The Monsters Have Come Out of the Shadows and Into the Heavens
It started with the computers. The humans didn’t really know what they were doing, but they went ahead and did it anyway. The very first, truly sentient, artificial computer. They didn’t know it then, but looking back, it was the first computing machine that woke up its own spirit, permanently bonding to it. It didn’t think like a human, it couldn’t have. But it could process information like nothing else had ever done in history before. That’s when the Masquerade truly ended. Too many people ended up missing, or dead, or different. When privacy disappeared, so did the barrier between the shadows and the rest of the world.
But that was only the beginning. Vampires were the first to be exposed, but mages, werewolves, sin-eaters, and changelings were all soon to follow. At first, it was a war, a cold one, something that resembled pre-World War Two Germany, each non-human having to register as such. The oppression nearly escalated into outright violence.
But then the humans realized how far they had gone to sell their souls when they created those AI’s and allowed the megacorporations to rise in influence. In the monsters the world came so close to “cleansing”, they found the most unlikely allies to help them survive their new world.
Then came space. Space became fully privatized, and humanity had mostly been contained in the Sol system, until the discovery of the Solar Stygian Gate. Once it had been found, its powers truly discovered, there came a certain amount of freedom. Now,anyone who could afford to go through the Gate, could get out from under the oppressive thumb of the Cheiron Group.
While space offered humanity a new frontier from which to grasp freedom, it offered the same opportunity to the monsters. And out there, the monsters were free to prey upon the sheep again.
Welcome to Known Space.