The Original Gen¹³
International Operations started "government internship" for gifted youths, taking place in an isolated training facility. Following the manifestation of Caitlin Fairchild's powers, she fled the complex with Roxy Spaulding, Grunge, and Threshold in disguise. They were later joined by Sarah Rainmaker and Burnout. The project was revealed to be a gathering of the gen-active progeny of Team 7.
Threshold tricked the group, sans Fairchild, to return to base to help free the other kids, but upon their return they were apprehended for further testing. With the help of Pitt and John Lynch, the kids finally escaped. The group retreated to La Jolla, California, and officially formed as the group Gen¹³. They opposed IO and their ultra violent counterpart DV8. (Gen¹³ loosely refers to the 13th generation of Americans. Team 7 had been part of a project called Gen 12.)
The team spent a lot of time delving into the past of Team 7 to learn more about themselves. Fairchild and Freefall learned they were half-sisters and Lynch was revealed to be Burnout's father. Also during this time, Freefall and Grunge began to date, while Rainmaker revealed herself to be bisexual.
The team was caught in an explosion of a 6 megaton bomb and believed to be dead. Fairchild was the only survivor and mentored a new Gen¹³ team, effectively taking Lynch's role. However, this team existed in what is later revealed to be an alternate reality which was similar to the mainstream Wildstorm universe except for its point of divergence. The rest of the original Gen¹³ team was revealed to be alive and, after a little time-travel to avoid the detonation that 'killed' them, the reunited group returned to the mainstream Wildstorm universe.
Worldstorm - Reboot
After the events of Captain Atom: Armageddon
, the series went through a soft reboot. The team's origins were all retold, updated, and modernized-- losing some of the tell tale 90's aspects that had been aging badly as time went on. They were all created by a corporation called Tabula Rasa (an I.O. government subcontractor), under the leadership and sadistic genius of Dr. Cross
. They are the 13th generation of artificially engineered and enhanced beings created for the private use of Tabula Rasa's anonymous and incredibly wealthy clients. This is revealed to the group when they are forcibly taken from their families-- who are really just Tabula Rasa employees. The teens however escape the clutches of Dr. Cross and Tabula Rasa.
After escaping from I.O. through one of their own teleporters, the Gen 13 kids find themselves flung into Wildstorm's future where a great disaster has befallen the Earth. Disoriented and confused by this new development, the kids set out to discover what happened and how they will survive in this harsh new world.