This is the timeline of events for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.

Interestingly, in Build 1935, the game was supposed to begin on August 1, 2015, 4:30 PM. In other builds, the date is constant - May 1, 2012.

Unknown[edit | edit source]

  • Limansk is founded as a closed city for scientists working on affecting human minds with the use of radiowaves. The city soon gains notoriety among neighboring villages.[1]

1960s[edit | edit source]

1981[edit | edit source]

  • The science center in what would become the Dark Valley begins construction.[4]

1986[edit | edit source]

  • April 26: At around 1:23 in the morning, reactor number four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explodes, releasing dangerous radioactive materials over a widespread area, and forcing the evacuation of the nearby city of Pripyat and other settlements. This event is known as Chernobyl disaster.
  • After the accident, groups of workers called 'Liquidators' are hired by the Soviet Union to build a containment building around the remnants of the Reactor 4. It was later nicknamed the Sarcophagus.
  • Institute of Crop Selection and Genetics is shut down.[5]

1987-1989[edit | edit source]

1989[edit | edit source]

  • The C-Consciousness Project begins, led by scientists from The Group. The presence of numerous high powered antennae in the area, coupled with a functioning nuclear power plant and the lack of people provide the perfect setting for clandestine research into fixing humanity's flaws.[6]

1991[edit | edit source]

  • December 26: The collapse of the Soviet Union. Several republics break away from the USSR, declaring independence, many projects are discontinued, in particular funding for Soviet military labs in the Zone. However, several project leaders are unwilling to stop their research and continue their research into the noosphere. The Ukrainian government is unable to control the situation, in part due to fear of international sanctions.[7][8]

1998[edit | edit source]

  • March 6: Engineers working for a local contractor claim that six field Generators were built deep in the center of the Zone. Speculation abounds as to their purpose, with some suggesting they are used for some bizarre psychic tests.[9]

1999[edit | edit source]

  • February 22: Concerned by unsettling reports about illegal experiments carried out in the Zone, the Ukrainian government performs an official investigation. After examining accounts and intelligence service reports about the tests held in the underground complexes, the state security service made an attempt to take control of the situation by sending a special commission into the Zone. Reports uncover disturbing memos by one O. O. Dobrynin. [10]

2001[edit | edit source]

  • The Zone begins to attract attention. Rumours about strange phenomena within c.a. 10 km radius of the NPP abound, the city of Pripyat is often mentioned as a hot spot for sightings of unusual phenomena and strange creatures. After a bus full of foreign tourists disappears the authorities seal off the Zone completely. [11]

2003[edit | edit source]

2004[edit | edit source]

2005[edit | edit source]

  • Unnatural forces within the Zone begin to have an influence over a wider area. Significant changes in weather patterns are noted, including hurricane winds and tremors.

2006[edit | edit source]

  • March 4: Blinding light illuminates the sky high above the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The incident lasted two full hours before subsiding, with witnesses reporting it disappeared as if power suddenly failed.[14]
  • April 12 14:33 +2 GMT: Just over a month later, the skies are once again lit by intolerably bright light. The clouds evaporated from the sky, followed by a tremendous thunder crash, lasting far longer than normal. After the thunder faded away, there was an ominous silence, followed by a 6.9 Richter earthquake. The glow in the sky continued, spreading over the entire region, while deadly energy disturbances raged through the Zone, making any rescue effort impossible. Subsequent investigation turned up the fact, that the center of the explosion was a kilometer away from the nuclear plant itself, evidently the nuclear fuel dump going up.[15]
  • June 10: The Zone abruptly grows five kilometers bigger after an emission which came to be known as the "Second Disaster". The zone today manifested, with the very laws of science being defied. Most of the military securing the perimeter perished, together with laboratories and their crews. Panic-stricken people from nearby villages were evacuated.[16]
  • In retaliation to the Zone's appearance, the military put together a large force sent directly to the center of the Zone. Their objective was to blow up the Zone with the use of nuclear explosives. Without any protective gear, detectors or information about the Zone, many of the ground troops were killed off by anomalies before they even managed to reach the center of the Zone. As soon as they managed to reach close to the Chernobyl NPP, an Emission was immediately triggered. The operation was a massive failure, with many thousands of soldiers and vehicles being blown away by the sheer power of the Emission. Scattered by the Emission and having to deal with anomalies and mutants , the survivors of the operation had a slim chance of survival.
  • Captain Tachenko, squad leader of a group of survivors, sabotages the communications of his squad to prevent them from calling HQ. They decide to create a group that seeks to fight against the Zone's spawns of evil - Duty.

2007[edit | edit source]

2009[edit | edit source]

  • September 28: A group of Kiev scientists succeeds in creating a special device for detecting anomalous activity at a distance of up to 10 meters. This winter, an expedition in protective suits and with detectors manages to penetrate the Zone 1 km deep and returned without incident or injury.

2010[edit | edit source]

  • August 17: Expeditions further penetrate the Zone, one locates an abandoned camp of the first "stalker". They also locate the first artifacts and observe the emergence of the first blowouts.[17]

2011[edit | edit source]

  • The army, reinforced by several Military Stalker detachments, are sent on a deep raid to blow up the center of the Zone - the Chernobyl NPP. Their main objective was to break through to the CNPP and wipe out the source of anomalies. If this failed, their secondary objective was to get first-hand information on the current state of affairs. Zvyagintsev, commander of a Military Stalker battalion, along with the soldiers under his command, were parachuted deep within the Zone, very near to the center of it. Just like the army raid of 2006, an Emission was triggered, with Zvyagintsev's battalion being the first to get hit. The operation was, once again, an utter failure.
  • One Month Later: Zvyagintsev, after surviving the Zone's harsh conditions, has found several battered military units that managed to survive the raid. They decided to joined Duty, significantly increasing their manpower.
  • With news of the possibility to survive in the Zone leaked, amateur researchers, marauders and poachers begin to make their way into the zone, soon becoming known as stalkers, seeking artifacts in the dangerous environments. At first ignoring them, the government is soon forced to re-evaluate their policies, as artifacts make their way into private hands.[18]
  • According to one of the stalkers in Yantar one of his friends encountered some zombies who muttered what sounded like English, presumably remnants of a foreign tour group that disappeared in the Zone ten years earlier.
  • February 4: The government retaliates against illegal stalkers, during this campaign over 70 are arrested and ten trading posts closed down.
  • Early September: A whole faction has gone missing after attempting to penetrate the Brain Scorcher. This faction, called the Monolith, believes both that the Zone is alive and that there is an alien crystal in the center of the Zone, called the Wish Granter. Declaring themselves to be the protectors of the Wish Granter, they packed up their equipment and headed straight for the center of the Zone.
  • A few Stalkers, going by the name of Strelok, Fang and Ghost, managed to penetrate the Brain Scorcher and, miraculously, survive. The Zone, offended by their presense, triggers an incredibly strong Emission, changing the entire face of the Zone. Previously explored paths are now filled with anomaly clusters, surprising anyone expecting to make a save trip through the areas they know. Some anomalies blocking of the path to an area have disappeared, with curious Stalkers trying to discover paths to new areas previously unreachable. Some artifacts and anomalies have even become invisible due to the sheer power of this Emission. With the Zone suddenly changed, a chaotic war for loot and territory broke out.
  • The soldiers stationed at the Army Warehouses were heavily hit by the devastating Emission. The soldiers ordered to defend the Barrier were instantly killed. The estimated number of military survivors are said to be 20. No matter how many times they use their communications, HQ does not respond to their cries of help. Some of the Stalkers that managed to find a path to the Army Warehouses took it upon themselves to hold the Barrier instead.
  • Some Free Stalkers managed to strike gold when digging up old radioactive parts of the CNPP at the Garbage. Due to the gold rush, Diggers started firing at everyone they see to claim the loot for themselves. A short while after, Bandits took over the area and brought order to the Garbage. Stalkers are now expected to pay taxes for the protection. Any Stalkers unable to pay this gets used as slaves to dig up treasure or hunt for artifacts.
  • With new paths appearing in the Zone, a Freedom recon team is sent to look for a new path leading to the Army Warehouses, looking for more territory to claim.
  • Rumors start spreading of a small town deep in the Zone, untouched from Soviet times. After hearing this, Chekhov, the leader of Freedom, decides to send a large party to start looking for this mysterious town. Regretably for him, he soon finds out that Duty too has sent a detachment to look for the same rumor. It is said that half of Duty's entire faction was sent in search for the mysterious town.
  • September 10, 6:20 +2 GMT: Clear Sky begins - Scar wakes up in the Clear Sky camp after being caught in the aforementioned blowout.
  • October 25: Inevitably, a skirmish takes place between a military patrol and a stalker group. Both sides suffer serious casualties, the army is authorized to shoot stalkers on sight.
  • Duty and Freedom both managed to reach Limansk. A fight between the two has broken out for control over the small town.
  • Aggressive Stalkers have been sighted coming from the Brain Scorcher. They are rumored to wear the same uniforms previously worn by the Monolith faction.

2012[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Forester's words and architecture of Limansk indicate that it was founded well before the 1980s
  2. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Anarchy Cell design document
  3. General Krylov: "The Agroprom Research Institute is in a good strategic location, not to mention its underground tunnels... Anyhow, some time ago we deployed a research program there to study the Zone. First we researched the anatomy and physiology of mutants. In other words, we looked for easier ways to kill them. It was a long, slow search until we accidentally stumbled on some materials in Agroprom's underground facility... Some very interesting materials, I must say. Secret experiments for controlling consciousness carried out in Soviet times, can you believe that? Those guys made a lot of headway in their research - they even managed to instill simple commands into the minds of animals. That's what led us to suspect that someone, or something, can control mutants. Unfortunately, all of our data confirms this theory. As soon as we burn down a mutant den, they retaliate with a bloodsucker attack or a pack of pseudodogs. The faster we destroy them, the faster they come at us. I bet this is no simple coincidence... I don't believe in repeated coincidences. There's something behind all this - I'm certain of it."
  4. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, the building's construction date can be seen on top of the main hangar of the science center
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  6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, C-Consciousness representative's words
  7. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  8. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Anarchy Cell design document
  9. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  10. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  11. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  12. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Investigation report - Year adjusted to match the 2006 Zone creation date.
  13. Cardan: "Whoa, man... I guess it wasn't a dream, after all. This gun is a Gauss rifle, or item 62 as it used to be called officially. Whew... Back then I used to do contract work for the Jupiter plant. I designed weapons, if memory serves, "based on the principle of projectile acceleration via an electromagnetic field." See those reels? I made those... Too bad they shut down the project in 2004. We never did find a compact enough energy source."
  14. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  15. Clear Sky website, Zone World section, GSC Gameworld, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  16. Clear Sky website, Zone World section, GSC Gameworld, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  17. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  18. THQ's Official STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl website, THQ, retrieved on 18/07/2010
  19. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, investigation report
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