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Skywatch was founded sometime prior to the 1950s. Paranoid minds had concieved the prospect of contact with an alien species, and the havoc that could ensue if aliens negotiated with multiple human polities at once. To prevent this, they created Skywatch, a secret space program which would handle an
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Skywatch

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Secret
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Lauren Pennington

Ground Division: Lucy Blaze

Executive Protective Services: Christine Trelane (leader), Michael Cray, Leon Carver, Hector Morales, Victoria the sniper, Dr Homa Shahi
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First appearance


History

Skywatch was founded sometime prior to the 1950s.[1] Paranoid minds had concieved the prospect of contact with an alien species, and the havoc that could ensue if aliens negotiated with multiple human polities at once. To prevent this, they created Skywatch, a secret space program which would handle any such negotiations, should they become necessary. However, to prevent any mass panic at this prospect, Skywatch's very existence was kept secret, its only effective contact with the governments of Earth being that it held a veto over spacelaunches.[2]

By the 1970s, the political situation had evolved, with the Soviet Politburo and the American clandestine agency I.O. willing to co-operate to build the space technology necessary to get ahead of Skywatch. Skywatch, in a show of force, destroyed the facility they were using for this, codenamed "Science City Zero", resulting in the deaths of some twenty thousand residents.[2]

In the wake of this, a series of treaties were brokered between the clandestine powers of the human race, the main result of which was a non-agression pact between Skywatch and I.O. Skywatch agreed to make its space efforts less visible, while I.O. vowed to never again fund space research.[3]

Under these new terms, Skywatch funded the Incision project, an experimental engine intended to allow interstellar voyages by travelling through a sub-space dimension nicknamed "The Bleed". The craft exploded and the project was abandoned.[4]

Two years ago, Skywatch and I.O. sent their leaders to a meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, called the Druga Event.[5] Skywatch's leader by this time was Henry Bendix.[6]

Skywatch also maintains a roster of agents called "Ground Division", headquartered in New York, whose goal is to investigate useful or dangerous technology, and acquire it by fair means or foul, for the use of the main project.[7][8]

Everyone Is Looking Up

A public jetpack sighting in New York during a botched I.O. assassination would have a significant effect on Skywatch. Ground Division began investigating the jetpack flightpath, with an eye for acquisition.[8] Meanwhile, Skywatch agent Christine Trelane was able to recruit the assassin away from I.O. with a promise of medical care.[4]

Trelane brought the assassin to a "new" organization, Executive Protection Services, in San Francisco, which assassinates bad people with amazing technology (such as seasteading,[9] chemical mastery of the fight-or-flight response,[10] and transgenic genetic modification)[11] while helping Michael Cray deal with a brain tumor.

Lucy Blaze, the top member of Ground Division, tracked the jetpack to Camp Hero in Montauk, NY, where she lost the trail amid evidence of a firefight.[4] However, an anonymous source provided video evidence that the jetpack was derived from technology used in old Skywatch spacecraft, which made Bendix suspect I.O. trickery,[4] and order Blaze to turn her investigation on I.O.[12]

When this investigation turned up evidence of an unrelated crime - a hack on Skywatch's orbiting servers, disguised to implicate North Korean hackers - Bendix ordered the assassination of an I.O. agent, effectively putting the two agencies in open conflict.[13]


Paraphernalia

Equipment: None known.
Transportation:

  • Skywatch's preferred craft in the 1970s was the Breslau II spacecraft,[1] a "flying saucer" using an electromagnetic propulsion system and a four-man crew.[2] This design has entered conspiracy theory lore on this Earth, being used in the music videos of the singer "Voodoo".[8]
  • However, technology has moved on, and they currently use a design which more closely resembles combat airplanes.[1]

Weapons: None known.


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Trivia

  • Skywatch is an organization native to The Wild Storm continuity. However, it is inspired by two groups from the original Wildstorm Universe continuity: StormWatch, a space-based United Nations superhuman crisis response agency, and the Four, a group of villains who controlled a conspiracy that began as a secret part of NASA but tore loose and persistently stole interesting technologies for their own use.

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