Dresden Files Accelerated: Emerald City: Requiem
DESCRIPTION: Declining commercial district surrounding the University of Washington.
The University District is, next to Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most colorful and diverse neighborhoods. Carting to the students of the University of Washington shops cater to a wide variety of economic and social strata. One of the most notable features of the District however is it’s large and primarily young homeless population. Known as the Ave Rats they represent a ubiquitous presence in the main drags.
Residents of the U-District, primarily college students, spend the majority of their time either on campus are among the shops and bars that dominate the surrounding area, empty streets are almost unheard of in this part of the city which may be part of what lends it it’s surprisingly low crime rate.
Supernaturally the U-District is as eclectic as it’s mundane residents, supporting a fairly large hedge wizard population comprising mostly of the simply faithful but with several minor talents and butting sorcerers in their midst. Also prominent in the district is a small but growing plague of were-rats living amongst the homeless population. With no clearly defined leadership other than their near universal respect for Rizzo and older homeless man who has been living on these streets for near 15 years now, the rats have been recruiting new members who are identified as having potential and biding their time awaiting an opportunity that even they are not sure they’ll see when it comes.
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
KEY ASPECT: Too Clever By Half
LOCATION: Plain Sight Optometry
Dr. Sue clinic Plain Sight Optometry for the past 8 years has been a weigh station for the wayward supernatural. Dr. Sue helps supernaturals (and the occasional vanilla mortal) get new identities and new lives in Seattle. Sue is very protective of her clients and will not betray their trust even at risk to their own life.
KEY ASPECT: “When I Turn Around You Better Be Gone.”
LOCATION: 18th Precinct House
Captain for Seattle’s 18th Precinct which covers the University District with the exception of the University Itself (which is covered by its own force). Cptn. Clark’s rise in the police force was far from meteoric, 25 years of the force has found him in charge of Seattle’s smallest precinct house. Having a natural aversion to work and instilling a similar level of sloth in those under his command Seattle’s U-District enjoys among it’s lowest reported crime rates as the locals have learned simply not to bother. If there is one thing that Cptn. Clark will defend with vigor it is the idea that there is nothing going on worthy of a major investigation, and he has been known to incarcerate individuals who suggest otherwise.
THERE’S MORE TO FAMILY THAN BLOOD
KEY ASPECT: Brothers In Hardship
LOCATION: Scarecrow Video
While lacking any magical talent himself Old Joe (in reality only 45, but those were 45 hard years) has become the center point for many of the Ave Rats, literal and otherwise. Old Joe is one of the most clued in people in Seattle, with his many children providing him the skinny on the happenings of the city. While generally Joe is little more than an mentor to those seeking help, he will always take advantage of an opportunity to protect himself and his community.
KEY ASPECT: “You Can’t See Sin.”
LOCATION: University Temple United Methodist Church
Andrew Fallon runs the Roots (Rising Out Of The Shadows) Youth shelter which serves the homeless population in and around the U-District. Brought up in the Methodist Church in Oregon he came here hoping to help people but soon found it was more than people in trouble in Seattle. Andrew has only been in the city for 4 months now and has already gained a reputation as a good man, although many of the younger supernatural inhabitants of the streets enjoy having some fun at his expense by revealing their powers to him.