Ravens Landing: A City of Darkness
The greatest difference between "Our" world and that of Ravens Landing: A city of Darkness, is the presence of immortal monsters pulling the strings of humanity. Violence and despair are more common here, because they need to be in order for the Vampiric Lords to continue their existence. The city is bleak, but escape is an ever-present commodity, perhaps too present. The setting of Ravens Landing is a composite of its populace and their despair.
Bloodsucking cadavers returned from the grave to feast on the living blood of mortals. Monsters damned to Oblivion who avoid their punishment through life unlawfully stolen. Erotic predators who take their sustenance from innocent, struggling or, perhaps, willing? Both men and women.
Since time's beginning, humanity has spoken of vampires, the undead, the demonic spirit embodied in human flesh, the corpse risen from its grave possessed of a burning hunger for warm blood. From Hungary to Hong Kong, from Delhi to New York, people throughout the world have experienced chills of delicious terror contemplating the deeds of the night-stalking vampire. The vampire has haunted novels, films. TV series, video games, clothing, even breakfast cereal. These stories are mere myths, right? Wrong.
Vampires have walked among us from prehistoric times. They walk among us still. They have fought a vast, hidden war with one another since the earliest nights of human history. History, his story, our story, their story... Are you ready to know the truth? I hope so. And this eternal struggles final outcome may determine humanity's future, or its ultimate damnation.
The Vampires are not the only monsters to stalk the streets of Ravens Landing. Behind many a looming shadow lurks a pair of eyes belonging to something...else. The Vampires share the night with many other inhuman presences. When Vampires come into contact with these "others," the results are rarely pleasant, as the Cities supernatural denizens have vied for themselves, these others have societies of their own. Unfortunately, few Vampires have been able to get close enough to the others to tell, and fewer still have escaped to warn others. Among these other races these are the most common: Werefolk, Trolls, Goblins, Ghosts, Ghouls, Imps, Demons, Zombies, Lich Lords, and Giant Mutant Animals. There is also at least one Banshee that has been sighted in Ravens Landing, how the Banshee came to be in the city is a mystery of great interest among the occultist and Vampiric Lore-Masters of the city.
The Mortals in Ravens Landing are not much different from us, except that they are treated by the overwhelming Vampire population of Ravens Landing as livestock so to say, the humans are given every luxury in life made possible by the Vampiric Lords that rule over their City, the cost of living is very economical in Ravens Landing, making it very easy for many mortals to live there, and have big fat families, with big fat children, and grand children. This makes all the hard work the Vampires of the Ravens Landing put inside their boardrooms, feel secure. The cattle are happy, stupid, and fat from wealth, making them easy prey.
When all is said and done, the most fundamental difference between "US" humans and "THEM" Vampires lies in their methods of sustenance. Vampires may not subsist on the foods of mortals, instead they must maintain their eternal lives through consumption of blood, fresh human blood. Vampires acquire their sustenance in many fashions. Some cultivate "herds" of willing mortals, who cherish the ecstasy of the Vampires kiss (Bite). Some creep into houses by night, feeding from sleeping humans. Some stalk the mortals playgrounds, the nightclubs, bars, and theaters, enticing mortals into illicit liaisons and disguising their predation as acts of passion. And yet others take their nourishment in the most ancient fashion, stalking, attacking and incapacitating (or even killing) mortals who wander too far into lonely nocturnal alleys and empty lots.
Vampires prey on the mortals, this is the way of things. As the elders are painfully aware, though, they may be preyed on as well. Vampires must step lightly, they must be ever mindful of their dark arts, were the humans as a whole ever to turn its attention to the Vampires, the Vampiric Lords of Ravens Landing would be quickly wiped out. Superstition is the Vampires best weapon. By enforcing mortals disbelief, by cultivating a smug belief in reason, by dismissing Vampires presence as the fancies of children and lunatics, the Vampires allow the mass of the mortals to do the work of shielding them from the few mortals who do know that Vampires walk the night. A few small clusters of quote unquote "Vampire Hunters" have spawned up in Ravens Landing as of recent nights, no doubt the result of the young and stupid Vampires born of the modern era.
Location: Ravens Landing.
Population: 2'628'088, metropolitan area 3'038'046.
Vampire Population: 70-80 (not including possible unknowns)
Newspapers: Ravens Landing Sentinel (Morning daily), Landings Journal (afternoon daily).
Weather: Ravens Landing is a winter wonderland most of the year. Staying at an average temperature of 22 degrees Fahrenheit a bulk of the year, and reaching average temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit in July. This is ideal for the Vampires whom are indifferent to extremes of temperatures, and keeps the mortals fat, lazy, and sluggish. Many people opt to stay inside of their public heated dwellings, rather than face the cold bitter streets.
Ravens Landing is a city of extremes. It holds many rich in its penthouses, but it houses many more people in its community homes. Some mortals think of Ravens Landing as a clean and prosperous city. Those aware of the truth of this Gotham type world know the city's wholesale exterior hides a much darker truth. The prosperity of Ravens Landing is only a veil covering its rotten core. At the heart of this beautiful winter wonderland is a toxic center, the corrupt business practices have seen to that.
- City Hall
- Ravens Landing Public Park
- The University (College Students)
- Ravens Perch (Night Club)
- The Arena (Sports, Extreme and Athletic)
- The Auditorium (Council Meetings, ect.)
- The Old Crow Theater (Movies, Popcorn)
- Performing Arts Center
- Ravens Landing Public Museum
- ST. Stevens Chapel
- Miller Frost Cemetery
- Public Sewers System
The Vampires of Great Interest in Ravens Landing
The Dark Father of Ravens Landing. The oldest and most powerful of the blood drinking fanged immortals, of legend. Overlord Malik is the only true Ancient Vampire unliving in Ravens Landing, he is estimated to have been remade from an unknown Vampire around 8'000 years ago. These are just the rumors however seeing as how no one would actually have the audacity to actually ask Overlord Malik such a pointless and trivial question.
If Overlord Malik is the King of Ravens Landing then Archbishop Goro is his right hand. Goro is the visible leader of the Vampire community of Ravens Landing, seeing as how Overlord Malik stays in the shadows, and only speaks to the Archbishop and the Bishop directly. Archbishop Goro makes all the important decisions regarding Ravens Landing, for both the Vampire community, and in regards to the livestock. (Mortals)
The Dark Mother of the Vampires of Ravens Landing, as well as the black heart and soul, like a timeless ebony rose. Bishop Ennoia has amassed much wealth and power by being the center of attention in the social circles of the Vampire community, she is the eyes, and ears of the little people so to say. Ennoia has been coined the nick-name The Black Queen, or just Queen for short, it is not an official title just an amusing anecdote.
The Vampires of Ravens Landing have a status structure that is based on a Vampires personal status within the community. The Overlord, Archbishop, and Bishop being at the top of their hierarchy the list is as follows:
- Overlord: Taken. NPC
- Archbishop: Taken. NPC
- Bishop: Taken. NPC
- Lord or Lady: Open.
- Elder: Open.
- Mr or Miss Open.
- Never heard of the guy, or gal. Of course open. We always need boot licks.