The Gods, Atlantis, and Themyscira
The masters of all they surveyed, the gods of Earth had their hands in human civilization from the very beginning, spawning the (highly exaggerated) stories of our mythology and culture. Unbeknownst to them, Darkside, God of Evil and Lord of Apocalypse, one of the most powerful survivor of the Celestial world of Genesis, had tracked his relatives down to our solar system. Driven to conquest and understanding the concept of Anti-Life, Darkside rankled at the thought of entities not under his thumb. When he discovered that other New Gods had colonized our solar system, he vowed to destroy them; however, caught in continual war against his brothers and sisters on Asgard, Krypton, and New Genesis, he could not act directly against his lost siblings.
Instead, he sent the most subtle of agents to do his dirty work, born on harmless-seeming meteors, which crash landed on both Earth and Mars. The meteors contained single-celled lifeforms, Darkside's cacobacteria; the Martians technology allowed them to eradicate the cacobacteria, but not before one infected the one called En Sabah Nur, brainwashing him into thinking he was the Harbinger of Apocalypse and leading to his eventual destruction of Mars.
The cacobacteria that landed on Earth rapidly colonized the oceans, spreading everywhere and spewing a new poison into the atmosphere: oxygen. The accumulation of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere lead to a mass extinction of most of the life on Earth; some Gods, fearing for their creations' lives, sequestered ancient humans in different parts of the Earth in the hopes of saving them.
One cadre of these ancient humans were the Atlanteans; the god Poseidon hid them deep beneath the oceans, held in stasis until automated servants could perfect the genetic engineering necessary to allow them to breathe oxygen.
Another group was brought to the caverns beneath the Moon; subterranean catches of a mutagenic gas altered them, turning them all into something altogether Inhuman.
Still another group were the Amazons; Poseidon's sister Hera used her intrinsic "magic" to spirit away their island of Themyscira, but not before all the male Amazons died out. Not wanting her creations to die out, Hera blessed the surviving Amazons with immunity to oxygen, longevity, and magical artifacts, and ordered them to isolate themselves from the outside world.
Knowing that the cacobacteria was only the first in Darkside's salvo, the Gods of Earth withdrew to other places, in the hopes that Darkside would ignore Earth and follow them. They still keep tabs on their creations, influencing things through visitations by avatars and other subtle communication, but for the most part, Earth was left on its own.
Eventually, the indigenous bacteria of Earth would evolve to survive in the oxygen rich environment, and over countless generations would eradicate the cacobacteria - mostly. Life would repopulate Earth, following the evolutionary path the gods had set up previously.
History as we know it begins.
Fast forward to the 1900's...
The Atlanteans awaken from their stasis, finally able to breathe oxygen; believing the surface world is infested with Darkside's creations, they cautiously send out scouts under the command of Namor, the Aquaman of Atlantis. One scout is attacked by the German Uber-class U-boat; despite Namor the Aquaman's attempts to save the vessel, it is captured, but not before seriously damaging the U-boat and its brilliant but devious pilot/inventor.
Fast forward to World War II, the Pacific Ocean. Drawn by bizarre electromagnetic interference, Johann Schmidt sends his Dowsing Rod device, built from stolen Atlantean technology, to the Pacific, convinced that he has found Atlantis. Unbeknownst to him, Johann Schmidt is one of the many humans to have been infected by the ancient cacobacteria, which continue to work towards Darkside's ends. Influenced by the cacobacteria, Schmidt overlays Apocalyptic technology over the Atlantean, and his Dowsing Rod is for more powerful than eve he imagines.
When the Dowsing Rod is activated, it unleashes chaos magic across the known universe. The transport plane carrying the Dowsing Rod explodes, and the Rod itself melts and reconfigures itself - into a cube. The cube falls into the ocean.
The Dowsing Rod's activation is catalyst for an unknowable number of events - aligning of the Speed Force Dimension with our own, releasing the Shadow King from the Astral Plane, increasing the number of mutations in human DNA, inspiring a plan for lasting order in the Lantern Corpsman Sinestro, awakening of En Sabah Nur on Mars, etc. The chaos magic shockwave is so powerful it continues to ripple through time and space; for example, an echo of it passes back through upper Earth orbit near the modern day, irradiating a crew of four intrepid astronauts and giving them fantastic powers.
Its immediate, effect, however, is dispelling the massive number of protective and concealing enchantments Hera had placed on Themyscira, revealing it and its protective squadron of invisible, shape-changing chariots. This, of course, is the island that materializes before Captain Steve T. Rogers eyes as his Wildcat plummets from the sky.
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