Host Nation Government
City or Town
1517 AD - 1566 AD
Reason for Relocation
Death of Suleiman the Magnificent
Warehouse 9 was the 9th incarnation of the Warehouse which was housed by the Ottoman Empire underneath the city of Constantinople, Turkey.
It was inducted by Warehouse 8 Regent Reinhard Schmidtke on February 17th, 1450 and was finished on September 9th, 1517.
In spite of it's relatively short history, a total of three Caretakers were used for Warehouse Nine:
- Atanasije Rakočević (Temporarily)
- Ela Ristić
Location & Building
Warehouse 9 was designed in the modern style of Ottoman architecture atop a hill overlooking Constantinople. It featured an outer courtyard surrounded by a vaulted arcade. The central dome of the building marks the circular maze below which housed the majority of artifacts in the Warehouse. The entire structure (central building, turrets, and courtyard) was fortified by a 50 ft stone wall which acted as the first line of defense against intruders. Artifacts were embedded in the wall for added protection.
Primary entrance to the Warehouse was secured by a voice activated door. Designed by Leonardo da Vinci, only the phrase "Iftah ya simsim" ("Open Sesame" in Arabic) could unlock the door and allow access to the Warehouse. Word of the seemingly magical door, utilizing artifact integration, eventually spread and became mythicized by the public in the form of a story: "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". At an unspecified later date, the door was moved from a decommissioned Warehouse 9 and placed as a secret exit to Warehouse 13 in South Dakota, USA.
List of main contributors to the building of Warehouse 9:
- Bayezid II (Provided workers and funds to build the Warehouse)
- Leonardo da Vinci (Provided designs to the building of Warehouse 9's structure, Technological Improvements)
- Paraceleus (Before his bronzing, Paracelsus had provided the Warehouse with many technological advancements. Such as perfecting the Bronzing process, using the Purple Swamphen's natural alkalizing agents in its vomit and feathers to synthesize a primitive version of Neutralizer)
The 9th iteration of the Warehouse was only located in the Ottoman empire until the death of Suleiman the Magnificent, a period of great cultural improvement. Although the exact location is unknown, it is likely the Warehouse was located in Constantinople (now called Istanbul), the Imperial seat of the empire.
During its tenure, Warehouse 9's Caretaker, a previous Regent of Warehouse 8, Paracelsus, was the first caretaker ever to be prosecuted by the Regents and eventually Bronzed indefinitely, due to his crimes of homicide and unsanctioned experimentation with artifacts to gain immortality. The sudden attempt to seize the Warehouse's power via time travel and attempted assassination of the Regents led to his second incarceration by Bronzing. Having unsettled the Regents, they began to discuss the notion of moving the Warehouse despite instating a new Caretaker. These events began a slow process of moving the Warehouse, not solidified until the death of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1566.
- Neutralizer Vat: Storage area for collected Purple Swamphen vomit used to quell activated artifact. This room also functioned as a bottling plant for agents to carry small vials of neutralizing fluid with them on distant voyages.
- Paracelsus' Alchemy Laboratory: A sectioned off building within the Warehouse used to conduct his more Regent approved experiments with artifacts and neutralizer. The constant disapproval of using artifacts on the people of Constantinople, including the infamous usage of the Mesopotamian Bronze Stele to extend the lasting effects on people, lead to the banning of any experimentation with any type of artifact and destruction of the lab. This was the also the last artifact to be tested on commoners without the approval of the Regents. (Leading to his eventual arrest in his laboratory in Constantinople.)
- The Dark Section: Held at the center of Warehouse 9, this massive twisting section held all of the most dangerous artifacts of the era and of before. Only by using a special map allowed the person to go inside the Dark Vault to remove or place an artifact inside.
- Bronze Sector: Created during this Era of Warehouse history, the Bronze Sector was made to house dangerous men and women who could change the world for the worst. Acting much like a cryogenic device, the Bronzer would encase the user in Bronze sealing them indefinitely until being released by Warehouse officials in the future. Occupants are known not to age at all and seem to retain consciousness.
- Quarantine Area
- Main Artifact Storage Area: The shelves of Warehouse 9 were strewn across a vast array of winding rooms and hallways to restrict intruder access into the Warehouse. The layout of the rooms were modeled off the maze which held the Minotaur at Crete, with more dangerous artifacts stored at the center of the maze. At the time, do to the Warehouse's ambition (soul), this Warehouse was constantly being renovated and more rooms were being built by using an artifact that expanded rooms and hallways. (See the Bohemian Shield from the Prague Castle.)
- Mor Kuş Köşkü (Mor Kus Kosku; Purple Bird Pavillion): A "miniature" aviary where the giant purple swamphens the Warehouse employed for artifact retrieval resided. It was built on the outside of the Warehouse and could be accessed from the inside for agents to feed and care for its residents.
- Andrej Vukašinović
- Dragan Nestorovski
- Gavrilo Živić
- Hülya Kartal
- Ilija Nestorovski
- Kalinik Urošević
- Lisa Da Vinci
- Mitar Ristić
- Novak Ristić
- Rajko Grgurović
- Raško Borisov
- Simo Kostić
- Paracelsus (formerly Caretaker)
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Suleiman the Magnificent
- June 23: The Regents, in light of the Hussite Wars and the imminent ascension of Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor, finish preliminary discussion on moving the Warehouse. The hasty endings of past Warehouses compels their decision to begin looking for the next host country.
- Constantinople is captured by the Ottoman Empire, led by Mehmed II. He allows the Orthodox Church to maintain power in return for accepting Ottoman authority, which they agree to. This decision, in light of the fate of Warehouse 5, catches the attention of the Regents, who continue to closely observe the territory and prosperity gain that is today known as the Classical Age of the Ottoman Empire.
- Following Bayezid II's decision to help move Jewish and Muslim populations into the Ottoman Empire following the Spanish Inquisition, Warehouse officials utilized the exodus to secretly begin construction of Warehouse 9 in Constantinople.
- The 1509 Constantinople Earthquake destroys a quarter of the nearly completed Warehouse 9. Bayezid II is devastated, and focuses resources to help repair the damage.
- Theophrastus von Hohenheim, a doctorate student at the University of Vienna, is brought to the attention of the Regents during an artifact retrieval. His great mind and interest in advancing medicinal arts earns him an invitation to the Warehouse by Bernhardt Rosenhain, though he turns it down in favor of his studies. Rosenhain would nonetheless continue to visit and mentor Theophastrus until he graduated in 1515.
- Bayezid II is forced to step down from the throne by his son, Selim I. Regents are concerned for the future of Warehouse 9, and Selim I's ascension is polarizing. However, they judge that too much effort has been put into Warehouse 9, and the infrastructure of the Ottoman Empire, to justify pulling out yet.
- Theophrastus von Hohenheim, now going by Paracelsus and traveling the world as a physician, is approached by Bernhardt Rosenhain with a new offer - succeed him as Caretaker to a new Warehouse. Paracelsus eventually agrees, on the condition that he still be allowed to travel and practice.
- October 31st: Martin Luther nails a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. The Regents take this as the final sign that they made the correct choice to move.
- September 8th: Hiram Abiff's tools begin the process of moving the artifacts from the Holy Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire.
- September 9th: The transfer is completed, and the mantle of caretaker is passed from Bernhardt Rosenhain to Paracelsus. Warehouse 9 is officially opened.
- 23rd: Paracelsus completes his life's work and creates the Philosopher's Stone.
- 4th: Paracelsus performs the ritual on his brother Bennett Sutton (the future Count of St. Germain) and his family, at the cost of the lives of an entire village.
- 5th: Sutton tells the Regents of Warehouse 9 what his brother did. Paracelsus is apprehended by the Regents and placed on trial for his crimes against the Warehouse.
- 6th: Sutton splits the Philosopher's Stone and pockets its core
- 10th: The trial is concluded, deeming Paracelsus too dangerous not to be immobilized. He is sentenced to the prison he invented: the Bronzing.
- 10th: The Regents convene to appoint a temporary Caretaker from among themselves until a suitable replacement is found. Paracelsus from the future (see Warehouse 13) returns in an attempt to kill them and claim sole leadership of Warehouse 9. In an alternate reality, he succeeds. Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering also travel back to this date to stop him with the help of then-agent to Warehouse 9, Lisa da Vinci.
- 13th: Regent Atanasije Rakočević is appointed temporary Caretaker to replace Paracelsus.
- 24th: It is publicly announced that Paracelsus has died, to cover up the growing suspicions of his disappearance. Ela Ristić is appointed as the new Caretaker, much to the surprise of her brothers Mitar and Novak.
- Rumors spread of the declining Ottoman Empire, prompting the Regents to discuss the future of the Warehouse. Ela Ristić privately encourages this move, upsetting Novak.
- Novak disappears, along with the Sutton family. Significant documents are discovered to be missing from Warehouse records.
- 6th: Suleiman the Magnificent dies on an expedition to Hungary.
- 12th: Construction is completed of Warehouse 10,
- 2nd: Warehouse 9 is officially closed and sealed.
- Paracelsus travels back in time to take control of Warehouse 9. He is briefly successful in altering history, before Agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering travel back to stop him. The future Paracelsus is bronzed and placed in a sarcophagus that Agent Lattimer labels with "Ralph Brunksky, Egyptian Terrorist". This sarcophagus proceeds to safely make its way to Warehouse 13, where Paracelsus is promptly returned to the Bronze Sector.
Reasoning For Shift
Death of Suleiman the Magnificent
With the death of Suleiman, the empire began to suffer political and military stagnation, and despite it being a prominent cultural center for hundreds of years after his death, the Regents moved the Warehouse yet again.
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