A Timeline of the Anomalous

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This draft was found in the home of the Historian McArthur ████, who was previously contracted by the Authority for his expertise in tracing historical accounts. Unbeknownst to us, he used his skills and unrestricted archival access to trace our lineage. A draft of his work was discovered by a Junior researcher, McArthur was subsequently questioned and he confessed that he was looking to publish his work. He was administered amnestics and his work was confiscated. This draft is available to personnel with security clearance level 3 and higher-GD-01

Introduction:

What if I told you that there was another world
When I was a boy
Throughout history there have been several unexplained events and characters, we took to calling them anomalous. Whether these were elaborate hoaxes, I cannot say for certain. However, here under our noses lies a hidden world where people go everyday to study said anomalies, both weird and dangerous. (Add more later)

So I ask you dear reader, what is The Authority? To answer that question, we must go back to the times of the Roman Empire, and meet the first recorded instance of an organisation who face the unknown as though it was nothing more than another day in Rome: The Sons of Hercules.

Ancient Organisations and the Sons of Hercules:

The Sons of Hercules were created by generals and legionnaires of the Roman Empire to destroy anomalous hostile entities they consider a threat to the republic, or contain artifacts they deem to be gifts of the gods. By all known records found this was considered the first international organisation, usually posted in conquered lands, with an elite division stationed in Rome itself. Records are unclear when exactly this organisation was founded, created either just before or during the reign of Caesar as 1st Emperor of Rome. Many slaves are recorded in messages from officers as being used as a primitive version of Authority CSD, with a much higher mortality rate. The Sons of Hercules seemed to try and ally themselves with indigenous anomalous keepers if destruction of an entity was impossible and negotiations with previous keepers could reach an agreement. There are some mythological references to the organisation's involvement, such as the likes of Minerva being a primary influence in their formation. However, the validity of this claim is unclear given the number of contradicting reports from various sources from each time period.

A crucial turn in the goals of the Organisation came about with the invasion of Greece and their assimilation. With the similarities of culture and belief systems, it made integration easier throughout the course of time. The Sons of Hercules came upon a prominent academy of scholars and philosophers in Athens. This organisation was dedicated to understanding and using artifacts they too saw some as gifts of the gods (could explain why their civilization was so advanced, check resources). The academy merged with the Vanguard, creating a more effective system that reduced mortality rates of slaves and ensure a more dedicated research institution. By the time the republic fell and the autocracy was formed, the Sons of Hercules retained much of their previous duties. Over time, many of the Roman emperors attempted to reduce the Vanguard's influence in the military, including their right to hold the artifacts and entities they procured over the years. This has lead to some altercations between the emperors and the vanguard, which has even lead to the vanguard being involved in the assassination of Emperor Caligula after he was deemed as a threat to the senate, nobility, military personnel and attempted to claim divinity by leaving Rome for Alexandria.

The Precursor Order and the rise and fall of the Auctoritas

With the fall of the Roman Empire, The Sons of Hercules were unofficially dissolved, with small groups from the organisation still around for containing/neutralizing anomalies. During the Dark Ages and due to the spread of Catholicism, most anomalies were seen as Holy or Satanic and various humanoids were considered either demons, cursed or witches (need stronger sources, look into witch hunts). A split within the Sons of Hercules remnants due to religious conversions, forming small groups that took to using artifacts they protected, considering them “holy” items while seeking out "Satanic" items to destroy or contain. Many of them lived nomadically, roaming around and destroying anomalies where they could.

With the 1st Crusade, all knights in Europe were united by the Pope to take back the holy land from the Sacrean Military, even the knights of the roaming Vanguards. They all pledged allegiance to the Vatican/Pope and all Vanguards merged into an as of yet unknown order who employed and safeguarded many anomalies that existed during this time. Records indicate a few anomalies discovered/awoken by the Crusades (with one of the strongest sources mentioning the box of Pandora).

With the end of the Crusades, a sect of elite knights proclaimed grievances to the pope themselves, claiming the Vatican’s bias to destroying “Satanic items” at all costs was irresponsible and lead to many unneeded deaths. The council excommunicated all who complained (link grievance accord here) and dissolved the order. All anomalous assets were then handed over to a recently constructed group known as the Auctoritas Imperitus (Need to find name of the creator, possible Pope?). The Auctoritas provided a wider expanse with various discovery reports of anomalous instances coming from priests conducting confessions (Best examples: Pgs 43, 200, 2455 and 3344). With a seemingly rise of demonic sightings, a small formation of demon hunters was seemingly created to combat this sudden rise (link letter to Auctoritas scholar here). The Auctoritas would stay as a dominant power in the Western world for centuries, untill the Protestant reformation and the creation of the Union.

The Union was initially created as a response to the Auctoritas, with many unhappy with the suppression of anomalous activity and knowledge of the anomalous. Due to the loss of the Vatican’s power throughout the years the Union quickly became large enough to rival the Auctoritas. A small but secret war occurred, which is suddenly brought to a halt in the late 1700's (All records seem to point to something called "The Anti-Christ”).

Soon after the supposed defeat of the "Anti-Christ", an agreement was reached with the Union and the Auctoritas to form a stronger force to deal with anomalies. While few in The Union agreed to establish the Authority, a majority of members left to establish a presence in the Americas. The planning and creation of the Authority took the rest of the century, with multiple meetings occurring and various disagreements taking years to resolve. Eventually, both parites agree to propose this to the British royal family and they agreed to help. (The mercenaries are persuaded back and remerged into their 1st MST, The Angels of Eden. WORK ON THIS LINE).

1800’s and the Creation of the Authority:

The British Royal family use their influence to pull imperial guards and remnants of the French Imperial Army to help create the Authority’s military similar to the Roman Vanguard. They appointed a Global Leaders (later changed during the 50’s to Global Directors) from every part of the empire and ensured that the directors could run the Authority with no biases to benefit any country in case of an uprising.

During the Mid 1800’s, a declaration of manifest was allowed, giving the Authority permission to secretly work in countries and colonies outside of Britain’s reign and bring back anomalies to contain. This proved incredibly dangerous with the first ever establishment of the American branch, which was continuously harassed and persecuted by the Union. The Union, believing in sovereignty, attempted to destroy any Authority sites established. To the outside world this was seen as mass religious persecution, which was only ended with a negotiation and treaty signing. Hostilities between the Authority and The Union would stay, even as the Authority eventually obscured the Union during the following years to only occupy fringe groups and eventually blend in with newer forming Protestant groups, effectively hiding themselves to the present day.

In the late 1800’s (during splendid isolation), the higher ups of the government created The Bureau of Anomalous Research Operations (BARO) in response to the growing concern of anomalous events in Britain. The Royalty that founded the Authority attempted to keep the Authority’s origins a secret from BARO and proceeded to destroy all files they could linking them, the Vatican and the Protestant GOI to the Authority’s creation. The Authority would only be discovered in 1903 by MI13, (the current Anomalous agency in the UK) due to the cover up of Authority meddling.

The World Wars:

The Imperial Defence Committee on discovering the Authority and MI13 in late 1903 secretly built up a decision to pass through parliament to nationalise the Authority and merge it with MI13 during its reorganisation in early 1904. The Board, in protest, broke all personal ties to the government and royal family to become independent.

Due to the split, the Authority started buying many fledgling industries and companies to fund themselves for the foreseeable future. This would be beneficial as WW1 started, with the Authority making massive profits from the war and using their ties in the industry to move all anomalies in predicted war zones to a fledgling site in the US (their first US site, named site-02).
With the end of the war and the League of Nations created, the Authority expands and is no longer connected exclusively to the British Empire, however Russia is giving no support to the Authority due to it’s revolution (records indicate that they never were, but who knows? There could have been a small window of time). During the Great Depression, the Authority is crippled with the value of money worsening, however recruitment skyrockets during this time. The Great Depression also helps the Authority establish multiple businesses to use as fronts (could've had a long term impact in helping end the Great Depression? Records unspecific).

With WW2, the Authority tries to keep anomalies in general hidden from the Nazi party, but Hitler's fascination with the occult eventually gets them discovered. Records indicate this occurred with the help of the Gestapo spying on known Authority assets. Due to The board declining to speak with Hitler on using anomalies, Hitler commanded Heinrich Himmler to create an Anomalous Agency for containing, researching and weaponising anomalies. This GOI was co-created by 3 other groups: The Ahnenerbe, which made up the scientific division, members of the Thule Society which made up the Occult division (known the the Black sun Division), and the German Branch of the Authority which went rogue to follow Hitler's vision in 1935 and used their expertise to make GARD a formidable opponent.

Predicting this split the Authority moved all remaining RPC’s that could be transported safely out of Europe. Many Gamma and Beta RPC's were left on site, leading to the Authority to eventually team up with the Allies in 1941 to reclaim their sites, either through providing men for the war effort, or using RPCs to cut a way through to their occupied sites (these 2 options were discussed, but which one was implemented is unknown). With the end of the war, GARD was officially dissolved but some splinter cells hang around to this day.

The Cold War:

During the Cold war, the Authority is missing some sites due to either the Nazi party's attempts to destroy them during the Allied advance and the establishing of the Iron Curtain. An agreement is made with Stalin allowing them to create their own GOI, and the Authority hand over all Eastern European sites to the Russian GOI.

The Authority is primarily self sustaining now, and they modernise everything during the technology race, Containment procedures, Military equipment, Covert operations and even begin using RPC’s for their benefit, creating the Theta Classification. They also heavily obscure or augment any history mentioning them, destroying any remaining evidence of their British and Vatican Origins, fabricating evidence to look like they crafted agreements with the British and Vatican back in those times.

They also made agreements regarding RPC’s with the newly created UNAAC in 1944, who continue on to certify Anomalous agencies in other countries in the 1945 International Anomalous Agreement. Only a few countries refused Authority help (Cuba, Chile and other countries run by Dictators during this time) and the US agreement being secretly broken to compete with the Soviet GOI, leaving the Authority to lose some support from the US (but they’re not exclusively hostile). McCarthyism also made Containment for U.S. RPC’s difficult with many citizens trying to connect/ the Authority and Anomalies back to Russia and with a few even trying to expose the Authority.

In the 70's, the Authority are able to establish their first Space site, Site-99. This would later in the decade be destroyed (records on what happened are redacted) and reconstruction on Site-99 would begin in the following decade and as of 2000, reconstruction is still ongoing.

In 1985, Gorbachev is elected leader of the USSR and allows western culture into the Soviet Union. The Authority uses this as an entry into the USSR and gains agreements with them, overtaking and merging with the Russian GOI.

With 1992 and the fall of the Soviet Union, they gain agreements with the reunified Germany and former individual Soviet Union states and satellite states. The US GOI is also dissolved due to ineffectiveness (maybe remade after 9/11, records unclear) and the Authority is given more freedom in the US. Any other countries previously closed also make agreements with the Authority.

Addendum-1: I don't remember the section on the Sons of Hercules including a Greek division…and the ENTIRE section on Nucorp Industries didn't exist before yesterday. Request to designate this an RPC.-Researcher Hugo

Request denied. We've inspected the document and seen no evidence of tampering. I'll notify your supervisor to give you a memetic/cognitohazard screening, just to be safe.-Site director Danielle

Addendum-2: This isn't just me, an entire INTRODUCTION just appeared a few hours ago. Requesting this be made into an RPC again.-Researcher Hugo

Request denied. We did record no mention of an introduction before, however this just appears to be a collection of archival history and nothing more. We'll consider elevating this to a lesser anomaly, but that's as far as this classification will go.-Site Director Danielle

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