Gothic City is one of the largest cities in America, and among the top fifty largest cities in the world in terms of geographical size and population.
Known as a 'Global Power City' because of the staggering wealth controlled by its wealthiest individuals it is also home to a vast number of individuals who live in total poverty. Because of this it is often considered the most unequal city in America and is a frequent topic of politicians and pundits of all stripes.
The distinctive architecture of the city is recognizable world wide and is simultaneously a symbol of great wealth and power, but also rampant corruption, poverty, and a lack of law and order.
Gothic City was founded by a family of mercenaries who made their fortune fighting in the American war for independence.
In the early years it was little more than a few stores, a single road and the docks. But as more and more wealth begin to pore through the ports they expanded, and so too did the city. By the end of the 18th century it was a thriving port town with a booming population of immigrants.
Between the 18th and 19th centuries it became caught up in the industrial age, because of the high population of inexpensive labor and proximity to an established harbor. It was one of the first American cities to become fully industrialized, but also one of the first cities to suffer the pains of pollution and organized crime.
In the Second World War the entire industrial portion of the city was tapped to manufacture for the war effort, and the cities massive population was drafted heavily to fight on both fronts. A tremendous surplus of weapons was stockpiled, and due to the corruption of the city officials it is not uncommon to see those weapons on the streets of Gothic today. After the war ended many veterans returned home to find themselves out of work, with few prospects for employment as many of the weapons factories shut down.
Through the sixties and seventies Gothic city experienced violet waves of civil unrest. Protests riots and violent crime skyrocketed. The mayor announced a harsh crackdown on all types of crimes and formed a special police unit to handle the large scale violence that was sweeping the city.
The eighties and nineties brought the return of organized crime and drug distribution on a scale unprecedented in American history. Corruption was rampant among the police and many of the poorer areas of the city were simply abandoned to their fates. Deep corruption among the judges and prosecutors office made it nearly impossible to imprison the crime bosses, but the Gothic City Penitentiary filled to overflowing with minor street criminals.
The early two thousands brought some minor changes, but all that was shattered with the collapse of the housing bubble. Dozens of local banks went completely out of business and the cities middle class was decimated. The city declared bankruptcy in 2010 but was denied. With greatly reduced tax income and creditors at every door the city of Gothic closed most public services and cut back police and rescue as much as was possible, leading to another wave of crime and disorder.
Today the city is dived sharply between the halves, who dwell in massive glass high-rises and the have nots, who often dwell in pitiful squallier. Crime is higher in Gothic City than any city in America, and it is considered the murder capitol of the civilized world.
Gothic city is recognizable world wide for its gothic architecture. Built piecemeal over the course of several centuries the city is a winding, confusing mess of streets overshadowed by tremendous dark structures. Several prominent psychologists have theorized the oppressive atmosphere of the city contributes to its high levels of mental illness and crime.
The famous docks of Gothic are one of the largest ports in america, bringing in several million tons of freight per day. Corruption is rampant with drugs, illegal immigrants, weapons and more slipping through customs every day.
Boasting very low taxes for its wealthiest citizens and gated communities where those who can afford it live with nearly 20% of the cities police force protecting under .01% of its population it is a popular destination for the wealthiest Americans. A Cape Killer outpost was established in early 2013 to enforce the Registration Act, only strengthening the cities reputation as a bastion of the rich and famous.
For its poorest the situation is diametrically opposed. They live in cramped squallier, often without proper services. The electricity is frequently disrupted, the city water is considered the worst in America, and the murder rate is staggering.
The culture of Gothic City is sharply divided between the wealthy and the poor.
For the rich life is often a series of galas, parties, and social events of ever increasing decadence. With nearly unlimited money to burn and entire sections of the city guarded night and day by the Cape Killers and police the parties are vast, sprawling and frequently illegal. Considered second only to Las Vegas as the party capital of America, Gothic cities high life has become so dedicate it is a byword for extreme entertainment.
The poor have an entirely different experience. A culture of violence, fear of criminal organizations and the police, and the glorification of the drug trade prevails. Few children manage to graduate from the cities overcrowded schools and those that do find only a few low paying jobs waiting for them. For most there is only a short life on government assistance, or a shorter life of crime.
The economy of Gothic city is crippled by decades of corruption, mismanagement, and the housing bubble. When the cities attempt to file bankruptcy was denied under suspicious conditions most of the remaining investors in the cities infrastructure departed.
Because of the widespread poverty and low tax rate for its wealthiest citizens the city of Gothic has little money to pay its creditors or provide services. The police are chronically under funded, tragically one of the lowest paying jobs in a city famous for its violence. Many have turned to bribes or theft to supplement their income, further increasing an already vast problem with corruption.
Despite this the entertainment section of the economy is booming, mostly due to the large number of wealthy clients willing to pay whatever it takes for the most extreme forms of entertainment they can find.
At one time Gothic City boasted a large and high tech system of rail transit, including the largest network of subways in America. However budget cutbacks in the early nineties resulted in its closer and now a large population of homeless dwell under the streets of Gothic.
The city itself is a twisting, turning madhouse of confusing streets and oppressive atmosphere Centuries of uncontrolled pollution and smog have left the city under near constant rainfall and eroded the roads dangerously.
Parkour is a popular pastime in the city as the large degree of overbuilding, and poor building codes have left many buildings dangerously close together. As a result many city youth transverse the city in risky leaps, dashes and jumps, flying from building to building in death defying acrobatics.
Armed with kinetic energy gauntlets and a protective suit this former Metahuman Affairs agent is a villain known for his bold robberies and the jaw dropping power of his energy blasts.
A mysterious vigilante renown for his brutality against those he regards as criminals. His name has become synonymous with fear and violence in the night.
A green clad archer who uses his energy construct abilities to fight crime and the various villains that plague Gothic.
A black clad vigilante, known for his agility and quickness. Once a relative unknown his fame has been growing with every passing day.
This green skinned shape shifter uses his animal powers to fight back against the creeping horrors of Gothic as well as running a blog about his favorite heroes.
, owner of the Alaric Foundation. A half-way house for those unfortunate souls it took in it seems under a shroud of fear.. as if there are screams one can't quite hear. But that is mere superstitious nonsense.
The all american hero himself has been spotted in Gothic city. Rumors of his crime fighting prowess and shield throwing ability circulated after he defeated a number of aggressive mutated plants.
All hear this! The mayor of Gothic City has been assassinated by a mysterious figure! The police are on the look out, and the Cape Killers have sworn to bring the murderer to justice.. at all costs..
A bomb attack on Gothic City Central Police Station, a raid on a high security prison, and a new channel hi-jacked by a violent anarchist! The city goes on high alert and people are told to stay in their homes.
This is an interaction/location thread inspired by Gotham City and Grimm City. It also has certain rules that are in addition to the existing CVnU rules. This is to create a different environment than is the norm, and focus on the unique aspects of roleplay in that environment.Power levels above a certain degree are regulated. This is to keep the focus of the thread on street level characters, and to prevent a high powered character showing up and solving all the problems, or pushing around the street levelers who make Gothic City their home.
It is very simple. If your character could defeat Pre-new52 Midnighter without any real trouble than you are too powerful for this thread. There are no exceptions, and I will allow ZERO loopholes. If you interpret your character as too powerful for Midnighter than you may not post here! This isn't to exclude anyone, just to focus the RP on the lower power levels that fit this setting.
This is the 'Villains, Vigilantes, Notables and Recent Events' section. This thread is alive, with its own canon, history, and famous people. These will ALL BE PCs. All you need to do to join the list is PM my Lady Liberty, Kratesis, or Amaranth Strix account, depending on which one I am on.
To be a notable criminal, hero, or other figure all you need to do is meet the power level requirements for the thread. Fill free to create your own home base here, such as a villain lair or vigilante base. You may add NPC's WITHIN REASON. No armies, but a large number of tough minions is fine.
If you wish to have your events added to the living history of this thread you need to PM me with a link to what happened, and add all the people involved into the PM so they can have a say in how it is recorded.
Feel free to talk, post gifs, and so forth to your hearts content. As a location thread this is the IC and OOC both.
I will edit the thread and add/adjust information as I have time. Feel free to PM me with any questions, and have fun :-)