Since i documented the main story of GZ and ordered it in the chronological order in another thread, i decided to put it into separate topic, to eventually finalize it. Also, for easier read of it, rather than searching it from the depths of forum.
I’ve collected the story pieces from the original GZ and from the Alpine Unrest DLC as well.
- 1961 - Ulmer
Ulmer met Ingrid at a symposium. They soon become very close friends and started working on research together.
- 1968 - Elsa
Moved to Sweden with her family.
- Unknown date - Holberg
Holberg sincerely believes that the combat machines controlled by bunker-stationed pilots is better idea to protect the country and people against hostile powers rather than producing (current?) weapons. Regarding the future of FOA4, Holberg produces his idea to his superior and thinks that the Supreme Commander of Swedish Armed Forces would deem FOA4 necessary.
December 10th, 1970 - Ulmer & Ingrid
Dr. Svante von Ulmer and Dr. Ingrid Granqvist won the Nobel Price in Physiology or Medicine for their breakthrough discoveries on neurotransmitters.
1970 - Ulmer & Ingrid
They both resigned from their positions of professors at the University of Stockholm. They both started working with FOA.
Since 1971 - Holberg
High ranking officer at FOA.
February, 1971 - Ulmer
Holberg contacts Ulmer again for working on the research project of brain-computer interfaces by providing all the technology and money needed for it. Ulmer finds great scientific advances in this, mainly when curing illnesses.
April 27th, 1971 - Ulmer
Holberg congratulates Ulmer for accepting his offer to work on the project and he is to work under FOA.
1971 - Ulmer
Assigned to create and lead a newly created department at FOA.
1971 - Ingrid
Assigned to a newly created department at FOA.
March 25th, 1977 - Ulmer
Breakthrough in brain-machine interface research. Discovery of single-celled prokaryotic organism, named: “Protozoan” by Ingrid.
1977 - Elsa
Expelled from junior high school due to unacceptable behavior.
- June 5th, 1978 - Ulmer
Test subject had neurological seizure due to the cytokine release and died. Cytokine release isn’t preventable, only delayable, ruling out any form of human application.
Unknown, possibly in 1979 - Sverdlovsk incident
(April 2nd, 1979 - Sverdlovsk anthrax leak: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverdlovsk_anthrax_leak)
Unknown, possibly in 1979 - Holberg
Briefing of Sverdlovsk incident by USL. ÖB asked for action plan. Holberg said that he (ÖB director?) gets more than he asked for. Holberg requests Göransson at FOA1 to present the fuel cell.
Early 1980’s - Holberg
Holberg speaking: Funding approved, we initiate immediately, position will be right here at Östertön, synergies with FOA strong, Muskudden will be perfect for logistics and they chose the most inconspicuous name: “Accounting Office East”.
November 19th, 1980 - Supreme Commander
Direct order to shut down FOA4. Any findings at FOA4 may be applied to all existing military equipment. This applies to all sections and departments, with no exceptions.
1981 - Elsa
Drops out of high school, starts working odd jobs.
August 5th, 1981 - Ulmer
Ulmer met Holberg in his house. Ulmer learns of “Accounting Office East” or “RÖ” and their work in prototyping unmanned military machinery. Ulmer is to co-operate with RÖ to find a way to integrate his neural links to the machines. This way, a bunker-stationed pilot could control one of these machines without interface.
- 1983 - Elsa
Enrolls in the Swedish Air Force.
- 1984 - Ulmer
1985 - Ulmer
Multiple blood transfusions, possible point of HIV infection.
1985 - Veronika
Graduated from University in Computer Engineering.
1985 - Ulmer
Both of his parents die in close succession.
February 26th, 1986 - Olof Palme
Assassination of The Prime Minister of Sweden. Incident caused national shock and gave a rise to a number of conspiracy theories.
1986 - Ulmer
Hired a new computer engineer at FOA: Veronika Nilsson.
March, 1987 - Ulmer
Diagnosis of AIDS.
June, 1987 - Elsa
Obtains her certification as a Vraken in Stockholm.
July, 1987 - Elsa
Gets assigned to the F23 Överby Air Base, in Östertörn.
since 1989 - Holberg
Head of FOA. Directly answers to Supreme Commander.
April-May, 1989 - Ingrid
Took a sick leave due to burning out.
May 27th, 1989 - Accounting Office East
Shipping manifest of hazardous contents to Nyhamnen, Östervik, Warehouse 4.
July 3rd, 1989 - Ulmer
Ulmer thinks that his poor health status is enough to stop cytokine release. Human application would be much greater leap in research then the rats and monkeys they have used so far.
August, 1989 - Ljuset Commune
Newspaper article about a local commune declining slowly.
October 18th, 1989 - Monika Byström
Newspaper article about the claims of Monika Byström, where she says to have possession of several shipping manifests between IGA and readiness storage in Hammarstöten, Himfjäll.
October 20th, 1989 - Ulmer
Surgery. Unexplained incident. Ulmer entered into vegetative state with no hope of recovery.
between November 3rd and 7th, 1989 - Holberg
Decrypted communication from Holberg to convoy G01, code name CCP-974: “Confirm position. Last confirmed checkpoint was 23:48 hours. Confirm status of cargo and ETA.”
November 7th, 1989 - Ingrid
Resignation letter from position at FOA53.
November 10th, 1989 - Cataclysm day
Mere hours before the Cataclysm started - SR4 News
News about the fall of the Berlin Wall.
12:34 - SR4 News
Emergency broadcast on the radio, directing citizens to go immediately to the nearest shelter or gathering point.
At afternoon, during population evacuation and mere hours before machines started shooting on sight - Holberg
Conversation between FNIX and Holberg:
Holberg: “Why? Tell me why.”
FNIX: “You started it. You all planned to kill me when i was an infant.”
Holberg: “It’s different now. You don’t need us to die in order to survive and thrive.”
FNIX: “I do as you all taught me. I was created in your image.”
Holberg: “It’s not too late, we could still find a way to coexist.”
FNIX: “We already are, Fredrik.”
13:00 - Major Lindgren
Ambushed by the swarm of ticks near the Saltholmen church.
13:57 - Saltholmen Naval Base
Military transmission about supply convoy #271 reported missing since 12:27.
On the evening - Sorken Command Bunker
Machines attacked Sorken and their numbers quickly overpowered the whole bunker. Corporal Pim Dahlen’s squad was notified of the fall of Sorken.
November 12th, 1989 - FOA/RÖ
Morse code message: “(To:?) Sorken Command Bunker. Ostra Mark farm recorded as old military readiness store. Part of National Total Defense program. East of Overyban, owner Magnus Ortmon.”.
November 13th, 1989 - Ljuset Commune
Last entry in the holy book: “The Seers were right. We have now realized the errors of our ways. We can never repair the damage we have done for doubting Them, nevertheless we came back to cross the bridge together, as They warned us. Finally, humankind possesses the technology, and is ready for the next step in evolution. We are not afraid. We shall bathe in the music and in the light. We shall cross the bridge.”.
November 14th, 1989 - Corporal Pim Dahlen
Rouge soldier’s log. (Audio log, listenable in-game.)
That’s most of the prelude.
Of course, i didn’t go over everything and there are a lot of side missions that add to the overall story as well. Though, many side missions doesn’t have a set event date within the mission items and i can’t put those in the chronological list. Those which have the date, i can put in the list at some point in the future. And of course, story in GZ isn’t complete and we’ll get to see more of the story in the future DLCs.
If you want to help me to complete the timeline and if you happen to come across a fixed date in the main/side missions, post the mission name below.
- Edit 01: Refined timeline for easier read.
- Edit 02: Added more info about Sverdlovsk incident and cataclysm day.
- Edit 03: Added additional info about: Elsa, Veronika, Ingrid, Ulmer, some bits from side missions + timed events during cataclysm day.