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This article is a timeline of the story depicted in the Bayonetta games' narrative.

Pre-history[]

Main article: First Armageddon

When the universe began, three forces came into existence: light, darkness, and chaos. The two coexisted for a time, until an unrecorded conflict pitted the three against each other, which led to a subsequent struggle known as the First Armageddon. The ramifications of this struggle were so great that it caused the destruction of the previous universe, fracturing reality into three worlds reflective of the main forces. These realms became the Trinity of Realities, consisting of Paradiso, the world of light; Inferno, the world of darkness; and the Human World, the world of chaos. However, the previous conflict between the forces survived in the inhabitants of Paradiso and Inferno, as they continuously fought with each other for control of the overall universe. Around this time, Jubileus the Creator was sealed away by the First Armageddon.

The Eyes of the World[]

Main article: Eyes of the World

After the Trinity was created, an entity named Aesir was chosen to represent the Human World as the God of Chaos. Although tasked to bring order to the realm of the humans, Aesir pitied the humans for their naivety and lack of free will. Thus, as a gift to humanity to maintain the balance of light and dark and prevent the new universe from facing a second Armageddon, Aesir used his power to create the Eyes of the World. The Left Eye oversaw the darkness, the moon, and Inferno, while the Right Eye oversaw the light, the sun, and Paradiso. The two watched over the history and the passage of time. It was said that the Eyes were the own eyes of Jubileus; if the two were united and awakened, they would bring Jubileus back into the world.

Each Eye was entrusted to two clans representing humanity's instincts: the Right Eye of Light, eventually entrusted to the practitioners of light, and the Left Eye of Darkness, eventually entrusted to the practitioners of darkness.

15th century[]

The Umbra Witches and the Lumen Sages[]

500 years ago, the descendants of these clans appeared in Europe: the Umbra Witches, dwellers of the darkness, and their light-world counterparts, the Lumen Sages. The clans were tasked with protection of the Eyes of the World, both of which belonged to the heir of each clan. The clans respected each other and their laws, balancing each other out. One day, that balance was toppled. There was a sacred law between the clans, they could not have a child with one another. Rosa, an Umbra Witch, and Balder, a Lumen Sage, conceived a child, Cereza. The man was exiled from his clan and the woman was put in jail, but the child remained with the Umbra raised like a black sheep. Cereza made a friend named Jeanne. They used to play together until Jeanne became the Umbran Heiress, but to prove she deserved to rule the Umbra she was to choose an opponent to fight her for the most beloved of Umbran treasures, The Left Eye of the World. She chose Cereza, but it was forbidden, for she was of impure blood. Jeanne said it was not the first time they fought each other, so the two fought and Jeanne was defeated. Soon after that, Jeanne was ordered to seal away Cereza in order to stop her from awakening the Left Eye which would summon Jubileus.

Clan Wars[]

Main article: Clan Wars
Main article: Witch Hunts

In time, a war started between the two clans, leaving the Umbra victorious and the Lumen Sages nearly gone. Then, twenty years after the war, in a bid to claim the Eyes for themselves, the angels convinced the Balder, the last Lumen Sage, of a rebellion that the witches were planning. He encouraged the people, with their uncertainty of the witches, to start the Witch Hunts, over years, killing nearly all the Umbra Witches. In the waning days of the hunts, the remaining witches made a final stand in their home of Vigrid. It was then that Balder realized the angels' manipulation of him. He returned to save a critically injured Rosa from the battle, when suddenly, Loptr killed her with an attack meant for Balder, and she passed away in his arms. In the end, all but two witches, Cereza and Jeanne, perished. To keep the Eye from awakening, Jeanne then stabbed Cereza in the heart, sealing her away into a 500-year slumber in the bottom of a lake in a coffin.

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