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Up to date as of February 01, 2010
(Redirected to Aleister Hook (New Earth) article)

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Skyhook

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Real Name
Dr. Aleister Hook
Current Alias

Aliases
None

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
Scales, wings

Status
Citizenship

Occupation
Demon, formally a doctor

Education
19th Century medical training

Origin
Origin
Skyhook was an English doctor who kidnapped and murdered several children before being discovered. Before he could be killed by a mob, he sold his soul to become a demon.

Place of Birth
England

Creators

First appearance

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History

Dr. Aleister Hook was a physician in 1880s London who kidnapped children. Because he was a wealthy citizen, he was able to avoid arrest until some angry citizens were able to corner him in an abandoned chapel. The chapel had been used recently as a center of devil worship. Hook was cornered, strung up by his ankles, and then the chapel was set on fire. Hook cried out for relief. The demon Blaze answered his cry, transforming him into the winged demon Skyhook. He fled the flames of the chapel and stowed away on a ship to America. He laid dorment for 100 years, eventually emerging in Metropolis. He began to kidnap children again, using his powers to transform them into demonic being resembling himself. He used them to go on a spree of burglaries, implementing a "lead foil" bag to evade Superman. One of his victims was Jamie Sawyer, the daughter of Captain Maggie Sawyer of the Special Crimes Unit, who had run away from her custodial father, James Sawyer in Star City. Maggie called on Superman for help. Together, they were able to track down Skyhook's lair before Jamie was transformed into one of his beasties. Skyhook, knowing the odds were against him, grabbed Jamie as insurance and took off. Maggie managed to shoot him out of the sky and he crashed in the ocean. Superman grabbed Maggie and Jamie. The children, however, did not revert to normal and were taken to S.T.A.R. Labs. Later, Jamie began to manifest symptoms and was taken there as well. Skyhook had survived and eventually began to rebuild his lair, calling his former children to him and beginning to bring new ones. Jamie broke out with the others and rejoined Skyhook, but Maggie and her ex-husband were hot on thier heels. S.T.A.R. got a hold of Superman, who met up with Maggie and her ex at an old church were Skyhook had retreated with his children. Skyhook created a mystical cloud that obscured Superman's vision. Superman was also vulnerable to Skyhook's claws because of his demonic nature. James moved a statue in the mist and Skyhook accidentally impaled himself upon in. Skyhook was apparently dead, and the children reverted to normal. S.T.A.R. took his body for an autopsy.[1]

Much later, just prior to the Trial of Superman, Skyhook emerged again, up to his old tricks. He had transformed a girl named Darlene, who befriended Keith Robert and a couple of his friends. Keith, recently adopted by Perry White, decided that he and his friends should try and rescue Darlena. Keith marked the trail she led into the sewers. Perry found out Keith was missing and got in touch with Superman, who followed Keith's trail to Skyhook's lair (which was directly beneath the old church they last faced off). Skyhook transformed to his gaseous state, burrowing upward, but severed a gas and electrical line, causing a massive explosion. Superman saved the children, but Darlena still had wings and there was no sign of Skyhook. He has not been seen since.[2]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Demonic strength, flight, ability to convert children into beings like himself, and an ability to create a mist; potentially immortal

Strength level

Greater than human strength

Paraphernalia

Weapons

None, but claws and fangs

See Also

Links and References

  • None.

Footnotes

  1. Superman #15, 34
  2. Superman: The Man of Steel #49

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GTA

Up to date as of February 09, 2010
(Redirected to Skylift article)

From Grand Theft Wiki

The Skylift
The Skylift carrying a NOOSE APC alongside a Swift.

The Skylift is a very large heavy-lift helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto IV's episode The Ballad of Gay Tony. It resembles a S-64 Skycrane/Aircrane. Even the Skylift is addressed as unobtainable or not rideable, the helicopter can still be obtained with a minor exploit involving chasing Yusuf and retrieving the Skylift after one of his missions but this trick is difficult to exploit. When trying to get the Skylift, you will have to do the Sniping Trick. Some Youtube videos explain how to obtain it.

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References

  1. Stealing the Skylift by adamcs on YouTube

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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

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Xizor admires the Botanical gardens on the Emperor's skyhook.

Skyhooks, or spacehooks, were repulsor craft that floated above the surface of a planet, but remained within its atmosphere, sometimes tethered by carbonite nanofibers. [1] They were commonly symbols of status among the very wealthy, and were usually found on heavily-populated worlds, such as Coruscant.

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Under the Galactic Republic, skyhooks were at one point banned due to the possibility of system failures which would send them crashing into the Coruscant surface. This fear was based on a rare occurrence, a combination of a lightning storm and a freak accident. Such accidents were only known to occur around once every century. Under the Galactic Empire, the skyhook ban was dropped.

After its conquest of Coruscant in 7 ABY, the New Republic made no moves to reinstitute the ban. However, when the Star Dreadnought Lusankya broke free from its berth under the planet's surface, she fired on a skyhook, destroying it and causing its remains to crash into the planet's surface, damaging several square kilometers of the cityscape.

In the aftermath of the massive ship's departure, the New Republic Provisional Council ordered the grounding of all skyhooks in the area of the city destroyed by the ship. Though a popular rumor stated that the Council had ordered the skyhooks down in order to spite former members of Rogue Squadron, the Council officially stated that its aim was to provide shelter to those who had had their homes destroyed in the Lusankya's escape.

By the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War, skyhooks were again a common sight in Coruscant. Following the fall of Coruscant the Yuuzhan Vong tore a number of them out of orbit, causing them to crash to the planet's surface, each impact killing millions and decimating hundreds of kilometers of cityscape.[2]

Examples

Emperor Palpatine possessed a lavish skyhook in which he housed his greatest treasures, preferring to keep the most priceless ones in the air instead of in his palace. The botanist in charge of his orbiting garden was one of the best in the galaxy. When Prince Xizor attempted to hire him away from the Emperor's service the botanist was killed in a mysterious elevator 'accident', which no doubt occurred under the direction of Palpatine.

Prince Xizor, leader of the Black Sun criminal organization, also had his own skyhook, above Coruscant, which was known as Falleen's Fist. It was destroyed by Darth Vader when he commanded the Super Star Destroyer Executor to fire at it during the Battle of Prince Xizor's Skyhook. Xizor was killed when the skyhook was destroyed.

The Falleen's Fist is destroyed by the Executor.

There were a number of other skyhooks operating on Coruscant, including one owned by Vader himself. One of these was the SoroSuub skyhook, which was offered to the former members of Rogue Squadron before the Council ordered the grounding of all skyhooks.

The economic powerhouse of Muunilinst had a skyhook connecting the orbital city of High Port with the capital Harnaidan, the skyhook tethered the station in place and allowed for cheap travel up and from the planet's surface.

On Kashyyyk, the Empire was constructing a skyhook to ferry Wookiee slaves to low orbit to be transferred to labor camps across the galaxy. But Galen Marek disabled the mooring points that kept the skyhook stable, causing it to be destroyed and allowing the remaining Wookiees to go into hiding.

Core Worlds Engineering was known to manufacture skyhooks.

Behind the scenes

In science fiction, skyhooks are hypothetical structures used for transporting material to and from a planet's surface into orbit, continuously supporting it rather than using rockets, catapults or hypothetical anti-gravity effects. The term was coined by scientist Giuseppe Colombo.

In real-life, it is an object that connects vertically earth with sky. For example atmospheric research balloons, types of helicopters etc. It is not clear which concept preceded which.

Appearances

  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Mentioned only)
  • MedStar II: Jedi Healer (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows
  • The Force Unleashed novel / video game
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comic (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Death Star (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron 25: The Making of Baron Fel
  • Shadows of the Empire comic / novel (First appearance)
  • Shadows of the Empire: Evolution (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Wedge's Gamble (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: The Krytos Trap
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge (Mentioned only)
  • Edge of Victory I: Conquest
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • Star by Star
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)

Sources

References

  1. Street of Shadows, 16
  2. Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream

External links


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