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The Regents is a group of people tasked for oversight of the Warehouse.
The idea of having a group of people running the Warehouse was first started by Warehouse 2. The Regents serve as the protectors of the Warehouse and they create the artifact protection procedures that are used. Over time as more and more artifacts became stored in the Warehouse, the Regents not only transitioned from being the Warehouse's first collectors of artifacts to its governors and the keepers of its secrets.
The symbol of the regents is the Eye of Horus. In Egyptian mythology the Eye of Horus represents protection, royal power and good health. All Regents and those their hire for their protection are adorned with this symbol in some way; security guards have the eye tattooed on their wrists, and Regents wear pins on their chests. While Regents of Warehouse 7 wore pins with the Chinese symbol for "eye", gold pins of the Eye of Horus were worn by the time of Warehouse 9.
The Regents never meet in the same place twice, and when they meet they do it quickly and quietly. When they must meet, they most often choose public, everyday places. Having multiple Regents in one place at one time could prove disastrous if anything unfortunate should happen. However, as of Warehouse 7, a Regent Sanctum existed that contained a portal leading directly into the Warehouse. It was eventually shut down centuries later and all information pertaining to it purged from Warehouse records, but during the era of Warehouse 12, Caturanga was tasked with designing a special lock in the form of a chess puzzle to protect the portal should the sanctum ever be discovered.
Napoleon tried destroying the Regents in 1812, so he could take over Warehouse 11.
In 2009, Artie Nielsen and Mrs. Frederic met with a group of Regents in Ted's Diner, owned and run by Theadora Stanton, to discuss the performance of recent hires Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer, as well as his own and the looming threat of former agent James MacPherson.
In 2011, Walter Sykes made several successful murder attempts at the Regents of Warehouse 13 with the aid of Marcus Diamond and Sally Stukowski, including Lok Archer and Theadora Stanton. Stukowski, along with an accomplice, unsuccessfully attempted to use the can of Berlin Wall Spray Paint to destroy the building three Regents (Philip Petrov, Jane Lattimer, and Adwin Kosan) were meeting in and the Remati Shackle that protected the Warehouse; only one Regent, Petrov, was lost.
In 2012, after Paracelsus was bronzed for his experimentation of artifacts and murder of several hundred villagers, the Regents of Warehouse 9 convened to appoint a temporary Caretaker from among themselves in his absence until a more suitable replacement was found. A freed Paracelsus from the future traveled back in time to June 10th, 1541 and attempted to kill the Regents of Warehouse 9 to seize ultimate control of the Warehouse; he succeeded in one timeline, but was stopped and bronzed by Warehouse 13 agents Pete and Myka before any Regents were killed in the primary timeline.
Later, the version of Benedict Valda from Paracelsus' alternate timeline used a fork from the Palace of Versailles to survive the reestablishment of the primary timeline. He resided in his archived room in the Dead Agents Vault for months, planning to move the Warehouse to China to recreate the version of the Warehouse he knew, where military application and artifact experimentation were the norm. He studied and later attempted to use Claire Donovan as a mind-controlled puppet Caretaker with the use of Chester Moore Hall's Achromatic Lens. To distract Warehouse 13's agents while he collected Hiram Abiff's Tools with which he tried to create Warehouse 14, he used Oliver Sacks' Record Player combined with Chuck Yeager's Favorite LP to induce mass comas and seizures at a public park. Later, inside the transitioning Warehouse 14, a freed Claire forced her psychokinetic energy provided by Frances Farmer's Music Box to Valda. He tried to become the next Caretaker himself until the Versailles Fork he was carrying was neutralized, and he, along with the music box's power, were erased from existence.
The Regents were the original agents of the Warehouse, tasked with collecting artifacts and protecting the world. Over the centuries, as more artifacts were amassed, the Regents became the governing body of the Warehouse while leaving the collection of artifacts to agents, as their role became more and more vital. By the time of Warehouse 9, Regents and agents had become two distinctly separate roles.
The Regents are the highest authority of the Warehouse, outranking even the Caretaker, and make all important decisions regarding the Warehouse, including moving it to its next host country, the hiring and reinstatement of its various employees (including the Warehouse's designers, housing proprietors, Caretakers, and other Regents), redacting certain information and approving that information's uncovery through the Keeper, as well as punishments for misconduct.
Of the group, the head Regent makes the final decisions. For example, while the Caretaker recommends agents to hire, the Regents discuss, and the head Regent ultimately decides.
All Regents are hired for the unique perspective they provide to the Warehouse and whatever their area of expertise is. For example, Benedict Valda was an expert on Warehouse 2, and Jane Lattimer is good with children.
A specific duty of Regents is acting as the Warehouse's Guardian. The Remati Shackle must be worn by a Regent at all times so that, in the event of an emergency, the Shackle can create an impenetrable force field around the Warehouse. Before "The 40th Floor", the transferal of the Shackle from one Regent to another had never been seen by agents before.
- Played by Mark Sheppard
- Played by Kate Mulgrew
- Played by Faran Tahir
- Played by Alex Karzis
- Played by Paula Boudreau
Played by Danielle Nicolet
- Played by Ben Gans
- Played by Scott Gorman
- Played by Adam Cawley
Other unnamed Regents
- Played by...
- Greg Dunham
- Aimee Lococo
- Patricia McPherson II
- Amanda Smith II