Monday, March 09, 2009

AstroGnostic: "The Cosmic Fetus Collective"

Secret societies? Shape-shifting aliens? Post-humanism? Secret societies of shape-shifting post-human aliens? These memes might be news to the mainstream, but not to old school funnybook geeks like myself.

What was once the province of stoner weirdos or visionary madmen is now Saturday morning TV fodder. An argument could certainly be made that 'twas ever thus, though perhaps it's a question of context today. And volume.

Ben 10: Alien Force is the latest hit from the WB Animation folks about the children of a secret society of crime-fighters called the Plumbers (yes, just like Watergate) who have developed superpowers through various means- technology, mutation, alien DNA. You know the drill. This episode is chock-full of interesting esoteric symbolism even beyond the surface narrative of aliens and super-beings. And see if you can't detect a hint of, um, subtext in it as well.

Well, aside from the obvious Gnostic subtext, in which alien identity and potential is either forgotten or unknown. A very subversive idea in its time, and even today. One for which a lot of people have paid with their lives over the past 17 centuries, to be sure.

Certainly this series is borrowing a lot from the X-Men mythos, which we've also seen in Heroes and The 4400. That these memes are so popular now speaks to their resonance, and to the increasing desire to transcend our present evolutionary restraints. But it won't be quite so tidy when it leaves the mythic realm and plays itself out in consensus reality, that you can be sure of.

Ben 10
was created by "Man of Action," which includes three comic book vets, one of whom is Joe Casey...

...who along with visionary madman Thomas Scioli created Gødland, a cozmo-psychedelick-get-yer-phreak-out-momma of a psilocybic Jack Kirby tribute. Here's the wiki synopsis (which almost sounds like a Synchromystic rant):
The main character of the series is astronaut Adam Archer. As the sole survivor of an ill-fated journey to Mars, Adam Archer meets the alien entities known as the Cosmic Fetus Collective, who transform him into a cosmic being and instruct him in the uses of his new powers. Archer is sent back to Earth as the first human to be touched by universal enlightenment.
Fascinating premise- and synchs perfectly with Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, which we looked at last Monday.

Clearly high on its own supply, Gødland is less inspired by the Fourth World comics than by Kirby's completely whacked-out late 70s and early 80s books like The Eternals, 2001, and Captain Victory* (which featured the "Fighting Fetus"). It's also packed wall-to-wall with bong-hit metaphysics and Scioli's limitless visual imagination (which his drawing skills can't always keep with).

But note how psychedelic experience, superpowers, future tech and alien intervention seem to be attracted to each other. That was the primary focus of Jack Kirby's work from about 1965 on. Timothy Leary claimed that it was the psychedelic movement that inspired the rise of the personal computer and the Internet and all of its attendant aftershocks. Graham Hancock argues today that psychedelic experience through the use of entheogens is the tripwire that brought about our own evolutionary development.

Apparently, Gødland is nearing the end of the line in comic form. Given Casey's Tinseltown mojo, you can be sure it will be coming to a movie or TV screen near you, probably via CGI. It's amazing how the power fantasies of lonely comics geeks are becoming mainstream entertainment. Combine that with the new discoveries pertaining to genetic memory and DNA, there's no telling where this all could go.

*Although it's sheer heresy in funnybook circles to say so, Kirby's early 80s work blew my brains out (surely aided by my bad habits at the time). It was the work of a man who was in constant communion with the deep sea denizens of the Collective Unconscious, a man who had nothing left to lose or to prove. His chops and his eyesight may have been shot and his inkers and production team clearly not up to par with Kirby's Marvel hands, but to me there is still something crucial and numinous in those krazy-ass komix.


  1. david icke was right?

    maybe the memestream is just making this for in his face social beatdown and uber smear campaign

    -andy christ.

  2. Ben 10 is full of syncs! Most notably the prevalence of green, related to Osiris, and the hourglass shape on Ben's watch and in the logo is the shape of the Orion (Osiris) constellation.

    Looks like "Gwendolyn"'s got a chaos magick book in her drawer, note the 8 pointed star on the cover. My book sure as hell didn't make me generate etheric forcefields from my palms..

    Grandma says "Hmm, such a sirius girl" around halfway through... She talks about "Mana" (mushrooms) and then starts dancing with a disco ball... Yeah.

    You really weren't joking around with this one. Recommended viewing for everyone. I'm thoroughly blown away by the themes expressed in this show. This is "occult" (the "hidden" meaning now has no relevance) to the bone and I'm surprised, shocked really, it's being presented to children. Awesome find.

  3. nice one once again chris,and also enjoy ur interview with Aeolus and it
    looks like the Collective Unconsciousness seems to have a leak and this leak is now dripping down, upon us in to our reality with just alittle more pase

  4. This is funny. Until yesterday, I had never heard of "Ben 10: Alien Force", then my nephew showed up with the t-shirt on. And the DVD.
    One look at that shirt and I knew something was up. The synchs never stop.
    P.S. I'd like to know if youve seen "Watchmen", and would like to know your thoughts on the..."re-imagining" of its finale.

  5. "Look out my window what do I see
    A crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me
    All the nightmares came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    What are we coming to?
    No room for me, no fun for you
    I think about a world to come
    Where the books were found by the golden ones
    Written in pain, written in awe
    By a puzzled man who questioned
    what we were here for
    All the strangers came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    Oh you pretty things
    Don't you know you're driving your
    mamas and papas insane
    Oh you pretty things
    Don't you know you're driving your
    mamas and papas insane
    Let me make it plain
    You gotta make way for the HOMO SUPERIOR

    Look at your children
    See their faces in golden rays
    Don't kid yourself they belong to you
    They're the start of a coming race
    The earth is a bitch
    We've finished our news
    Homo sapiens have outgrown their use
    All the strangers came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    Oh you pretty things
    Don't you know you're driving your
    mamas and papas insane
    Oh you pretty things
    Don't you know you're driving your
    mamas and papas insane
    Let me make it plain
    You gotta make way for the HOMO SUPERIOR"

    David Bowie

  6. Kirby's work on the Eternals, etc. was way, way, better than the Fourth World material. The FW was just a warm up.

  7. (I usually try to embed links, I couldn't do so this time for some reason. Something about not recognizing colons in embedded URLs.)

    This is slightly off-topic, but it ties in with the “cosmic fetus” theme. My wife bought U2’s No Line on the Horizon last week. Now that I’ve listened to the whole thing (mainly in her car this weekend), I’ve thought of a few more weird synchs related to my pet Secret Sun commentary topic Richard Strauss and his bizarro twin synchromystic works Also Sprach Zarathustra and Salome. I’ve already noted the Salome connection just by seeing the title “Cedars of Lebanon”:

    Below are a few more Strauss connections I’ve noticed since hearing the album.

    No Line on the Horizon: Towards the end of the song, a string of notes is repeated several times in at least two different keys. They remind me of a similar series heard throughout Salome. In that score, the note series consists of three quarter notes, followed by a dotted (three beat) half note. For ease of reference, they go something like E-D-C-AAA, or B-A-G-DDD. In the opera, it usually appears within close proximity to a theme (the "love motif," I believe) that signifies Salome’s desire for Jochanaan. From what I can understand from the score's language, these notes aid in releasing the tension precipitated by the love motif. (And that probably explains why Salome is my favorite opera.) When I finally told my wife that I noticed the similarities, she told me that she was thinking the same thing, but thought that she was crazy. That makes both of us.

    Unknown Caller: I don’t know why, but an initial listening reminded me an awful lot of "Major Tom" on David Bowie’s Space Oddity album. (Something about the cadence in the second half.) Instead of a space mission, however, "Unknown Caller" makes me think of Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about The Singularity. In this light, both songs refer to transcendence aided by some kind of technology... at least with the Bowie/Bowman Odyssey/Oddity twin pun. The iconic “Sunrise” theme from 2001 needs no introduction.

    Interesting footnote: Bowie has cited Strauss as an influence in some of his music:

    Brian Eno, who has collaborated with Bowie, produced this album, as well as Achtung Baby with its “Mysterious Ways” (an oblique retelling of the “Salome” story). From what I understand, the single “Salome” was an outtake from the same era. As U2 fans know, the album was recorded in Berlin around late 1990 and early 1991. Oddly enough, two versions of Strauss’ Salome (led by Giuseppe Sinopoli and Zubin Mehta) were recorded around the same time in Berlin:

    Long before finding “Secret Sun,” I have always wondered if there was some strange Salome mojo going on in Berlin around that time. A near contemporaneous live performance of Sinopoli conducting Salome is available, so it seems plausible that somebody (Eno? Bono?) attended a performance and brought some ideas back to the studio...


  8. Hi CK!

    Never heard of the Ben-10. but it sounds and looks just familiar.

    You remember the other ARCHER? Johnathan Archer, astronaut from "Star trek, Enterprise"?

    I am fascinated with the name repetitions, in all those stories.
    So TV is still considered the best way to teach the masses and the new kids on the lands.


  9. Joe - The Plumber. Ben 10 from the Plumber family. I've seen a MK Ultra film from the 50s where they had a plumber named Joe. The references go on. I think this plumber business has to do with the Marion Knox article found on the internet about pedophelia speculates on. He's seen 2500 cases where the Masons, Priests and Pedophiles install 'strong men' into young children. I've seen this symbolized or represented in characters named Max, 404, Joe, little me, a penguin and Buddy.

    Ben 10 to me seems to be another version of having this thing attached to him that he can never unattach and that was likely installed by his grandfather, the plumber, via The Knights of Templar Masonic rituals to link them up to the library of knowledge from Alexander, or legion of spirits and all information learned from of those who have lived before him and taken part in the ceremony. Ie.. It's about tops and bottoms. I've heard that to get anywhere in masonery you've got to be willing to let someone top you to climb up the ladder. And belonging to this pyramid of power gives you domininance over those below. So topping a guy at the top would give you incredible access.

    I might sound crazy here but I am curious what you think about this notion? Have you heard this before? Would you care to comment?

  10. The latest issue of Rolling Stone talks about U2's new album. Unknown Caller is apparently connected to the bible verse Jeremiah 3:33 (333 is the number of Choronzon-- the demon of the abyss). The lyrics to Unknown Caller are very suggestive:

  11. Andy- Ooh, cryptic. Give us more details there, sir!

    Tommy- It's fascinating- these guys are all wacked out comic geeks and are continuing in the subversive tradition of Justice League. That's what gives me hope- that talented weirdos can present a different vision than the horrid brainwash being pumped into kids brains and get a big audience. But a caveat- I haven't investigated the show all that deeply, so I don't know if other messages are being snuck in on top of that.

    Akarta- Thank you very much indeed. I must admit I am having a hard time keeping up with it all.

    Jay A: My son saw Watchmen, but I'll probably wait for the DVD, given ticket prices these days. The missus is a big fan of the GN, but I'm feeling a little Watchmen'd out right now. I think I'll have a fresher perspective on it when the DVD comes out.

    Noggin- Wonderful. I live that song. Love that album, too.

    Anony 1145- Thank you. I agree. I thought the New Gods was great in concept, and very, very weak in execution. But Kirby really needed an editor and better inkers than he worked with in the 70s and 80s. But I still cherish that crazy crap!

    Jason- Awesome information as always. And you are my window in that occult artform known as opera, which was the IMAX of its time. And yes, there are weird winks on that new U2 album for sure, especially Unknown Caller.

    PJ- Oh yeah and Bowman as in 2001 and Red Planet. It's Sagittarius/Jupiter, IMO.

    Anony 146: You got a link? I don't know about the top/bottom business in regards to Masonry personally. Jeff Wells at Rigorous Intuition has researched that stuff. Check my links.

    Anony 207- Yeah, see Jason's comments on that. Thanks for the links, for sure.

  12. Chris, I love comic books, having grown up with Spider Man (since real comic books have been shunted into obscurity since I was young, and they were near impossible to find) and finally blossomed into full respect for the artform's storytelling purposes after reading V for Vendetta and Watchmen much later, all I see in this show (and all I have ever seen in it) is a reasonably well-animated action comic book cartoon (hard to find, unless you actually like the super annoying faux-anime style of Teen Titans or the jerky stiffness of your average comic book cartoon) with a really odd backstory and dialog which is not easy for a young mind to relate to, since we don't actually know anything about aliens, and by the point it aired I was already convinced most things on TV were propaganda for something I really wasn't aware of.

    Nothing can ever beat Batman: The Animated Series (from 1992), though. It's a childhood favorite of mine, and I believe Bruce Timm had something to do with it. Just loved the art style, the action, everything about it really.

  13. Well, don't get me wrong- I'm not plugging this show and from what I've seen it's no Justice League. But for a guy as wacked out as Joe Casey to get a show on TV is very encouraging to me.

    And let's face it- everything is propaganda. Everyone is seeking to propagate their worldview. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or is self-deluded. There is no objective journalism, there is nothing devoid of context. You have to pick and choose the viewpoints you gravitate towards.

    Whatever speculation you can try to impose on it, don't forget tolook at the surface narrative. That's what the kids are absorbing, not the metaphysical ruminations which escape 99% of the viewing populace. And I certainly prefer these outsider messages to the only-the-pretty-people-matter brainwash you see in live-action children's program. By a longshot.

  14. Seen this trailer to the new Angels and Demons movie?

  15. Always happy to help on the opera front. German opera is probably my strong suit. The IMAX comment is very appropriate, especially since Wagner's conception of a Gesamtkunstwerk ("total art work") precedes even the most primitive of motion picture cameras.

    Moving away from opera, the Blob posting you linked to today about Jack Kirby's 2001 comic reminded me of something interesting that I have been wanting to share, but for which there hasn't been an appropriate segue. More specifically, it relates to the poster for the 1976 remake of King Kong. It bears a striking resemblance to this poster for the American release of Godzilla vs. Megalon:

    Not one of the best in the series on account of super-cheap production values, trying to hard to pander to the kiddies, and the lack of Akira Ifukube's magnificent scoring. Still, it is worth noting as one of several Godzilla movies wherein he battles super-sized foes controlled by aliens. This trend began around the mid-1960s, and pretty much stuck with subsequent Big-G films (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster being a notable exception). I'm sure some high weirdness could be teased from those movies.


  16. The Sagittarius connections... Archer/Bowman... 2001. Strauss' Zarathustra premiered on 11/27/1896 (add 77 years, and you have a date that is siginificant to The X-Files), while Salome premiered on 12/09/1905 (add 60 years, and you have the date of the Kecksburg Incident, or "Pennsylvania Roswell"). Both dates fall under the sign of Sagittarius.

    Personal disclosure... I'm a Sagittarius as well (12/20). Probably part of the reason why I'm drawn to all this weird stuff.


  17. i would say that all later 90s conspiracy nuts as they say would have had david icke, jordan maxwell, or bill cooper writing genisis. from that led a researcher into many new gurus a plenty, and when i saw a specific jordan maxwell video, he called out icke HARD, and in doing that, the researcher usually makes the last guru studied disposable, and things go awry in the young learners mind. then they switch belief systems and try a new perspective when they cannot think with independence, or enough to research enough to form a true belief system. i would guess after maxwell, its michael tsarion, he is such an easy sell, and good reasons why, he credits his sources, and gives back somewhat, but you have to pay $1000 for all that data and research, and i would agree paying some for all that time, but i think tsarion makes a mistake of charging too abundant. all of a sudden you see some pattern or something that ties your mind back to a david icke, something almost credible in an impressionable mind, a breakdown occurs, and mostly you wish you had not disregarded all of the information from gurus of the past. questioning resources, data, and themes presented with the past that you may have made a reality, so its crunch time, time to make a new decision, "what do i do?" "whom would i study now?" and hopefully, you would look to minds of the past, and taking a heavy grain of salt this time when learning anything. that was me, i started studying hard in 1996, a wet behind the ears 18 year old learn-it-all. it started with bill coopers book, as so many often start at the same spot. so after icke, maxwell, tsarion, so many more, and believing everything i heard on red ice in the later years, after finding so many failed prophecy, alex jones even scared me for a few months, until i saw that pig getting fatter with "ted's gold" and his "biblical beliefs" i was so turned off, i went on to study frederick nietzsche, and carl jung, and then i discovered synchromysticism, through you chris, jake, and steve, all these syncs were just mind-crushing, but things were finally were coming towards fruition. finally i see myself able to listen to someones beliefs and not cling on to everything said or taught, syncs galore, everyday, calling them out even before they happen is the funny part, thinking beyond alchemy by freemasons is just a start. philosophers stone, etc...

    so its so precious that all of the huge memestream is so overwhelming, that its beautiful just picking something apart one thing at a time.

    chris, nothing cryptic here, its just funny when past gurus have info that plays out symbolically or macro level even, only to be held in esteem by few, to be nutcases by the rest..

  18. That Guy-Very interesting trailer- I hadn't seen that one yet.

    Jason- Well, that golden age of Opera falls into that Victorian era with all of the occult groups, so I've no doubt there's an entire language of codes in that history.

    Andy- I think the problem with some of these guys is that in order to continue to make money they have to continue pumping out the fear. More than that, they have to continually ramp up the drama to keep people from getting desensitized to it. I finally stopped paying attention last year after realizing that so many of these guys A. make crap up as they go along and B. spend so much time attacking and accusing everybody of "being in on it"- most especially their competitors. And worse, I realized that they used the same scare-sell techniques that tabloid newspapers do- fill you with fear and then sell you crap to make you feel safer. It's a very old trick. Look at some of these sites- the advertising dominates over the copy. Pretty good sign that you're being conned.

    I may not always agree with Maxwell and Icke, in fact I usually don't, but I do think they are sincere. Cooper is a different story- I think he was being handled and then went off the reservation. You saw Behold a Pale Horse everywhere, which shows you that no one important thought it was a threat.

    The one thing that bothers me though is how the showmen take away attention from serious conspiracy research, which I suppose is more boring and depressing than speculating on black magic rites and the rest. I was just reading Mad Cow Morning News and realizing that most people don't want to know how conspiracy as a fact of life really works- they prefer the Hollywood version because the reality is so dismal. And my view is that all big business, organized religion and government is conspiratorial by definition. You can shuffle the cards but the game will never change.

    Unti we f**king evolve, that is. That's where I place my hope and that's what I choose to focus on.

  19. It's kind of a mind-bending conundrum for me, and it might be intended to be that way. For a while I was a believer in "reptile aliens" and it almost worked the same way as Christianity in that they get the idea of evil in your mind and then you can only turn to them for comfort because you feel powerless. Sometimes I get an inkling that some big conspiracy names are actually agents of the "dark side" itself. You are different from them because I feel that we are experiencing this weird stuff with you instead of through you. I hope that makes sense.

    I have many more inquiries on the matter but don't want to look like a "debunker" and they really make you feel alone with no one to talk about such crazy stuff with. Fear might be that "new religion" we keep hearing about...

  20. I pitched in to help out some friends by picking him up from school, entertaining him and feeding him, before handing him back to his parents. It was only a week but it dropped me deep into kiddie culture and Ben 10 is like crack for kids. He was previously addicted to the Power Rangers (which blighted another bout of child-minding), so it is a relief that he has moved on to something which is at least an improvement visually and storywise (it was shocking how formulaic Power Rangers is - but so is the Telly Tubbies so it might be part of the plan).

    Not only are the themes in Ben Ten Kirbyesque but so are the designs, as the Ben Ten wiki makes clear (the alien designs and the use of Kirby Crackle). I can't wait until my friends' son gets bored of Ben Ten and I can pass on some Kirby (and Godland) goodness and really blow his mind.

    Although there is plenty of room for analysis of the plot and some over-arching themes what really struck me is the family's surname: Tennyson. In my experience it is fairly rare and struck me as odd - the obvious link is to Alfred Tennyson, whose poems draw on epic mythology (especially Greek - a source Kirby drew on for The Eternals) and his poem "The Kraken" is often cited as a major influence on the creation of Cthulhu.

    The Lotos-Eaters may have interesting subtexts ("X is the opium of the people" - insert your own X):

    They sat them down upon the yellow sand,
    Between the sun and moon upon the shore;
    And sweet it was to dream of Fatherland,
    Of child, and wife, and slave; but evermore
    Most weary seem'd the sea, weary the oar,
    Weary the wandering fields of barren foam.
    Then some one said, "We will return no more";
    And all at once they sang, "Our island home
    Is far beyond the wave; we will no longer roam."


    The Lotos blooms below the barren peak:
    The Lotos blows by every winding creek:
    All day the wind breathes low with mellower tone:
    Thro' every hollow cave and alley lone
    Round and round the spicy downs the yellow Lotos-dust is blown.
    We have had enough of action, and of motion we,
    Roll'd to starboard, roll'd to larboard, when the surge was seething free,
    Where the wallowing monster spouted his foam-fountains in the sea.
    Let us swear an oath, and keep it with an equal mind,
    In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined
    On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.
    For they lie beside their nectar, and the bolts are hurl'd
    Far below them in the valleys, and the clouds are lightly curl'd
    Round their golden houses, girdled with the gleaming world:
    Where they smile in secret, looking over wasted lands,
    Blight and famine, plague and earthquake, roaring deeps and fiery sands,
    Clanging fights, and flaming towns, and sinking ships, and praying hands.


    others in Elysian valleys dwell,
    Resting weary limbs at last on beds of asphodel.
    Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil, the shore
    Than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and wave and oar;
    O, rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more.

  21. Truth: I was away from the comics scene by the early 80s, and thus not familiar w/ Kirby's work then... What would you recommend?

  22. I suppose it depends on what you are after.

    If you just want to pick up where you left off then he didn't produce a vast amount (although what there is is being collected and other work could be picked up on eBay.

    If you wanted to introduce someone to Kirby then I'd start off with something like the Fantastic Four (the great thing is the Essential collections are big, fat volumes and being B&W give you a good bang for your buck - Volume 3 includes the introduction of a lot of the big characters like Galactus) and if that goes well you could try some other superheroics or go straight for the Fourth World and then hit them up with The Eternals when they are good and ready.

    If you were looking to carry on in general comics from there then there are various lists arising from the question: "what you should read after the Watchmen?" There is a good discussion over at Renegade Futurist (where I've thrown in my thoughts) and those suggestions are all pretty solid, you can look them up on Wikipedia and seem what takes your fancy. Obviously if you want more Kirbyesque work then the mentioned Godland should be your next port of call. In the small press Dek Baker has been doing a lot of Kirby-esque work like Komodo! Commandos, Warlords of Atlantis and I believe he did a last issue of OMAC (you can download some bits from here).

  23. And before this disappears into the dusty archives of time...

    I forgot to mention Shaky Kane who had big Kirby influences mixed with underground comics weirdness. His homepage has some samples of his art and some of his A-Men.

    I discovered this great interview:

    "David Hine: Now, the Kirby influence becomes more apparent in the later work. The rumours are that you had some kind of psychedelic/mystical experience that enabled you to channel the twisted dark side of Kirby’s creative soul. Does Jack still speak to you from the other side?

    Shaky: That would be fairly accurate as well, although these things happen more on a subconscious level. I can hear Jack quite clearly saying “Make the hands bigger! Make the hands bigger!” It can be unsettling at times.

    I will have to re-read some of his 2000 AD stories now as I was never sure if they quite captured his full.. potential.

  24. My three year old is crazy about Ben 10, and makes up his own stories where he presses a toy "Omnitrix" and changes into a DiamondHead or Humungosaur. He orders me to watch all episodes with him and since no one can win an argument with a cute toddler, I ended up seeing many episodes.

    There is a lot more to Ben 10 than Jack Kirby's ideas.

    In the movie "Ben 10: Race Against Time", the Plumbers logo is almost the same as Freemasonry. The family of plumbers are linked via Satellite. Plumbers are shown in cartoons answerable only to Extra Terrestrial Magistrates.

    There is a hypothesis from Alex Collier about Humanity being a mix of 12-14 Alien DNA codes added to the Neanderthal strain. This could be the shape shifting power of the Omnitrix [Pineal Gland?].

    In one episode, the inventor of the Omnitrix shows its powers stemming from "Primus" [Optimus Prime of Transformers, anybody?]
    a planet that stores the DNA of each and every sentient lifeform in the Multiverse.

    The villains known as High Breeds are winged and white [Ciakar of Collier?]. They have a genetically inferior slave race to do their menial jobs [Greys?]. Their race is said to be dying. Transformers "Fallen" again? Omnitrix = All Spark?

    There is a concept of "Null Void" where all alien criminals are sentenced to punishment. This is shown as a parallel dimension [Astral Plane?] and the entities here wish to take over Earth.

    There is a group of "Forever Knights" with the Infinity Symbol, easily symbolizing the Templars or even Illuminati which ex-Montauk boy Stewart Swerdlow asserts are scared of an Alien Invasion. These Forever Knights are opposed to all Aliens and make money by trading in Alien Technology. Their main enemy is a Winged Dragon which they fail to kill for centuries and Ben 10 frees this dragon!