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The Golden Age was a brief period following the appearance of parahumans.


Parahumans were secretly active for several years prior to their first public appearances.[1]


The first parahuman to publicly appear was Vikare.

The number of superheroes known to the public could be counted on both hands.[2]

During the Golden Age, superheroism was the expectation of everyone with powers. The term "rogue" was coined during this time.[3]

Vikare's death in 1989 is generally considered the end of the Golden Age.[3]


  • The "Golden Age" is also a term for the early days of superhero comics, which may suggest that Worm's historical "Golden Age" resembled or was inspired by this era of comics.


  1. Just five years after Scion’s first appearance, the superheroes emerged from the cover of rumor and secrecy to show themselves to the public. - Excerpt from Gestation 1.x
  2. It put me in mind of a scene from the history books and the grainy old news footage of an event from the mid-80s. Back in the day, when the superheroes could be counted on the fingers of both hands, there had been a riot over a sports match. The anger and chaos had outweighed the respect the rioters had for the hero that had stepped in. Someone had struck out with a blunt object and hit the hero. He’d died before he reached the hospital. We’d called him the second cape after Scion, but he might well have been the first, after all.
    The lack of respect in particular was in play. For Vikare, it had been because so many people hadn’t truly believed the powers were real, and he had apparently held back to avoid scaring people. - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Interlude 20.x