This is the 1999 background
story, as found in the booklet, enclosed in each miniature's
In the late 30's, modern science was just starting to find
its feet. Scientists in dank cellar locations were beginning
to take the first faltering steps into the realm of genetic
manipulation. In a small laboratory in the heart of Berlin
two scientists were about to make discoveries that would
change the face of our world forever.
These scientists, the German Dr. Wasserman and Italian Dr.
Maraffino, had been indulged in long term immaculate
experiments on primates in the interest of a general of the
German Armed Forces to improve the physical attributes of
his troops and create a new breed of soldiers.
Aiding them in their work was their devoted assistant
Jeremiah, responsible for the welfare of the handful of
primates subject to their experiments, and especially the
subject to the current experiment, still with some traits
reminiscent to the race it once belonged to.
While the two scientists watched, Jeremiah entered the
primate’s cage everyday, fed it and injected it with the
serums and bacteria that were the results of the scientists’
ongoing research. He would visit it even when the others had
stopped working, and over time, began to develop a special
bond with it.
He discovered the initial signs that something was wrong as
he found clusters of red, bleeding sores under the primate’s
armpits. Still, the work with the decaying primate continued,
and soon they discovered that it was infected with some sort
of virus that they had never encountered before. Everything
they tried to do to slow down the process was to no avail
and they watched how the animal’s flesh painfully slowly
rotted away, exposing bone and veins.
Within a few weeks, it was dead.
Despite Jeremiah’s objections, the experiments continued on
other primates, even though they had already contracted the
virus. The virus had spread between the subjects incredibly
quickly, it seemed that just by breathing the animals could
infect each other, and that a slow and very painful death
occurred within a matter of weeks without exception.
Wasserman and Maraffino thanked God they hadn’t been in
contact with the subjects themselves and they decided to
keep the primates isolated until they died. The laboratory
was sealed shut, leaving but the scraping sound of Jeremiah’s
fingernails on the cold metal and hollow screams as a result
of the scientists’ decision not to jeopardize anything and
quarantine their assistant as well.
They reported their discovery to their superior general
Lieber who, to their surprise was delighted with what he
heard. This, he promised, was the weapon that would destroy
the enemies of Germany. Rather than ending the experiment,
he instructed them to change the focus of the research to
perfect the virus as a weapon. If they succeeded, not one
battle would have to be fought to claim the world as theirs.
They agreed, and reluctantly re-opened the laboratory again
afraid of what macabre vision waiting for them. The stench
of rotting carcasses was overwhelming, but there was
something else that took them by storm. The body of Jeremiah
Maraffino and Wassermann continued to work on their new
project. But soon something happened which they had not
expected. Somehow the virus had escaped from the lab, and
claimed its first human victim. They went to see the victim
in hospital, they listened to her screaming, watched her
flesh rot and her limbs contort as they proclaimed the
hospital to be isolated and quarantined.
It was all too much for the Italian. Turning back to the
Catholicism of his childhood he confessed everything to a
local priest, told him every detail of the work they had
undertaken and the results they had achieved. Relieved,
Maraffino returned to work.
But it would not take long before Wassermann had to continue
the work on his own.
Suddenly, Maraffino disappeared. He was taken to Rome by
agents of the Vatican in order to continue his work under
their supervision. Even though the new experiments were
conducted under rigorous isolation, a few cases with
symptoms synonymous with those of the virus were reported
from hospitals in Berlin throughout the year.
Despite this, Lieber decided to still keep the project a
secret and instructed Wassermann to resume the original work
with primates, and in addition to this make them immune to
the virus. In the course of his experiments, Wassermann
twisted and contorted the animals beyond belief, turning
them into demonic representations of their former selves.
Slowly, after years of work, he was beginning to create
creatures that matched Lieber’s demands. Through time
Wassermann and Lieber had come to an understanding. Fuelling
each others’ madness, the pair came up with a plan for world
domination. They envisaged themselves as sole rulers of the
world with hordes of Wassermann’s demonic experiments at
their fingertips in the aftermath of the virus.
What they wanted was no less than the complete annihilation
But in the Vatican, steps were already being taken to
counter this vision. Since Maraffino’s confession there had
been intense debate within the holy city as to what might be
done should this virus manifest itself as a threat in the
future. Maraffino had since he was taken to the Vatican,
worked on a mean to counter the virus should it be unleashed.
The reports of more cases with virus symptoms appearing in
Berlin intensified Maraffino’s work.
Soon Wasserman undertook experiments to cross genes of the
new primates and the most prominent of the soldiers in
Lieber’s troops in order to create a stronger and smarter
breed, superior to any human soldiers and immune to the
terrible virus that was going to shake the
foundation of the German Reich, and the World. They were
Lieber planted self-destructing vials containing the virus
with the armed forces’ international couriers. Soon their
affliction was going to spread. It would not take long
before the whole world was crippled.
Meanwhile the virus continued to spread in Berlin, and soon
through the rest of Germany. Hospitals all over the country
were soon filled to the brim tying up masses of resources,
and forestalling any plans for rearmament. Hidden away from
the eyes of the world, an army slowly
started to amass in an underground garrison in Berlin.
But by this stage, events in Germany were of little
consequence for the rest of the world. Like wildfire the
virus had spread, bringing country after country to its
knees as hospitals filled, and there was no longer enough
people to help the millions who simply died in their homes.
In Italy, where the virus was just beginning to take hold,
the government had declared a state of national emergency,
and the people were afraid to leave their homes. But
Maraffino and the Vatican were ready. Using a combination of
a chemical serum, mechanical apparatus and genetical
manipulation, they had found ways to protect themselves from
But rather than simply mass produce this equipment and
distribute it to the masses, they kept completely quiet. As
they saw it, this virus was a judgement from God and only
the most holy and exalted within the Catholic Church should
be protected from it, others had to face the wrath of God.
As the virus spread through Italy, people saw that the men
of the church were not struck down. In cathedrals and
churches throughout the world, Catholic priests and bishops
preached that only those who possessed the favour of God
would live through the terrible plague He had brought down
upon the unrighteous.
Meanwhile, Lieber unleashed the first of the new breed on
the virus-decimated remains of the German armed forces. With
the demonic creatures they seized control of what was left
of Germany that allowed them to allocate immense resources
to continue Wasserman’s
experiments and realize their mutual vision of massive
breeding chambers for the new race.
By the time the rest of the world began to notice the
activity that was going on in Berlin it was too late. The
nations of the world were impotent. Nobody was in a position
to investigate what was happening since they were consumed
with fighting the raging virus.
Except the Vatican.
In an announcement that shook the world, the Vatican
promised a cure to those suffering from the early symptoms
of the virus. Through the grace of God, they promised, they
would heal the sufferers.
Those who could soon flocked to their local churches. They
were taken to underground bunkers and catacombs where they
received the treatment developed by Maraffino and his
assistants, and were then kept separate from the rest of the
world to avoid being contaminated
by sin and to be purged from the taint of hell in the holy
fires of the trinity.
Indeed, these blessed ones soon showed signs of recovery,
but there were various side effects. The price for this
miraculous treatment was a mental regression into a
childlike state. The body was so altered that those healed
in this way had to be taught how to use their bodies and
their minds all over again. The church had finally found a
way to create a race of pure innocence.
When they were ready, some of the less unsightly of these
were revealed to the world. The Vatican announced that they
had been transfigured by the beauty of God and transformed
into Angelics. Not all believed this, but they could
nevertheless see that these people, despite having
contracted the disease, still lived.
Meanwhile, Lieber continued to replace the decimated
populations of central Europe with Wasserman’s experiments
and began the extermination of the human life that had
escaped the virus.
This was what the Vatican had been waiting for. They turned
once more to what was left of the people of Earth and showed
them what they regarded to be the truth about Lieber and
They were the servants of the Antichrist, it was said, and
through them an army of demons had been released from hell
to destroy the world. Only by offering up their souls and
bodies could the people of the world save themselves from
ruin. More people flocked to swell the growing ranks of the
Confrontation soon followed as the Vatican sent its Angelic
soldiers to attack the unholy forces of Lieber, and to tear
down Wassermann’s installations. Minor confrontation turned
to full-scale war as both sides began to grow larger and
more powerful as the virus tore through the rest of the
world. And this unleashed five decades of war that altered
the course of history. And of man.
WELCOME TO THE PAST
The year is 1999. The place is our world with a different
face, a dark gothic and disturbing experience, set aflame
and torn asunder by a hopeless war to rescue the faith of
mankind. Malignant forces are pulling the strings and on the
horizon, darkness mass clouds of conflict. The past has
caught up with the remains of mankind.
Spreading from their base of power in central Europe,
Wassermann and Lieber have continued to improve their breed
of Demonics. Their laboratories have grown into massive
underground complexes. Deep within the iron bowels of these
nightmarish torture chambers, Wassermann and his assistants
are working on a new virus, one that the Angelics will be
unable to protect themselves from.
Meanwhile, Lieber and his generals lead the Demonic troops
in a perpetual war against the Angelic forces.
These “angels” are now hundred thousands strong. The
cathedrals and catacombs where they began have been
developed into huge domed pyres. Behind the gothic stained
glass windows, new victims of the virus submit themselves to
be treated with Maraffino’s method.
Over the decades the method has been honed and the Angelics
have been turned into supernatural soldiers. For the past
years more daring genetical experiments have been undertaken
in the havens of the Angelic realms, and a bred race of
Angelics have already seen the dawn of day. The evolutionary
race rages on.
Regularly, Angelic missionary expeditions leave the
constructs to go and preach to the masses, enticing them to
join them in their struggle against the forces of the
Antichrist, and spare themselves from the wrath of God.
Those humans who still live, inhabit a shattered and ruinous
world. Their society has been reduced to a mere shadow of
its former self and the only road open to humanity seems to
be that leading directly to the abyss.
But there is hope.
There is one who seems to offer true salvation, one who
denounces the lies and evil of both the Angelics and
Demonics. Since the virus broke out it has been thought that
only those protected by the Vatican could escape its
ravages, but one man has continually escaped its grasp. He
has lived and worked with its victims without ever being
infected. He has offered comfort and encouragement to those
most oppressed, and over the years he has attracted a loyal
band of followers. Now he has come to believe and to preach
that he is the true saviour. He is the one truly sent by God
to save mankind and to crush the oppressors. People are
This man is in fact Jeremiah. Since he escaped from the
project he has travelled the world, first running from his
superiors, and then from the virus, which seemed to follow
him wherever he went. As the world began to be consumed he
wondered why he escaped unscathed while those around him
were infected. He began to realise that the virus had no
power to touch him. At first he just used his gift to help
those who needed him, but over time he began to be convinced
that he had a purpose. That it was his duty, assigned by
God, to stop the virus, which he had discovered, and to halt
the evil unleashed upon the world.
Around him he has gathered a band of followers, Disciples if
you will, and he has began to resist the oppressors. He and
his rebels have broken into the installations of the Church
and released men and women waiting to be turned into angels.
He has broken into Wassermann’s laboratories and stolen the
fruits of his research. He has fought back. What he and his
followers are desperately seeking is a cure, redemption for
the people from the Angelic’s treatment. Then he will be
able to rally the forces of mankind, to overthrow the rule
of the church and to destroy the demonic creations of
What Jeremiah does not realize is that his immunity to the
virus springs from the fact that he is carrying it. In fact,
he is the source of the infection, the primary host.
The virus sprang from the preparation process of the serums
and chemicals, and Jeremiah’s years of exposure to it in
small doses in the lab built up his immune system so that he
has become able to carry it without suffering any of its
symptoms. Then he infected the primate subjects. He was also
the one who infected the first victim who Maraffino and
Wassermann visited in Berlin.
He is the one who unleashed the virus. Even now, as he
preaches to the people of the world, he is spreading the
very plague that he is trying to fight.
THE FACE OF WAR AT THE END OF THE 20th CENTURY
As the Second Millenium is racing towards its end, the
unforgiving face of war has revealed itself to all without
compromise. To live is to fight.
When humanity was close to obliteration by the Cleansing,
great resources were left unexploited. Gigantic factories,
mines and oil fields were abandoned and power stations were
shut down. Now the battle to gain control of them is
constantly raging across former Europe, throughout the empty
ghost towns, where still skeletal remains remind of the time
before the Cleansing.
This is not a war of gigantic armies. It is a war of furious
guerrilla warfare, cunning ambushes, and carefully laid
traps, where the enemy might not reveal themselves until you
are in their midst. It is a lethal game of hide-and-seek
where the hunter may at any time become the hunted. This war
Do you dare to make it yours?