Pyramid

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Pyramid
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Status: Active
Earliest (in world) Appearance: Rumored to date back to the time of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
Range of Operations: Global


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Headlines: April 13, 1982: Daring E.A.G.L.E. Raid on Pyramid Bases

Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #5, 16

Astro City: The Flip Book
Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #3
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #2
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #1, 2, 3, 4
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four #4
Astro City: Silver Agent #1


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Pyramid is a worldwide, well organized, deeply financed, criminal enterprise. They use the ancient Egypt motif, the all-seeing eye, as their insignia. They are ruled by the enigmatic Scarab Throne.

History

They first tangled with Honor Guard after trying to kidnap the Mercury 7 astronauts in 1959 and have fought

In the 1970s, they backed Astro City mob boss Joey Platypus and even loaned him Jitterjack for use.

In 1982, they attempted to find the secrets and steal the power of the Apollo Eleven for themselves. They even had managed to bug Honor Guard, First Family and Apollo Eleven's headquarters. This was even after E.A.G.L.E. had smashed up several of the training camps.

Their whole mission of capturing the Apollo Eleven was an attempt to gain the power of the Incarnate which would give them an almost unbeatable position in the world. They broke into the First Family's Headquarters to steal The Innocent Gun. While other members of the organization drew Apollo Eleven into a trap and captured most of the group. The rest of the Apollo Eleven naturally tried to rescue the others but were also captured. Turning their Ka-Cannon onto the group and draining their power, soon releasing the Incarnate, but in doing so set up the Rise of Kerresh the Devastator.

In July 1997, an assault team tried to assassinate the United Nations Security Council before being rebuffed by Honor Guard. In 2004 there was an attempted a raid on Zurich, Switzerland.


Observations

The ranks within PYRAMID are named after various animals native to the Egyptian deserts. At the very bottom are the Jackal-troopers, who do the grunt work. Above Jackal-level, in ascending order, are Scorpion-level, Tiger-level, and, at the very top, Scarab-level. There might be levels in-between Scorpion and Tiger, though as there is a Crocodile-level members as well.

Furthermore, each level is further graded into three ranks, designated by numbers. For example, within Jackal-level are the ranks Jackal-Three, Jackal-Two, and Jackal-One at the top. Additionally, PYRAMID's Camel division performs the less labor-intensive assignments. Severely injured PYRAMID operatives are transferred there during their recuperation.

Above all this is the Saqqaran Order, named after the burial grounds of ancient Memphis, Saqqara. The five members comprising the Order style themselves after the Egyptian gods: Lord Ibis, Lord Osiris, Lord Ra, Lord Anubis, and Lord Horus. Also known as the Lord of the Theban Council- Lord Horus, Lord Ibis, Lord Set, Lord Lord Ra, and Lord Osiris.

They in turn obey PYRAMID's supreme commander, the mysterious Sekhmet Stone: A giant visage, stone and sphinx-like, that is somehow alive and claims to have knowledge and mystic insight of dynasties upon dynasties. Whatever this entity may be, it is named after the Egyptian warrior goddess Sekhmet, and it is supernatural in nature. Its existence is a closely guarded secret even within PYRAMID's ranks, and many are the operatives who have never heard of it.

In the early 80s, PYRAMID used a mix of drugs and auditory hypnotics to indoctrinate its new recruits.