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The Brockton Bay PRT Headquarters, also serving as the local Wards Base was a building in the Downtown section of Brockton Bay,[1] situated near Arcadia High School.[2] A shield logo bearing the letters ‘P.R.T.' is attached to the front. The exterior was all windows[1] which were barred.[3][4]

Facilities Edit

It had a helipad and parking area on the grounds outside the building.[citation needed] There was a small hospital attached.[5][6]

Inside the building was several different locations (some of which match a modern police station). There was at least one classroom,[7] several interrogation rooms,[8] an armory, and a training area.[9]

The lobby had a tour guide waiting at the front desk who would take people on regular tours (see below.) PRT officers stood guard.[9] There were large, framed portraits of the Wards on the walls.[10] The windows to the lobby were bulletproof glass.[11] There was a gift shop selling Protectorate and Wards merchandise attached to the lobby, separated by glass walls. It jutted out from the wall of the lobby at an angle. The gift shop had it's own exit.[12][9]

There was a generator buried deep within the building to prevent an enemy from cutting the power.[11]

The computers in the base were maintained by Dragon.[13][14] They had internal batteries to deal with power cuts, and a satellite link to the PRT database.[11] They had glass screens which made them vulnerable to Shatterbird's power.[15]

There were underground holding cells designed to hold parahumans, accessible by stairs or elevator.[8] One type was the 6' by 6' E-type containment cell. It had drones built into the ceiling and walls that could deliver electric shocks,[16] CCTV cameras, and hidden containment foam dispensers. A screen was set into the wall. There was also a bed, toilet and shower; the screen displayed a warning before the CCTV cameras were activated. The walls were a foot and a half thick, and the doors looked tinker-made. Everything was covered in steel, reinforced and sealed twice over.[8]

Wards Base Edit

The Wards headquarters is a large underground domed area with easy to adjust and movable walls, accessed via a tinker-made elevator. These can be used to rearrange things if need be for new quarters.[9]

It's located a floor below the cells.[17] The elevator requires a retinal scan.[11][9] It was also possible to access the Wards base from the lobby via the stairs.[13]

Tours Edit

There were two different tours available of the PRT HQ. One showed only the PRT facilities, while the other (which took place every two hours) showed the Wards base as well.[9]

History Edit

Background Edit

After there were issues with reporters taking pictures of injured heroes leaving hospital, Director Piggot arranged for the attached hospital to be built so there heroes could travel to and from the PRT building discretely.[6]

Post-Leviathan Edit

It was damaged by the Endbringer battle, and was slated for renovations.[12] Following the fight, the building was closed to the public, and the portraits of the Wards who perished in the fight were reprinted in black and white and set up as a shrine.[10]

The Undersiders attacked the PRT HQ and stole valuable data, battling the Wards and Dragon.[18][11][13][12]

Armsmaster was incarcerated on the second floor from the top as part of his sentence while he continued to work on his Tinker inventions. Until Mannequin paid a visit.[19]

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine Edit

After the windows were destroyed by Shatterbird's attack, they were replaced by screens and plywood.[20]

While they were being harassed by a group of Dragon suits, the Undersiders and Travellers attacked the PRT Headquarters, kidnapping Director Piggot.[20]

The Undersiders allowed themselves to be taken into custody at the PRT HQ while the heroes verified the existence of Echidna. Echidna contacted the heroes there and attempted to bargain.

Post-Echidna Edit

Skitter and Bitch attacked some vans outside the PRT HQ to send a message after the PRT revealed Skitter's secret identity, battling Dovetail and Adamant. Skitter deliberately left her swarm of bugs inside the building, to embarrass and annoy the PRT.[21] Skitter visited the PRT HQ and surrendered. She was interrogated and held in one of the holding cells there. Kid Win constructed drones that helped clear most of her bugs away.

The press conference announcing Weaver's debut was held outside the PRT building.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The building housing the local Parahuman Response Team division didn’t really stand out. The exterior was all windows, reflective enough to mirror the mottled dark gray of the sky overhead.  Only a shield logo bearing the letters ‘P.R.T.’ marked it apart from the other buildings of downtown Brockton Bay. - Agitation 3.x 
  2. You'll be enrolled full-time at Arcadia High School.  It's close to the Wards headquarters, and your teachers have been informed about your special nature. - Sentinel 9.1
  3. Rachel's dogs knocked over another one of the vans that had been circled around the PRT headquarters. The van was knocked into the side of the building, bending the bars that were supposed to protect the windows.  Each window cracked, with the lines spiderwebbing out between the hexagonal sections, but they didn't break. - Imago 21.1
  4. The window looking out on the street was smaller than the display windows, and was covered by metal bars. - Parasite 10.5
  5. "Which hospital?" "Oh god," Lily said, eyes going wide. "The one attached to the PRT headquarters.  Flechette knows where." - Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus 3)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Benefit of having a small hospital as part of the PRT building.  Pretty common for us to go straight from here to our offices, and there were apparently issues with photographers taking pictures of heroes in wheelchairs as they left the hospital.  Director Piggot arranged things this way for exactly this reason. - Interlude 15
  7. Sentinel 9.3
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Cell 22.1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Agitation 3.x
  10. 10.0 10.1 Where the Wards' portraits hung in the lobby of the PRT offices, the portraits of Aegis and Gallant had been reprinted in black and white, surrounded with thick black frames.  They had been repositioned to be just above the front desk and below the PRT logo, with wreaths and flowers beneath, tokens from the PRT employees.  The building wasn't open to the public, and was surrounded by PRT squads, but the public would get their chance to pay respects. - Sentinel 9.3
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Parasite 10.3
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Parasite 10.5
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Parasite 10.4
  14. "And if you leave, the assumption is that we'll be left without Dragon's ability to maintain every system and device she's created for us.  The PRT without a Birdcage, without our computer systems or database, without the specialized grenade loadouts or the containment foam dispensers." - Interlude 20 (Donation Bonus 1)
  15. The older pages were typed, printed as forms with everything in its place.  Abruptly, it all shifted to handwriting.  Shatterbird’s destruction of everything glass and everything with a silicon-based chip inside.  Computer screens and computers. - Excerpt from Interlude 13
  16. Drones, the annoying little bastard spheres that had electorcuted me on multiple occasions, the same ones that had been built into the ceilings of the cells and prison hallways in the PRT headquarters, were in flight, deployed by a drone-ship like the one I'd fought in Brockton Bay, and they were channeling the lightning along a different path. - Drone 23.5
  17. Minutes passed while the bugs made their way up to the hole in the roof, down the shaft to the Wards headquarters one floor below me, and to the elevator. - Cell 22.5
  18. Parasite 10.2
  19. She opened a line of communication to the Brockton Bay PRT headquarters, the same building the Wards were based in.  She found the port for the next-to-highest floor and connected to the monitor and speakers and displayed her modelled face.  She opened a video feed from the cameras. "Colin," she spoke, using her synthesized voice. - Interlude 10.5 (Bonus)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Monarch 16.2
  21. Imago 21.1

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