The Coalition of Minnows is the united grouping of several countries that work to save the world by means of ancient artefacts.
Before Seven Ancient WondersEdit
Prior to the 1990's, while Max Epper was primarily researching an ancient Machine linked to the Dark Star, he also looked into history around the Golden Capstone of the Great Pyramid. In this line of research, Epper discovered instances of global flooding caused by the Tartarus Sunspot on several occassions in the past. Epper also learned that the only occassion when flooding didn't occur was a short time after the Great Pyramid was completed. Theorising that the Golden Capstone, which had since been disassembled and hidden, had somehow absorbed the intense heat of the sunspot during its previous rotation, Epper then considered the implications of the sunspot causing another flooding in its next rotation.
Between 1994 and 1996, Epper and his protégé, Jack West Jr, located several hidden scrolls that were saved from the Alexandria Library fire, and discovered, among other things, the Callimachus text, which would lead them to the locations of the Ancient Wonders and the Capstone Pieces with them. However, because the texts were written in the Word of Thoth, they needed to find the latest of the Oracles of Siwa.
Though wary to believe in the idea that a single nation could obtain 1,000 years of unrivaled power, Epper became more concerned when he learned that both the Catholic Church and the Americans were preparing their own expeditions to obtain the Capstone to take the power for themselves. Concerned, Epper made contact with several friends in foreign governments, including Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove of the Australian Army, to request their presence at a later meeting of nations to discuss his findings and prepare a rival mission.
Seven months after Epper and Jack recovered the newborn daughter of the Siwa Oracle, a meeting of nations was finally brought together (Australia had agreed to participate and allowed Jack to attend the meeting by himself on their behalf). Epper explained to the gathering the impending crisis involving the Tartarus sunspot and the threat posed by the Old European Union and the rumoured rival American expedition, requesting that all of the gathered nations form a team to protect the Oracle girl, whom Jack had named Lily, as she grew up and could learn to translate the Callimachus text.
The gathered nations quickly agreed to allow a single representative to join their mission; while Canada had already chosen Epper, Enrique Velacruz was to represent Spain, V.J. Weatherly for Jamaica, Sky Monster was picked for New Zealand, Sheik Abbas chosen his second son Zahir for the United Arab Emirates, and Ireland assigned the siblings Zoe and Liam Kissane.
Once the meeting was over, the chosen team members took different routes to their base in Kenya, where they were to spend the next several years raising Lily together (and with Epper's wife Dorris). Over the next several years, each of the team members participated towards Lily's development, and because of the need to isolate her from the world, Lily was home schooled by Epper and Dorris, who also taught her many ancient languages and hieroglyphs. Becoming close to every member of the team, Lily eventually gave them new nicknames.
In the years they spent at Victoria Station, the team trained to deal with the trap systems they would encounter during the mission, and also came up with several contingency plans and secret forms of communication they could use in the event that something went wrong and they needed a new base or rendezvous point. They also briefly harboured the rogue U.S. submarine captain JJ Wickham as a favour to Jack, and associated with some of the local Kenyan farmers, notably Solomon Kol.
Seven years after the assignment started, the team was visited at the farm by the Mossad agent Benjamin Cohen, whom Jack was familiar with. The Mossad, knowing the team's mission, wanted Cohen added to the Coalition's team or else they would expose the Coalition to their rivals. Jack agreed on the condition that Cohen would not report at any time to the Mossad, which the Israeli reluctantly agreed to. While it was hard for the team at first, eventualy they came to accept Cohen as a member of the team (though Zahir still had reservations).
Eventually, one week before the sunspot was due to face Earth, the ten-year-old Lily found herself able to understand the first part of the Callimachus text. As a result, the team quickly mobilised and used the Halicarnassus to head to a mine in the Sudan.
After the mission was over, the representatives of the countries in the Coalition met again to discuss the events on the Great Pyramid, this time joined by Israel. Wizard brough Lily with him, and proceeded to inform them of what had happened, but chose to lie about the fact that Australia now had 1,000 years of power, claiming that the ritual of peace had been performed instead.
Between Seven Ancient Wonders and The Six Sacred StonesEdit
Some time after the mission was completed, Israel discovered Stretch's actions to abandon his country and save Lily, and so they seceded from the Coaliton. Some of the other nations of the Coalition provided Stretch asylum since his own country deemed him a Catergory 5 Enemy of the State.
Each member of the team returned to their home nation to resume their regular duties, while occassionally being asked to go over some details of the Capstone mission. During their time off they would regularly visit Jack and Lily at Jack's remote farm in Australia, though the absence of most of her former guardians was hard on Lily at first, and she in turn occassionally visit the individual team members at their own homes. The team was able to reunite in full during the New Year celebration atop the Burj al Arab in Dubai.
Epper would more regularly visit Jack and Lily, having the former help him in doing research, and sometimes bought his associate Yobu "Tank" Tanaka with him. Lily began to notice the romantic tension between Jack and Zoe, and so she began to hope that they might marry so they could be a proper family.
When Jack's farm was attacked by hostile Chinese forces moments after Jack recieved information from Epper about a new crisis, he, Lily, Sky Monster, Zoe and Alby Calvin managed to escape and headed for the Burj al Arab, with Jack requesting the nations in the coalition to send their representative to prepare for a new mission. Over the next few days, Stretch and Pooh Bear reunited, however they learned that Spain was refusing to send a delegate to participate, and Fuzzy was surprisingly late. In addition, they were joined by Pooh Bear's older brother Scimitar, who brought with him the Saudi Arabian spy known as Vulture. They were also joined by the American CIA attache Paul Robertson and the Marine Sean "Astro" Miller, as America wished to join the coalition in their new mission, offering to provide the team with intel regarding Epper's internment.. Once they were all gathered, Jack revealed what he had learned from Epper's notes. A zero-point field referred to as the dark star was due to enter the solar system, and unless it was repelled, then its deadly energy would destroy all life on Earth. To this end, they needed to gather six oblong diamonds called Pillars and set them at various locations around the world to rebuild an ancient machine which would repel the dark star. In order to find the Pillars and Vertices, determine when each Pillar had to be set and cleanse them, they would need to find the Six Sacred Stones. While Vulture's family possessed one Pillar and the Americans had one Sacred Stone, the team realised they needed Epper for his greater knowledge, and so began plans to get him back.
Between The Five Greatest Warriors and The Four Legendary KingdomsEdit
Current Team MembersEdit
- Captain Jack "Huntsman" West Jr. (Australia)
- Lily "Eowyn" West (Australia / Egypt - non-representing)
- Sergeant Zoe "Bloody Mary / Princess" Kissane (Ireland)
- Captain Zahir "Saladin / Pooh Bear" al Anzar al Abbas (United Arab Emirates)
- Lieutenant Benjamin "Archer / Stretch" Cohen (Israel - formerly representing)
- Sky Monster (New Zealand)
- Alby Calvin (Australia - non-representing)
- Julius "Gunslinger" Adamson (Scotland - non-representing)
- Lachlan "Quickdraw" Adamson (Scotland - non-representing)
Former Team MembersEdit
- Professor Max "Merlin / Wizard" Epper (Canada)
- Corporal Liam "Gunman / Big Ears" Kissane (Ireland)
- Sergeant V.J. "Witch Doctor / Fuzzy" Weatherly (Jamaica)
- Lieutenant Enrique "Matador / Noddy" Velacruz (Spain)
- Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove
- Sheik Anzar al Abbas
- General Colin O'Hara
- Dorris Epper
- Lieutenant Sean "Astro" Miller
- JJ "Sea Ranger" Wickham
- Solomon Kol
- General Eric Abrahamson
- Mabel Merriweather
- Captain Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield
- Gunnery Sergeant Gena "Mother" Newman
- Lieutenant Tim "Tomahawk" Bowles
- Mustapha Zaeed
- Captain Rashid "Scimitar" Abbas
- Abdul Rahman "Vulture" al Saud
- Special Attache Paul Robertson
- Professor Yobu "Tank" Tanaka
- Diane Cassidy
- Cieran Kincaid
- General Conor "Redbeard" Beard
The Coalition of small nations was formed in response to the impending threat posed by the Tartarus Sunspot, and the necessary restoring of the Golden Capstone to prevent any single country from taking the thousand-year power offered as a reward. The team would attempt to collect all of the Pieces of the Capstone so that they could perform the ceremony of salvation, or else attempt to collect a single Piece so that hostile nations would not be able to perform the ceremony of power (though the latter was a more undesirable option since it would result in global flooding).
When the Coalition was reunited, it was because of the even greater threat of the Dark Sun. One this occassion the team needed to locate the Pillars and Vertices which would activate the Machine created by superancient beings in order to repel the Dark Sun.
- Modified Boeing 747 - Halicarnassus
- Tupolev Tu-144 - Sky Warrior
- Swamprunner Boats
- Land Rover Freelander
- Zodiac Inflatable Boats
- Black Bee
- MP-7s sub-machine guns
- Steyr-AUGs assault rifles
- M-225 handheld grenade launchers
- Barrett M82A1A sniper rifle
- H&K MP-5 sub-machine pistols
- Desert Eagle pistols