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Please note that the information you are about to discover is by no means common knowledge within the confines of Earth-27. Most of this is not even known to Oracle (though she is beginning to piece it together), Batman, and the world's foremost scholars. Pieces of this information are known to occultists and other scholars of the obscure and arcane, and ARGUS may have a few ideas. With that said, I will also be withholding some details for the time being.

Introduction
Most scholars that studied the metahuman emergence and the corresponding rise of the superhero point to three major events:

1 - The meteor storm of 1978 which theoretically introduced alien particles into Earth’s atmosphere which interacted with the human genome, causing an increase in the number of persons with meta-genes

2 - The beginning of Batman’s career in Gotham, which inspired others to put on masks, capes, and costumes to take a stand against crime and corruption. Likewise, this is also referenced as the inspiration for the rise of the “costumed criminal”

3 - And while magic seems to have always existed, there was noticeable rise in its power in the late 90s, during which time magically influenced events happened that Hippolyta decided it was time to reintroduce the mortal realm to the Amazons, sending her only trueborn daughter to Earth as her ambassador of goodwill

Though these three events contributed to the rise of the ‘superhero’ and ‘supervillain’, for as long as there has been an Earth, there have been those who have gained unspeakable power and likewise, as there is balance in all things, there would rise people of likewise ability to defy them.

Perhaps the first example of this was the Lords of Chaos and their counterparts in the Lords of Order. Even these cosmic beings are not sure why they exist, unaware that they were created by the Monitor of the 27th Reality to intrinsically oppose each other and through their agents create tension and conflict which would then create what the Monitor desired most: stories.

While the Lords of Chaos were the manifestations of destruction, entropy, and discord; the Lords of Order sought creation, unity, and stability. Lacking physical forms, they would have to find ways to assert their consciousness through agents. Some chose to do this directly, while others preferred to act through agents.

The Infinite Ones
One among the Lords of Order that sought the more direct approach was Nabu. At some point, Nabu took an interest in the magical nexus of Earth. Looking closer, he found the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Fascinated by this nation’s people, Nabu found a mystic with a mind open enough to receive instruction to create talismans of such magical ability to allow their wearer to directly merge with Nabu, becoming a composite entity. These talismans were the Cloak of Destiny and the Amulets of Anubis.

This mystic and Nabu became a royal sorcerer of many pharaohs and eventually, the mortal mind was lost to senility, leaving only Nabu. As the body of his host became increasingly frail, Nabu began to fear to lose complete control and sought a means to bypass the composition of minds, looking for a method which would give him direct control of a mortal body.

Nabu would find what he needed from an unlikely source. One night while stargazing, Nabu sensed an unearthly pair of visitors near Earth. Using his magic, he pulled the craft to Earth and used his magic to anchor it temporarily in a corporeal state. These visitors were a pair of Thanagarians, an avian race whose star had become unstable and had caused the planets orbiting it (and the inhabitants living on those planets) to shift into a ‘shadow’ dimension. When their world had depleted their resources and began to search the cosmos, the Thanagarians were distraught to find that no world existed on the same dimensional frequency as their own.

Rather than die on their homeworld as it plunged into wars over the remaining resources, this pair had sought to travel together in their final days, spending them embracing their love for one another rather than become overwhelmed in the madness of their homeworld. Touched by their story, Nabu offered them a deal. He could use magic to seal their incorporeal Thanagarian forms to a human host, much like he had done with his own incorporeal form; and in return, they would gift him their spaceship as its incorporeal metal could become a key ingredient in creating a talisman that would allow Nabu to impart his consciousness directly upon a human host.

The Thanagarians accepted this arrangement and with Nabu, they protected ancient Egypt and the surrounding lands from unspeakable evils and agents of chaos. Eventually, Nabu awarded the Thanagarians with weapons forged from the same metal as his new helmet: Nth metal.

Over time, Nabu and the Thanagarians would seek out allies to help them combat chaos and its agents. At first, they were bold and public, openly displaying their powers but as mortal men grew suspicious, skeptical, and superstitious it became easier to work within the shadows, as did their enemies.

Using Nabu’s magic, they would seek out potential allies who had access to exceptional powers, magic, or skills that would make them an asset to the Lords of Order. But as they continued in their efforts, on occasion, a new ally would find them. Through this, Aztar, the manifestation of righteous wrath, found them and sought to add its power to their own. Some would say this was the beginning of the 'Society', but it would still be some time before they would call themselves anything resembling that.

The Infinite Ones
1. Nabu
2. Thal
3. Kol
4. Aztar


Birth of the Society
The people that would go on to form Society were gathered together in 1627. They had intended to stop the Miagani massacre but arrived in the middle of the slaughter. They saved what Miagani they could and prevented Fire-That-Burns-Black from breaking the seal which held an Apokalyptan demon imprisoned. Though that crisis was averted and Fire-That-Burns-Black was sent fleeing, the agents of Fate realized that they had only stalled the inevitable and so they decided that they would need to remain vigilant. They would need to remain together. Officially, the Society was founded December 31st, 1627 upon the completion of their first residence, built atop the very seal they sought to protect.

While Nabu and the Infinite Ones had used agents to aid them for centuries prior to the construction of the Society, the Society's founding marked a new era in which the Infinite Ones and their agents became something more united and solidified. Though Nabu and Aztar were uncomfortable with the word, they began to become a family. As the City of Gotham began to grow around them, the secret society was molded by Nabu’s insistence that a great reckoning was on the horizon and he sought to make sure that his champions were experienced and ready and thus he began to seek out those who had some abilities of longevity and sent others on tasks that were likely to bestow them with some form of age deceleration to increase their lifespan.

The Forefathers of the Society
1. Eric Strauss (Nabu)
2. Linda Strauss 
3. Thomas Larson (Kol)
4. Violet Parris (Thal)
5. Taylor Pike (Aztar)
6. Henry Heywood
7. Horatio Dodds
8. Vicomte Jean-Simon Giscard D'Arion

As time went on, new persons of considerable power were added to bolster the ranks of the Society. The following is a list of notable additions to the Society but is by no means complete.

1659: Daniel Heywood
1663: Josiah Dodds
1703: Henry Heywood II
1717: Simon Dodds
1757: Henry Dodds
1761: Simon Heywood
1777: Elizabeth Lawrence
1793: Henry Heywood III
1793: Maxwell Dodds
1838: L. Walter Travis
1838: Jay Garrick
1838: Alan Scott
1838: Charlotte Heywood
1838: Norman Dodds
1875: Jonah Hex
1875: Greg Saunders
1875: Richard Carter
1875: [REDACTED]
1875: Henry Heywood IV
1875: H. David Dodds
1904: Sarah Dodds
1904: Chester Heywood
1904: Albert Elwood
1919: Olive Holloway
1919: Theodore Grant
1940: J. Lincoln Thunder
1941: Theodore Knight
1946: Henry "Hank" Heywood V
1946: Lucas Dodds
1973: Edward Dodds
1973: Marina Dodds
1973: Abigail Hunkel
1973: [REDACTED]
1973: [REDACTED]
1973: [REDACTED]
1980: Albert Pratt
1980: Sandra Knight-Pratt
1993: [REDACTED]
1993: Hadley Jagger
1993: Jonni Thunder
1993: Nathan Heywood
1993: Terrence Sloane
2004: Charles McNider
2004: Jill Carlyle
2004: Patrick Dugan
2004: Sylvester Pemberton
2204: Joan Dale
2004: Alix Harrower
2004: Rex Tyler
2004: Wesley Dodds
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: Sonia Sato
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: [REDACTED]
2009: [REDACTED]

2013: Jack Knight
2013: Helena Bertinelli
2013: Karen Starr
2013: [REDACTED]
2017: [REDACTED]
2017: [REDACTED]
2017: Rick Tyler
2017: Matthew Tyler
2017: Delilah Tyler
2017: [REDACTED]
2017: [REDACTED]
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cbkl3082 Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Jay's been alive since the 1830s? So, that makes him a composite character with Max Mercury? Cool. Well, we know time travel's out of the equation here so either the Speed Force grants immortality or Nabu gave him immortality through a task he sent him on
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nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
So Arion is out and about. Didn't expect to see him here. Or Mysto, the Magician Detective, for that matter.
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TheDcLogical Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
so jay garrick is immortal
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AzureVirgo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Deep. No half stepping with this
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Kitty1231996 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The Dodds and Heywood families have been far more involved than I expected.
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TheJokerofEarth-0801 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  New Deviant
Interesting.
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sassmos09 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Wow this is great! Like really great. I don't think anyone have thought that deep in their story. Excellent work! :)
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Windwalker44 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I think I've fainted. You have put so much thought into your Earth-27. This is a great rendition that I feel you should be in charge of Detective Comics as a whole so that they can return to the glory that they once were. Clap I look forward to seeing where you take Aquaman. I feel he has always been one of the most underrated heroes in the DCU as well as being my favorite superhero.

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