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Sanctuary network video conference

A video conference call featuring a number of Sanctuary House Heads

The Sanctuary Network is a global organization of safe havens for Abnormals. While some Abnormals come to the Sanctuary of their own free will, seeing it as their home, other Abnormals are considered too dangerous to be allowed to run free in the wild. It was founded by Gregory and Helen Magnus in order to protect Abnormals and humans from each other.


The Sanctuary Network is governed by the council of the House Heads.



Support Locations

In addition to numerous Sanctuaries, there are 'off-site' storage facility locations that are used to hold Abnormals in the case of an emergency. Other minor locations include safe houses for Abnormals to stay at temporarily.

Defense Forces

Though little of it has been seen, the Sanctuary Network keeps their own paramilitary defense force, mostly made of humans but also consisting of Abnormals. These soldiers guard the Sanctuaries in event of invasion, and have even been shown to be pulled together using militaristic tactics to coordinate assaults. While the number of soldiers have not been mentioned, they are quite well equipped with automatic weapons, state of the art technology and even a small fleet of warships.

Building Protection

Each Sanctuary has layers of internal protection to try to shunt building access in the case of either invasion from outside forces and or to prevent an Abnormal housed within the building from escaping. Major doorways/archways throughout the structure conceal very large heavy metal slabs that are suspended above. At the activation of a button, the giant metal plate will slam down, closing off the hallway.[13] [8] [2] Sanctuaries also have metal shutters that will cover over all of buildings glass windows.[2]

Funding and Government Support

In the year 1908, Dr. Helen Magnus and Dr. James Watson undertook a bounty contract by the Prime Minister of the British Government under orders from King Edward VII to stop Adam Worth.[14] Fulfillment of this contract granted the Sanctuary full funding and governmental support for ~103 years until early-2011 when the deal was terminated by the U.N. Security Council due to Dr. Helen Magnus refusing to hand the Network over to Greg Addison.[15] Because of this, the Network lost all governmental privileges, including things such as: access to secure government intelligence agency databases[16], their monopoly on dealing with Abnormals, and breaks on their property taxes and utility bills[17].


Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • Chronology: A total of 12 Sanctuaries have been closed by Dr. Helen Magnus in the span of 8 months preceding early-2012 (from mid-2011 to early-2012); starting about ~4 months after her return to the present timeline at the beginning of Season 4. Of which, Brisbane, Cape Town, Dallas, and Tokyo Sanctuaries were specifically named as having been the latest to close in early-2012 due to Maneuver Delta-Epsilon.[9]
    • There are 21 locations on the Properties list above of Sanctuary Houses known to exist around the world. 12 were closed, and according to Will, only 3 remained open: London, New York, and Old City (The Underground Sanctuary too, just that it was unknown to exist at the time). This leaves 5 Sanctuaries unaccounted for, possibly creating a continuity error.
      • The remaining unallocated pool of 13 Sanctuaries, where 8 of them are known to have been closed, are: Asunción, Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Grozny, Lagos, Monrovia, Moscow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Norway, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Episode 3x09 - "Vigilante"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Episode 2x12 - "Kali, Part I"
  4. Episode 4x06 - "Homecoming"
  5. Episode 3x18 - "Carentan"
  6. Episode 1x05 - "Kush"
  7. Episode 3x02 - "Firewall"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 1x03 - "Fata Morgana"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Episode 4x13 - "Sanctuary For None, Part II"
  10. Episode 0x05 - "Webisode 5"
  11. Episode 1x13 - "Revelations, Part II"
  12. Episode 2x04 - "Hero"
  13. Episode 0x08 - "Webisode 8"
  14. Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country"
  15. Episode 4x03 - "Untouchable"
  16. Episode 4x12 - "Sanctuary For None, Part I"
  17. Episode 4x04 - "Monsoon"
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