Chinatown (In Madison Heights)
and Locations of Interest
Motor City Institute of Art
Motor City Public Library
Pure Power's Plant North
Tengu's Tea House
Kosmo's (In Clawson)
Diner Mo's (In Bloomfield)
The Comic Bunker/Luthelde Lantaneil's Office
The Draig Coch
RIVERFRONT: Considered some of Science City's most valuable real
the Riverfront is located
South of the New Ambassador Bridge (the original was obliterated by the
Styf asteroid) Detroit's riverfront consists of four and five star
hotels, casinos, outdoor and indoor malls as well as a dock where
ferries go to and from Canada. Certain businesses can also be
Science City's Riverfront district
Clawson had been one of
the areas left relatively unscathed by
the Styf strike and as a result it's property became highly
While originally it was going to be zoned for massive residential
housing politcians changed their minds at almost the last minute at the
region was largely re-zoned for industrial construction.
were erected all over the region.
Optimum Inc. had been well into construction of facilities but after it was discovered the company president had been a Tandian spy their stocks plummeted. Money dried up and most of the facilities went unfinished. In recent years one of the buildings was purchased by Pure Power's Plant (see below).
This is the central
disctrict and residential area of Science City. Here can be found
such major landmarks as the Styf Memorial, where the names of all those
who had died in the destruction of Detroit are held in posterity upon a
black marble spire. The Gateway Memorial can also be found here
as is the original Joe Louis fist, which had miraculously survived
largely intact. The Science City Lions are hosted by Ford Field
the Science City Tigers call Comerica Park home, while the Science City
Pistons play out of the Optimum Hall. The Detroit Red Wings (The
club refused to change it's name) are hostd by New Joe Louis Arena.
Downtown at night
As new technologies were
discovered and explored new facilities had to be constructed to take
advantage of them. Swathes of land were purchased and thousands
people moved. The city of Eastpointe became a major industrial
that thrives today. Optimum Inc has several factories here as
well as Spire Aerospace's primary construction facilities.
|FERNDALE: "Fashionable Ferndale" is an upscale suburb North of Downtown, it is known for it's large LGBT population and progressive policies; it was the first region to elect an openly gay city councilman and for the past twenty years has hosted the Science City Pride parade. It is also known for it's trendy night clubs and exclusive shops. Sam's Jams, for example, is a very well known music store specializing in rare vinyl, rock and roll posters, bootleg DVDs of old concerts, t-shirts and other memorobilia.|
neighborhood comprises all the "Pointes" those neighborhoods that had
formerly been called Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Woods,
Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores. This
wealthy enclave can be found east and south, with Lake St. Clair at the
far eastern border, and is the epitome of old money. These communities
were founded in the late 1800s, and the architecture ranges from
opulent to interesting. Expensive malls and restaurants can be
found here, as well as a host of private golf courses. While
roughly half the homes had been destroyed by the Styf strike, many
original homes still exist and those that replaced the destroyed
mansions are equally impressive in opulence.
The original Vindicators compound can be found in Grosse Pointe.
HAMTRAMCK: Hamtramck is quite literally a city within a city. Roughly two square miles in area, the community had been surrounded by Detroit even back in ’67 before the Styf invasion. When both Federal and State governments began offering major tax incentives other communities succumbed to the temptation and became part of Detroit, later Science City. But Hamtramck is home to a stubborn Polish folk and they felt that their independence was more important. The city prospered despite not having these incentives, as they had not been seriously damaged by the Styf meteor attacks and this community was instrumental in helping rebuild their larger neighbor.
has seen its share of
troubles, but it is still a viable community and is proud that it is
its own city. In recent years the tourist trade has increased due
to Hamtramck possessing some of the oldest buildings in the area.
seems to have some undefined magical nature; during the time when der
Natchfuhrer had taken over Science City and transformed it into
Necropolis, Hamtramck was unaffected. Hamtramck is also home to
what has been increasingly called the "Paranormal Precinct" (see below).
HIGHLAND PARK: North of what was originally Detroit is Highland Park, which during the reconstruction period saw a boom in residential construction. What set Highland Park apart from other communities, however, were the individuals purchasing the land. Even as segments of Downtown Science City were becoming what would later be called Tokyo West (see below), many Japanese families were flocking to Highland Park. The city boasts one of the largest Japanese populations in the United States and many of the apartment complexes and homes reflect Japanese culture. The richest compounds have lush, elaborate gardens, fountains and courtyards.
corridor of shops, hotels and Japanese themed entertainment centers
connect Highland Park to "Toykyo West", and while some residents
complain of the "Japanization" of Science City nothing much has been
to prevent the construction of such institutions. Science City
had a proud tradition of cultural and racial diversity and the city
council has always believed that should be maintained. However, a
measure to make all store signs bi-lingual has been adopted.
The "Tokyo Corridor"
LIVONIA: Livonia is
located thirteen miles Northwest from Downtown and is home to several
colleges and universities: Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, a
University of Phoenix campus as well as a Continuing Education Center
of Eastern Michigan University. It is also home to the
Detroit Museum, a well maintained facility that contains
photographs and memorobilia chronicalling the history of Science City
before the Styf strike.
Livonia is also home ot Optimum Inc's headquarters. Optimum Plaza can be found here, a magnificent and unusual looking pair of structures. Many of Optimum Inc.'s employees live in Livonia, as a matter of fact. The alien political entity known as The Confederacy also has an Embassy here, it is headed up by former Vindicator Glin Chet'crebinel.
When thousands of workers descended upon Detroit housing was
desperately needed to accomodate them. Tent cities sprang up all
the region as construction companies worked to put up houses and
apartment complexes. Pontiac became a major source for this
In time, as nicer housing was erected, Pontiac's homes were
Over the years the region became home to a lower class of tenant and
soon crime followed in their wake.
Today Pontiac is considered one of Science City's most crime ridden and economically depressed regions. It is also home to the region known as Aztec Acres (see below).
Officer Ukita in a slightly modified MCPD uniform.
Downtown Tokyo West at dusk.
UNDERGROUND: When reconstruction began
on Detroit, entire sections of the old city were simply bull dozered
over. This combined with sections of abandoned sewer systems
warrens of abandoned tunnels and unstable sub structures.
and homeless moved into these places and a sort of sub culture was
formed. Clever and innovative residents pirated water and power,
telephone cables were used to create an off-the-grid communications
network. There are miles of unmapped tunnels and warrens and any
attempt to shut them down and clean them out have been half hearted at
best, as numerous politicians find it easier to ignore the homeless
problem plaguing even Science City by keeping their "undesireables"
ground and out of sight.
A sample of an underground warren.
PRECINCT: A metropolis like Science
City, which attracts some of the world's most infamous criminals,
requires an elite police force. The First Precinct is the home of
best of the best, detectives who are specialists in a wide variety of
crimes. Tasks forces covering paranormal and conventional crime
The MCPD First Precinct officers are the only police officers in Science City to have access to a fleet of flying cars...except for Tokyo West officer Betsy Ukita, who somehow got ahold of one and no one has yet to ask her to give it back. There are two models; a two person patrol car, and a larger model that can be configured to carry a contingent of SWAT officers or act as prisoner transport.
The First Precinct is located in Downtown Science City in the New Hudson Building.
Since her death Gateway has become a symbol for the Feminist movement even though her involvement with NOW was peripheral at best. In interviews she had stated her admiration for the group but she herself had always been to busy as Gateway to contribute her time to them. Still every year NOW stages a rally at the Gateway Memorial.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: This is a
facility in that an entire wing is devoted to the study and care of
The model for other hospitals in other cities with potentially large
populations, it holds a large variety of labs and operating theatres
so almost anyone or anything could be treated. The wing is also
to be locked down like a maximum security prison at a moment's notice
a special contingent of FBI agents are always on duty there.
A sealed operating theater
Science City’s Hero’s Hangout is located in Ferndale and sports some nice items, among them Noir’s entire outfit (complete with 45’s, tommy gun and gask mask), three pairs of Mustaphah’s size fourteen Nike’s from the days he was known as Adam Smasher, and Gateway’s first costume before she just started wearing civilian clothes. Many items are rotated so different HH’s can host new and original stuff for their patrons, although some items-such as Cavalier’s armor and the Falcon display, stays in its original place.
Super Hero memorabilia is not as common as say rock and roll memorabilia so there are far fewer HH’s than there are Hard Rock Café’s. Currently there are eight; NYC, Los Angeles CA, Science City MI, London UK, Paris France, Chicago IL, Dallas TX, and Miami FL. There are currently no plans to open any more at this time, although with new heroes showing up it is hard to tell.
chain of restaurants tried to
for a similar theme. Unfortunately Planet Villainy was not very
and they had to declare bankruptcy.
INSTITUTE OF ARTS: When the Styf strike devastated Detroit it was not
just the horrific loss of life that was considered a tragedy; The
Detroit Institute of Arts was home to an impressive collection of
artistic works. While construction of the Science City
Arts building went relatively well, it took literally decades before it
amassed a collection rivalling that of the DIA.
SCIENCE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Located across the
street from the MIIA, the Science City Public Library is itself an
impressive structure, containing an impressive collection of
books. The MCPL strives to serve the public in as many capacities
as possible and within it's walls are a vast array of works both
fantastic and mundane.
building not only towers three stories above ground; the SCPB possesses
several sub basements where rare works are collected and held in sealed
rooms whose environments are carefully regulated, and made available
upon special request to patrons.
PLAZA: Home of Optimum Inc.
Optimum Plaza is considered one of the world's most advanced collection
of buildings. They were built with the latest construction
techniques, making them virtually earthquake proof, environmentally
friendly and tremendously energy efficient. Optimum Plaza
contains a wide variety of offices for various companies and interests,
from web designers to law firms.
Plaza is also home of some of OI's most advanced laboratories and
Research and Development departments. From communications to
alternative energy sources, OI claims that it is still at the forefront
of technological advancement!
POWER'S PLANT NORTH: After the horrific tragedy that took place at Pure
Power's Plant in 2008 it was decided by the staff that perhaps having
all the students in one place might be a bad idea; if they were going
to be potential targets then maybe it would be wiser to seperate
The idea was tossed back and forth for almost a year before it was
decided that three facilities would be opend up nation wide, making
four campuses. There was the original, one opened in Upstate New
another in Northern California, and a third in Science City.
Power's Plan North, also known as The Dojo, is where those paranormals
with enhanced physical attributes come to train. From super
to super speed to martial arts, they all come here to hone their
skills. Students are still taught classes in law enforcement and
Stephan's store was more like a large studio, his more impressive designs kept behind glass cases. There was his Captain Savage costume from his Classic Heroes line, a perfect replica of Lord Dredd's armor from his Infamy Unbound collection, and a beautiful Phantom of The Opera outfit complete with a make up kit from the Showbiz group.
not gay, although everyone
him-including his parents and sometimes his wife-thought so. An
man, Stephan himself is very slender with a long brown pony tail and
He prefers silk shirts. He had once tried to alter his look to appear
"manly" but nothing really worked.
Costumes can be found Downtown.
TEA HOUSE: In a neighborhood famous for Japanese cuisine, Tengu's Tea
House is famous for it's atmosphere and fine dining. It was one
first restaurants to open in Tokyo West and almost from the beginning
it has maintained it's five star rating.
Tengu's Tea House is famous for not only it's food, but it's lovely serving girls. Most recently it has received it's latest import, master chef Yori Tomomitsu. Daughter of famed chef Zuiken Tomomitsu and British Actress Pippa Stewart, Yori is considered a cooking prodigy. She is not only a master of Neo Japanese, but she is also a master chef in the fields of French, Italian and Chinese cuisine as well. Just don't ask her to cook anything English or one might get a cleaver to the forehead.
With a many facilities laying empty in Clawson it was no surprise that
owners having to pay property tax and seeing no return might grow a
little desperate. Thus this is how one such facility became a
club/bar. Rumor has it money changed hands to have a certain
industrial park re-zoned and soon Kosmo's was open to much
The owner, Kosmo Balabanov, a Russian "businessman" who set up shop
after being "asked politely" to leave New York by his "business
associates". Kosmo was not a bad person, at least on the
just seemed to be a bad criminal. This was evident when he was
arrested for tax evasion and was later knifed in prison.
his place was passed down to a wife who had been a former mistress;
theory has it she was married so the bulk of Kosmo's money could be
hidden in her name. Later she was investigated for masterminding
killing of her husband but no evidence was ever found. In any
Tamina King Balabanov has been too busy hosting parties on her immense
yacht in the South Atlantic to pay much attention to the bar with her
husband's name on it.
criminal activity takes place in Kosmo's is an obvious a statement as
human beings need oxygen to survive. The place is like the Mos
cantina, only with more colorful characters. Minor league super
criminals often frequent the place and police are loathe to shut it
down because in the past it has proven to be an excellent source of
intelligence. Rumor has it there is an entrance to Science City's
Underground here as well, but it has yet to be found.
MO'S: If you are hungry and are looking for something a little
different, then perhaps Diner Mo's is the place for you. Located
in Bloomfield near Clawson, DM's is a fine eating establishment open 24
hours that fully embraces a 50's dining atmosphere. The servers
are all women and dress from head to toe in fifties fasion; even their
hair styles are from the era. The menu too is gloriously,
deliciously unhealthy and the owner, Mo, makes no compromises on that
score. The air is filled with the tunes of Chuck Berry, Elvis
Presley, Bill Haley & His Comets, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, LaVern
Baker and many others.
The menu is comparatively expensive, but patrons are paying for the atmosphere and experience (i.e. much like Jack Rabbit Slims in Pulp Fiction and the real world's Johnny Rockets). Mo himself is seldom seen, although rumors abound that the large white man that sometimes comes out to greet guests is actually an actor and Mo himself is a sharp Korean woman angling to expand her restaurant into a nation wide chain. Thusfar Diner Mo's has weathered the turbulent effects that have swept over the city and has managed to seem as if the fifties have never left.
PRECINCT: Whenever money was tight, sadly Hamtramck's Police
Headquarters seemed to bear the brunt of things. The city had
depended upon surrounding Science City to pick up the slack and as a
result sometimes Hamtramck Police was not taken seriously as a viable
law enforcement agency. However things have seemed to have taken
more people have been coming to the detectives of the Hamtramck Police
Department to report odd occurences, be it zombie cat sightings or
poltergeists or floating dimensional portals. And the detectives
the now nick-named "Paranormal Precinct" have risen to the challenge,
aiding police in other regions to take a look at the weird.
police officers have no special powers, they just seem to have unique
insights and instincts that allow them to discern fact from fiction.
enough, where some regions appeared at random, cutting off streets,
sewage pipes and power and gas lines, Magic Mile seemed to line up
nearly perfectly. And sunken power lines do not seem to suffer
any disruptions; apparently the lines are deep enough so they are not
unduly affected by the 'Mile's magical nature.
Magic Mile's "Mayor" is shop keeper Minnie Southaway, a "simple merchant" who possesses a saavy political and business sense. It is difficult to tell whether or not she possesses any special powers, although her shop does sell interesting curios.
AZTEC ACRES: The city of
Pontiac just can't catch a break. Suffering from economic
depression and high crime, it is now the "host" of a region of Amazon
rain forest. And a pyramid housing an ancient Aztec god.
pyramid where the entity resides looks a bit worn and the inhabitants
that live in the villages surrounding it seem more like the descendants
of a more advanced culture. They are insular and reluctant to
deal with outsiders, but have accepted the charity offered by local
residents. They have taken up trade, exchanging simple crafts for
items they cannot make themselves. Anthropologists have come to
visit the various tribes and live with them to try and discover the
mysteries of their past.
the region now known as Aztec Acres is larger than it seems.
While it covers a city block, within it's environs the area seems to
cover more than thirty square miles. The environment has remained
more South American in climate despit it being transplanted in a
OLD CHINATOWN: West of Downtown Science City are four city blocks of mystery, a collection of narrow, twisting streets, alleyways and buildings where a Chinese community lives. Transplanted to Science City from another place (the transplantees have proven to be tight lipped on where they have come from), "Old Chinatown" seems like something from an old Hollywood movie, or from the pages of a pulp novel. Many men wear the traditional changsan ("long shirt"), the women clad in cheongsam dresses. The area is full of laundrymats, martial art schools, Buddhist temples. A hidden opium den was found. Of course, not all shops and buildings are full of cliches, they are just the ones that seem to stand out the most.
suspect a strong criminal presence; several men were arrested with
small axes on their person, the traditional weapon of a Tong gang
member. Locals remain tight lipped about any Tong presence,
suspect there may be some connection between "Old Chinatown" and the
"Flying Fortress" (see below) but there is no direct evidence at this
time. Also while the region does contain an air of mystery and
old world menace, there is no evidence that these streets and buildings
harbor any supernatural dangers. However, there are rumors of
hidden underground passageways, of strange beasts spotted roaming the
alleyways, and a mysterious ancient sorcerer who commands strange and
powerful mystical beings...
|FLYING FORTRESS: Floating serenely over Science City is a magical phenomena that has been come to be known as The Flying Fortress, a collection of buildings, rocks and trees that floats and drifts in some unknown manner. Some have speculated the source of the Fortress' gravity-defying nature is magical, others think it may be some advanced technological agency is being employed. The fact is no one knows because no one has been able to contact the (presumed) inhabitants of the facility. All attempts to make a landing upon the structure have proven futile, with approaching aircraft losing power and narrowly avoiding crashing.|
COCH: One day a remote section of The Underground contained
rubble and trash, a place even the homeless and hopeless had no use
for. The next and there was a bar, The Red Dragon. The
quickly arranged to pirate power and plumbing, then set about finding
ways to get his hands on liquor. The Red Dragon has become a
where the dispossessed and adventurous come, partly out of curiosity,
partly to meet in privacy and security.
Science City police officials are well aware of The Red Dragon's existence but they have done nothing to shut it down. Police have found that the bar is useful as a source of information. They have also come to realize that acting against the establishment might have negative repurcussions in that the patrons might act against law enforcement.
Jerry Jenkins, the bar's owner, isn't exactly what you could call human. Whether he is a represnetative of his species or a mutant or has some other reason for his comparatively odd appearance, he isn't saying. Jerry speaks with a Welsh accent and is fond of cheap cigars and bourbon. While he has only been in Science City a short time he seems to have developed an extensive network of contacts both criminal and otherwise. More than one local celebrity has gotten their picture taken with the Draig Coch's owner.
Not all dimensional
phenomena are static. Some move from place to place, depositing
little "gifts" here and there. No one knows exactly coined the term
"Screaming Mimi" for the roaming dimensional incursions but the name
Sometimes something harmless might come out of
a Screaming Mimi such as pretty lights, butterflies, a snippet of
music. And other times something highly dangerous might spew
forth like a party of raiding orcs. The Screaming Mimis might pop
up anywhere at any time and citizens have been advised to report one if
spotted. Screaming Mimis can last anywhere from a few seconds to
a few minutes.