Allied magical research pays off in the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima with a combination magic and atomic bomb.
The Fatman's 21kt yield is increased to nearly 33kt. Magic is fully embraced as a weapon of destruction.
It is still hidden from public knowledge.
American and Soviet researchers take the lead in magical and atomic research.
Research into laser weaponry ends once scientists realize that beams of piercing light that cauterize wounds are retarded as anti-personal weapons. Sir Issac Newton once again proved the deadliest son-of-a-bitch on the battlefield.
NASA detonates a magical nuke at Bikini Atoll. The resulting magic is redirected towards the moon. The methodology and tools used remain unknown, as is most magic. The official report states the reason for the test as, "Testing the Effect of Magical Radiation in the Atmosphere and Near Earth Space." The Suspicious black ink before is analyzed to find the phrase, "For Shits and Giggles"
The blast tears through the atmosphere creating an EMP effect that knocks out all satellites in its path. It impacts the Lunar Surface near Posidonious J, the darker soil of the crater turned a pale white from the magical radiation.
Of importance is a large anomaly along Serenitatis discovered during the impact. Working telescopes in Hawaii record a shimmer as the magical energy washed over the anomaly's location. The effect is similar to the prototype invisibility cloaks under development in England beneath Alnwick Castle. Further study convinces NASA and the government of giving the anomaly serious study.
The Red telephone rings in the White House.
Soviet leadership asks, "What the hell are you Americans doing to the moon, how the hell did you maniacs direct a magical nuke, and what the balls is that shimmering thing?"
Eisenhower replies, "It's magic. I ain't gotta explain shit"
Space Race begins.
Sputnik. NASA shits its bricks.
NASA starts considering a manned Lunar Mission. Plans begin for the Mercury project.
Funding is shifted into development of magical tools to supplement Lunar exploration.
NASA creates the first hyper kinetic magical weapon.
It is deemed to costly for any sort of mass production.
Only two are ever produced.
Work begins on converting Nazi magi tech power armor into functional power space suits.
Progress is made; cake is to be had.
Apollo project begins. Soviets beat Americans and Project Mercury to space. NASA shits its bricks again.
The only two magic-kinetic weapons are repurposed into Lunar drilling tools.
July 16th, 1969, 13:32:00 UTC:
Apollo 11 launches from Launch pad LC 39A at Cape Canaveral.
The first manned lunar mission is underway
July 16th, 1969, 15:48:00 UTC:
A magical EMP is set off in low-earth orbit from the second stage of the Saturn V rocket.
It is attributed to unexpired magical fuel cells exploding from malfunction.
A large number of Soviet, British, and American observational satellites are taken out of commission.
July 20th, 1969, 20:17:40 UTC:
The Eagle has landed. Two American astronauts become the first humans on an extraterrestrial body.
July 20th, 1969, 20:17:41 UTC
The First Lunar Invasion begins.