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In the summer of 1886 the snowstorms began. Crops failed, people starved. Millions fled south. They met only chaos, famine and death.

In the farthest reaches of resource-rich north, the British Empire began construction of heat-bearing Generators, where a chosen few could survive safe from the chaos of crumbling civilization.

They ran out of time.

An apocalyptic ice storm came from the south, devouring all in its path. People fled in panic. Some managed to cross the seas and reach the site of a Generator only to find it frozen solid.

The Generator was designed to power a City capable of weather the end of the world...

It falls to us to build it.

~ 'Frostpunk Demo'

The World of Frostpunk is an alternate 1886. It is unclear where or when Frostpunk’s timeline diverged from our timeline, but our best guess and clue is that it happens at much earlier date: 1822.

Frostpunk's Timeline[edit | edit source]

BGF: Before the Great Frost

AGF: After the Great Frost

1822 (63 BGF) – The Triumph of Charles Babbage[edit | edit source]

In 1822, the English mathematician Charles Babbage conceives of a steam-driven calculating machine that would be able to compute tables of numbers. The project, funded by the English government, was a failure in our timeline, but in world of Frostpunk Babbage succeed in building his Difference Engine, an automatic mechanical calculator designed to tabulate polynomial functions. With the success of Difference Engine, the English government increased Babbage's funding and help from his fellow mathematician, friend and correspondent Ada Lovelace allowing him to build the successor to Difference Engine, the Analytical Engine. Which was a mechanical "general purpose computer" and the world's first computer in the World of Frostpunk.

Over the decades Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine continued to be improved and smaller with each generation by other scientists and engineers until a new type of Computational Engine was invented that is capable of following orders and performing complex tasks.

1822–1886 (63 BGF – Year 0) – Inventing the Steam Core[edit | edit source]

Somewhere between 1822 and 1886, the Steam Core was invented by someone whose identity is unknown. We only know that Steam Cores became a massive boon for the British Empire and the technology was adopted by other countries, such as the United States.

However, all knowledge how to manufacture Steam Cores was lost during the Great Frost and ensuing chaos as civilization started to collapse. Only few intact Steam Cores that available are to survivors of the Last Cities have to salvaged from buildings or wrecks of vessels littered throughout the Frostlands.

1822–1886 (63 BGF – Year 0) - Birth of the Automatons[edit | edit source]

Also somewhere between 1822 and 1886 the giant steam-powered robots known as Automatons were invented. Through a combination of complex clockwork mechanisms, advanced computational engine and the powerful steam-powered engine known as a Steam Core, these metal behemoths were born. These huge, steam-powered machines were the pinnacle of human engineering before the Great Frost and massive boon for British economy, which propel them to become the world’s first superpower. Many other countries tried to make their own Automatons or even try to reverse-engineer them with mixed results, while others simply bought Automatons from the British.

1886 (Year 0) – The Great Frost[edit | edit source]

In the summer of 1886 the Great Frost began. First it started out with strange weather patterns, frost during summer, killer snowstorms in the northern countries, never-ending rain storms in the Sahara and an ever increasing drop in temperatures worldwide. The United Kingdom and several other countries sent out expeditions to the North to find out what was going on. Many of these British research outposts were equipped with Heat Generator Towers for long term study to discover what caused this phenomena.

Meanwhile in England and the rest of Europe, things were getting from bad to worse. As crops started to fail, people began to starve. As days became months, millions of desperate people fled south in search of warmer weather and food, but they met only chaos, famine and death. Many Southern Countries did not have the time, money, resources or even the infrastructure to handle such a massive influx of refugees. Many countries tried to calm their people or ignore these problems until it was too late or too big to handle, as anarchy erupted and man turned against man over the last remaining resources, civilization slowly crumbled underneath the growing weight of snow and ice.

In an attempt to save the Empire and it's people, British Government came up with two ideas, the first one involved sending many ships with refugees to their southern colonies in South America, the East and South Africa, India and Australia where it was warmer. The other plan would involve sending Ships and Land Dreadnoughts with refugees to the farthest reaches of the resource-rich North, where members of the British Science Expeditions have finished the construction of heat-bearing Generators, where a chosen few could survive safe from the chaos of crumbling civilisation.

However they ran out of time. With Mother Nature fallen into complete disarray, an apocalyptic ice storm came from the south, devouring all in its path, cutting off all communication and travel between England and rest of its Empire. With no option left, the British Government ordered the complete evacuation of London and rest of the country. Ships, Land Dreadnoughts and other forms of transportation were built or confiscated in order to transport as many refugees, many of them high-class citizens, as possible to the far North. The goal was to find any British Science Expeditions' Research Sites that have Heat Generator Towers and rebuild civilisation.

1886–1887 (Year 0 – 1 AGF) – Fall of Winterhome[edit | edit source]

Winterhome was a settlement of survivors not unlike New London, which started out as one of the British's long term research outposts that was controlled by the military, which by the Fall of London had become a small city. Starting out as a militarized science outpost, Winterhome had access to some advanced technologies and a lot of manpower and resources, which allowed them to construct Automatons, several Research Outposts, an Observatory and building a Steel Bridge over a deep, wide ravine.

When the news of London's destruction and arrival of massive amounts of refugees caused major strife within the city of Winterhome, a riot broke out over food shortages and increasingly harsh rule by an Army captain before the Generator exploded from lack of oversight. Either many of them perished from that explosion, the resulting chaos, or scattered across the region in camps.

Few survivors that were spared the destruction of Winterhome were found and saved by Scouts from nearby settlement of New London.

1886–1887 (Year 0 – 1 AGF) – The Rise and Fall of Tesla City[edit | edit source]

Tesla City was a settlement founded by survivors of an American Expedition under the leadership of Nikola Tesla, who were sent north to study weird weather patterns before the entire world became a snow globe. Using his great intelligence and technical knowledge, Nikola Tesla founded Tesla City and Tesla Manufacturing, the largest (mostly because it the only one left in existence) company in the world.

Tesla Manufacturing had complete monopoly over the entirety of the City, owning every single building, and had the facilities and capability to produces some highly advanced pieces of technology, which include Prosthetics and Steam Cores. To ensure humanity's survival in this frozen wasteland, Nikola Tesla began to rule the city with an iron fist and ideals of Progress and Efficiency, which dehumanized the people of the city as simple cogs in the machine and those that could not work efficiently enough were cast aside or exiled.

At some point, Nikola Tesla tried to invent some kind of force field to shield his city against the merciless encroaching snow and ice, but it backfired disastrously. He succeeded in creating a dome of electro-static energy that kept the ice and snow out, but any humans inside the dome got fried by bolts of lightning.

When a Scout Team from New London arrived at Tesla City, the city was still completely intact and untouched, with exception of the blackened and scorched corpses laying in the streets and some minor damage to some buildings due to random lightning strikes. The New London Scout Team tried to disable the city’s force field dome, while there are many conflicted reports of the fate of the Scout Team, they did succeed in deactivating the shield.

Tesla City became a treasure trove of advanced technologies for New London, as it turns out that Tesla City is the only city that still has facilities and capacity to make Steam Cores, a piece of highly complex and advanced machinery that is needed to power and construction of the most powerful and advanced machines. An Outpost was quickly built within Tesla City and New London began receiving daily shipments of Steam Cores.

The few survivors and exiles that were spared the destruction of Tesla City were found and saved by New London Scouts and brought back to New London.

1887 (1 AGF) – New London[edit | edit source]

New London was a settlement founded by a group of survivors from London. It is the last vestige of human civilization against the bitter cold as the nearby cities of Winterhome and Tesla City have fallen.

The City of New London is located inside a massive crater-like hole in the middle of a glacier, also known as The Pit, while it appears that the glacier has rapidly formed as the massive amounts of merciless ice and snow descended from the grey clouds above, there is also wreckage of destroyed Outpost Depot-like elevator structure that allow people entrance in and out of the Crater, suggesting that the Crater is either naturaly formed or man-made. There is enough evidence to support both claims as the New London’s Heat Generator Tower was surrounded by a massive forest, with the majority of it lay now mostly frozen with icy walls of the glacier.

Since the Heat Generator Tower is not covered by massive amounts of snow and ice it is believed that the members of British Science Expeditions used up all of their coal resources to keep the site ice-free for the refugees before they were forced to abandon the site of the generator in a hurry. Debris and wreckage can be found scattered throughout the area.

Lost and Scattered, but Not Defeated[edit | edit source]

After days, even months of traveling, the Land Dreadnought from London finally ran out of coal and gave up the ghost. With little choice left the London Survivors left their Land Dreadnought to make the long trek to the Generator site. The journey towards the site was long and grueling, many died due to exhaustion, hunger or bitter cold. Misfortune struck when the Convoy of London Survivors ended up divided and lost during a blizzard. Of the Convoy of several hundred survivors, only small a group of 80 people under the leadership of the Captain were able reach the site, only to find the Generator stone cold and abandoned.

After they scavenged and salvaged enough resources from the wreckage and debris littered across the Crater they began setting up camp around the reactivated Generator. As days passed and the small camp of survivors became a small settlement with a Medical Post, Cookhouse, several Hunters’ Huts and full functional Workshop. However many were still worried about the missing people and their loved ones, some wanted to go out and find them, but due the harsh weather and lack of identifiable landmarks it was nearly impossible for anyone to find their way to the city.

So the Engineers came up with the idea for a strange contraption which they called the Beacon. The best way to describe what this strange contraption was is that it was a tethered hot air balloon with a light beacon and lookout post attached underneath it, which function both like watchtower and lighthouse. Using the Beacon they were able to survey the frozen wastes and find several sites of interest, one of which appeared to be a large group of people camped in the snow.

Journey to Winterhome[edit | edit source]

Tragedy of Winterhome (find and scout Winterhome)[edit | edit source]
Survivor from Winterhome (not scout Winterhome after set time limit)[edit | edit source]

A City Divided: New Londoners Vs. Londoners (Chose: Order or Faith)[edit | edit source]

New Londoners’ Exodus (Wors/Bad Ending)[edit | edit source]
A City United (Golden Ending)[edit | edit source]

The Oncoming Storm[edit | edit source]

The New Order (Order Ending)[edit | edit source]
The New Faith (Faith Ending)[edit | edit source]
Didn't Cross the Line (Golden Ending)[edit | edit source]

1887 (1 AGF) – Legacy and New Manchester[edit | edit source]

The City of Legacy and the Seedling Arks[edit | edit source]

The City of Legacy, also known as Legacy Ark, is a settlement founded by academics from Cambridge and Oxford, who were sent to preserve the last vestiges of plant life on Earth. While having the smallest population compared with New London and Sanctuary, the city is an industrial powerhouse. Heavily industrialized and automated, with its mechanized army of towering Automatons work day and night to keep the furnace of the City’s Generator fed and keep the life-support system of the Seedling Arks going. Unlike the circular crater in New London, the city of Legacy is located in an eye-shaped crater with significantly more frozen trees but no suitable place for an Outpost Depot. Most of it's natural resources like frozen trees, coal deposits, iron deposits and the cracks in the wall are all concentrated on the south-western end of the crater while the north-eastern end of it only contains a few frozen trees.

During the early days of mission it was tough for the people of Legacy, the Expedition had reached the safety of the Generator site and store Seeds and Seedling within the Seedling Arks, but not without cost. They had lost the blue prints for the Factory when their Land Dreadnought had given up the ghost, one of the two Automatons they had had broken down during the long walk to the site and they were forced to leave it behind. They organized a Scout Team to retrieve the blue prints and salvage any valuable from the Land Dreadnought. During the journey back to the Land Dreadnought the Scout Team found the broken Automaton, they succeed in repairing it and program it to go to the city.

After the blue prints were successfully retrieved, the construction of a Factory and expansion of the industrial base began. However, early on the Engineers of Legacy ran into a snag. Their small supply of Steam Cores was depleted quickly, lacking both the facilities and technical know how to make their own Steam Cores, the Scientists of Legacy were forced to continue scouting the surrounding region in search of more steam cores to increase their industry and the number of Automatons . With some research into experimental technology, the scientists figured out how to turn an Automaton into a Mechanized Scout Unit, allowing them to increase their number scouts units, in order to find and salvage more vital resources for their small settlement as the devastating snow storm slowly approaching.

With much of the city’s industry fully automated by Automatons, the people of Legacy began to prepare themselves to weather the oncoming storm, when suddenly a lonely man, who was almost half frozen to death, came stumbling out of the frozen wasteland.

The Plight of New Manchester[edit | edit source]

New Manchester is a settlement founded by refugees from Manchester. Due to bad fortune their Land Dreadnought ended being trapped by collapsing ice sheets. Forced to abandon their vehicle and most of their supplies, the Manchester survivors arrived at their Generator and founded the City of New Manchester. However, due to poor leadership and the lack of skilled labor they could not develope their city any further since most of them were all working class.

With resources running low and a devastating snow storm slowly approaching the leadership of New Manchester began to send out Scout Teams out into the Frostlands in search for help or any sites with the resources they need. Many of these Scout Teams died, only a sole survivor from one of these teams stumble into the sheltered canyon where a small community of scientists and engineers had founded the City of Legacy.

The survivor pleaded for help and the People of Legacy send out one of their Scout Teams to find New Manchester and determine the situation. When Legacy’s Scouts arrived at New Manchester, things looked really grim. New Manchester looked more like a slum than a city, tents and ramshackle huts surrounded the barely functioning Heat Generator Tower, the people managed to scrape just enough food and coal for each day to survive. There was no chance that the city would survive the storm without some kind of outside intervention.

People of Legacy were faced to make difficult choice; would they help New Manchester and risk compromising their mission or keep focus their mission and leave the people of New Manchester to their fate.

A City Saved, But A Green Future Destroyed (Bad Ending)[edit | edit source]
The Price for a Green Future (Bad Ending)[edit | edit source]
Legacy’s Relieve Effort for New Manchester (Golden Ending)[edit | edit source]

1887 (1 AGF) – City of Sanctuary[edit | edit source]

1887 (1 AGF) – The Storm[edit | edit source]

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