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Save the Earth Mods ([personal profile] theearth) wrote2014-07-10 01:46 pm

First location: Locke City, New Jersey, USA


Locke City a particularly massive city on the coast of New Jersey, USA, and contains everything you'd expect a city to contain: slums, business and industrial districts, suburbs, hotels, schools. The city has a very strong multicultural make-up, and features an equivalent to a 'Little Italy' or 'China Town' for every culture you can think of. The city was hit by two earthquakes and a supernatural attack in the first half of 2014, causing destruction mostly in the city centre and business district and bringing it into national headlines. The repairs are still ongoing.

The city does not have a predefined geography. It is instead primarily left indistinct for the purpose of allowing the players and the plot to add what they need when they need it. For a general idea of the current weather, please see Ocean City, NJ; however, again, this is not a strict rule and may be bent for the purposes of plotting.

If you add something to the city geography beyond the generic, just drop a small note of it in the appropriate section of the comments. It's only for the purpose of building up the city's contents and perhaps allowing players to coordinate elements together. For example, how many of the school age characters go to the same school? Does someone work at another's favourite pizza joint? For the same reason, if your character works/goes to school/is a member of/etc a place on the list, you can comment to the top level comment of that place. Changes to the places should also be added by way of a comment to the place comment. Example (which is an actual part of the map, too). You may also include links in the general description.

The city contains the obvious for a real world developed city in the USA. Within the surrounding area (and in range of the player characters, yet partly outside of the echo boundaries) is an agricultural hub, taking advantage of a particularly fertile stretch of ground. Similarly a few large woods and forests are in range. Locations of note include:


This area suffered the most damage in the earthquake and subsequent snake attack on March 9th. The roads have been mostly fixed by now and dangerously unstable buildings have been torn down, but there is still some substantial damage to be seen in the streets.
The Tuning Towers are located in the very centre of the business district The third tallest building in the USA, it stands at 1,350ft tall. Tuning Towers is known for its design that resembles a tuning fork, a combined base but split into two separate towers higher up. It was commissioned by the industrialist Harry Tunings, who had the design made to reference his name and not the other way round.


Not officially known as such, the Dead District is the nickname for a large area of long abandoned buildings, that due to legal issues have been left standing to dilapidate. Although the expense is minimal in purchasing the land, every few years someone does and gives up on achieving anything with it quickly. The area spans several blocks and is inhabited by a small society of the homeless population. The name stuck after the then mayor claimed the entire district had dropped dead overnight.
Thunder corp has built a large compound here, housing a pentagon-shaped building.


A military installation just about in the range of the player characters. Fort Turner is a US Army base famous during the Revolutionary War for changing hands between the British and American forces an extremely high number of times. The base houses a small military museum within its boundaries, which is separated from the main installation.


Locke City has, as a coastal city, a harbour. It is used for both commercial and private ships, and trade towards many harbours around the Atlantic goes through it. But not only container ships can be seen there, also the odd cruise ship and many smaller or larger private boats, motorized and with sails, can be found. A decently sized area of storage houses and offices is located in the harbour area, and it's not supposed to be the best neighbourhood in Locke.


Abbreviated LCU, Locke City University is a moderately well-known and longstanding institution of higher learning with a considerable population of both full-time and part-time students. While the colleges and degree programs offered are varied, there is a particular focus on history, engineering, Asian studies, and a pretty decent medical program, complete with a teaching hospital adjacent to campus. Their school colors are red, green, and white, with a polar bear mascot named "Bliz" - a source of either embarrassment or fierce defensiveness depending on who you talk to, as well as various controversies over the years due to the claimed "Christmassy" theme in a place that's not even very North Pole-like.


Educational facilities
Public services
Food can be acquired here!