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Old City

Old City is where Dr. Helen Magnus' main Sanctuary is located. It is half of a huge metropolis with its own large police force.[1][2]

Dead Bridge

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The Dead Bridge

The Dead Bridge is an old, half-destroyed bridge crossing the river from Old City to New City. It is often used by members of the Old City Sanctuary as a meeting place for their contacts.[3][4]

Fifth Ward

The Fifth Ward is an old rundown section of Old City that is a usual area for Abnormals to be found hanging around in. It is the ideal location for the Abnormal "Homeland Project" created by Caleb and Dr. Helen Magnus.

Homeland Project

The Homeland Project was a refuge created by Caleb and Dr. Helen Magnus for Hollow Earth Abnormals who wished to stay on the surface. The project consisted of buying old tenement buildings and bringing them up to code; something Helen figured the city wouldn't have an issue with. Kate Freelander was enlisted and brought up from Hollow Earth to help set-up and organize this project; known to be involved in helping to create living quarters. More abnormals where showing up than expected, stretching the occupancy capacity. Helen suggested to start diverting newcomers to other sanctuaries, but Caleb was adamant that this is where they shall be and will find a way to make the logistics work. The Homeland Project was the first step created by Caleb in an attempt to take over the surface and let abnormals co-exist and or also reign over humanity.[5][6] 

OCPD

The Old City Police Department or OCPD is the main law enforcement agency of Old City.

  • Its Chief of Police was an old friend of Dr. Helen Magnus.[7]
    • Presumably, he is Helen's contact who gives her the password to the OCPD Precinct LAN in order for the Sanctuary to have real-time access to all of their investigation files / materials on possible / confirmed abnormal cases around the city.[8]
    • Seen in an email she had sent him, she addressed him as "Dear Jim", indicating that his first name is possibly James.[9]
  • Dr. Will Zimmerman worked as a forensic psychiatrist for the OCPD after leaving the FBI until he began to work for Dr. Helen Magnus at the Old City Sanctuary as her recent protégé.[1][10]

Albert Russo

Albert Russo

Albert Russo (portrayed by Michael Adamthwaite[11]) was a male human police officer in the OCPD. His radio call sign was '7 David'. He was killed by Alexei's symbiotic appendage. His body was sent to the morgue where Dr. Helen Magnus performed his autopsy.[2]

He is featured in "Webisode 1" and Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I".

His current status is: Deceased. Death Place: Old City. Year: 2008.

Lawrence Birch

Lawrence Birch

Lawrence Birch (portrayed by Malik McCall[12]) was a male human police officer in the OCPD. He was killed by Alexei's symbiotic appendage. His body was sent to the morgue where Dr. Helen Magnus performed his autopsy; collecting a tissue sample from his frontal lobes. The computer analysis of the strange irradiated fluid (secretions from Alexei's abnormal appendage) found on his brain matter contained low-grade plutonium radiation traces that linked back to Chernobyl. [2]

He is featured in "Webisode 1" and Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I".

His current status is: Deceased. Death Place: Old City. Year: 2008.

Andy Fetz

Andy Fetz

Andy Fetz (portrayed by Peter Shinkoda[13]) is a male human police officer in the OCPD that responded to the murders committed by Alexei with Det. Joe Kavanaugh.[2]

He is featured in Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I".

His current status is: Alive.

Det. Joe Kananaugh

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Det. Joe Kavanaugh (portrayed by Kavan Smith[14]) is a male human who is a detective in the OCPD.

He arrested Vern Kovacs for the murders committed by Alexei. He seems unappreciative of Dr. Will Zimmerman's work, rejecting his theories in certain crime scenes. However, after Zimmerman leaves to join the Sanctuary Network, Kavanaugh occasionally finds himself asking Zimmerman's opinion with other unusual cases, and with time gains respect for Zimmerman's talents and beliefs.[2][15]

He is featured in "Webisode 1", Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I", and Episode 1x08 - "Edward".

His current status is: Alive.

Uniform Cop

  This individual has no known canonical name.  While the information presented is canonical, the individual described lacks an official name, thus the title is conjecture.

1x11 Sanctuary IMDb 1

Uniform Cop (portrayed by Jason Benson[16]) is a male human police officer of the OCPD. He was trying to cordon off the area surrounding the warehouse where a deadly Abnormal had gotten loose. He told the Channel 13 News crew to leave the scene. They willfully ignored him and went inside the building anyway.

He is featured in Episode 1x11 - "Instinct".

His current status is: Alive.

Det. Stanley O'Farrell

Ofarrell

Det. Stanley O'Farrell (portrayed by Michael Rogers[17]) was a male human police officer of the OCPD.

In 2010, Clark abducted his family and forced him to kill Father Nathaniel Jensen, a local priest who helped Abnormals. O'Farrell then implicated small time criminal Danny Stephano as a cover.

However, the Old City Sanctuary team soon found out about his deception, and laid a trap to get to O'Farrell, using Stephano as bait. However, when Bigfoot overwhelmed and confronted the policeman, he suddenly died.

Helen Magnus later discovered that O'Farrell died of a sudden brain aneurysm.[18] However, the Sanctuary Network eventually obtained his full autopsy report from the Tartarus network through FBI agent Abby Corrigan; it showed that O'Farrell had actually been killed by Harper mites, which ultimately led their investigation to Clark as being the true culprit behind everything.[19]

He is featured in Episode 3x04 - "Trail of Blood" and mentioned in Episode 3x09 - "Vigilante".

His current status is: Deceased. Death Place: Old City. Year: 2010.

Capt. Franklin

Capt. Franklin (portrayed by Venus Terzo[20]) is female human who is an influential member of the OCPD, having sway with the mayor's office. She is a former colleague of Dr. Will Zimmerman. She was contacted by Dr. Helen Magnus in Helen's effort's the set up the Homeland Project in the Fifth Ward. Because of this connection, Will blackmailed her to set up a fake meeting so Will could arrest Magnus. She is last seen being ordered by Will to call for police backup when Magnus flees the entrapment attempt.[5]

She is featured in Episode 4x12 - "Sanctuary For None, Part I".

Her current status is: Alive.

Old City Morgue

Eleanor

Eleanor

Eleanor (portrayed by Ellie Harvey[21]) is a female human who is the coroner in Old City. She will call Dr. Helen Magnus whenever she gets a 'patient' that might be an Abnormal or has been harmed by one. They occasionally have lunch dates.[2]

She is featured in "Webisode 1" and Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I".

Her current status is: Alive.

Channel 13 News

This is the city's local news station.

Amy Saunders

Amy Saunders

Amy Saunders (portrayed by Rekha Sharma[22]) is a female human weather girl for Channel 13 News. She was attempting to break a big story when she and her camera man Zach Spencer stumbled upon the Sanctuary team attempting to apprehend a Blattella asahinai sapien.[23]

She is featured in Episode 1x11 - "Instinct".

Her current status is: Alive.

Zach Spencer

Zach Spencer

Zach Spencer (portrayed by Matty Finochio[24]) was a male human cameraman for Channel 13 news who was paired with Amy Saunders. He was killed by the creature they encountered when they inserted themselves in the Sanctuary capture process.[23]

He is featured in Episode 1x11 - "Instinct".

His current status is: Deceased. Death Place: Old City. Year: 2008.

Shirley Wilkins

Shirley Wilkins (portrayed by Benita Ha[25]) is a female human reporter for Channel 13 News. Late one night, she broke the story about the shocking death of Father Nathaniel Jensen in the Fifth Ward. Bigfoot was awoken by her TV announcement, prompting him to go to visit the crime scene.[18]

Residents

Meyers Family

Glen Meyers

Glen Meyers

Glen Meyers (portrayed by Chris Nelson Norris[26]) was a male Abnormal human who possessed heat vision. He was the husband of Ruth Meyers and the father to their two sons Robbie and Edward. Being an Abnormal was extremely stressful for him as his ability presented itself in uncontrollable attacks; leading him to personally view it as something 'bad'. Glen used to lock himself away at times, possibly as some sort of control for himself. Another coping mechanism he use was by indulging himself in alcohol. His alcoholism made him an abusive father. Unfortunately, due to Glen's fear of the ability and his passing the burden of it onto their sons through heredity, Glen used his ability one more final time to commit suicide; heating the the barrel of the shotgun he had pointed at himself, igniting the gunpowder.[15]

He is featured in Episode 1x08 - "Edward".

His current status is: Deceased. Death Place: Old City. Year: 2008.

Ruth Meyers

Ruth Meyers

Ruth Meyers (portrayed by Gabrielle Rose[27]) is a female human that is a native resident of Old City. She is the widow of Glen Meyers and the mother of their two sons Robbie and Edward Meyers; both of whom inherited their father's abnormality. Ruth agreed to bring Edward to the Old City Sanctuary during the investigation of her husband's suicide. [15]

She is featured in Episode 1x08 - "Edward".

Her current status is: Alive.

Robbie Meyers

Robbie Meyers

Robbie Meyers (portrayed by Sam Laird[28]) is a male Abnormal human. He is the eldest son of Glen and Ruth Meyers and the older brother of Edward Meyers. He ran away when he was 14. He has incredible artistic abilities, on par with - if not surpassing - Edward's. When his hideout is finally discovered by Henry Foss and the rest of the Old City Sanctuary team, it is revealed that he had drawn a near-perfect copy of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of his hideout.[15]

He is featured in Episode 1x08 - "Edward".

His current status is: Alive.

Edward Meyers

Edward Meyers

Edward Meyers (portrayed by Michael Eisner[29]) is a male Abnormal human who is a high functioning autistic with Aspergers Syndrome. He is the second son of Glen and Ruth Meyers and the younger brother of Robbie Meyers.

He has picture perfect drawing abilities as well as the ability to physically see the true natures of others (like seeing Henry Foss in his werewolf form). He inherited heat vision, activated by extreme stress, from his abusive father.[15]

He is featured in Episode 1x08 - "Edward".

His current status is: Alive.

Alfredo's

Alfredo's is the finest Italian restaurant in Old City. It is also Helen Magnus' favorite place to eat at; personally knowing Alfredo himself.

When Dr. Will Zimmerman wanted to take Abby Corrigan out their for their first date, he wanted to make a good impression by taking her to the best restaurant in town that he's only ever heard of. In order to book a table, he secretly used Dr. Helen Magnus' name in order to get a reservation when she was out of town. This plan backfired as Will and Abby were subsequently abducted before they could make it to the restaurant. Being a renown dining experience for the exquisite quality of its food, the restaurant is always full and booked months in advance. With the first no-show in 30 years, it became 'poison' to the eyes of Alfredo's mother, leading the maitre d' at Alfredo's to called Helen's office number at the Old City Sanctuary, presumably the number Will had used to make the reservation. After Kate took the call, dubbing the maitre d' "Screamy McNaples", she relayed the incident to Declan and Bigfoot, both of whom knowing full-well the ire from Helen Magnus that lay in wait for Will once she returns. Eventually, word did reach Helen and she called him out on it the first moment she got, saying it was "incredibly low-brow" of him, as it put her in a bad light with Alfredo, whom she is still trying to make amends with.[30]

Some time later, both Will and Henry Foss used the same trick again, booking the back room for their respective dates. A slight hiccup occurred though, as both Will and Henry had unknowingly used Helen's name for the exact same reservation at 8pm. With only one private room available, while the boys squabbled over who gets it, both Abby and Erika Myers decided to compromise and double date to the slight chagrin of their lovers. However, once again it did not work out as planned. Due to an abnormal pickup gone wrong, the party of 4 never made it to the restaurant. At least this time Abby had called ahead to notify the maitre d' about possibly holding the table for longer, and if not, it would pass to the next customer (avoiding another empty table scenario). It is assumed that Alfredo's had contacted Helen herself about this repeat no-show issue. Presumably feeling guilty about the two couples missing their date due to her requesting of them at last minute to side track their night out to deliver an abnormal for her first, she surprises the group when they eventually return to the estate by having had the dinner brought to the Sanctuary instead; setting it up in her office for them to enjoy with her. This consideration is out of the ordinary for the restaurant, as Alfredo's normally does not deliver; they however were willing to make an apparent exception for Dr. Magnus though.[31]

Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • A camera sequence at the very end of the first television season in Episode 1x13 - "Revelations, Part II" indicates that Old City is located on the north side of a river near Vancouver, British Columbia. Across the river to the south is "New City", the other half of the metropolis full of modern high-rises and skyscrapers.
  • The creators and producers of the show intentionally left the specific location (country) of Old City to be ambiguous outside of the assumption that it is somewhat of a "subdivision" of Vancouver. Due to this, it is naturally assumed by viewers to be in Canada.
  • In Episode 4x05 - "Resistance" as Henry tracks an abnormal via GPS that was taken by SCIU, he specifically says that SCIU transported the abnormal "across the border" reaffirming that Old City is indeed in Canada.
  • The city has a campanile among its building architecture; It is used as a landmark reference for abnormal case locations.[8]

International Cooperation

The United Nations and the U.N. Security Council are heavy players in the metropolis (especially Old City and the Fifth Ward specifically) during the Abnormal Insurgency. As the Sanctuary Network was under the protection of the United Nations (funded by the British Government) between 1908[32] and mid-2011, Dr. Helen Magnus had particular sway with governments to let her control all of the abnormal events / cases that happened around the world, especially in 'her own backyard'. In mid-2011, she / Will could at least try to direct the actions of LDC (a private military force used by the U.N.), having them place their abnormal holding camp on a large vacant lot that Helen owned.[33] However, 3 weeks later the agreement between the Sanctuary and the U.N. broke when liaison Greg Addison tried to force the Sanctuary Network under the explicit control of the U.N. Security Council.[34] Due to this 'exile', it allowed for other agencies to get involved in 'Sanctuary affairs' around the city; the dealings with abnormals and abnormal threats.

While Canada is part of the U.N., it is only a temporary seat of the U.N. Security Council unlike the U.S. who is a permanent seat.[35] Due to the U.N. connection and the U.S. being a defining force behind it, it allows two U.S. agencies - the F.B.I. and SCIU (a new abnormal hunting division under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) - to infiltrate the metropolis, granting them jurisdictional power to act on Canadian grounds. The agencies set up a joint task force operations base in the FBI's field office in a high-rise building in New City which is located almost directly across the river from the Old City Sanctuary; giving them line-of-sight of the property.

Of this joint task force, Abby Corrigan (FBI) and Dr. Will Zimmerman (Former FBI) were brought under the management of SCIU. Due to Will's connection with the Sanctuary, Greg Addison had reactivated him as an FBI agent in the hopes to get close to Helen Magnus due to her apparent affiliation with Caleb. Helen, however, sent Will away to work with SCIU (the only legal option) and locked him out of the Sanctuary; preventing him from returning. Will had to resort to using his SCIU credentials to blackmail Capt. Franklin (a former colleague of his) of the Old City PD with high connections to the city's Mayor's office to set up a false meeting try to get Magnus out in the open to arrest her. As Magnus fled the scene, Will made Captain Franklin call for police backup. This interaction shows that SCIU has power over local (Canadian) law enforcement, to force them into acting against their longstanding relationship with Helen Magnus. They unfortunately have to comply as the U.N. Security Council had 'blacklisted' the Sanctuary Network, practically barring anyone from working with and or aiding the network and its leader Helen Magnus; considering it a 'federal offense' if someone does so.

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. 1.0 1.1 Webisode 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary For All, Part I"
  3. Episode 1x03 - "Fata Morgana"
  4. Episode 3x16 - "Awakening"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 4x12 - "Sanctuary For None, Part I"
  6. Episode 4x13 - "Sanctuary For None, Part II"
  7. Episode 1x07 - "The Five"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 1x04 - "Folding Man"
  9. Episode 2x07 - "Veritas"
  10. Episode 1x00 - "Sanctuary For All"
  11. Michael Adamthwaite on The Internet Movie Database
  12. Malik McCall on The Internet Movie Database
  13. Peter Shinkoda on The Internet Movie Database
  14. Kavan Smith on The Internet Movie Database
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Episode 1x08 - "Edward"
  16. Jason Benson on The Internet Movie Database
  17. Michael Rogers on The Internet Movie Database
  18. 18.0 18.1 Episode 3x04 - "Trail of Blood"
  19. Episode 3x09 - "Vigilante"
  20. Venus Terzo on The Internet Movie Database
  21. Ellie Harvey on The Internet Movie Database
  22. Rekha Sharma on The Internet Movie Database
  23. 23.0 23.1 Episode 1x11 - "Instinct"
  24. Matty Finochio on The Internet Movie Database
  25. Benita Ha on The Internet Movie Database
  26. Chris Nelson Norris on The Internet Movie Database
  27. Gabrielle Rose on The Internet Movie Database
  28. Sam Laird on The Internet Movie Database
  29. Michael Eisner on The Internet Movie Database
  30. Episode 3x13 - "One Night"
  31. Episode 3x15 - "Wingman"
  32. Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country"
  33. Episode 3x20 - "Into The Black"
  34. Episode 4x03 - "Untouchable"
  35. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council
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