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"I sat in the dark and thought: There’s no big apocalypse. Just an endless procession of little ones."

– From "Signal to Noise" by Neil Gaiman

"Apocalypse is a frame of mind. A belief. A surrender to inevitability. It is a despair for the future. It is the death of hope."
– From "Death Masks" by Jim Butcher.


There is a beautiful city, popular and populous. It is a small sliver of Americana where resident's live full lives and visitors travel in from the world over for the experiences it offers. Within this city, there are families that pull strings and individuals who experience great successes and great tragedies, there are secrets kept and secrets exposed. It’s a place where great challenges and dangers have been met and overcome. But what if things played out just a little differently? One small action changed can trigger a domino effect over the wider world. And that is what this game is.

The End of the World came on Friday, June 21, 2013. Some knew it was going to happen, some had time to prepare for themselves and for their loved ones. Most of the world did not see it coming and even among those who did, not everyone wanted to stop it or help others survive. Some embraced what was coming, reveling in the potential of change and the possibility of coming out on top of what was to be left of humanity. Some simply wanted the world to burn. This small region fared much better than much of the world, steps had been taken that helped, but those steps did not stop the terrible tide of things that came on that day.

Throughout the world, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, floods, tsunami and storms tore apart civilizations and the majority of the structure of “modern society”. What was the United States was torn in two by coastal earthquakes that triggered massive tsunami that washed over the populated outer areas of the country and by an earthquake of the New Madrid fault line that triggered an eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera that all happened within the same day. Other nations fared no better with disasters within their own countries.

But there was more to these events than just the disasters of the planet that seemed to strike back at the creatures that lived on it, and those that survived the things that happened saw even more that had been unbelievable and myth before. The world is full of more than just people and animals, insects, birds and fish. There are monsters and the events that began on that day exposed all of the survivors to a new reality. A reality where there are vampires, werewolves, fairy creatures and magic. It is a reality where the ghosts linger, massive numbers of souls who lost their lives during the events of that day. Across the world, the Sleepers have been roused to a realization that there is more around them than they ever realized, even as they struggle through the reality that almost all that was is now lost and they now must survive.

At the start date for the game, it has been just over one year since the world ended. Roughly. No one is exactly sure though, time feels just a little different now and the value of it is different when every day is a challenge to survive rather than a challenge to beat the clock. There were weeks of darkness that followed the solstice and for the survivors during the time, no one counted the days. When it was over, or when the worst of it was passed, and what was left of humanity emerged, it was from that point that someone kept track.

What remained of the county in what used to be Maine, was better than the majority of the world had fared. It was a refuge of hope within a dark and dangerous world, and those that had survived there knew it. There was a very firm sense of how lucky they were as they began to clean up, to try to repair and put back some measure of order into the chaos.

  • Pre-EotW Timeline: A timeline of Safe Haven Harbor's history going back to 1645 up until before the EotW events.
  • Timeline: A timeline of recent history.
  • The End: “The End of the World” is what the week of time around June 21, 2013 (Specifically June 20 - 26th) is referred to. It might also be referenced as the EotW, End Times, the Dark Week, or Dark Days. These are things that have worked into general slang of the surviving population and may be heard in public conversation. (IC Term)
  • Safe Zone: The area of land that falls within the barrier (built mostly from old vehicles that can no longer be used, combined with massive gates and fencing) that is considered a protected and safe area from the worst of the dangers outside of that area. The Safe Zone also seems to have some warding in place, and within the Safe Zone there is functioning/self-sustaining electricity, water, etc. There is less risk of constant danger within the Safe Zone. (IC Term)
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Safe Haven Harbor
Established: December 1, 2013
Total Area: 2,475.03 sq. mi.
Total Land: 1,423.62 sq. mi.
Total Water: 1,052.41 sq. mi.
SHH Population: 20,115 people


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