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Megami Tensei II — Timelines and Official History

The Tokyo Tower Witch stands next to a biological mass 

Last updated: 2022-08-24
Author: まー
Original source: https://privatter.net/p/9221146

I've compiled a chronology of Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II from official sources for myself with unnecessary soliloquy notes. It is all based on the information found in the Megami Tensei I・II soundtrack booklet and the guidebook "Megami Tensei II no Subete".

(Raindare's note: I've added occasional remarks of my own to provide a little extra context.)


Megami Tensei II no Subete

Timeline

1990s

A time of relative peace.

August 199X

A new type of nuclear bomb was suddenly fired from the capital cities of the United States and the Soviet Union (Russia?).

War broke out and all telecommunications ceased, causing chaos.

No one seems to know what caused the fighting to start.

The current situation is unknown. (Are they still fighting after that?)

October 2010

A nuclear bomb was dropped on Tokyo. One of the new types that started the war.

While the city suffered a significant amount of damage from the war, Tokyo was not a direct target until now.

In and around the Keihin Third Fallout Shelter, the two upper floors were severely damaged by this bomb, as was the surrounding region.

(257 residents of the shelter died.)

Since then, the two lower floors of the shelter have been sealed from the outside world.

Because this type of nuclear bomb destroys weather systems, it caused soaring atmospheric temperatures and severe low-pressure systems.

A dimensional rift forms during the explosion. From there, the demons appeared.

2036

Pazuzu is revived. Bael's subordinate, Nebiros, attacks the shelter

(86 people now live on the bottom floor, B4F, of the shelter.)


Footnotes

Regarding Pazuzu's appearance in the game.

Mammon states in the game that "Pazuzu is a newcomer."

Pazuzu arrived in Tokyo as it came under Bael's rule.

What makes Pazuzu a newcomer, compared to his rival Bael?

Are they referring to Pazuzu as he is after his revival?


There seems to be an Internet connection, which Nebiros accessed.

Nebiros appears to have entered the shelter through a remote connection.

(Raindare's note: there's nothing surprising about this by itself, since demons can be stored as data in this universe.)

However, the only computer seems to be on B4F, where people live.

Why was Nebiros on B1F, an uninhabited floor?


In the description of Yumenoshima, it is noted that there are no fish left in the river.

Finally... a mention of food...

It seems my hopes of seafood were dashed...

I wonder if people get protein from demons now...

Dead Lobster and Stonka, live on...!


Megami Tensei I・II soundtrack booklet

Timeline

1989

Ashura took on Lucifer's will, and plotted to dominate the Japanese economy.

(Could this be how the Macca currency was established? It seems that it became the center of the Japanese economy because it was produced in Tokyo.)

1992

Demons began to appear, but only at night.

1994

The government discovered an apartment complex where all the residents had become undead. They were dealt with in secret.

1995

The demon subjugation squad, the Devil Busters, formed. Shinjuku became a haven for demons.

1996

Satan was dispatched to Tokyo and attempted to put Ashura under his control.

1997

Elites (government officials?) and psychics build underground shelters across the country and begin to migrate to them.

199X

A mysterious missile strikes Tokyo.

199X

Missiles strike cities around the world.

2001

Pazuzu sets out to take control of Tokyo.

2010

Bael comes to Tokyo and goes to war with Pazuzu.

2010

The Messian religion is established. Oyasama is named as the first Messiah. Mammon allies himself with the religion.

2013

The Deva cult begins to spread its teachings. At every full moon, sabbaths are held in various places.

2030

Pazuzu is defeated by Bael and sealed inside a computer (the Internet?). (Does that mean Pazuzu has been digitized...?)

2036

The start of the game.

2037

Lucifer's resurrection.


Footnotes

Devil Busters

The name of the special demon squad is cool...

It might not matter, but were there Devil Buster Busters? Like Jack Frost...

(Raindare's note: there were indeed "DBBs" or Devil Buster Busters in IMAGINE.)

(They were special variants of regular demons that were stronger and nearly impossible to recruit.)


The Tokyo Tower witch's age

Considering that the witch is 18 years old in 2036, she was 12 years old when Pazuzu was sealed 6 years ago.

She was born in 2018.


Pazuzu and Bael

If Pazuzu and Bael have been fighting it out since 2010, they've been at war for nearly 20 years.