History of the Future #3 - An Unexpected Reprieve
All looked lost until the unexpected took place and R’lyeh inexplicably sank several months into the invasion. Up until this point the war had been going poorly for humankind. Civilians were evacuated to the lunar colonies where possible and those that could not make it were pushed further and further inland away from the oceans. The standing armies of the nations around the world had been decimated. The Navies were all but destroyed or frozen in polar shipyards and few planes were capable of flying in the atmosphere laden with particulates from volcanic eruptions.
Then everything changed, almost in an instant. In May of 2090, the hordes of advancing monstrosities suddenly stopped their inexorable push inland. Those who witnessed the event first hand said the creatures all began to croak, wail and flail about. Suddenly, there was a wave of amber colored energy that flashed across the skies and the Warlocks and most of the leadership caste exploded or were outright vaporized. By all accounts this happened simultaneously across the planet.
It was later determined that something had happened on the island of R’lyeh at the exact moment of the energy surge. The last image of R’lyeh from a satellite high in orbit was of the city, still surrounded by its energy shield, glowing bright as the sun with temperature readings in excess of several million degrees. It then slowly sank beneath the boiling ocean and has not been seen again since.
Whatever had happened within the city caused a backlash that devastated the psychics among the armies of Cthulhu. The surviving intelligent non-psychic creatures retreated back to their ocean cities and the various beasts ran wild without the yoke of psychic control and many even attacked their retreating former masters.
Even now, nearly a century later, no one is sure exactly what happened or why the city sank. What is certain is that it will rise again, when the stars align and Cthulhu awakens from his slumber.