|Type||Secret Storage Facility|
|Location||Built into mountainside in canyon in South Dakota Badlands;|
7 miles from Univille, South Dakota
|Personnel||List of Warehouse Personnel|
|Designed by||Thomas Edison|
M. C. Escher
Warehouse 13 is a massive, top-secret storage facility in South Dakota that houses supernatural artifacts, mysterious relics, and supernatural souvenirs collected by the U.S. Government. Warehouse 13 is the 13th iteration of the Warehouse, with other iterations having existed throughout history. The current Warehouse is also known as K39ZZZ on the North American Grid, but is affectionately dubbed "America's Attic" by the Warehouse boss, Arthur Nielsen. However, due to this being the nickname for the Smithsonian, Agent Claudia Donovan has suggested that it needs a new name. Agent Peter Lattimer has suggested the nickname, "The World's Junk Drawer", with Claudia herself offering both the "Library of Crazy", and her favorite, "Artifact Roadshow" and Artie calling it "America's Attic". Warehouse 13 is commonly (at least in Univille) believed to be an IRS warehouse facility that stores everyone's tax returns. This was revealed to Pete, Myka and Claudia in season 2 episode 3, "Beyond Our Control".
- 1 History
- 2 The Current Warehouse
- 3 Warehouse Layout
- 3.1 The Umbilicus
- 3.2 Alternate Entrances
- 3.3 Artie's Office
- 3.4 Warehouse Filing Room
- 3.5 Personnel Quarters Archive
- 3.6 Ancient Archives
- 3.7 Artifact Storage
- 3.8 Feng Shui Spiral
- 3.9 Eldunari
- 3.10 Suspension Chamber
- 3.11 Farnsworth Aisle
- 3.12 H.G. Wells Aisle
- 3.13 Art Gallery
- 3.14 Trap Aisle
- 3.15 Torture Room
- 3.16 Schöningen Armory
- 3.17 Aisle of the Widow's Son
- 3.18 Canned Food Aisle
- 3.19 Aisle of Noel
- 3.20 IRS Quartum
- 3.21 Ovoid Quarantine
- 3.22 Madrid Section
- 3.23 Dark Vault
- 3.24 The Bronze Sector
- 3.25 The Escher Vault
- 3.26 Neutralizer Processing Center
- 3.27 Ferret Kennel
- 3.28 Warehouse Library
- 3.29 Vitruvius Sector
- 3.30 Expansion Joints
- 3.31 Computer Lab
- 3.32 The Motorcycle aisle
- 3.33 The Pete Cave
- 3.34 Lehmann Fornax
- 3.35 Secret Entrance to the Warehouse
- 3.36 Ytterbium Chamber
- 3.37 Unloading Dock
- 4 Alternate Version of Warehouse 13
- 5 References
Throughout history, the Warehouse has not had a permanent location. It moves at the whim of the Regents, through the use of Hiram Abiff's Tools, to the geographical location of whichever empire or power seems to be leading the world at that time. Because the United States has been the power center of the world for the last hundred years, the Warehouse has been located in North America. At various times in the past, the Warehouse has been located in England, Russia, Asia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Rome. One example of the Warehouse in the past would be the ancient Library of Alexandria. Artie believes that Warehouse 13 was built in 1898 and that it first warehouse burned down due to a lack of knowledge on how to "store stuff." While it may be true that an artifact or more may have caused the destruction of the first Warehouse 13, the 13th iteration of the Warehouse first appeared on American soil in 1914.
Although little is known about previous warehouses, Mrs. Frederic implies that all of the previous Warehouses were burned to ashes. This is revealed to be untrue when Warehouse 2 reactivates. Warehouse 2 was actually buried, literally, by its agents to prevent Julius Caesar from obtaining its artifacts when he invaded Egypt. The current choice of location for the Warehouse may have been at least in part an attempt to contain an artifact rather than an effort to maintain the anonymity of its location.
The Current Warehouse
The current version of the Warehouse, Warehouse 13, is located just outside Univille, South Dakota. Originally it was more steam-punk based.
The Warehouse's walls are lined with a special mineral called Painite. It reacts violently with a certain compound injected into banished Warehouse Agents to prevent them from coming back to the Warehouse by turning their blood acidic, eating through their veins. Before James McPherson was exiled, he was injected with the serum. ("Time Will Tell")
The Warehouse sports a zip-line system, which allows Warehouse agents quick access within the main storage area. Attached to this is a specialized sprinkler system. Artifacts in the Warehouse generate a certain amount of electricity and from time to time that electricity discharges itself inside the Warehouse. These discharges, while mostly harmless, can be seen shooting through the Warehouse in random locations. In order to help combat these roaming balls of electricity Warehouse agents sometime employ the help of Vyasa's Jade Elephant which has the power to absorb the rogue balls of electricity and safely transfer them to portable battery packs. When entering the artifact storage section of the Warehouse it is important not to lose control of your emotions as some artifacts in the Warehouse are extremely sensitive to high emotional energy. The sprinkler system can be directed to the coordinates of the negative energy and flood the area with neutralizer.
The Warehouse has a multi-tiered security system protecting it from outside attack and inside disturbance. Entrance to the warehouse is partially controlled by retinal scanners keyed to warehouse personnel. It also contains a computer-controlled alarm system. Although incredibly sophisticated, young genius Claudia Donovan circumvented this alarm system in order to kidnap Artie Nielsen and force him to help her bring her brother, Joshua Donovan, back from a temporal loop that trapped him while he was attempting to use Rheticus' Compass. The security system can also be used by gatherers from inside in case of emergency within. Artie's Computer System likely controls a great portion of the security system in the warehouse. The alarm system includes voice notification of security problems; the voice notifications have the voice of Mrs. Frederic.
Mrs. Frederic also requested that Eureka's Douglas Fargo, head of Global Dynamics, go to the Warehouse and update the computer systems. During this time he accidentally activated the security A.I. HUGO-1
The Warehouse is also protected by the Regents. The Remati Shackle, currently worn by Jane Lattimer, was created by Genghis Khan as a last line of defense. When the Warehouse is threatened, the Shackle creates a large impenetrable force-field around the Warehouse until the danger passes.
There's also a back door into the Warehouse. About a mile south of the Warehouse is a rock wall with a special symbol on it. This was the original entrance for Warehouse 9 in Constantinople and it also inspired the story of Alibaba and the 40 Thieves ("behind this door lies boundless treasure"). The only way to open the door is to say "open sesame" in Arabic ("iftah ya simsim"). If you do get the door open you'll walk down a hall way and reach a room with 3 doors, only one of which will take you to the Warehouse The others will take you to your doom.
- For a simple, alphabetic list of personnel, see Warehouse Personnel.
At present, the enigmatic Mrs. Frederic oversees all operations involving the Warehouse. Artie Nielsen serves as Warehouse supervisor and senior Warehouse agent, with Claudia Donovan beginning her tenure as his de facto apprentice before coming into her own as an agent, and accepting the role as the next Caretaker after Mrs. Frederic. Agents Pete Lattimer, Myka Bering, and the lately-introduced Steve Jinks chase down reports of supernatural and paranormal activities in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse and help control the Warehouse itself. Leena, while the proprietor of the bed and breakfast that carried her name, frequently worked in the Warehouse in a passive agent role, though her ability to read the auras of objects, places, and people lent itself to work in the field alongside the other agents. She was also responsible for helping place the artifacts such that their energy wouldn't cause any disturbances amongst each other. Also, midway during the third season, the Warehouse 'adopted' a dog, Trailer. Due to a connection made by Mr. Mental and Coco's fezzes, Trailer has a certain psychic bond with Artie. After Leena's tragic death at the hands of Ferdinand Magellan's Astrolabe, Abigail Cho, the Keeper for Warehouse 13, was approached by the Regents and was placed at the Warehouse as the new and operator of the B&B, as well as a therapist for the agents in the aftermath of the Astrolabe's work.
An emergency defense system programmed into the Warehouse 13 computer that changes the room temperature of the Warehouse to subzero in order to preserve the artifacts and destroy all intruders. It was activated in "13.1" by Hugo 1 after Fargo attempted to reboot the Warehouse 13 computer. After Hugo 1 analyzed the current state of the Warehouse he determined that the biggest threat the Warehouse was the agents who work there and attempted to freeze them all to death by use of Falken-Scott Protocol. However, Hugo 1 was deactivated and the Falken-Scott Protocol was aborted by Artie before anyone was hurt.
This protocol may be a reference to the Antarctic Terra Nova Expedition made by Robert Falcon Scott in 1910-13. Scott was attempting to reach the South Pole before Roald Amundsen. However, Amundsen arrived first, and Scott's party of five (Scott and four others) perished due to starvation, exhaustion, and extreme cold.
The Warehouse, a massive metal and stone structure, provides storage for both artifacts and items of significance to Warehouse operations. It includes a variety of rooms, most of which exist underground, and each with different purposes.
The Umbilicus is a cylindrical shaped corridor filled with explosives which can be detonated in the event of an emergency. This is the only main entrance to the main Warehouse. The Umbillcus is entered through the only door in the Warehouse's exterior, and leads to Artie's office. The Umbilicus controls entry to the rest of the Warehouse with a retinal scanning device. This room was destroyed in the season 1 finale, but it seems to have been replaced soon afterward. Artie wants a doggy door added for Trailer.
The common comment given on a person's first trip through the Umbilicus is "don't touch the bombs."
One entrance is a path in a stone cave some miles off from the main entrance. Another entrance is a flight of stairs Artie hints at. There is also supposedly a back entrance as told by Myka in the episode Buried. The last is a way to get in from the secret Regents quarters in Hong Kong. However, for this entrance, it needs to be opened from both sides and is in the main area of the Warehouse.
The first area reached after the Umbilicus to the Warehouse is Artie's office. This room houses the Warehouse's office as well as the main power and the central alarm system used in cases of emergencies. Along the wall to the right and rear of the desk are two massive filing cabinets. The first wall of drawers resembles an old library card catalog. The second has yet to be identified.
The main office contains an extensive card catalog pertaining to a wide range of subjects, including people and events that may be possible origins for artifacts, and what objects may have originated from them, such as the USS Eldridge's "Philadelphia Experiment" or the armor of the 300 Spartans from the Battle of Thermopylae.
In one corner, a small kitchenette sits in an alcove and includes a refrigerator and coffee maker. Directly next to the kitchenette is a metal, circular staircase leading to an upper level.
The upper level serves as Artie's living quarters and includes several full book cases with display screens, a bed with two nightstands, a hammock, and a couch. This living space likely exists out of necessity, as being the Warehouse's supervisor requires Artie to be available to solve any issues that arise at all times.
A room on the ground floor of the Warehouse that houses the entire Warehouse Manual. Given the Warehouse's extensive and detailed history, the manual comprises of presumably hundreds of volumes, enough to completely fill several bookcases.
Restricted Files Room
A secret room located in Artie's Office that contains files that are only supposed to be read by either Mrs. Frederic or The Regents. Artie only recently discovered this room exists because this room appears to be just an ordinary supply closet, but when a special device that the Regents and Mrs. Frederic have is placed over the door knob it reveals the Restricted Files Room. In the episode "All the Time in the World", Mrs. Frederic checked the restricted files for the reason Warehouse 9 bronzed Paracelsus because Artie couldn't find the reason in the regular Warehouse files. However, for some reason even the Restricted Files didn't have any record of the reason.
Warehouse Filing Room
On the right side of Artie's office is located a room full of various kinds of documents and files, among other things. When it was first seen, Artie described it as housing files on every Warehouse agent of the past 200 years or so. It has since been expanded to house various other things like scrolls and illustrations (such as one depicting Joshua's Trumpet), among many other documents. Agents have used this room to research documents and files taken from other locations (such as the Ancient Archives) on multiple occasions.
Agents who have died or left the warehouse have their personal effects sealed in their quarters (effectively, their room at Leena's Bed and Breakfast) and kept in a massive electro-mechanical indexing system deep inside Warehouse 13. The means of removing, sealing, transporting, and storing the room is not fully explained. Once stored, a retired agent's quarters is given an index number which is attached to their personnel file in case of retrieval.
If an agent's effects need to be retrieved for any reason, an access door can be used to reach a particular agent's sealed quarters, by entering the four-digit index code on a rotary dial, which then displays the number input on four 'Nixie' indicator lights.
Some artifacts from previous Warehouses are stored in here. It is noted that the pyramid in the warehouse is the Ancient Archives.
- For a list of specific artifacts stored in the Warehouse, see the main article, List of Artifacts and Gadgets.
A coordinate grid mapping system locates each artifact stored in the Warehouse, though no clear indication is given of the reason for the organization of the grid itself. The grid system may be indicated by large, yellow circles on the floor of the main storage area that contain letters and numbers in them. The coordinate mapping system doesn't seem to be related to the actual organization of the artifacts, however. Artifacts appear to be placed in the Warehouse based on overall balance of energies and locations added to the Warehouse computer system after placement, rather than a grid location found first and the item placed there second.
Every aisle is given a name and at the beginning and end of each there should be a sign indicating what aisle that is. An aisle's name will sometimes have something to do with what artifacts are kept in it, such as the Aisle of Noel, the Aisle of the Widow's Son, the Musical Aisle, the Great Depression Aisle, and the Schoningen Armory. However, most sections seem to be named after towns, cities, and other such locations, like Allentown-22C, Cape Kakiviak 04, and Valecito 0974-216.
Despite careful placement, artifacts in the Warehouse frequently appear to move on their own (in theory towards anyone who is metaphysically predisposed). Regular screenings every decade ensure items remain where they are recorded to have been located last. Although Warehouse personnel can walk or ride through the Warehouse to retrieve or store artifacts, in emergencies they can strap into a harness and use a zip-line system to travel to specific Warehouse coordinates quickly.
Due to the large number of artifacts, and the psychic turbulence each artifact generates, the aisles of the Warehouse occasionally generate 'static', which Artie assures is harmless. Despite this claim, he warns the agents to 'duck and cover' as soon at it appears. The static manifests careening orbs of ball-lightning that carom off the shelves and support columns of the Warehouse, seemingly without direction or purpose.
When in the Artifact storage area it is important not to touch anything and not to go in the storage area with high emotions. The artifacts can pick up on a person's negative energy and accidentally activate.
Artifacts tend to be stored in a multitude of ways, the reason of which is uncertain. Most artifacts are seemingly shelved together at random, with objects typically not relating to each other at first glance; they are, in fact, stored based on their aural and emotional context and how well artifacts respond to location, other artifacts, and how well they balance out with the auras of other artifacts (examples include how Leena states the opposing energies of Bobby Jones' Golf Clubs and Buddy Rich's Drums would "cancel each other out"; when shelving the Honjo Masamune, Leena places the sword at a seemingly random location, stating "this feels right"; in Personal Effects, Leena emphasizes that the Headphones should not be stored next to the Senufo Kpelie Mask; the Norge Porthole was initially shelved with a Potted Vine, the RC Racing Car, and Leonardo da Vinci's Gargoyle).
However, artifacts are also shelved in a more immediately coherent fashion on occasion. The Aisle of Noel includes artifacts specifically related to Christmas and other Winter holidays; in Love Sick, there is a collection of brush artifacts in a section seemingly relating to art or animation (even if the brushes are not for such purpose), such as Walt Disney's Paintbrush, Marilyn Monroe's Hairbrush, and Airbrushes from Disney Studios; in There's Always a Downside, Artie shelves Bobby Fischer's Bag of Marbles with a collection of other chess-related artifacts such as several boards.
Feng Shui Spiral
The spiral is located at the heart of a Feng Shui garden that is located inside the Warehouse. Despite the name, the Spiral is a not a spiral, but two concentric circles. The outer ring is divided into 48 sections, on which various emotions are written in Traditional Chinese Logograph. The user must sit in the center while holding an artifact; one of the symbols on the edge of the spiral will light up and tell what overpowering emotion created that particular artifact. For example, when the Norge Porthole was placed in the circle, the symbol meaning "indescribable beauty" lit up. (The Norge was the first dirigible to cross the North Pole and when the crew of the ship saw the Northern Lights for the first time the porthole absorbed the feeling of wonder and amazement they were experiencing at that moment.)
The Spiral was first used by Warehouse 6 to help shelve the "more difficult" artifacts because every artifact in the Warehouse has a unique location where it needs to be; if it is shelved incorrectly unpredictable things could happen. A placement catalog is kept on a table near the entrance to the Spiral so users know where an artifact should be shelved based on its emotional reading.
When using the Spiral, it is important to enter it with a calm and clear mind. Otherwise the user's own emotions may prevent the spiral from getting an accurate reading (due to it registering the emotion of the user instead of the artifact), thus causing an artifact to be shelved incorrectly. Previously, it was where Leena worked before her death. Steve Jinks has shown an ability to use the Spiral properly; it is unknown whether any other current Warehouse employee can do likewise.
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The Feng Shui Spiral's 48 emotions (written in Traditional Chinese Logograph, meant to be read in a left-to-write, top-to-bottom manner) are as follows:
A very special room that serves as the central nervous system or heart of the entire Warehouse. Adwin Kosan said "the Eldunari connects the mind of the Caretaker to the soul of the Warehouse". The Eldunari is
located underneath the Restricted Files Room and is filled with floating symbols (mostly Norse runes) constantly moving in all directions. If the symbols are moving in perfect harmony then that's a sign the Warehouse is happy and healthy.
In the episode "All the Time in the World", the Warehouse's computer was operating at a much slower pace than normal and Mrs. Frederic began showing signs something was dreadfully wrong. Mr. Kosan and Artie went to the Eldunari to see what was wrong, Mrs. Frederic's mind is a reflection of the Eldunari which means if something is wrong with her than something could be wrong with the Eldunari and thereby wrong with the Warehouse as a whole. Mr. Kosan and Artie noticed that some of the symbols in the Eldunari were moving in an irregular manner and being destroyed.
They didn't know what this meant until they discovered Paracelsus was Caretaker of Warehouse 9; the Warehouse can only have one Caretaker. When Paracelsus was debronzed and because of his former Caretaker status, Mrs. Frederic's and Paracelsus's minds fought for control over Warehouse 13, which was tearing the Warehouse apart from the inside-out.
In "The Truth Hurts", Pete and Myka captured Paracelsus and brought him back to the Warehouse. Pete used the Philosopher's Stone on Paracelsus thinking it would make him mortal again, but what Pete didn't know was when the Stone is used on a Caretaker while they're near the Eldunari, the Caretaker's connection to the Warehouse is increased to the point where they can control every nut, bolt, and artifact in the Warehouse with just a thought. Claudia disconnected Mrs. Frederic from the Warehouse using the Caretaker Ribbon, since Paracelsus had grown so powerful his mind would have killed hers.
In "Endless Terror", Artie learns from Abigail Cho that currently there's a large ring of fire spinning inside the Eldunari because Paracelsus' connection to the Warehouse is stronger then any other Caretakers in the past. Artie intended on using Sargon the Great's Mirrors to reflect the fire back into its four alcoves where it belongs which will also cause the Nordic symbols to reappear. As soon as Artie restored the Eldunari to its former state, Paracelsus' connection to the Warehouse was broken.
A chamber in the Warehouse used to temporarily imprison enemies of the Warehouse; the suspension chamber was not created to imprison people indefinitely like the bronze sector, but is designed so people trapped in it can't escape. The prisoner is levitated above the ground by an energy field created by electricity being discharged from 4 separate Tesla coils. In the episode "The Truth Hurts", Pete, Myka, and Artie attempted to bronze Paracelsus, but Paracelsus ingested a chemical cocktail earlier that prevented his body from being bronzed. That was when Artie suggested they put Paracelsus in the suspension chamber until the Regents think of a more permanent punishment.
This aisle is home to several of Philo Farnsworth's inventions, including some nuclear fusion devices and a 3D camera and holographic projector. There are also replacement parts for Farnsworth's, which Claudia used to alter the 3D camera. It appears that most of the nuclear fusion devices are on one side of the aisle, with Artie saying that some of these artifacts are "still kicking."
H.G. Wells Aisle
The Aisle where all artifact paintings are kept. Among the most famous of these is Vincent Van Gogh's Stormy Night.
First featured in "Fractures"; the aisle where all artifacts with "trapping" effects are stored. However, no one has done inventory in this aisle in a very long time, so it's extremely disorganized. Artifacts include Spartacus' Retiarius Net, Ebenezer Thorndike's Lobster Pot, Rube Goldberg's Wire Collection, Abul-Fath Gilani's Hookah, and a spear that discharges electricity when thrown. There is also a mid 1900s microwave, a possible connection to Percy Spencer.
It is designated Liang-569 after Zhuge Liang, a Chinese Imperial Chancellor and and regent for Shu Han who is known for one of the best known (and fictional) examples of the Empty Fort Strategy, whereby reverse psychology (and luck) are used to deceive the enemy into thinking that an empty location is full of traps and ambushes, and therefore induce the enemy to retreat.
A section of the Warehouse which houses many artifacts used for torture or used in the inquisition. Holds many shackles, weapons, and armor. Such artifacts are a mace, a horses' armor, an inquisition saw, and the Dutch Army Punishment Whip, all with unknown effects
A section of the Warehouse where all artifacts relating military combat are kept. The only known artifact in this section is the Non-Exploding Hand Grenade. In the episode "Instinct" Claudia and Steve went into this aisle in search of an artifact that they could use to neutralize the Gold Spike from the Trans-Continental Railroad after it became stuck in the expansion joints. Claudia found an old RPG launcher which she converted into the Goo-zooka and used to neutralize the spike.
Aisle of the Widow's Son
A large stone vault that is considered one of the most secure places in the Warehouse and houses the Mason Compass, part of Hiram Abiff's Tools. Another name for Hiram Abiff is the Widow's Son. In "Cangku Shisi" Artie and Steve open the vault only to discover the alternate Benedict Valda has already stolen the Compass and hidden it somewhere in the Warehouse in order to slow them down long enough for him to find the other tools.
Canned Food Aisle
This is the informal name that Pete gave this aisle. It houses bottles, boxes, and jars of food. It features "some lovely Red Herrings", as well as the original can of worms, and some sardines from the Shackleton South Pole expedition.
Aisle of Noel
The aisle where holiday-related artifacts are stored, Aisle 4392-102 is first shown in The Greatest Gift and features artifacts such as:
- Philip Van Doren Stern's Upholstry Brush
- Perpetually spinning dreidels
- A burning yule log
- Rudolph's Nose
- The Christmas Truce Submarine Ornament
- Colored yarn: Rolls of red and blue yarn. Effect(s) and origin unknown.
- Peppermint Balloons: Three in the Aisle of Noel. Effect(s) unknown.
- Soccer Ball: Seen while Rudolph's nose was being stored. White-and-blue colored. Effect(s) unknown.
- Stiletto-heel shoes: In the Aisle of Noel. Effect(s) unknown.
- Stocking: In the Aisle of Noel. Effect(s) unknown.
- Teapot: In the Aisle of Noel. Effect(s) unknown.
- Wooden wheelchair: Located in the Aisle of Noel. Effect(s) unknown.
Assuming that the reality experienced by Pete in The Greatest Gift is comparable, there must be a minimum of some 600 items in this aisle, as about 580 was the highest number (barely visible) on the inventory the alternate James MacPherson was running.
IRS stands for Imperium Romanum Sacrum (Latin for Holy Roman Empire). This is where all files from Warehouse 8 are stored. The Holy Roman Empire hosted Warehouse 8 in Germany from 1216-1517 and this is where all its files are kept. In "We All Fall Down" Artie set the IRS Quartum on fire so some of the files have been burned or destroyed.
This area is protected by a very tall, locked fence with barbed wire, and beyond that, a tent that is likely laced with Neutralizer that can be unzipped for entrance. There is a sign that reads, "Quarantine Area, MAX FIVE MINS ZONE." Given the relative lack of security, it seems much less dangerous than the Dark Vault and judging from the warning sign only houses time-release activating artifacts.
Primarily, the Ovoid Quarantine is used to catalog and mark artifacts for storage as they enter the warehouse. With the recent deactivation of Warehouse 2, the Ovoid Quarantine has been very busy with an overflow of artifacts.
A location mentioned by Artie in as a place to put the Edgar Allan Poe Artifacts. The section is a place that holds "passive but easily spooked" artifacts, among which are Poe's pen and notebook.
The Dark Vault houses the most dangerous artifacts stored in the Warehouse. Artie alludes to this danger when he says "You're never going to want to see the Dark Vault." The vault's pass-coded locks apparently fail safe to open, rather than lock-down mode, during an emergency evacuation situation.
In We All Fall Down, Artie wrecked the Dark Vault while looking for Ferdinand Magellan's Astrolabe, not knowing that H.G. Wells had already taken the Astrolabe far away from the Warehouse under Mrs. Frederic's orders. It's unknown whether or not any artifacts were destroyed or damaged in the assault.
The Bronze Sector
This sector houses the most dangerous criminals and preserves them for all eternity. It cannot be found in the Manual because there can be no written record of it, since if someone found the Warehouse they could "de-bronze" the people who are imprisoned there. The people in The Bronze Sector aren't "Hitlers or evil dictators; they were on their way to being them, or much worse, but the Warehouse got to them first." And because they were apprehended directly by Warehouse staff, recipients in the sector have some measure of knowledge about the warehouse and the Artifacts housed in it.
The preserving of people to prevent their evils being loosed upon the world (while also avoiding their death, which would impose evil upon the preservationist's soul) was a process first explored in Mesopotamia around 1250 B.C. by the use of the Mesopotamian Bronze Stele. The original process was too heavy and unsuccessful to be used, as people who were bronzed would only remain bronzed for a few hours before crumbling away into dust. The Caretaker of Warehouse 9, Paracelsus, discovered a way to refine the stele's power so people who were bronzed with it would remain bronzed indefinitely. Today, the process used by the Warehouse involves flash-freezing bodies using cryogenics and preserving them further by bronzing through the use of the stele.
In the episode "The Truth Hurts", Warehouse 13 attempted to bronze Paracelsus again after Nick Powell un-bronzed him earlier. However, they couldn't bronze Paracelsus because he had ingested a chemical formula that prevents the bronzing process from working on him.
The Bronze Sector is also a great place to hide in the Warehouse because everyone there is still technically alive and give off a faint heat signature which masks the heat signature of people hiding in the Bronze Sector from the Warehouse's thermal scanners.
The Escher Vault
The Escher Vault is a massive, shifting, labyrinth found within the Warehouse, in which the personal effects of bronzed individuals are kept. The elements of this vault shift far too rapidly for any person to be able to navigate through it without some sort of assistance, like H.G. Wells' Imperceptor Vest or a pair of specially-designed goggles.
Neutralizer Processing Center
Nicknamed The Gooery by Claudia, this center is described better in chapter 197 of the Manual. It pumps neutralizer through the Warehouse, creating stability fields around and throughout the warehouse, so artifacts won't activate on their own.
It may be the most important part of the Warehouse, because without the constant stability field it creates, the entire Warehouse would be destroyed from the amount of energy the artifacts give off. It is similar to how nuclear rods are submerged in coolant to keep them from going critical. It is also the spot for the hydroelectricity generator in the original warehouse 13.
In "Breakdown," a can of Sticky String jammed up the gears and nearly destroyed the entire Warehouse. However, Pete, Myka, and Claudia were able to get the string out of the gears with aid from the Freezing Snow Globe before the Warehouse was destroyed.
As shown in "What Matters Most", the Neutralizer Annex seems to be where used Neutralizer is filtered. Every so often, its filters must be cleaned and the pressure vented to prevent failures, clogs, or explosions.
When the Wish Granting Kettle was first brought to the Warehouse, this artifact was implied to have been overly abused by the agents there, causing numerous ferrets to run rampant in the Warehouse. It can be assumed this kennel was made to house these ferrets, to stop them from being a nuisance in the Warehouse. It is possible that Pete the Ferret was sent there, seeing as he seemingly disappeared from the show.
Stocked with first editions of everything that has ever been printed.
While what is in this sector is uncertain, it is likely supposed to be Vitruvius, the famed Roman architect, engineer, and writer.
|“||Claudia: (Sarcastically) Great! That explains everything except for the part where you said THE WAREHOUSE AUTOMATICALLY EXPANDS!?
Artie: That's right, surprise!
Huge joints built into the Warehouse that automatically expand and increase the size of the Warehouse in order to make room for more artifacts. The joints were originally designed by Albert Einstein and their mechanics are based on his theory of relativity. The joints absorb energy from artifacts in the Warehouse and convert that energy into matter, which is used as building material for further Warehouse expansion. Because the joints are powered by artifacts they're self-sustaining; when the joints absorb energy from artifacts they use that energy to make more room for more artifacts which in turn provide even more energy for the joints. In the episode "Instinct" the Gold Spike from the Trans-Continental Railroad became stuck in the joints and because of that the joints weren't converting energy into matter like they were suppose to, but they were still absorbing artifact energy which meant that eventually the joints would become overloaded and explode taking the whole Warehouse with them. However, due to the quick thinking of Claudia Donovan and her Goo-zooka the spike was neutralized and the joints returned to their normal function.
Claudia: More like a computer "morgue"...
A long disused portion of the Warehouse; it was workplace of Hugo Miller prior to his retirement. This room held the "fail safe" computer that was turned on when Douglas Fargo from Eureka installed the new warehouse system named "Warehouse 13.1"
The Motorcycle aisle
Filled with motorcycle artifacts.
The Pete Cave
Hidden in the back of the motorcycle aisle. Created by Pete as a secret den (his version of the Bat Cave - although whether that would be Christian Bale or Adam West is less clear) but apparently Claudia knew about it because she was the one who would restock the fridge with cream sodas.
|“||Claudia: "Wait. This place is heated by a giant furnace powered by the Earth's core?"
Artie: "You should see the air conditioner
A gigantic furnace that heats the Warehouse by connecting it to the Earth's superheated core. The furnace has been in commission since 1943, four years after Inge Lehmann discovered the existence of the core.
In an alternate reality created when Pete touched Philip Van Doren Stern's Upholstery Brush in "The Greatest Gift", MacPherson attempted to use the Fornax to destroy the Brush, which Artie said was the sole way he could be sure of getting rid of it, and permanently establish the altered reality as the only one. In "Endless Terror", while Claudia is fighting Paracelsus, she trash talks him by saying after she kills him she's going to throw him into the Fornax to make sure he's dead. In "Endless", Pete attempted to throw Hiram Abiff's Compass into the Fornax to stop the transition of Warehouse 13.
Secret Entrance to the Warehouse
This secret entrance to the Warehouse is a large stone cliff in Constantinople. Part of the cliff features a small ledge. The ledge is the original entrance to Warehouse 9 and was the inspiration for the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. To open the wall, which splits open down the middle, you must say "Open sesame" in Arabic - "Iftah ya simsim." After the opening of the original external door, there is another security door which one would have to pass through. After that, there are three doors, but only one (on the left when the agents use this entrance in The Greatest Gift) leads to the Warehouse. It is unknown what the other two do, but it is implied to be very bad as when Claudia asked Artie what happens, he simply replied with "Don't."
This secret entrance appeared in The Greatest Gift when Pete, Myka, Artie, and Claudia were trying to get into the Warehouse to get the artifact Philip Van Doren Stern's Upholstery Brush which affected Pete. They were able to get in thanks to Myka's skill in speaking Arabic, Claudia's skill in computers, Pete's vibes, and the fact that Artie knew it existed and where it was in the first place.
A special chamber in the Warehouse that is made of pure Lutetium, the hardest metal on Earth, and houses possibly Warehouse 13's most valuable artifact, Pandora's Box.
Whenever many artifacts are received simultaneously, such as when Warehouse 2 was uncovered, they are temporarily stored in the unloading dock until they can all be shelved.
Alternate Version of Warehouse 13
In "Endless Terror", Paracelsus combined H.G. Wells' Time Machine, Pierre-Simon Laplace's Telescope, Theodsius of Bithynia's Sun Dial, and Karl Schwarzschild's Pocket Watch to open a portal back in time. Paracelsus went back to the day he was bronzed, June 10, 1541, and killed all the Regents of Warehouse 9. In doing so, Paracelsus dramatically changed history. After the death of the Regents of Warehouse 9, the Caretaker of Warehouse 9, Paracelsus, decided that from that point on one man should have complete authority over the Warehouse and that man should be him. As such, no Regents were ever appointed again after Warehouse 9 and Paracelsus became Caretaker for Warehouses 9 through 13.
In this alternate version, the Warehouse is used as a high tech research facility, instead of the steam-punk aesthetic and various chambers for the experimentation of various artifacts on people. This alternate Warehouse has been the world leader in the field of human experimentation for centuries. The advanced computer system is run by the Alternate Version of Abigail Cho, which is integrated into her mind. Somehow, Paracelsus replicated artifacts to make an army of super soldiers to protect and guard
the warehouse, the two artifacts he replicated were Chester Moore Hall's Achromatic Lens and The Spine of the Saracen. Once Paracelsus was stopped and the timeline was restored, the Warehouse went back to its original state.
- Hulu.com"Whose Warehouse Is It Anyway." Video clip. (2009)
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- What Matters Most
- For example, Harry Houdini's Wallet, which appeared to fall into Myka Bering's bag for no reason. (cf. Pilot)
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