Overwatch Archives: Rise and Fall

As the rest of the world witnessed such developments, the West African city of Numbani had been transcending into an importal central for the integration of the omnics and the humans. Thanks to the intersecting cultures, Numbia became the most technologically advanced city in the world. On the other side of the Indian Ocean, another symbol of peace arose when the Australian government returned the local Omnium facilities to the omnic. On the other hand, this move was met with harsh reactions by the residents of Outback, the country where the facilities were installed. Mostly consisted of solar farmers and survivalists, the population wanted to be left alone. When forced to share the land with the omnics, they formed the Australian Liberation Front. However, their anger led the Outback county into an even worse disaster: The Front sabotaged the fusion core of the Omnium facility, triggering a radioactive explosion that turned the surronding land into a radioactive wasteland. Furthermore, the few survivors were damaged both physically and mentally to the brink of insanity. Some of them started to live on their own terms, without recognizing any rule or law, and scavenging the land. They called themselves “the Junkers”.

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The duo infamous for even Junkers’ standards: Junkrat and Roadhog

Meanwhile, Overwatch thrived into a larger organization with heftier funding that stretched over subjects like science, medicine and travel. Morrison was designated as the first official Commander while Reyes was given the management of “Blackwatch”, a secretive sub-organization that deals with the “dirty” work that Overwatch’s official sources could not handle. Known as the keepers of peace, the Overwatch crew was treated like superstars by the public. In fact, this attention caused the original team’s sniper Ana Amari’s daughter Fareeha to follow the steps of her mother as a hero and join the Egyptian army.

As the world rebuilt under the watchful eye of Overwatch, the roster had also been expanding: Among the new team members were a Swiss nano-biologist and medicine expert Dr. Angela Zeigler, who was against the militant stance of the team; a hyper-intelligent gorilla named Winston who escaped from a rebellion from the moon colony; an English pilot named Lena Oxton, whose life was completely changed after an accident that occured during the trial of a prototype teleporting fighter; the heir to a Japanese crime empire named Genji Shimada, who was reborn as a cyborg after being beaten nearly to death by his own brother Hanzo; a Chinese climatologist named Mei-Ling Zhou who studied the environmental and resource-based problems of the world; and an ex-Deadlock Gang member Jesse McCree, who was arrested and given the choice to either rot in prison or join Blackwatch.

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The first and second generation heroes of Overwatch…

While the peace was much more stable compared to the period of the Omnic Crisis, some regions still had ongoing conflicts. Charged with helping the world rebuild after the crisis, India-based Vishkar Corporation started instilling in totalitarian rules and strict laws to the areas they were to govern. Making promises of self-sustaining cities and building dynamic cities that would be controlled by new architects using the revolutionary hard-light technology to the public, Vishkar Corporation would gain control over the society first, then punish them with harsh actions.

This cruel and relentless attitude of Vishkar started building up on many employees, including Satya Vaswani, who was one of the brighest architects. The build-up finally snowballed into the unexpected in Rio de Janeiro. A DJ named Lúcio Correia dos Santos stole the sound technology that Vishkar used to overwhelm the populace, and used it to trigger a rebellion against the corporation. Successfully leading the coup against Vishkar, Lúcio became famous overnight and became a reminding symbol that status quo could change with enough effort.