RIPP VSS Timeline

This is the timeline specific to RI-001-D's Accord role-playing game. The events and groups here are fictional. Please contact ri.vst.accord@gmail.com if you have questions, events to add specific to your character, or a character that wants to be involved in any of the events.

Alpha Timeline

This was the original timeline before the Unintended Consequences plotkit effective 2/2/14

Jamestown Ferry Accident

March 1 1908

The Jamestown Ferry sank just off the coast of Jamestown on the morning of March 1.

10 people were rescued, but 5 were missing and presumed drowned under ice near the shoreline. The remains of one were recovered a few days later, but the other four were washed up over the course of the following 6 weeks.

This accident contributed to the discontinuation of the Jamestown Ferry Service, which was replaced two years later with a bridge.

Dyer Mill Accident

February 3 1923

4 workers at Dyer Mill in Cranston fell through ice into Dyer Pond while trying to get textiles which had just been delivered for dying. Three workers were rescued, but the fourth was never found.

The daughter of the missing worker went on to found the St. Andrews Society, an organization of Scots.

Scituate Reservior Expansion

September 15 1928 - July 12 1930

The Scituate Reservoir was expanded, displacing nearly 40% of the population of the town of Scituate. This expansion was precipitated by drought conditions for three consecutive years beginning in 1919.

While some families were able to make a profit by selling their homes to the State of Rhode Island, others lost what little they had managed to keep after the Stock Market Crash and became destitute.

The project was plagued by rumors and threats of sabotage, though no such thing actually happened. The rumors were thought to have come from the families and friends of those most hurt by displacement.

Pugilist's Arena

November 19 1931 - April 8 1932

The Pugilist's Arena was the name given by the newspapers to the prize-fighting group which held events after business hours in a variety of dock warehouses in Providence.

The Pugilist's Arena started during the Depression and saw heavy participation by men who were trying to provide for their families when no jobs were available to them. Because the prizes were based solely on door admission and not gambling, there was nothing technically illegal about the events.

The Arena might have continued for a longer time if its creators had cooperated with the DiAgonista crime family.

The reasons for the resistance against organized crime of the Pugilist's Arena remains as mysterious as the identities of its organizers.

Sakonnet River Rail Bridge Accident

February 8 1938

Two railway workers, a father and his son, were killed during the course of their work on the Sakonnet River Railway Bridge.

Investigation of the accident revealed that the two men died so that the bridge would lock to accommodate an oncoming passenger train from Newport. The usual control mechanism was jammed due to an ice storm the previous evening.

Without the sacrifice of these two men, more than 200 passengers and workers on the train would have died as their train fell into Mount Hope Bay.

The funeral mass for the father and son was held in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. There was standing room only during the service.

Pinko Scandal of 1951

July 4 1951 - July 24 1951

Assistant Attorney General Frederick Leary was accused of passing confidential information from a case to a communist spy.

Just 10 days later, he was removed from his appointed office. 10 days after that, Frederick Leary had vanished.

Greyhound Bus Accident

January 30 1953

A greyhound bus transporting Pascoag Rotary Club members on a trip to Niagara Falls went off the road and sank into Wallum Lake just south of the border of Massachusetts.

A rescue team from Elanor Slater Hospital responded almost immediately, and managed to save 35 of the 38 passengers. All who survived had managed to get out of the bus before it submerged completely.

Two survivors who were comatose for a number of days reported having been pulled from under the ice by angels, and a third who had suffered a concussion reported having seen "a winged devil" just before the bus went off the road. All three of these survivors were moved to Butler Hospital, where they recovered in a matter of weeks.

The bus was dredged from the Lake in March after a major thaw.

TWA Accident

February 1 1968

A TWA plane attempting landing at T.F. Green airport crashed just short of the east runway early in the morning.

The cause of the crash seemed to be due to accumulation of sheets of ice on the wings and in the landing gear.

Evidence from the black box showed that the pilot attempted to land in Warwick Pond due to failure of landing gear to engage.

All 15 of the first class passengers were killed in the crash, as well as the pilot, co-pilot, and 2 stewardesses. The other 60 passengers survived with varying degrees of injury.

Some survivors who were on the side of the plane facing north reported seeing a strange winged figure. Medical professionals have made public statements that such sightings were likely hallucinations brought on by failure of oxygen masks to engage on that side of the plane.

Buddhist Temple Opens

September 12 1968

A Buddhist Temple has opened on the East Side of Providence near Max Read Field.

The temple is the first of its kind in the state of Rhode Island, and is the first religious institution to open its doors in Rhode Island that is not Catholic or Protestant since the Touro Synagogue was built in Newport in 1763.

Sex Scandal

June 9 1969

A number of small-time public officials and business owners were discovered during a raid on a swinger's club in Newport.

While there were no drugs found on the premises, the owner of the largest automobile dealership in the state was found unconscious due to high levels of amyl nitrate (also known as "poppers") in his system.

No arrests were made, though there were several resignations tendered by the parties discovered to be involved. The most notable of these was Board of Education member Tony Dumas.

Harlow Family Disappearance

October 3 1979

The Harlows, a middle-class family of 4, disappeared from their home in North Providence sometime on the night of October 3. Windows in the residence were open, though no doors were unlocked.

On October 5th, Jane and Adam Harlow were found unconscious in Lincoln Woods State Park. Their sons, Benny age 10 and Geoff age 7 were never found.

Lake Tiogue Accident

January 22, 1983

10 students from Coventry and West Warwick High Schools fell through the ice on Lake Tiogue while playing hockey. 5 other students were present, but uninjured. It was one of these who alerted the authorities.

9 of the teenagers who fell through the ice were recovered almost immediately, though one of these lost a leg from the knee down. The body of Johnny Jones was found two days later when ice thawed on the west side of the lake.

One of the survivors wrote an article in the Coventry Reminder about his rescue, repeatedly referring to a member of the rescue team as his "guardian angel."

Alexander Trust Purchase

October 10 1985 - May 25 1989

A large number of residential and commercial properties was purchased by Group D Incorporated in the Oakland Beach section of Warwick.

Shortly afterward, multiple contracting companies were hired to winterize and renovate the buildings. All of the funding for the purchases and projects can be traced back to an "Alexander Trust," though further details prove much more difficult to find.

In early spring of 1989, Group D also built a dock off Oakland Beach Neck, where a private ferry service began accepting passengers for transport to various locations along Narragansett bay and the South County coast.

Pawtucket Historic Renovation and Revival

February 5 1992 - January 1 1994

The renovation and restoration of several historic houses and buildings in Pawtucket began with organization and support from the Rhode Island Historic Society.

The renovations went on for nearly two years, and included areas of Pawtucket west of the Blackstone River, and south east of I-95 up to the border of Providence.

A travel writer visiting the area states, "this quaint historic area is worth visiting if you will be in the Providence area. Just be very careful to not to venture north or west of the highway."

Reservoir Investigation Project

March 1 1995 - June 1 1996

In 1995, the Historical Society backed and funded a project to compile and recover records of the families affected by the Scituate Reservoir expansion project in 1930.

Efforts at first included historical record research, interviews of the families affected, and renovation of an historic building near the reservoir to be used as a museum.

In July 1995, permission was granted for a team with aquatic cameras to take pictures of those areas under the reservoir which had once been inhabited. The team was only able to get about a dozen usable photos, which are now displayed in the museum alongside original photos of the structures.

Southeast Lighthouse-Block Island

October 6 1996 - May 18 1997

The Southeast Lighthouse was saved from its precarious position on a rapidly eroding bluff. The lighthouse was moved inland to a safer location.

Reports suggested that this be done nearly a decade earlier, but it took a fundraising effort by the RIPP Preservation Society in order to get it done.

Teams of engineers, historians, contractors, and volunteers worked together to prepare the new site, plan the hydraulic apparatus for the move, and execute the plan. The project was one of the first to incorporate integrated teams of student volunteers with veterans headed by a licensed contractor.

There was a rumor that the lift was inherently unsafe, which could have resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 workers, but those rumors proved to be unfounded after a consultant did a 250 point safety check on the lift.

Eddy Street Bridge Accident

March 12 1998

A major accident occurred on Eddy Street under the I-95 highway overpass. Two RIPTA buses an ambulance, and a Peter Pan bus were crushed when a sheet of ice fell from the overpass. This accident could have been much worse if it had not happened in such close proximity to Rhode Island Hospital. This accident could have been even more tragic if the school bus containing the Classical High School graduating class of 1998 had not just pulled away less than a minute before the ice fell.

The two survivors of the accident reported feeling colder than they should have inside a heated bus, and one reported seeing "some kind of mothman outside."

First responders to the scene included EMS, police, a handful of medical students on the way to their residencies, a few veterans of the Gulf War, and a couple of the students from the Classical High School bus.

Enlistment Increase

October 2001 - May 2003

During this time there was a drastic increase in military enlistment, and a similar sized decrease in college enrollment.

The highest percentage of enlistments from Rhode Island joined the Navy, while the smallest joined the Coast Guard.

Pascoag Wildfire

August 29 2003

A Class D wildfire began in Pascoag during the early morning hours of August 29th.

Along with the local and nearby fire departments, efforts to control and contain the fire included direct assistance from aircraft and indirect assistance from ground crew preparation.

The fire was finally contained at approximately 10 PM on August 29. Close to 100 privately owned buildings were lost in the fire. 38 were injured, with 2 deaths reported. One young man was reported missing, but was later found to have been out of the state that day.

Cause of the fire ultimately remains unknown, but was thought most likely due to drought conditions.

Disease Outbreak

February 12 2006 - June 25 2006

Patrons of restaurants began reporting flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal distress including vomiting and diarrhea, and severe dehydration. Reported deaths included 10 elderly, 2 adults with immunodeficient disorders, and 1 child.

The reports ranged across the entire state, with cases reported from Westerly to Woonsocket and everywhere in between. The vector for the disease appeared to be having had a meal at a restaurant, as no cases were reported by individuals consuming food prepared in private or shared residences.

In March 2006, a spokesperson affiliated with the RI Health Department reported that the outbreak was a mutating strain of Norovirus. Health inspectors were sent out to every restaurant in the state shortly afterward.

Due to these inspections, the number of cases drastically decreased during the month of April, there were still some isolated cases, with the last verifiable connected case reported in mid May.

Research into the cause of the mutations continued well into June, with no known reason being found.

Prom Bust

May 4 2007

A drug and prostitution ring led by and involving West Warwick High School students was uncovered the night before Senior Prom.

50 pounds of marijuana, 250 tablets of Oxycontin, and 1 liter of MDMA were confiscated. The prostitution ring consisted of both male and female participants.

RIBB Lending Fraud

September 12 2008

Frances Alexander, the president of Rhode Island Beneficent Bank (RIBB) was found to have made unsecured home improvement loans to unqualified lenders in excess of the bank's assets.

Morgan Olivera, the lead financial fraud investigator, uncovered that these loans were made to launder money for the DiAgonista crime family.

New Church Opens

November 19 2008

A new Church has opened on Broad Street in Providence.

Most notably, the Church of Ultimate Truth is the first religious institution to open its doors in Rhode Island since 1968 that is not affiliated with a Catholic or Protestant group.

The Church focuses on welcoming individuals of all religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. They operate a soup kitchen as well as a thrift shop where all proceeds go to assist homeless children.

Grocery Union Strike

November 24 2009 - November 28 2009

Union grocery store workers officially went on strike due to a mandatory hours policy being enforced where all workers were required to begin shifts beginning on Thanksgiving at 6PM and ending the next day at 8PM. The mandatory hours were not eligible for overtime pay even if employees had been brought above 40 hours for that pay period.

This strike resulted in most grocery stores in Rhode Island being closed the night before Thanksgiving and for most of the holiday weekend.

The workers demanded that any mandatory hours be compensated with overtime pay regardless of whether the employee is full-time or not. The grocery stores accepted the terms more quickly than expected.

Surprisingly, there was a distinct lack of local support for the union workers, with such sentiments as "this strike has ruined my holiday" commonly quoted by media sources.

Ghost Tracers

September 2010 - May 30 2013

A group of college friends made a public access television show that started production in 2010. "It was just a hobby, and it kinda sorta took off from there," according to the show's creator.

Called "Ghost Tracers," the show takes an event in the history of Rhode Island and explores rumors and conjecture about how the events might have been "paranormal" and are filmed as close to or at the supposed location of said events.

Seen as a novelty at best and complete hogwash at worst, Ghost Tracers most likely owes its popularity to the fact that the star of the show is very attractive and looks good in the wardrobe.

Chron Start

June 1 2013

This is the date that chron starts. Events after this date are part of in-chron. Events before this date are part of background history.

Water Place Park Accident

7/14/2013

The bridge on the north side of the park collapsed during a WaterFire event, killing 13 people and injuring 70 more.

The bridge was thought to have collapsed because it used bricks from a railroad station constructed in 1939. Injuries and deaths were caused by blunt trauma from stones, with several of the injured also burned by logs from the fires on the water.

Survivors of this accident reported a large and very pale man as a "Good Samaritan" rescuer. One of the survivors claims to have been rescued by "some kind of zombie," but medical professionals claim that individual had suffered head trauma as part of his injuries.

Coventry House Fire

7/15/2013

A 5 alarm fire completely destroyed a house in Coventry. The house had been a place of interest to paranormal investigators due to the fact that it was once the home of Johnny Smith, the only victim of the Lake Tiogue accident in 1983.

Beta Timeline (post Unintended Consequences

Remember, your PCs remember both timelines. They may have trouble keeping track of which things happened what way in which continuity.

Jamestown Ferry Accident

3/1/1908

The Jamestown Ferry sank just off the coast of Jamestown on the morning of March 1.

5 people were rescued, but 10 were missing and presumed drowned under ice near the shoreline. The remains of two were recovered a few days later, but six were washed up over the course of the following 6 weeks. Two remained missing and have not been found to this day.

This accident contributed to the discontinuation of the Jamestown Ferry Service, which was replaced two years later with a bridge.

Buddhist Temple Opens

8/8/1908

A Buddhist Temple has opened in Westerly near the Connecticut border.

The temple is the first of its kind in the state of Rhode Island, and is the first religious institution to open its doors in Rhode Island that is not Catholic or Protestant since the Touro Synagogue was built in Newport in 1763.

Pugilist's Arena

11/21/1918 - 12/31/1941

The Pugilist’s Arena was the name given by the newspapers to the prize-fighting group which held events after business hours in a variety of dock warehouses in Providence.

The Pugilist’s Arena started during the Depression and saw heavy participation by men who were trying to provide for their families when no jobs were available to them. Because the prizes were based solely on door admission and not gambling, there was nothing technically illegal about the events.

The reasons for the resistance against organized crime of the Pugilist’s Arena remains as mysterious as the identities of its organizers.

Dyer Mill Accident

2/3/1923

4 workers at Dyer Mill in Cranston fell through ice into Dyer Pond while trying to get textiles which had just been delivered for dying. Three workers were rescued, but the fourth was never found.

The daughter of the missing worker went on to found the St. Andrews Society, an organization of Scots.

Scituate Reservoir Expansion

9/15/1928 - 10/12/1936

The Scituate Reservoir was expanded, displacing nearly 80% of the population of the town of Scituate. This expansion was precipitated by drought conditions for three consecutive years beginning in 1919.

While some families were able to make a profit by selling their homes to the State of Rhode Island, others lost what little they had managed to keep after the Stock Market Crash and became destitute.

The project was plagued by threats of sabotage, and equipment was often left overnight and then found damaged in the morning. The state posted guards at night, and while the sabotage decreased it didn't stop entirely. There were several accounts given by one of the guards of a large beast that came and broke machinery. He was eventually taken off the job and ended his days in a sanitarium.

Sakonnet River Rail Bridge Accident

2/8/1938

Two railway workers, a father and his son, were indicted for negligence during the course of their work on the Sakonnet River Railway Bridge.

Investigation of the accident revealed that the two men failed to engage the mechanism so the bridge would lock to accommodate an oncoming passenger train from Newport. The usual control mechanism was jammed due to an ice storm the previous evening.

More than 200 passengers and workers on the train died as their train fell into Mount Hope Bay. At the subsequent trial, the men were found not-at-fault due to the testimony of an expert witness who convinced the jury that the backup mechanism would have required at least 4 workers to engage.

The Rhode Island Transit Authority was found at fault, and were required to compensate the families of the deceased.

Knuckle Sandwich Shop

01/18/1945 - 04/02/1965

The post WWII incarnation of the Pugilist's Arena was held in similar warehouses. It decreased drastically in activity in 1950 during the Korean War, but didn't completely stop. The conflict in Vietnam, however, did end this permutation of Rhode Island's underground fight scene.

Pinko Scandal of 1951

7/4/1951 - 7/14/1951

Assistant Attorney General Frederick Taylor was accused of passing confidential information from a case to a communist spy.

Just 10 days later, he was removed from his appointed office. 10 days after that, Frederick Taylor had vanished.

Greyhound Bus Accident

1/30/1953

A greyhound bus transporting Pascoag Rotary Club members and a second bus transporting the Italian American Club members of Cranston on a trip to Niagara Falls went off the road and sank into Wallum Lake just south of the border of Massachusetts.

A rescue team from Elanor Slater Hospital responded almost immediately, and managed to save 42 of the 76 passengers. All who survived had managed to get out of the buses before it submerged completely.

Four survivors who were comatose for a number of days reported having been pulled from under the ice by angels, and a fifth who had suffered a concussion reported having seen “a winged devil” just before the bus went off the road. All three of these survivors were moved to Butler Hospital, where they recovered in a matter of weeks.

The bus transporting the Rotary Club was dredged from the Lake in March after a major thaw. The bus transporting the Italian American Club was never recovered.

TWA Accident

2/2/1968

A TWA plane attempting landing at T.F. Green airport crashed just short of the east runway early in the morning.

The cause of the crash seemed to be due to accumulation of sheets of ice on the wings and in the landing gear.

Evidence from the black box showed that the pilot, Derek Alexander, attempted to land in Warwick Pond due to failure of landing gear to engage.

All 15 of the first class passengers were killed in the crash, as well as the co-pilot, and 2 stewardesses. The other 60 passengers survived with varying degrees of injury.

Some survivors who were on the side of the plane facing north reported seeing a strange winged figure. Medical professionals have made public statements that such sightings were likely hallucinations brought on by failure of oxygen masks to engage on that side of the plane.

Second Buddhist Temple

8/8/1968

A second Buddhist temple has opened in Rhode Island, on the East Side of Providence near Max Read Field.

This temple is affiliated with the Westerly Temple established in 1908.

Sex Scandal

06/09/1969

A number of small-time public officials and business owners were discovered during a raid on a swinger’s club in Newport.

While there were no drugs found on the premises, the owner of the largest automobile dealership in the state was found unconscious due to high levels of amyl nitrate (also known as “poppers”) in his system.

No arrests were made, though there were several resignations tendered by the parties discovered to be involved.

Call Out Club

02/14/1970 - 09/12/2001

The Call Out Club is the 1970s answer to the once again renewed economic desire for underground prize-fighting in Rhode Island.

It slowed down during 1990 and 1991 during the first Gulf War, but only stopped after the 9/11 attacks and resultant enlistment increase.

Thayer Street Fire

04/08/1970

A fire resulted in the total loss of all property inside Ocean State Occult on Thayer Street. RIFD declared the fire accidental.

If it had not been for a young woman who smelled the fire and alerted the fire department, the fire could have spread to adjacent buildings and been much more serious.

The owner of the shop, Old Grandpa, had been admitted to Miriam Hospital the night before the fire, and he passed away shortly after the fire was put out. Old Grandpa had no known living relatives, and all of his property would have gone to the State.

Harlow Family Disappearance

10/03/1979

The Harlows, a middle-class family of 4, disappeared from their home in North Providence sometime on the night of October 3. Windows in the residence were open, though no doors were unlocked.

On October 5th, Jane and Adam Harlow were found unconscious in Lincoln Woods State Park, along with Benny's friend Matthew Taylor. Their sons, Benny age 10 and Geoff age 7 were never found.

Alexander Trust Purchase

10/10/1980 - 5/25/1990

A large number of residential, seasonal and commercial properties was purchased by Group G Incorporated in the Oakland Beach, Warwick Neck, Narragansett Parkway, and Old Buttonwoods sections of Warwick.

Shortly afterward, multiple contracting companies were hired to winterize and renovate the buildings. All of the funding for the purchases and projects can be traced back to an “Alexander Trust,” though further details prove much more difficult to find.

In early spring of 1988, Group G also built a dock off Warwick Neck, where a private ferry service began accepting passengers for transport to Hope Island.

Lake Tiogue Accident

01/22/1983

10 students from Coventry and West Warwick High Schools fell through the ice on Lake Tiogue while playing hockey. 5 other students were present, but uninjured. It was one of these who alerted the authorities.

9 of the teenagers who fell through the ice were recovered almost immediately, though one of these lost a leg from the knee down. The body of Johnny Jones was found two days later when ice thawed on the west side of the lake.

One of the survivors wrote an article in the Coventry Reminder about his rescue, repeatedly referring to a member of the rescue team as his “guardian angel.”

Enlistment Increase

09/25/2001 - 12/12/2005

During this time there was a drastic increase in military enlistment and a decrease in college enrollment in Rhode Island.