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The concept here is to make an open living city which GMs can use as a setting for their games. All information here should be freely available to players and GM. Please read the rules and regulation post.

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  2. Various Super powered people who seem to hang out in the Tenderloin.
  3. Second Chances Halfway House Second Chances is a boarding house set up to assist supervillains in their efforts at reintegrating back into society after they've served out their sentences or for those who've gotten released early for good behavior or after serving on the in the government's version of the Suicide Squad. It's a government-sponsored halfway house dealing in former supervillains. Qualified former supervillains are watched and allow to reintegrate into society. Funding for the effort is moderate to low depending on the current government attitude towards "reformed" supervillains so the house was put in a fiscally responsible location (a poorer section of the city). Strangely, this has reduced the number of complaints about the house and increased it success rate compared to similar houses in other cities. Originally created by Steve
  4. Fresh Hair The beauty salon is run by the fabulous Anastassia Epstein or "Ana". Her salon has 4 stations and is constantly busy, though she reserves time for truly pathetic cases. Her ability to restyle and re-imagine hair to its best effect is only half the reason people, both men and women, come to Ana's. While performing her hair miracles, Ana talks to her customers and appears to be able to draw out whatever is bothering them and relieving them of some of the burden of their problems. Some have likened Ana's with a therapy appointment only more productive and it comes with a free hair cut. The costs for the salon appointment per hour is about the same or higher, though no one complains after the appointment.
  5. The Palais An old brownstone apartment building which has been around since the 1880s. The accommodations are dirt cheap but so is the building. The current owners have been indicted for various housing violations and are barely skirting by, just like the rats and cockroaches in the building. Interestingly enough the area around the building is fairly free of crime. This was due to the masked vigilante known as the Sheppard operating out of an old speakeasy in the basement of the building. Unfortunately, the Sheppard a little while ago finally met a grizzly end while trying to save people from a burning building but the base was never discovered.
  6. Aftermath Enterprises Aftermath specializes in the reconstruction and recreation of cities after devastation caused by super battles. They employ teams of unique individuals and are able to recreate locations almost perfectly in a fraction of the time. Aftermath Enterprises has a policy of 105, which means after paying costs, the company seeks only 10% profit. This unique commodity pricing has lead to Aftermath having major branch offices in every major metropolitan city in the world and that 10% profit margin reaching $1 billion a year.
  7. O'Reilly US Merchant Command and Coordination Center This partial military base was set up to facilitate actions of the merchant marines in this area during World War II. Today, the area acts as a coordination center and a veterans affairs unit for the Merchant Marines. Due to the volume of goods passing through the waters of Babylon City, O'Reilly's base has expanded and provides passing mariners others amenities such as store, the merchant marines bank, and urgent care facility. It also acts as part of the coast guard base of operations since World War I, though its use in modern times is limited mostly to natural disaster coordination.
  8. Santa's Village A family fun setting in the 1960's, the current place shut down in the 1990's due to poor attendance. The village had a saccharine like little village where cheap Chinese made toys and candy were sold. Fun rides for all ages were available in almost carnival like atmosphere. In December, the place would come alive with a permanent Santa and reindeer. Today, weeds and broken equipment abound. Gang markings cover many of the little gingerbread shops and certain deranged criminals have made the place their base of operations at times.
  9. Statler's Emporium Statler's Emporium was created by Charles Statler in 1943. The Emporium has always purchased high end products for the high end consumer and has been notoriously profitable since its inception. The current location in Babylon City's Elysium is no coincidence as the shop has moved several times in its life, always to where the extremely wealth live. A note on the products of the Emporium. The products are just bejeweled to make them more expensive, they are cutting edge pieces of equipment. For example, other "cheaper" place may make a high end computer with fancy lights and a gold plated shell. The Emporium sells a computer at the low end of it cost sheet that could run the NYSE in the size of a laptop. They don't sell guns, they sell personal high yield defensive weapons like the fully automatic .50 caliber anti-material hunting rifle with ultra high effect flash and sound suppression and a 16 round magazine.
  10. In the city council election, Jay Waters wins new term. After a close race which required a recount, the city manager has certified the results in a win by 23 votes. Jay Waters - Incumbent, Democrat On completing his first term as councilman, Jay Waters is running on a platform of raising the minimum wage in Babylon City, increasing affordable housing, increasing premium costs on local super damage insurance, and the required licensing of local supers. "The amount of damage to the city properties when supers engage in battle is producing a huge drain on city resources. While I appreciate the efforts of these heroes to save people and prevent crime, the amount of damage and clean up costs are appalling. By increasing the cost of property damage coverage for acts of paranormal violence and by requiring supers to go through licensing and permits, we can reduce the damage to our city through training and accountability and sustain a healthy city budget." In case readers are wondering, there wasn't any votes from people so I just mirrored actual elections.
  11. St. James Park This park is covered in high trees several hundred years old. While the grounds are much newer, the city decided long ago to keep the tree here until the tree's eventually die. The last tree to die was in '76 when Commander Communist and The Minuteman fought and the tree was one of the casualties. The city soon found, that the hardwood of the tree was worth a lot of money not because of the rarity and strength of the wood, but furniture and items made from the wood elicited a city pride. Only 9 original trees remain. Newer trees have been planted in dedication ceremonies when one dies bringing about much local news and city income. St. James Park is also noted for another less grand tradition. Because of the trees and buildings around the park, the park tends to be sheltered from more extreme forms weather. As a result, the homeless will congregate around the park at night. This problem has been attempted to be rectified by the city council a number of times but to no lasting success. During the day, the park's homeless population vacates the area and even cleans up most of their refuse leaving little trace of their nightly visits.
  12. OK, been a bit busy with the holiday season 2018. Seems like whenever Christmas fall on Tuesday through Thursday, there is never enough time to do anything. I'll put a few more entries in for place and locales and then next year (or maybe at the end of this year) I'll start populating the city with NPCs.
  13. The Babylon Crier The Babylon Crier is one of two competitive newspapers in Babylon City. The Crier is a conservative newspaper with a large number of reporters dealing with crime and corruption in the city. Because of it focus on crime and corruption, the locals have called the newspaper the Babylon Cry for a while. While the newspaper is a bitter pessimistic in its outlook, most of the articles on crime and corruption usually get ferreted out by supers. Several investigative reporters have won Pulitizer Prizes based on articles they have uncovered.
  14. All Woks of Life Located in the heart of Babylon City's Little Asia, All Woks of Life is a family owned and operated business specializing in hard to find Asian cooking tools. The unique stock of merchandise covers nearly every aspect of Asian cooking! For over 35 years, the store has enjoyed an excellent reputation for having a knowledgeable and friendly staff prepared to answer the toughest of customer inquiries. The owners say that several martial arts superheroes frequent the store for their needs, though they only have one picture with Iron Dragon posted in the shop. Editor's Note: Based on the real life The Wok Shop, a shop in chinatown in San Francisco. If you like to cook asian, it's the place to get your equipment.
  15. Great Buy Great Buy is a large retail marketing chain mostly dealing in electronics. The sales floor attendants wear bright red shirts and their motto is "When you buy from us, its a Great Buy!". They have a consulting and repair business called "The Computer Repairmen!" featuring a caped computer repairman as their logo. Their rates are so reasonable that large corporations will sometimes outsource to the Computer Repairmen. They have a huge rivalry with BuyNBulk a large warehouse store.
  16. Habanero This restaurant has two locations in the Barrios, though the original one is considered the best. While one might think the food is solely about spice, that would be incorrect. The restaurant actually has two menus. One for gringos which consists mostly of traditional Mexican American dishes with a more authentic flavor and a special South of the Border menu. The South of the Border menu has more unusual meats such as lengua (beef tongue), mondongo(tripe), and cabeza(head - cow head). They have recently updated their Salsa Muerte to use Carolina Reapers as well as Habaneros and Jalapenos. A certain regenerating superhero is known to eat at the establishment frequently using the Salsa Muerte liberally on food. It seems the spicyness lasts long enough to be tasted by the superhero before the regeneration kicks in to bland out the taste. Another super heroine also like to eat here but they just consider her insane.
  17. Wallrock Manufacturing Plant One of the largest polluters in Babylon City, Wallrock Manufacturing produces a variety of goods for mostly industrial uses. Base aluminum smelting was 90% of the original production but lately more exotic metals and materials have taken up to 40% of the manufacturing processes. Each year the EPA lists Wallrock manufacturing in the top 100 worst polluters in the nation and each year the lawyers for Wallrock get the company off with a slap on the wrist. Several supervillain origins are blamed on the effluent that the manufacturing plant produces but no direct causal evidence has ever made it to court.
  18. The Smoke Shack This hole in the wall has been gaining popularity lately. It offers Texas style BBQ at reasonable prices and while not award winning cuisine, the food is tasty. Beer selection tends to stay in common bottle brews (Coors, Budweiser, Sam Adams) with nothing on tap. The place has been shutdown twice before due to health violations, mostly due to the owner, a man who used to go by the Nom De Guerre Firenado, not completely understanding the health codes in the city. Since then, there has not been any other closures except during holidays. Firenado was a supervillain out of the Dallas Fort Worth area but has since retired from a life of crime to Babylon City. He has never explained where he got the seed money to start his own restaurant as no bank would lend him cash. In reality, his Aunt Bonnie died and left him a small sum of money having him promise to try and go straight with it. So far, he has been doing a good job at it with some help from an unknown superhero who has been acting like a guardian angel.
  19. St. Francis University of Babylon City St. Francis University is a small privately run university in Babylon City. Named after St. Francis of Assisi, the university originally produced successful graduates in the health care related fields of biology, biochemistry and the like. Today, the university is suffering an internal personality civil war. The economic department has produced its own successful graduates and as is common in the situation with wealthy, successful graduates, they become part of the board of directors for the university. The majority of the economic graduates on the board desire the University to become more cost effective and profitable while the biosciences group wants to expand medical research and free/low cost medical help. In the middle is the Franciscan priest who has so far been able to strike a middle ground between the two forces on the board of directors. He sees the merits to both sides and frequently mediates a compromise between the two forces. Unfortunately, the priest is getting a bit old and will soon retire. The Catholic church has yet to name a successor and no junior priest at St. Francis seems poised to take on the role.
  20. Curry World Curry World is a Japanese fast food curry shop. Its mostly a build your own curry restaurant but it has a lot of offerings that you might not find in a regular shop. Besides the normal meats of beef, chicken, or pork, the shop sells such meats as octopus, goat, and turtle. It is unknown if anyone has ever bought such delicacies, but the owner keeps a fresh stock of the strange meats in his shop and he never throws out any exotic expired meat.
  21. Field of Dreams is a nursery that grows a variety of plants in hot houses outside of Babylon City. The green houses look like standard green houses and there are a lot of the long plastic enshrouded buildings. The outer green houses and the perimeter fence and lands looks like any standard green house and nursery. The inner building houses (~50% of the green houses) house various types of medicinal marijuana. The owner of the nursery is a former supervillain who supplied Babylon City's pot business. When pot became legal in several states, the supervillain got a legal permit to produce the plant. His business model is legal and while there may be minor infractions, he runs his business tight enough that they can't shut him down legally. The problem he has is that there are still villains selling pot illegally or are willing to steal the pot than pay and grow it themselves. His own powers have kept the minor villains away but he's seeing his need to call in old adversaries to stop the more major villains.
  22. SUPERBURGER Superburger is a burger shack that is popular with locals. It's signature burger is a 3 lb. monstrosity with 6 patties, 6 servings of cheese on a ciabatta bun. It's topped off with an optional sprig of parsley. A warning sign and a newspaper clipping warns people to eat the superburger at their own risk when a man died eating said burger at the establishment. The restaurant hyped up the incident and its become a selling point for the burger. Other tastier options are the hand made milkshakes, the 6 alarm fire burger where they mix in habaneros into the ground beef, the beer batter onion rings, and the fresh cut think french fries. A few of the more macho superpowered bricks eat here to carb up.
  23. Hercules Texas BBQ This restaurant is a standard restaurant. The only difference is that the barbecue pit is rather large and made from a single piece of stone said to be from Mount Olympus. The fire never seems to die and the coals always burns hot. The owners say the coals are from the pits of Tartarus and they never die. The BBQ is fantastic with juicy meats that smoke for hours over the ever burning coals. The greek owners have won several major national BBQ awards and the more meat prone supers come from mile away to eat up to 10 pounds of authentic Texan BBQ Beef Ribs. A story has been told that a super and a villain met at Hercules Texas BBQ but didn't fight. They each ate their meal and walked away to a nearby empty lot to have their fight. Neither wanted to damage the BBQ restaurant.
  24. Gay Pride Rainbow Parade The city has had a gay pride parade since May 22 1989 but the affair was not as well known as many of the other gay pride celebrations in the United States. In 2005, the LGBT community was banned by organizers from participating in the St. Paddy's Day parade. In response, the LGBT community moved the Gay Pride Parade from May 22nd to March 17th which began a 9 year parade war between the two groups. Pope Francis stepped in and has seemed to settle the two factions down and the Gay Pride Day celebration having been moved back to May 22nd. The both parades now carry a contingent from the other parade. The St. Paddy's parade has a LGBT float and the Gay Pride parade has an Irish float in commemoration of Ireland's legalization of marriage equality.
  25. St. Paddy's Day Parade The local Irish community originally settled in the Tenderloin and started a tradition of the St. Paddy's Day parade. Restaurants host several celebration (mostly beer oriented) before during and after the parade and a good time is had by most. Unfortunately, there is a dark lining to the parade. The parade is made up of mostly Catholics and Christians. Depending on the current religious climate of the Vatican, the parade goers may include the LGBT group. Under Pope Benedict XVI, the parade took a more exclusionary route which lead off into the city's Gay Pride parade, a more minor affair to become larger than the St. Paddy's Day Parade. This led to violent clashes between right wing conservative Catholics and left wing LGBT groups. The current pope, Pope Francis, wrote letters to both parties which seems to have settled down both parties to an extent.
  26. Chinese New Year On the last weekend in January, the Chinatown section of Little Asia celebrates Chinese New Years. Many restaurants offer specials and the streets are heavily decorated. The police have a hard time as there is an increased criminal presence in the town, but mostly, the criminals do not interfere with the festivities. Firecracker refuse litter the street as long strands of fire crackers scare away the demons from properties. This long standing tradition including the awesome presentation of the dragon dance by one of the local Wu Shu centers seems to genuinely bring good luck to the Little Asia, as the end of January and February seem to be high income months from the stores in Little Asia.
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