Historical World of Darkness

Onyx Path, the current publishers of the World of Darkness lines, have been doing a lot lately to come up with material for historical settings. White Wolf did their share with Requiem for Rome, the vampire setting in the Roman Empire, and Mage Noir, a much thinner book about mages in World War II and after. Onyx Path continued with Victorian Lost, a changeling sourcebook for 19th-century England, and then decided to make a sourcebook with just a bunch of different historical settings, a book called Dark Eras that they would Kickstart.

Then things exploded.

The Dark Eras Kickstarter (which I backed, cards on the table) went wild and had several different stretch goals that made things even more complicated. First they started adding new settings that people voted on. This was really heady and exciting but inevitably a setting that wasn’t picked had a following that pushed for a second chance. Enough of these got through that they had to make a second book, the Dark Eras Companion, to fit them all. On top of that, they also agreed to add sidebars about what the other gamelines were doing in each setting.

On top of that, two new books introduced historical settings for Demon and Mummy respectively. So… there are a lot of historical setings out there. What is the full list of periods published so far? I’m glad you asked…

Edit: This list has been updated with information from a few books I forgot. Ancient Bloodlines and Ancient Mysteries for the vampire world and Hunting Ground: Ancient Sumer for the Chronicler’s Guide for the werewolves.

  • End of the Cold War: The supplement New Wave Requiem details the world of the Kindred in the 1980s.
  • The “Me” Decade: New York in the 1970s is described for werewolves in the “Bowery Dogs” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • The Cold War: East and West Berlin are described for demons in the “Into the Cold” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • Post-War Period: The immediate Post-War era in New Zealand is described for Sin-Eaters in the “God’s Country” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • World War II: The supplement Mage Noir details the Awakened world during the middle of the twentieth century.
  • The Great Depression: America during the 1930s is described in the “Handful of Dust” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • World War I: Vampires during the Great War are covered in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • The Turn of the Century: Europe doring the 1890s to 1920s is described in “The Ruins of Empire” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines. The Russian Revolution during this period is covered for demons in Dark Eras Companion.
  • Westward Expansion: The mid-19th century in the United States, as white settlers spread west through North America, is covered for vampires in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • Victorian Era: England in the mid-19th century is described for vampires in the “Requiem for Regina” setting in Dark Eras and for changelings in a separate setting in that book. The early 19th century in Germany is described in a Changeling supplement in the same book. The Victorian era generally is described for changelings in Victorian Lost. The rise of Spiritualism for characters using the Second Sight rules is covered in Dark Eras Companion. The Great Rebellion against the British in India is covered in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • Year Without a Summer: This desperate period in Germany and Switzerland during 1816 is covered for Prometheans in Dark Eras Companion.
  • Haitian Revolution: The revolution in 1791 is covered in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • The Edo Period: Japan in the 1600s is covered for hunters in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • Age of Reason: The Thirty Years’ War following the fragmentation of the Holy Roman Empire is covered for Prometheans in Dark Eras Companion and for vampires in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines. The 1600s and early-1700s are described for changelings in the “Lily, Sabre, and Thorn” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • American Colonialism: The late 1600s in the American Colonies is covered for hunters in the “Doubting Souls” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines. The colony of Roanoke is covered for Sin-Eaters in Dark Eras Companion.
  • Mutapa Empire: This Sub-Saharan empire stretched a long time, but the coverage for mummies in Dark Eras Companion will likely be 16th century.
  • Aztec Empire: The 15th to 16th-century empire in Mesoamerica is covered for skinchangers in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • Fall of Constantinople: The conquest of the Byzantine city by the Ottomans in the mid-1400s is covered for demons in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • The Black Death: This plague is covered for vampires and Prometheans in Dark Eras Companion.
  • Portuguese Empire: The 15th and 16th century in the Iberian Peninsula are covered in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • First Kingdom of Thailand: The 13th- and 14th-century in Thailand is covered for vampires in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • The Crusades: Somewhat concurrent with the Viking Age, the role of the vampires through the Crusades is covered in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • Viking Conquests: Werewolves in the age of Viking raiders is covered in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines, and briefly in War Against the Pure.
  • After Rome: The 6th century is covered for mummies as one of their Sothic Turns in Sothis Ascends.
  • Three Kingdoms China: This late 3rd-century period is covered for Sin-Eaters and changelings in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • The Roman Empire: The Roman Empire in the World of Darkness was ruled by vampires, a setting described in Requiem for Rome and Fall of the Camarilla. Egypt under Cleopatra is covered for mummies in Dark Eras Companion and 2nd-century werewolves are covered in the same book.
  • Shattered Empires: The second Sothic Turn of 910 BCE for mummies, when the empires of the Fertile Crescent have collapsed, is covered in Sothis Ascends.
  • Alexander’s Conquests: Mages in the armies of Alexander the Great are described in the “To The Strongest” setting in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
  • Ancient Babylon: The vampire society of the city-state of Babylon is described in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • New Kingdom Egypt: The “Rise of the Covenants” for vampires is described in Ancient Mysteries and Ancient Bloodlines.
  • Old Kingdom Egypt: The Sothic Turn of 2731 BCE for mummies is detailed in Sothis Ascends.
  • Hunting Grounds: Sumer: The city-state of the wolf-kings of ancient Sumer is detailed in the Werewolf Chronicler’s Guide.
  • Biblical Israel: The days of the early Old Testament are covered for demons in Demon Storyteller’s Guide.
  • Neolithic Era: Mages in the Stone Age are covered in Dark Eras, with a sidebar for the other gamelines.
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