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Mutant X FAQ: Sanctuary's Location and Layout  
Sanctuary's Location & Layout


Background The Sanctuary is Mutant X's secret headquarters, which Adam built inside Stormking Mountain. It is equipped with state-of-the-art security systems designed by Adam and reinforced by Jesse's girlfriend, the expert computer hacker Toni Quintana. In the first season, Sanctuary had all kinds of beautiful amenities, including a reflecting pool, a waterfall, and a dojo for practicing martial arts. These wondrous luxuries vanished after the first season, leaving Sanctuary a darker, starker place in which to live. Thoughts from Adam's Mutant X Lives diary (1 2 3 4): All throughout my youth I heard legends about the caves of Stormking Mountain. Appearing and vanishing in the mists with a seeming will of its own, this stony citadel haunted me for years, somehow tying its mystery to my future. Native American folklore, early surveyor maps used by Raleigh, accounts from miners and prospectors…they all made detailed accounts of the peak. There is even a colorful report that it served as a hidden base for General Washington’s rebel forces in the early days of the American Revolution. I have my doubts about the historical accuracy of this fantastic episode, but a faint juvenile tremor in my heart has always longed for it to be true. Imagine my disappointment as a boy when I learned Stormking could not be climbed to the heights where the caverns supposedly existed. Contrast this with my odd satisfaction today landing the Double Helix in the mountain’s heart and see how prophetic my childhood visions were. If I were more of a Romantic, I would say it was the stuff of epic novels. I take a certain pride that this base was the first all-mutant construction project ever and possibly the most efficient undertaking of its size and scope. The structural engineering alone would have taken a decade with normal state-of-the-art resources. Instead, MUTANT X was able to complete the entire stronghold in just over two years. With the heavy work handled by telekinetics, ursine ferals and a rare combusting Molecular, my blueprints quickly became the reality that surrounds us. And this reality, in turn, bound us together as a team…and a family. The final addition of our holographic entrance keeps Stormking Mountain’s enigmatic tradition alive and masks our whereabouts from the rest of the world. One day we will not have to hide but until then this ancient fortress will be our perfect home. Ironically, there are many veins of caves here we did not have to utilize. The Tom Sawyer in me gets an occasional yen to explore them. Perhaps I’m a slight Romantic after all. I hope these rock walls hold in that little secret. Shalimar would never let me live it down.

Sanctuary's Location


An early magazine article written about Mutant X stated that the show's place and time were never precisely defined, in order to make the action applicable to anytime in the near future. To that end, the official website's FAQ sheet had the following insights to offer about the setting of Mutant X:

Q: Where does Mutant X take place?
A: Earth.


Not particularly helpful. Let's try to narrow the field a bit with some popular fan theories.

Theory #1. Canada The Mutant X series is filmed in Canada with an abundantly Canadian cast and crew, therefore there are Canadian references, locations, and accents scattered intermittently throughout the show. However, Adam specifies in the first episode that Genomex is a branch of U.S. intelligence, and the cars of the second and third seasons have United States plates. In "Reawakening," the team flies the Helix from Sanctuary to meet Dr. Louise Koby's ship on an ice fissure just off Canada's Palmer Island. Unless Shalimar's just being melodramatic when she complains that this trip is "halfway around the world," it seems less likely that Sanctuary is also located in Canada.

Theory #2. Florida In "Crossroads of the Soul," Brennan tries to call Sanctuary from a telephone in New Hope, getting as far as 754-245- before the operator cuts him off. 754 is an area code in Florida. Since there is snow on the ground in "Inferno" and "Reality Check," it is unlikely (though not impossible) that Sanctuary is that far south. Some fans have also pointed out that in "Once Around," when the team is searching for Vic Collaruso, Emma states that Vic "has a brother in Florida." If Sanctuary was indeed located in Florida, she might have been more likely to say, "Vic has a brother around here."

Theory #3. Colorado A search for U.S. mountain ranges named "Stormking" turns up three possibilities, the first of which is the 8,520 foot mountain in Colorado. The former Genomex.net faux website listed Genomex headquarters's address as Pueblo, Colorado. If Adam built Sanctuary shortly after narrowly escaping from Genomex, why would he have chosen a site so close to the main headquarters? Maybe to hide his lair in plain sight. When Mason Eckhart finally elicits Sanctuary's location from Brennan's mind in "Into the Moonless Night," he is surprised to find it in "that place which meant so much to both of us. That place you knew I'd never look."

Theory #4. Upstate New York The second Storm King Mountain is in upstate New York, near Cornwall-on-Hudson. Adam mentions in his Mutant X Lives diary that Sanctuary's mountain range might have been a Revolutionary War refuge for General George Washington. Cornwall was the site of Washington's headquarters, and this mountain is perched on the waters of the Hudson River, so this Stormking Mountain is a possible location for Sanctuary. Coincidentally, Professor Xavier's "school for the gifted" in X-Men is also located in upstate New York, in Westchester County. Perhaps Adam was similarly inclined.

Theory #5. Washington State (submitted by karellealisha25) The third Mount Storm King is the 4,537 foot peak in Washington's Olympic National Park. When Emma leaves Sanctuary to meet her friend Michelle Bigelow in "Interface", it takes her 15 minutes to get to an internet cafe, then another 15 minutes to reach their old high school hangout, Jasper's. Because she doesn't take the Double Helix (it's still at Sanctuary 3 hours later when the team discovers her absence), it seems as though Emma's high school is a 30 minute drive away from Sanctuary. Emma later reveals in "Crossroads of the Soul," that "I grew up in Seattle; I can't believe I'm praying for rain!" Unfortunately, she doesn't specify whether she's referring to her early childhood with her biological parents, or to her teenaged years with her adopted family, which may have been in two entirely different locations.


Sanctuary's Layout


Season One Season one's sets were designed by Rocco Matteo. For more images, check out his official site, MX French Fan Team's floorplans, Youfie's awesome 3-D rendition and my Mutant X Virtual Tour.

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karellealisha25 on July 8th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
mutant x localisation
hello i'am french alors sorry for my very bad english

in the theories of location, Seattle has not been quoted out Emma grew up in Seattle and we know that in season 1 episode 116, she joined her friend Michelle Bigelow, the use of the helix is not mentioned so we can suposser that the bar is close to the sanctuary, for my part that is where I see the action
mutantxarchive on July 8th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: mutant x localisation
Hello, and thank you for your response! That is a good point. I will certainly add Seattle to the list. And I think your English is quite good! :)
ocean_girl18 on October 3rd, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Hello! Photos dosen't open:(
mutantxarchive on October 3rd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks for letting me know! The Filmfolks website must have closed; I'll check my archives to see if I saved any of the original images. :)
mutantxarchive on October 3rd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Fixed them. :D I found all but two -- the main interior set and Brennan's room.

Edited at 2012-01-08 08:12 am (UTC)
ocean_gilr18 on October 17th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like them!
There is only two floorplans links from filmfloks
*i have problems with my english too*
And John Blackie's site is closed too:(((
Sad news:((( information lost:(
mutantxarchive on December 24th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hello again! That is too bad about John Blackie's site. I've found a handful of his original images posted here:

http://smokeandmirrors.smugmug.com/ScienceFiction/MutantX/15899465_BjPz9v#1192298695_Tkfd2

I know what you mean about Sanctuary; it was quite a beautiful set design, wasn't it?
ocean_gilr18 on October 17th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
P.S. I want to build my own Sanctuary:)
I really love it's interiors:)
I crazy, i know:)
(Anonymous) on January 8th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
The links from filmfolks.net are broken. Any chance they've been saved somewhere else? I'm trying to recreate the Sanctuary layout in my Sims game!
mutantxarchive on January 8th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
Hello, thanks for visiting! Before the FilmFolks website went down, I was able to archive all but two of the original floorplans -- the main set interior and Brennan's room. I do have the thumbnails, but not the larger versions of those two.

Good luck with your game, sounds like fun!

Edited at 2012-01-08 08:27 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on July 11th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this, it'll be great help with my fanfiction :D It loved the design in season 1, did it have to change because of cuts?
Also (Sorry this is so unrelated I just had no idea where else to put it) do you know of any live Mutant X rp sites? All I can find are dead ones :S
Anyway, thanks for all your awesome pages, I've been reading through them for about two hours and they're all so interesting!
mutantxarchive on July 17th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I'm so glad that you're finding the site helpful. I loved the season one set as well -- I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the change in designs was a combination of budget considerations and the passing of the production torch from Rocco Matteo to John Blackie.

Sadly, almost all of the old exclusively Mutant X RPGs have faded away over time. I do have a couple of links I can give you off the top of my head, though:

GSA Underground/Operation Genomex/Facebook

Broken Sanctuary

Hell's Favourite Angel Forums

Good luck with your fanfiction! :)

Edited at 2012-08-19 01:10 pm (UTC)