Since I now have a shiny red border, I should say that this thread was made before I became a Red 5 employee, thus my posts in it are the speculation of a community member as opposed to facts from a dev NOTE: Due to some Retconning that has been going on since OSC joined the project, some of this info is likely not true anymore. For example we learned that the Crystite Wars didn't happen anymore. I'll work on updating the thread when more of the changes become apparent. So, I know that a lot of people are not super familiar with the full back story behind Firefall, as the only way we know of it is through the 12 Days of Firefall (which many people haven't read) and tidbits of information from random other sources (which people often can't find or don't hear about). So, since I'm a story fanatic, and have spent entirely too much time obsessing over the story of Firefall, I though I'd write up the major parts of what we know about the events that created the world Firefall takes place in, so that what we know is all in one place for people who want to know the back story, but don't want to have to sift through the 12 days and go hunting for other sources. So, here it is: DAY 1, taking place 2 months before the Firefall, gives us our only view of the world just before the catastrophic event, which is labeled as “The Golden Age.” The year is 2177, and we learn about a sport called “Holmgang” which consists of simulated war using battleframes. We learn of something called the “Canis Code” which is called “the most famous encrypted sign of something ‘out there,’” (possible foreshadowing of the arrival of the Chosen). In DAY 2 we get an account of the Firefall itself. A slow-moving asteroid was scheduled to make what had been calculated to make a “near miss” pass by Earth. Inexplicably, the asteroid broke apart as it passed through the Moon’s gravitational field, and fell towards the Earth in thousands of pieces. The debris of the asteroid was pulled into a decaying orbit around Earth, so instead of one massive impact event, the Earth was subjected to a constant barrage of impacts for almost 3 months. The numerous and hellishly destructive impacts violently changed the face of the Earth, wiping out whole countries and re-shaping continents. There were survivors, but they were struggling to hold on to their fractured civilizations after the cataclysmic event. The United States fractures into several factions, detailed in DAY 3. With the East Coast wiped off the map by the Firefall, the existing government, now centralized in Chicago, formed the Constitutional United States. The South broke free and labelled themselves the New Confederacy, while Texas became independent, forming the Republic of Texas. Meanwhile, most of the western states comprised the Guardians of America, based in Colorado. The Guardians called for a second Civil War to reunite America and wrest control from the “Connies.” There are also rumors that the surviving Northeastern states have broken free from the Constitutional United States and formed the New England Union. Soon after this splintering, the “United Mexican States” launched an offensive against the southwest, resulting in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Colombia forming the North Pacific Alliance. Europe, also, is suffering similar problems, which we get an insight into in DAY 4. The European Union is falling apart, with some countries in dire need of aid, and others refusing to offer it, instead deciding to focus on internal problems. The Swiss government, hearing of the full out war in the United States, and seeing Europe falling down the same path, decides to launch a preemptive assault to unify Europe. The campaign was extremely successful in Western Europe, but unfortunately their delay in addressing Eastern Europe to unite in the Union of Free and Sovreign Republics and stand against the EU. Russia had been in a cold war with Sibera, and as a result had more than enough weapons to supply the Union. The two sides, recognizing their need to survive rather than conquer, agreed to a tense ceasefire. DAY 5 tells us the story of a doctor in New Zealand, containing a letter written in 2184, 7 years after the Firefall. We learn they are in the midst of what is later dubbed the “Nine Year Winter.” They have not seen the sun in 4 years, due to an ash cloud covering the sky, and have been without any form of power for over 2. There are unconfirmed rumors of the New Zealand government being at war with Australia. The world of Firefall has a huge turning point in DAY 6. A Japanese businessman, Shigeru Ichizoku, CEO of Enermax Industries, funds the rebuilding of Tokyo, which has been completely destroyed by the Firefall, suffering a direct hit from a sizable chunk of the asteroid. It was here that they discovered the strange properties of the asteroid. They found that the rocks seemed to break the preexisting laws of physics, and were not affected by gravity as they should be (explaining humanity’s inability to predict the Firefall). The rocks were named “crystite,” and it was discovered they held an enormous amount of energy. it was Ichizoku who discovered the process for extracting that power from the crystite and harnessing it. New Tokyo quickly became a boom town, building power plants that ran off of crystite, and selling the process to other companies around the world. Ichizoku believed he had found an end to Humanity’s problems. DAYS 7 and 8 contain accounts of the Crystite Wars. Those events have since been removed from the timeline. DAY 9 tells us that a man named Hadrian Ashworth, creator of the Omnidyne Corporation, proved to be Humanity’s savior. Cleverly monopolizing Crystite energy [we don’t really know how, but my guess is simply by making much better advances in the technology than anyone else could], Ashworth used it as leverage to unite the planet. They propagated Crystite technology around the globe. With an extremely powerful and extremely abundant power source, Humanity was able to pick itself back up and begin to move forward again. Ashworth recognized that there was only a limited amount of crystite on the planet, that deposited by the asteroid that caused the Firefall. In DAY 10, now that they understood the properties of crystite, Omnidyne’s scientists were able to track the asteroid back to its source, which turned out to be a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. Debris, rich in crystite, floated around the planet, named “Alpha Prime”, forming a ring which was the source of the asteroid that caused the Firefall. Ashworth formed a subsidiary of Omnidyne, named the Centauri Company, with the purpose of colonizing Alpha Prime. 3 colony ships carried 3500 people to Alpha Prime and formed the planet’s first colony. Two massive starships were constructed, the CMS Aegis and the CMS Wei-Ling, to ferry crystite mined from the rings around Alpha Prime back to Earth. The journey took 7 years, and the ships were staggered, so that one would be loading up on crystite at Alpha Prime while the other was unloading its cargo at Earth. It soon became apparent that a faster method of transportation would be needed to not only transport Crystite, but also to ensure that Alpha Prime did not try to break away and form its own nation.