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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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, with the battle spilling over into the streets of Bakerville and the super group mopping the floor with Pyramid.

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

In 1982, they attempted to find the secrets and steal the power of the Apollo Eleven. Their skilled espionage team has even had managed to bug the headquarters of Honor Guard, the First Family and Apollo Eleven. These bugs persisted and remained in place even after E.A.G.L.E. had smashed up several Pyramid training camps.

Their mission capturing the Apollo Eleven, was an attempt to gain the power of the Incarnate which would give them an almost unbeatable advantage in their quest for world domination. They broke into the First Family's Headquarters to acquire The Innocent Gun. While other members of the organization drew Apollo Eleven into a trap, capturing most of them. The rescue attempt by the remaining Apollo Eleven team failed, and they too were captured.

Pyramid used the force of a special weapon called the Ka-Cannon to drain all of the Apollo Eleven's powers. This triggered the release of the Incarnate, but this action caused an unexpected reaction, counter-triggering the Rise of Kerresh the Devastator. The actions of Pyramid and their subsequent defeat put a significant dent in the organizations activities for a period.

In July 1997, a Pyramid assault team tried to assassinate the United Nations Security Council before being rebuffed by Honor Guard.

In 2004 there was an attempted raid on Zurich, Switzerland.

At one point, members of Pyramid managed to locate and attack Honor Guard's Call Center killing some of the team's support staff.

The RANKS of the PYRAMID

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.

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 of their operatives have never heard of powerful stone.


Observations

  • In the early 80s, PYRAMID used a mix of drugs and auditory hypnotics to indoctrinate its new recruits.
  • The scientific division broke off by some point in the early 1980s, becoming known as E.N.G.I.N.E..