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DarkWatch Institute - About the story
- DarkWatch Institute is an organization whose motto is, "The dedication to study and acquire paranormal objects and beings to use in defense against threats of similar nature." Founded in 1935 by Zebediah MacPhearson, DarkWatch has been secretly protecting the public from dangerous, anomalous elements all over the globe. With bases in every major city in the US, as well as over 100 bases internationally, the Institute vows to protect both mundane and anomalous humans.
- Divided into four sectors per base, the Administration section oversees all other sections, as well as taking care of all of the logistics of the company. Research studies artifacts and people with abilities, creating both defensive and offensive tools to aide the organization in its work. The Investigation sector is the eyes and ears of DarkWatch, keeping tabs on any tagged anomalies as well as alerting the company to potential threats and resources. The Collections sector is composed entirely of field agents whose job it is to track down and assess a threat level for each anomaly.
DarkWatch Episodes - About the series
- The Darkwatch series is set as a mock-up of current television, releasing in "episodes" and "seasons" instead of "chapters" and "books." We follow Collection team Alpha, based out of DarkWatch Headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. In the pilot episode, we meet Elliot Washington, a seemingly normal guy who gets a job as a receptionist at White Oak Hospital. Unknown to him, the DarkWatch base exists directly beneath the hospital, and an escaped prisoner from the underground facility takes Elliot hostage. In a moment of intense pressure, Elliot learns that he is not so ordinary, and in fact has a few abilities of his own. DarkWatch takes him into their program and assimilates him into team Alpha. From there, we follow the group as they track down anomalies and discover a few secrets of their own.
Easter Eggs - Because "Why not?"
- Easter Eggs are hidden all around the website. They're links to many different, interesting things-from music that inspired us to pictures to soundtrack listings-but they don't appear normally on the site. In order to find them, you will have to pay attention to the status bar on your browser. Here's an example.
- This example is in Internet Explorer, but you'll find similar things in similar spots in Chrome and Firefox. Click when you see a web address down there for Easter Egg goodness!
- (Note: After we have released all acts of an episode, we will follow-up with a release of all of the Easter Eggs from that episode, which will be archived on the "Extras" page. If you click on the links there, and then go back to the episode itself, the visited links will show up a different color, and you will be able to see where they were!)
DarkWatch Writers - About the authors
- Zachary A. Applebee - Born and raised in the Midwest, Zach has been writing insane stories about as long as he can remember. Heck, he's writing one right now. About himself. In third person. But enough of that. I've been a writer for many years now, and I love it. Random characters just pop into my head and I cannot wait to throw them through the wringer in some insane plot (involving a wheel of cheese and a cotton swab--don't ask). Music is a huge focus on my work, as you will be able to see when you start reading DarkWatch. Seriously, look at the episode titles and check out the Easter eggs for each one. Don't worry, I'll wait..........Back? See what I mean? If not, then that means we haven't posted anything yet. Besides writing, I am currently going to school for Network Administration and am a bit of a karaoke hound. I also like long walks on the beach and imagining a ridiculously epic swordfight on said beach, Highlander-style.
- K. B. Cribbett - I've been writing since I figured out how a keyboard worked, and my first novel was about a leopard looking for a mate, and arguing with her parents about it because they were all for arranged marriages and she was very independent. I was...um....eight. From there, I wrote bits and pieces of things, but the writing fire had left. So I went through high school, overloaded on extra-curriculars, and headed off to college (Illinois State University) to get a degree in Music Education (with an endorsement in English). Two years later, I realize that there aren't enough teaching jobs for the amount of (potential) teachers, and last year I got roped *coughZACHcough* into participating in NaNoWriMo, which challenged me to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 little days. And I did it. And it was (arguably) awesome. And then I wanted to write some more, and so here I am! Outside of writing, I enjoy what every other nerd-geek-girl enjoys: Reading, gaming, movies, yadda yadda. I'm an animal-lover (anything with four legs or less), coffee-lover, and snow-lover.