Campaign of the Month: March 2014
Uptown (North Island) [1d]
Bay Side [2d]
The men and women who live and work in Bay Side are on the front lines of a war, and the don’t even know it. That war was decided when Black Mask put a bullet into Falcone’s skull.
With Falcone dead priorities have shifted. The Nora Fries Cryoprison poses a new and massive problem for Mask. Despite the fact that Mask now controls the rest of Gotham, Freeze is standing defiant in his resistance. This a challenge to Mask’s power that cannot be ignored. All it will take is one of Batman’s former adversaries standing up to Black Mask for the others that are still on the loose to get ideas.
Sionis has begun amassing men in Bay Side to deal with the problem. Some, even the stanchest of Black Mask’s supporters, wonder what the big deal is. Freeze obviously has the advantage, and Black Mask has already gone through the requisite posturing to dissuade challengers. What his lackeys don’t realize Mask does. This is about more than a petty turf war. This is about the future of crime in Gotham.
Sionis knows that if Freeze’s prison gains legitimacy with the public and the authorities, men like Mask won’t get a short stent in Blackgate anymore. They will be frozen, rendered inert, powerless, and unimportant. This would be a living Hell for Mask. As such Mask has devoted a large number of his forces to removing Freeze, and his cryoprison, from the picture.
13th Floor [3d]
The 13th floor is a walled off floor in the old orphenage on West Hoyt and Carrico. It can only be accessed from a secret spiral staircase hidden behind a wroughtiron door in the sewers. The floor itself is filled with old stylish furniture covered in dustsheets. It’s fully furnished and can be lit by candles, probably being walled of sometime before the invention of electricity.
Currently the Vigilante known as Brimstone operates out of the 13th floor, even though he does not fully know who owns it
and why it was constructed.
Gotham Gazette [3d]
The Gotham Gazette Building is a skyscraper on the west side of Bay Side that was completed in 2007. Its chief tenant is The Gotham Gazette Company, publisher of The Gotham Gazette as well as the International Gotham Gazette, and other newspapers. Construction was a joint venture of The Gotham Gazette Company and the Metropolis Lex Company—a Gotham City subsidiary of LexCorp-and Queen Industries.
The project was announced on December 13, 2001, entailing the erection of a 52-story tower on the north side of West Perry Street between Grace Court and India Avenue across from the Port Authority of Gotham City & Gotham Bus Terminal. The project was in conjunction with the renovation of the Clocktower.
The site for the building was obtained by the Gotham City Development Corporation (GCDC) through eminent domain. With a mandate to acquire and redevelop blighted properties in Bay Side, ten existing buildings were condemned by the GCDC and purchased from owners who in some cases did not want to sell, asserting that the area was no longer blighted. The Gazette noted that many of these owners were members of the Gotham crime Families.
The tower rises 748 feet (228 m) from the street to its roof, with the exterior curtain wall extending 92 feet (28 m) higher to 840 feet (260 m), and a mast rising to 1,046 feet (319 m) The tower is also the seventh tallest building in the United States. As of 2010, the tower remained the fourth tallest building in Gotham City.
The steel-framed building, cruciform in plan, utilizes a screen of 1 5⁄8" (41.3 mm) ceramic rods mounted on the exterior of the glass curtain wall on the east, west and south facades. The rod spacing increases from the base to the top, providing greater transparency as the building rises. The steel framing and bracing is exposed at the four corner “notches” of the building.
A natural gas cogeneration plant provides 40 percent of the electrical power to The Gotham Gazette Company’s space within the building, with the waste heat used for heating and cooling. Floors occupied by The Gotham Gazette Company utilize a raised floor system that allows for underfloor air distribution, which requires less cooling than a conventional ducted system. The building also incorporates free-air cooling, bringing in outside air when it is cooler than the interior space, which saves additional energy. In excess of 95% of the structural steel was recycled. The building, like many in Uptown, has no on-site parking, with most employees arriving by public transit. Since December 2007, building management has provided an indoor parking area for 20 bicycles.
Some long term residents of Gotham have noted how easily the cruciform design of the building make it perfectly suited for climbing by caped crusaders and that the external access points of the heating and cooling system would allow for easy and discreet access to the building by such climbers.
If the West Village is the slums of Uptown, then Grant is the middle class and struggling artist community. Grant’s businesses are mostly small. The apartments tend to be smaller still. While it may seem odd to think of an artistic community growing up in the shadow of Black Mask’s empire, the fact is that it existed long Sionis came to power.
Many of Gotham’s more notable painters have come from the neighborhood surrounding Grant Park. Most famous of these is the urban artist Daedalus Boch, better known to some as Doddlebug.
Grant isn’t however without mob influence. More of Black Mask’s drug profits come from Grant than from the rest of Uptown combined. The area also receives a lot of outside traffic. Thugs and goons from across Gotham pass through Grant to reach My Alibi. The relaxed ans semi-Bohemian nature of Grant means that even the most exaggeratedly dressed goon isn’t going to draw too much attention from the locals, particularly at night.
Grant Park [3d]
The patch of green and trees that is Grant Park is a huge draw for the artists of the region. On average no less than three easels are set up along the shaded paths regardless of the weather. The Bohemians share the park with the families of both Grant and the West Village. A cynic would say that these peaceful surroundings are a little to idyllic for Gotham City.
A cynic would be correct. The Grant Park of Gotham’s night is much less wholesome and much more debauched. Fire barrels are rolled out, cheap lights and lamps are hung from trees, and improvised tents are erected. The nighttime revelers of Grant Park revert back to a more primal and jovial time of human’s history. Men and women dance as half-naked shadows in the dark. Drums are beaten, pipes are played, and the hallucinogenics are passed about freely.
Some at the Gazette have wondered why Sionis hasn’t put a stop to this mad merry making. Anyone who has actually visited this mad carnival would know the answer. Walking among the grass skirts and painted faces are serious faced dark suited men with even darker masks. These are the true merry makers, for without what is in their pockets there would be no dreams quest for any of these wayward souls. A pusher in Grant Park can make more in one night than any of their fellows make in a week. So the answer is very simple. The carnival makes Sionis rich and keeps the people of Grant in a near constant daze.
When the sun rises over Grant Park the only evidence of the nightly revel are footprints on the grass, stray cigarette butts, and an usually high number of red eyes.
Jape’s Operations Center [3d]
In Grant Park there is what was once a primary electrical maintenance access, a large metal box of the archetypical gothic city design and sturdy construction with “Warning: Electrocution!” signs all around, sitting against the side of a small bridge where the path takes a sharp turn and the bushes are arranged just so.
Only the top of it’s wrought-iron “Gotham City” logo is visible over the foliage, and the lines it once served have long been disconnected. Opening up the front panels reveals a ladder that leads ten feet down to a room that’s 12×10 and 7 feet high, with signs that any valuable original metal or equipment was long ago stripped by looters (which is exactly what a young Officer Jackson caught some people doing a few years ago). In the northern corner there’s an ancient hatch that leads to a long cramped corridor, old pipes and electrical lines taking up most of the space, that eventually ends in a door that leads to an equally ancient subway maintenance tunnel.
The lock on the front of the box looks old, but is of a new and particularly resilient design, while the small interior now serves as Jape’s Operations Center.
My Alibi [3d]
My Alibi is not what people expect from an underworld bar. The bar’s design is suspiciously like that of Finnigan’s. A long bar dominates the front half. Boothes line the walls and tables fill the floor. Large TVs hang on the walls, usually playing whatever game is on that night or the Gotham News. Most of the time these are muted or kept turned down low.
My Alibi is not the place that the big names of Gotham’s underworld frequent. When they aren’t being beaten up by the local vigilantes or harassed by the District Attorney’s office the thugs and goons of Gotham congregate in My Alibi. Despite being in the center of Black Mask’s holdings old Gotham tradition is that the inside of My Alibi is neutral ground.
Step out the front, or back, door and your enemies can do whatever they want to you, but once you step through that door all grudges are set aside. Men and women who the day before were trying to kill each other will raise a pint together and toast living another day. This neutrality has made My Alibi into a place where the criminal of Gotham can resolve many of their minor squabbles without bloodshed.
The other interesting aspect of My Alibi is the frequency with which it appears in depositions and in courtrooms questioning. If one of the regulars of My Alibi is ever taken in for questioning and no can definitively prove that they were anywhere else, the thug will claim he was drinking with friends at the local bar and will then produce any number of “friends” to prove they were in fact there.
It would seem that worries of a coming attack from Falcone were misguided. The Roman’s men had started visiting My Alibi once more. Some, after few too many drinks, have hinted that perhaps Falcone did have designs on the bar but for whatever reason they were called off at the last moment. With the Roman out of the picture any plans he may have had are now permanently on hold.
North Point [2d]
North Point is the center of Black Mask’s power. His men live here. They train here. They work here. And most important of all, they all know each other. Being an outsider in North Point is a good way to get shot.
That is understandable as the area is basically one big compound. It is easy for anyone, even those who know nothing of the mob, to know when they have passed into North Point. Men’s suits become almost uniformly black. The suit coats become custom tailored, usually to hide a holster. Most of the vehicles on the street are town cars and not a cop in sight. The whole place screams mob and that is how Sionis likes it.
Those that don’t know any better assume that Black Mask enforces some type of rule or order to keep up the look. He hasn’t. The simple fact is that Sionis’s men are simultaneously terrified of and envious of their leader. As such those that don’t have actual mob blood in their veins tend to take on the look. For Black Mask’s part, he enjoys the adoration and the uniformity makes it easy to spot outsiders.
Sionis feels secure in allowing his men to do their jobs with only the usual level of crime lord fear and respect. The one rule that he has enforced is a strict curfew. When the sun goes down if you aren’t on Sionis’s payroll then you shouldn’t be on the street. The common thought is that this measure is to discourage any wayward vigilantes from poking around. There are two flaws in this plan. For one, no matter how often they are told, the average mob button man is never going to look on the roof of a ten story building with no external fire escape. The other problem is the fact that both Tunnel No. 1 and No. 2 run under North Point.
Roger’s Yacht Basin [3d]
The Yacht Basis was once home to the Gotham Yacht Club but with the recent rise in criminal activity it has become mostly unused. The remaining boats are either vanity craft that were rarely used even when the Yacht Basin was in full swing, or have been co-opted into service by Black Mask.
Sionis was able to appeal to the more jaded members of the glitterati and use their boats for his personal war. In return the upper crust of Gotham get to tell people at parties that they met the infamous crime lord Black Mask. This publicity and a small investment of man power was far cheaper than purchasing or stealing an equivalent number of ships.
Now the boats of Roger’s Yacht Basin sail about Gotham again, but now instead of carrying the rich and famous of Gotham, they carry all the guns of ammo Black Mask could ever need.
Sionis Industries Shipping and Receiving Warehouse [3d]
The massive storage facility that is Sionis Industries Shipping and Receiving Warehouse has been called the worst defended building in Gotham. Defended from what? Defended from who? It is best not to ask.
The massive building is made of pre-stressed concrete and corrugated steel. The bay-side wall is set on heavy casters allowing one or both to be winched open to allow for sending or receiving even the largest shipments. Inside the building is filled almost floor to ceiling with crates and containers of varying sizes and material. These tacks form of kind of maze that makes it difficult if not impossible for a stranger to navigate the warehouse from the floor.
This is part of the reason why the building is so lightly guarded. The maze of boxes has discouraged GCPD from raiding the building. The other reason is that the higher ups at GCPD have realized that it is cheaper in man hours to keep an eye on all incoming and out going packages and simply intercept the contraband when it reaches it destination.
The Major Crimes unit has gone along with this plan because they are well aware that raiding Sionis storage facility won’t stop the weapons from entering the city. Black Mask would simply disperse them throughout his holdings. Leaving the central warehouse almost guarantees that they will almost always know when and how many guns will be showing up on the streets of Gotham in the near future.
Randall is a true product of the Batman. More accurately it is a product of the Joker. Prior to the coming of the Joker, Randal was a lot like the West Side. After the Clown Prince of Crime moved into amusement mile this once peaceful burg was turned into a no man’s land.
This drastic change was do to the frequency with which green gas would come rolling out of the Amusement Mile. Gas masks and air filtration units became a common sight in Randall. It didn’t help. When it became clear that not even these measures weren’t helping, City Hall condemned the region.
After the Joker’s willing incarceration in Arkham GCPD and Gotham University converted many of the homes into murder houses to train new CSIs on the typical Gotham homicide.
Channel Park\Amusement Mile [3d]
When it was founded in the 1920s, Amusement Mile was a favorite tourist location in Gotham. It was originally constructed to house the 1921 State Fair. Afterwards, the city decided to maintain it as as an amusement park. At the time it was built, the mile had the highest ferris wheel in the United States and the world’s fastest roller coaster. Families would travel from far away to spend their vacation sunning themselves on the beach, enjoying amusement rides, and feasting on carnival treats such as funnel cakes.
Although Amusement Mile had a bright beginning, it eventually fell on hard times. In the 1930s, Amusement Mile was used by the Mafia as a location to import alcohol into Gotham City. Several gin joints opened up in the surrounding neighborhoods, drawing an unsavory crowd into the previously pristine neighborhood.
By the the 1960s, the area around Amusement Mile was slowly transformed into a ghetto. The city failed to keep up the amusement park and the attraction dew fewer visitors each year. The place was eventually closed down and condemned. Throughout the 1970s, it became a haven for squatters and homeless vagabonds who needed a place to stay.
Amusement Mile remained abandoned until the Joker moved in and began using it as a base of operations. In fact, the carnival on Pier 13 served as the site for his famous “Birthday” plot during which he abducted several of Batman’s friends, tied them to a giant birthday cake laden with explosives, and used them lure Batman into a trap. The Clown Prince of Crime ran Amusement Mile for several years.
South Channel Island [2d]
Who rules South Channel Island? That is the question that many in Gotham’s underworld have wondered. No one lives on South Channel Island by choice. It is the home of Gotham’s remaining industry. Even in the days of environmental regulations, living next to a coke plant isn’t advisable. More to the point, no one wants to be that close to Gotham Light and Power.
The answer was once both Falcone and Sionis. The answer is now Victor Fries. With his icy demeanor and no nonsense attitude, Freeze has discouraged all other forces from occupying the island. This has caused no end of problems and headaches for Mask as he tries to consolidate his power and take control of all of Gotham.
Those who do live on South Channel Island tend to live along the island’s edges where air is cleaner. Most keep private docks and small water craft because it is easier for them to take a boat to the Sheal Docklands or the West Village than to navigate the industrial traffic.
The Nora Fries Cyroprison (Formerly: Ace Chemical Processing Plant) [3d]
The Ace Chemical Plant had been shut down for over a decade, prior to the release of Victor Fries from Arkham Asylum. Ace Chemicals held historical significance as the birthplace of one of Gotham City’s most infamous criminals – the Joker. It’s future however, is yet to be seen…
Gotham Light and Power [3d]
Gotham Light and Power (GLP) is not a modern building. Built in the 1960s, the station would likely have been decomissioned in favor of a newer more isolated facility were is not for the generous contributions by the Wayne Foundation and Queen Industries.
With the help of these financial giants the life of the building has greatly been extended. Now despite the Stalinistic architecture GLP is a marvel of modern engineering. Nothing short of a disaster on the scale of what happened to Blüdhaven could disable the facility for more than few hours.
The last major threat to the GLP came not long before Bane arrived in Gotham. The madman, Maxi Zeus trapped the staff within the facility and forced them convert much of the building into a cast Greek temple. Some of these modification were marvelous frescoes and Grecian statuary brought in by Maxi himself. Whenever possible these pieces have been preserved in their entirety despite insanity of their commissioner.
Monarch Playing Card Co. [3d]
The playing card factory adjacent to Ace Chemical Processing that the Red Hood was attempting to rob before encountering the Batman and fleeing.
How do you make a playing card company profitable?
Answer: Have it owned by a paper company. The other answer is have everyone own at least one pack of your cards. Super markets, gas stations, and any other general store carries Monarch cards. Even when the Joker rained poisoned jokers on the city, he Monarch playing cards.
The Monarch Playing Card Co. has been the target of attempted robberies on several occasions. None of them have succeeded. Why? Bad luck mostly. The massive paper processing facility is perfectly safe during operating hours. At night however, the lack of lighting, thin gantries, and vats of chemicals turn the plant into a deathtrap.
Who owns Monarch playing Card Co., and the company that owns it, is also a subject of some mystery. It is a publicly traded company, but the majority share holder is an unknown group or individual. This has produced more than a little speculation about who really owns Monarch and by extension what its real business is. The records of the buildings purchase or construction, as well as the Gotham based company’s start date are conspicuously missing from the records office.
South Channel Park [3d]
South Channel Park is a joke. Built on the former site of an aluminium smelting plant by a former mayor of Gotham. It was built to appease the Green voting block. The plan failed. The grass of the park grows in yellow and in straggly clumps. Much of the park is nothing more than sand lots. A few dilapidated water features dot the park. The water in these sad fixtures is nothing more than grey-brown sludge. All and all, South Channel Park is not a place anyone would want to relax in.
The seclusion and general lack of people make do however make it a perfect for private gatherings. Recently Major Crimes busted an illegal dog fighting league operating out of South Channel. There is also a rumor going around that the park is also used for human fights as well. Major Crimes has publicly denied such claims. Privately some officers have started to wonder what happened to the small group of men that Bane brought with him. The frayed lengths of rope and broken fence posts found in some of the sand lots of South Channel Park may provide an answer.
South Point [2d]
South Point, home of the rich, the famous, and the utterly corrupt. This region of Uptown holds the lofts and penthouse apartments of the dark glitterati. The blue bloods who like to keep their books off the books. The ones who keep their wives and mistress under the same roof. Most importantly of all, the ones who shamelessly give money to the Black Mask just because they can. This is where the young money lives. The older families can afford to live further away from where their money is laundered.
This is not to say that everyone in South Point is rich and/or corrupt. Many people live their because that is the neighborhood they grew up in. They remember when the Yacht Basin was full of smiling people. The oldest of them still remember when Amusement Mile was open to the public. These few refuse to leave their homes and move elsewhere for much the same reason the so many refuse to leave Gotham City altogether.
The one thing however that cannot be denied is that anyone who willingly lives so close to North Point and Graham Bridge have to have either a lot of stones or an unhealthy fascination with the criminal element.
Aparo Park [3d]
Once called Lover’s Lane Aparo Park witnessed more declarations of love and more suicide pacts than anywhere else in Gotham. The park was once considered to be a preserved piece of the forest that once covered much of Uptown. All that was before the park burned to the ground.
The ten foo high brick walls contained the fires that started inside it’s pristine hedge maze. The maze was the primary draw of Aparo Park for years. Including drawing the attention of the depraved Jervis Tetch who used the location for one of his more debauched attempts to stop the Bat from keeping Alice out of his clutches.
Now Aparo Park, once a beautiful center of love in Gotham city, is nothing more than a charred ruin surrounded by scorched walls.
South PT [2d]
Old South Point, Now South PT, was the original working class neighborhood of old Gotham. This little swatch of land is where the servants of the original manor houses lived. Today the office commuters of Midtown live in South PT.
The change in the name occurred after a mix-up at the Gotham Records Office. The area now called South Point was once East Village. It became South Point because someone transposed a number on a some zoning permits. Why this error wasn’t simply fixed is a matter of much debate among the residents of South PT. Strictly speaking there is only one South Point, but ask any Gothamite and they will tell you that there is a world of difference between South Point and South PT. The two a unique and distinct places.
Much like Bay Side South PT was on the front lines of the Falcone-Sionis mob war. South PT is where Black Mask’s men held strong. The reason was two fold. In South PT the Roman’s men didn’t have a wall to put their backs against. The other problem is that almost everyone in South PT is wearing a cheap suit and carrying a battered briefcase. This provides Sionis men perfect cover.
With the Falcone Family gone this social camouflage was all set to allow Mask to move guns and drugs into Midtown. The one small fly in the ointment is the growing number of telecommuters. Ever sense the GCSE partnered with Nigmanext, the stockbrokers and minor functionaries have started doing business from home. Why go in to the crowded office when you can do all your trading from your armchair in your underwear?
This change means that there are fewer cheap suits on the streets during the day. Fewer suits means more chance that someone is going to notice Mask’s men crossing the bridge into Midtown. Word is that Mask is searching for a way to remedy this situation.
Gotham Cathedral [3d]
Gotham Cathedral is a bit of a mystery. No one is sure who built it, or to what faith it was originally dedicated. Based on the exterior of the building many have guessed some Catholic origin, but no parish priest has ever held sway there for more than a few months. Between their Latin masses holy many of all faiths have used the building. This has led some to believe that no one really owned the building, that it just sprang up naturally as a response to the needs of the faithful. Anyone who isn’t spending their nights in Grant Park knows that the cities and buildings don’t think and move of their own accord.
One of the major points of confusion to those historians and architects who have studied the building is the fact that it seems timeless. Nowhere in Gotham’s records is there not a cathedral standing on the location where the modern Gotham Cathedral stands. How or why this might be is never clear. The men and women who founded Gotham had much more important things to be doing in those early days. Why erect a massive stone cathedral when the crops are failing and the natives are wrestles. Further complicating the issue is the fact that despite its clearly Gothic exterior the interior shows signs of drawing off of Romanesque, Baroque, Georgian, Art Nouveau styles. Some historians have theorized that this is because the cathedral has been changed over the years due to repairs and changing artistic wants. Anyone who has gone and looked at the original architectural drawings on file would be quick to point out that the buildings is the same on those plans as it is today.
The bigger mystery, and one that has driven architects into Arkham more than once, is how the place is even standing. It shouldn’t be. It should have collapsed under its own weight decades ago. It shouldn’t have even made it through construction. The angles don’t line up. Nothing supports anything. The arches and columns are purely decorative and the inordinate number of stained glass windows should have cracked and shattered under the weight of the roof. Despite all this Gotham Cathedral stand tall and strong in defiance of all else around it. The mystery of how this is accomplished has puzzled so many that Gotham University holds a contest every year. Any student who can build a scale model of the building using copies of the original architectural documents will receive a full ride through both the Graduate and Undergraduate program of their choice. To date no student has gotten further than the foundations. It cannot be built.
The most outlandish theory of all came from the mouth of Reverend Abdul Om Aparigr’ha Vrath Smith the All Seeing, who was famously videotaped standing half naked on the steps of the Gotham Superior Courthouse screaming that Gotham would be destroyed in a great earthquake and that all would pay for their sins. The infamous street preacher stood on a crate of full apples outside the Cathedral and preached that the Cathedral was constructed to honor the “Great Bat Who Watches Over All.” The Reverend was taken away in cuffs later that same day for assaulting a woman with a rolled up copy of the Watchtower. The man is obviously insane, but the fact that a small esoteric belief system has taken over the Cathedral in recent months have some of Gotham’s more open-minded citizens wondering.
West Village [2d]
The West Village is the slums of Uptown. Now the slums of a relatively upper class island are called the lower middle class neighborhoods. For the most part the West Village just goes along to get along. Truth is, if it didn’t rest in the shadow of the mob the West Village wouldn’t be that bad of a place to live.
On the whole Black Mask exerts very little control on the West Village. It is his presence that so strongly effects the culture. There are few, if any video surveillance cameras, and even fewer cops. Apartment buildings typically don’t bother to lock their front doors because the mob will just kick them in when the protection money comes due. For their part the people that live their simply see Black Mask’s men as a more honest version of tax collection. They are there to steal your money or break your legs, but at least they are up front about it.
Interestingly vigilantes are also just considered a fact of life. Masked men jumping on the roof, gun fights in the back alleys, and men hung from lamp posts are just another Friday night in the West Village.
The Clocktower [3d]
A tower in central Gotham which at one time contained the secret headquarters of Barbara Gordon, for her activities as Oracle.
The Clocktower was renovated in 2001 with the help of Wayne Enterprises and Queen Industries. It was built in the early days of Gotham’s history. Originally the building served as the central records repository for Gotham’s burgeoning government. Most of the files stored there were transferred over to city hall. Those that weren’t tended to have mysteriously been misplaced.
The two organizations renovated much of the building, turning old filing rooms into economy apartments. Investors in Queen Industries were confused and worried at the amount of money that was poured into what amounted to a good publicity maneuver. Mr. Queen is quoted as saying that he was “Looking out for the all the little people.”
Interestingly the Wayne Foundations books show the funds going to internal and external structural renovations. Individual lines items note that particular interest was paid to the foundations and the clock tower itself.
Midtown (Central Island) [1d]
Colgate Heights [2d]
Colgate Hieghts used to be Gothams financial district, but after someone down at city planning decided that the newly chartered Gotham University should sit dead center of it. Slowly all the larger companies and financial institutions moved to Columbia PT. This move left a large number of real estate open. The Roman took his cut. Outside interests and charitable organizations seized others. Many of the remaining buildings were converted into student housing. As such anyone over the age of twenty-five who doesn’t look like a teacher stands out like a sore thumb.
Black Mask appeals to the disenfranchised youth’s sense of the macabre more than ever after his killing of Falcone.
Masks and masquerades are common, particularly among the fraternities of Gotham U, the more extravagant the better. None however command as much respect as the black skull masks of Sionis’s chosen few.
Now that the Roman is gone, Colgate Heights is even more out of whack. Commissioner Akin’s hopes that capturing the trouble maker Anarchy would calm the district down have proved false. If anything thing, it only made it worse. Without a voice in the bully pulpit the unified movements have fractured a hundred times over creating a tangled mess of infighting and bickering. It has gotten so bad that GCPD SWAT has been called in to stop riots on more than one occasion.
The drug trade has picked up as well. Sionis can now charge as he likes, and has begun focusing on prescription pharmaceuticals. Adderall and Valium are two of the most popular choices. There is also a quiet trade in Viagra that no one will admit to. Sionis knows this game well. He has co-opted many of the more ambitious members of Gotham U as dealers. This adds an extra level of distance between his organization and the actual crimes.
Colgate Park [3d]
If Aparo Park is lovers lane, Grant Park is an artists commune, and South Channel Park is the park that never was, then Colgate Park is the park that time forgot. Prior to Gotham University opening its new English department the park was relatively unused. After the opening of this department the park became an almost constant renaissance festival. This was thanks mostly to the efforts of Professor Simon Chesswell who believed that students need to experience the atmosphere to truly comprehend the literature. Despite the tragedy of Chesswell’s death, his idea has continued on strong.
Those that visit the park of the weekends are treated to period authentic music, slow roasted meats, and bawdy plays. Currently the largest draw is the bimonthly LARP. The current story follows the Wolfpack and their struggles against the Roman invaders. Though many onlookers don’t understand all the rules or some of the side arguments, the story being told is engaging enough to keep them coming back.
Gotham City Museum [3d]
The Gotham City Museum is the largest art museum in the United States, and one of the ten largest in the world, with the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the western edge of Colgate Park, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. There is also a much smaller second location at Gotham University that features medieval art.
Represented in the permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The museum also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic artifacts. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the museum galleries.
The Gotham City Museum was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens. The founders included businessmen and financiers, as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to open a museum to bring art and education to the American people. Notable among this group was Solomon Wayne and Nathan Cobblepot.
Less than a year ago an eighteenth wing and department, one following the history of the Batman, was opened. The construction of the new wing was funded by Wayne Enterprises and contains hundreds of pieces created by Gotham artists as well as actual artifacts from both the Batman and the more notable criminals of Gotham. Many of these latter pieces were donated by Oswald Cobblepot. They include costumes and decommissioned weapons and gadgets from many of Arkham’s current residents. Some have wondered how Mr. Cobblepot came by such items, but no one has wondered too loudly.
Gotham County High School [3d]
If Gotham University is a den of anarchists, then Gotham County High School is an apathy factory servicing grades nine through twelve. The school is the last bastion of higher learning that many youth in Gotham pass through.
It takes a special type of drive to be a teacher in Gotham. Even the most innocent teen in Gotham is jaded by any other standards. Can you blame them? In a city where the mob is in power, the cops are dirty, and the city’s protector is a man in bat suit. It is hard to be excited about your future. Fighting this apathy is the biggest job any teacher at Gotham County High School has.
The blocks surrounding GCHS are generally free of Falcone or Sionis’s men. Both men have reached a similar conclusion. It is better for business to not sell to the teens directly. Falcone’s men, those that will sell to kids, make their deals in their neighborhoods. Sionis has taken to using outside contractors. These are mostly older teens who buy in bulk and sell at a mark up.
Gotham Public Library [3d]
Gotham is a city of many secrets, both old and new. The truth about Gotham history is hidden exactly where no one would look for it, the public library. The current public library is not the original. The original sat on the same location but was burned down by Firefly in an attempt to draw out Batman. The quick action of the Bat and the Gotham Fire Department saved many of the books but not the building.
The Wayne Foundation donated heavily to the reconstruction of the historic building. Like many Wayne enterprises reconstruction projects particular care was taken with the foundations. A climate controlled rare books facility was added as a basement facility.
After Mr. Wayne’s death, the Wayne Foundation donated Bruce’s private collection to the people of Gotham. Many of these were first editions and limited runs. These are generally stored in the archives in the basement.
Both the general stacks and the rare books collection are open to the public. Anyone can check out a volume from the general collection. To view the rare collection on just has to present a valid ID and sign the log.
Gotham University [3d]
With all the crime and corruption in Gotham one would assume that a prestigious university would be immune. Gotham U is, for the most part. Generous donations from the Wayne Foundation, Queen Industries, and even LexCorp, have made Gotham University mostly immune to outside influence.
The students of Gotham University are a steaming cesspit of potential anarchists and trouble makers. Vigilantes are vogue. Toga parties are out. Masquerades are in. Substance dependence is common. All that is just among the upper ten percent of the students.
Warden Strange is quoted as once saying that Gotham breeds geniuses and mad men. If that is true then the coming generation is both. Worse, the harder Gotham University tries to stamp out the the students’s vigilante fetish the stronger it becomes. Leader if this movement is Lonnie Machin. The young genius ran a pirate radio show under the handle Anarchy. Both GCPD and University police have unsuccessfully tried to shut him down until recently. In a startling raid GCPD finally managed to find the troublemaker’s mobile broadcast station. Though not confirmed, common belief is the Mr. Machin is now housed in Blackgate.
The other worrying practice are the growing popularity of the masquerades movement. These fraternity parties have less in common with drunken debauchery and more with the secret societies of the Victorian era. Popular masks this season include the green domino mask, the laughing clown, the grinning scarecrow, the black bat, and the snowy owl.
Solomon Wayne Courthouse [3d]
The Solomon Wayne Courthouse is a relic left in Gotham by the man it is named after. Solomon Wayne is recorded as a hard-nosed upstanding philanthropist. He purchased the land from the United States government with the understanding that a courthouse would be built on it. History notes that though judge Wayne was a gentlemen, he helped erect the building alongside the common laborers of Gotham.
The old courthouse is no more than three rooms and a holding cell in the basement. The two smaller rooms are simple affairs, little more than boxes to hold the advocates and their clients. The third and larger room was the central court room. Records show that pews filled most of this room and a pulpit once sat where a judges bench is now located. An interesting oddity of the courtroom is that a trap door and a lynching post are located where the witness box should be. Wayne family historians insist this was added at a much later date.
Several months back Carmine Falcone quietly purchased the condemned building. What the Roman wanted with the building wasn’t clear until he secured the release of Harvey Dent. Not long after Dent was released, Falcone deeded the property and its care to the former district attorney. Not long after Mr. Dent began repairing the damaged building a vandal smashed several windows and broke much of the furniture.
Columbia PT [2d]
The financial heart of Gotham. All major lending firms, banks, and most attorneys have offices in Columbia PT. Needless to say with the concentration of money in the area, insurance premiums are high and white collar crime is common.
Between Gotham’s old money and mob money launderers, it is hard to say who are the biggest crooks in Columbia PT. In many ways the district is a microcosm of Gotham. Ever major player has funds here. Most have a small legion of investment brokers trying to one-up the competition. Some on the darknet theorize that this is where the fabled Riddler makes his lair. No one says this too loudly or too often lest the Riddler find them.
Fresh Face Foundation HQ [3d]
Sixth and Tident, also known as the Leviathan Building after a famous mosaic in the lobby is probably one of the most well known buildings in Columbia PT. This fact alone was almost enough to make Dr. Maxwell turn down LexCorp’s offer of relocation. The fact that it is a former Wayne Enterprises R&D facility tipped the scales.
What LexCorp wanted with an office building next to Gotham University. Maxwell didn’t know but what they gave him was more than worth it. The new Foundation HQ has twice as much space as the old location. Maxwell has taken the opportunity to expand both his staff and his number of operating suites.
The first floor is public reception and home to the public inquiry department. Jack Ryder and his associates are a common sight at this location.
Floors two through five are now given over entirely to a small legion of overworked underpaid clerical staff that make sure that the elite of Gotham get their tax cut for donating large sums of money to the Foundation. The Maze, as the staff jokingly call it, is never even seen by patients and most don’t even register that it is there.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh floors are given over to private recovery rooms for the freshly faced men and women while they recover.
Floors eight and nine are now where all the real surgery happens. These floors are filled with state of the art operating suites as well as the private offices of Maxwell’s understudies.
The tenth and eleventh floors are now fully committed to research and development of new uses for protoplasm.
The twelfth floor plays home to Maxwell’s office, a small boardroom, and an even smaller living space. Those few who have seen Maxwell’s quarters would describe them as spartan in the extreme and unlived in.
The new private parking is located beneath the Leviathan building and is in fact even more secure than the two level facility at the old location.
The true boon of the new location Maxwell hasn’t shared with his staff. Unknown to the city zoning commission and apparently LexCorp, several sub-basements exist beneath the building. This combined with the network of hidden passways have suggested that whatever Wayne Biotech had been working on was not for public consumption.
Maxwell has converted the first subbasement into general vigilante work space. A freight elevator is central to the space. The other end of the elevator is hidden underneath Maxwell’s private parking space. The rest of the space is equally divided between the Foundations server farm, a private operating suite, and a large semicircular conference table that Cobblepot swears he acquired from Lex Luthor himself. The embossed L.O.D at the table’s center gives some credence to this claim.
The second sub-level is Maxwell’s priver lab. specialized equipment for almost any type of experimentation Maxwell might need is housed here. It is here that all the true breakthroughs in protoplasm occur. The work done on the floors above is just for the public’s benefit. Here is also where Maxwell has prepared the initial lures for drawing out Clayface. Maxwell has also constructed containment facility for Killer Crocm to be used if it becomes clear that Waylon cannot be saved.
Both levels are attached to a private elevator that runs from the subbasements to Maxwell’s private office twelve stories above.
GCPD Central [3d]
Thanks to the unwavering commitment of James Gordon GCPD Central is a proverbial fortress. During his time as commissioner, Gordon partitioned Queen Industries for help in containing Gotham’s unique brand of criminal. Mr. Queen was more than willing to help.
Despite the age of the building GCPD Central the cells are state of the art, the evidence lock-up is stored in a hardened basement vaults, and the most corridors feature fingerprint locked munition lockers. All together this makes the last place a criminal wants to break out of—or in to. After Commissioner Gordon stepped down care of the security at GCPD Central was given over to William Petit.
Fort Clinton [2d]
If you knew nothing about Gotham’s history the reason why Fort Clinton is named such wouldn’t be obvious. The district is no more defensible than any other in Midtown. No one particular important person by the name of Clinton has lived there.
Fort Clinton is named after a colonial fort that once stood in the region. Records show that is wasn’t a great fort, and that that winter half the populace died, but it was there. Years later the rich and powerful of East Village had the now abandoned fort torn down. The reason give? It obstructed their view of the bay. Even after the fort was removed the area was still known as Fort Clinton by the locals, so the name stuck.
Fort Clinton is basically the seat of power in Gotham City. Much of the traffic in Fort Clinton is centered around Wayne Tower and even those who don’t like the Wayne family know that without Wayne enterprises Gotham wouldn’t be the city it is today.
Saint Mary’s Park [3d]
Saint Mary’s Park has always been considered blessed. The grass is greener,the trees are taller, and the water sweeter. The reason for this has always been a mystery. The only notable difference between Saint Marry’s Park and any other is the turn over rate on groundskeepers. They don’t quiet their jobs. They love their jobs. All of them talk about how much better they feel while at work and how they don’t want to leave. They die, usually in the park. The longest anyone has ever held the position is three years.
Recently the park was purchased at great expense by Kord Industries, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. Men from the technology research company sealed the park, erected a massive tent and began some type of excavation. Locals of the area have reported men dressed in radiation suits going in and out of the park. The Mayor’s office has been flooded with calls ever sense this project began.
Wayne Tower [3d]
When Solomon Wayne saw the Cyrus Pinkney’s sketches he knew he had found the style for a new kind of building, unfortunately the tallest of the buildings, the tower, was unfeasible at the time. Later, as new building materials and technologies (tieing a building’s foundation into the bedrock) were developed, it became possible to make that vision a reality.
Solomon’s son, Alan Wayne, working with other important members of Gotham elite pushed for the construction of a tower that would stand as inspiration to the good people of Gotham. It was constructed in 1888 looking much like Pinkney’s original drawing of it. Many other “Gotham style” skyscapers followed.
Located at 1939 Kane Street, Wayne Tower stands as a symbol to welcome all of those who enter Gotham City. For each entry point into the city, there was built a gargoyle or ‘guardian,’ to welcome visitors.
Over a 1,000 feet tall, the tower is the tallest in Gotham. At the top of the tower is an observation deck covered by a giant glass dome.
Wondertower is a great example of how easily people forget the past. Wedged in among several older buildings, it would be easy to miss from the ground. To most of Gotham Wondertower is little more than a pigeon covered oddity. While not officially condemned no one seems to have a key for the elevator anymore.
Official records notes Wondertower as being built in 1890 as part of a trade show. This is obviously false. Anyone with eyes can see that when exactly Wondertower isn’t clear. It also isn’t clear how deep the supports go. When the elevator still worked it wouldn’t go below the ninth floor, which is level with the street.
Children of the Gotham tell a different story. Legend has it that long ago a city existed under where Gotham now stands. This wondrous city was serviced by machines and powered by mystical green liquid. It was said to be a perfect city. Everyone knows such a place never existed but it is nice to let the kids dream.
Recently the US Government exercised Eminent Domain on the Tower. Construction walls went up around the base of the tower and there are National Guard patrols protecting the site 24/7.
Red Hook [2d]
Once called the Red Light or Red Flag district, Red Hook is the agin entertainment district of Gotham. Despite its seedy origions Red Hook is where those of a more refined taste attend opera and plays.
Red Hook started its life as a den of whores and conmen. In the earliest days of Gotham if you arrived by boat and you weren’t a Chinaman, an Irishman, or a crate of salted fish, you probably never set foot in Downtown. Long haul sailors would take dinghies to Red Hook directly to spend their wages on the company of questionable women.
The reason for the name change is a sordid and bloody story. During the Civil War the Maroni family had had enough. Taxes and the on coming draft are the given reasons in the history books. Truth of the mater is probably a lot different, but no one has the stones to ask the remaining Maronis. The resulting tension ended with a lot of dead cops and famously the Commissioner hung on a meat hook.
Needless to say the power that be took offence. Over much protest from the lower class the government marched on Red Hook and killed anyone who wouldn’t leave. Within a fortnight every whore and grifter was dispersed into the rest of the city or dead. After that it didn’t take long for the East Village to convert the old brothels into playhouses and boutiques.
Monarch Theatre (Gotham City Opera House) [3d]
The Monarch Theater was an old fashioned movie theater house located not far from the Park Row district in Gotham City. Many years ago, Thomas and Martha Wayne took their young son, Bruce, to the Monarch Theater to see the 1940 classic film, The Mark of Zorro. Upon leaving the theater, a mugger accosted them and murdered Thomas and Martha right before Bruce’s eyes. This incident traumatized Wayne, and inspired him to one day take on the alias of the Batman. The theater closed its doors some years later, but since that time it has been become one of many safehouses used by the mad Prince of Crime – the Joker.
Gotham 219 (Formerly: The Stacked Deck) [3d]
The Stacked Deck was an underworld bar in the city center where those in the know went to get things done. The Stacked Deck was still called a blind pig by some of the older members of the now defunct Falcone Family. Having trouble with the Unions? You would go to Stacked Deck. City shuts off your water? You would go to Stacked Deck.. Congressman won’t get off your back? You would go to Stacked Deck..
The Stacked Deck was a compromise between the Old World and the New World. The first floor was something out of the Old Country. Small private booths and tables where a man and three or four of his closest friends could have enjoyed a nice dinner over a plate of spaghetti. Someone not in the know may have called it quaint. Every seat in the place had a direct line of sight to either the front door or the kitchens. Most of the heads of the Families still had private booths on reserve.
At night though, the version of Stacked Deck that most of the younger generation of Gotham recognize opened up. Set in the substantial basement beneath Stacked Deck, the bar was all red lights and loud music. It is here that the younger member of the Families blew off steam and traded on their minor infamy. Much of the bar was given over the dance floor. Small tables lined the edges of the floor.
Between the two floors the all the lesser branches of the Families contacts could have been wined and dined. The real business took place in the Roman’s private office on the second floor. It was here that the former leader of Gotham Crime Families met with the most important of the Family’s contacts as well as anyone who wished to throw themselves at Falcone’s mercy.
All that is gone however. The night that Carmine was executed an unknown party bombed the Stacked Deck. Not a day or two later a new construction began on the location. Sionis Industries is funding the construction of Gotham 219. Blueprints show that the restaurant/jazz bar is planned to be old school mob themed, taking particular ques from the Noir movies of the 1940s. The restaurant is slated to have a private clientele of only the most influential government officials seeking a unique dining experience. It is slated to be open within the next year.
One of the more notable dishes on the upcoming menu is the Roman, which is two-thirds of a whole duck in a mole sauce. Early tastes by food critics have noted that the dish has a bitter aftertaste and leaves the diner wanting more.
Orchard Hotel [3d]
Nestled between Sheldon and Orchard Parks the Orchard Hotel is Gotham’s premiere upscale hotel. The duel parks provide the Orchard a unique experience in Gotham City, being the only hotel that feels like it’s not in a city. The Orchard is also one of the older hotels in Gotham City, dating back to almost the founding of the city. At the heart of the Orchard is Eden; an exclusive store only accessible to Orchard’s Primer Members. You have to be a Member of Orchard’s inner circle for five years before even being considered for Primer status.
At the heart of Eden lies the Tree of Life, the personal office of R.H. Orchard, founder of the hotel. The office is notable for it’s Lee Markand safe, a style of safe built directly into the architecture of the room. The office was sealed off after R.H. Orchard’s death and no one has had access to it’s contents since.
Orchard Park [3d]
Orchard Park was founded alongside the Orchard Hotel. Originally the Hotel was surrounded by the park by renovations several years ago resulted in the park being split into Orchard and Sheldon. Sheldon was turned over to the city but Orchard was kept privately owned. Access to Orchard Park is only available to those staying in the Orchard Hotel, making it an ideal place for private outdoor meetings.
Sheldon Park [3d]
Sheldon Park is, unarguably, the nicest public park in Gotham City. After being split off from Orchard Park several years ago the city had a lot to live up to. The privately owned Orchard Park was a bastion of serene greenery in the heart of Gotham City and many hoped Sheldon Park would be a public version of that peaceful area. Because of pressures from the Orchard Hotel’s clientele Sheldon Park has remained one of the few untainted parks in Gotham City. There is little crime and the grounds are well maintained year round.
The Narrows [2d]
The Narrows is an island in the middle of the Gotham River, situated between Midtown and Downtown Gotham City. It is home to the a decaying and dilapidated neighborhood in which Arkham Asylum borders.
In the months since the fall of Batman, the Narrows has suffered. The neighborhood has gotten more and more violent, with at least one gang-related murder almost ever day. This increased criminal activity also resulted in increased attention from Gotham’s vigilantes. While most other neighborhoods seem to welcome Gotham’s self-proclaimed protectors, the Narrows is different; here, a costumed crime-fighter is as likely to have trash thrown at him by an innocent passer-by than be ignored. The idea that vigilantes are “just a different brand of criminal” has taken root in the Narrows, and doesn’t show any sign of being uprooted any time soon.
Arkham Island Mental Health Institute [3d]
Arkham Asylum is located in the Narrows, a small island between Midtown and Downton Gotham City. The original sanitarium was actually the traditional home of Amadeus Arkham. He converted it into a treatment facility for the insane after his family died. The Arkham home now serves as the administration building for the modern asylum. In order to house the ever increasing number of inmates, several new additions have been added to the original building. Although some of the newer ones are elaborate and technologically advanced, they have all been designed to match the architecture of the original building – a national historical landmark. As such, the state of the art modern asylum still has the look and feel of a turn of the century sanitarium.
Arkham Asylum is the primary facility in Gotham for the treatment of the criminally insane. It is where those of Batman’s foes considered to be legally insane are incarcerated (other foes are incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary). Although it has had numerous administrators, the most recent is Hugo Strange who replaced Quincy Sharpe shortly after Batman’s demise.
Arkham Asylum does not have a good record, at least with regard to the high profile cases. Those who are ‘cured’ and released tend to re-offend. Furthermore, several staff members, including directors Dr. Amadeus Arkham (Founder) and Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, as well as staff members Harleen Quinzel, Lyle Bolton, Pamela Isley, and Victor Fries, have committed serious crimes. Arkham has also been known to be a testing ground for experimental (and some would say unethical) treatment practices. The institution has a high rate of assaults (patient on patient as well as patient on staff). It also has an unusually high suicide rate. Some of the long term patients claim that the Asylum is haunted the ghosts of the tortured souls who have never been able to escape. The staff, however, routinely dismiss such talk as the product of delusional thinking.
In addition, prisoners with unusual medical conditions that prevent them from staying in a regular prison are housed there. For example, Dr. Freeze requires a strongly refrigerated environment to stay alive; Arkham, with special conditions required for certain patients or inmates being a regularity rather than exception, is potentially seen by authorities to be an ideal location under certain circumstances.
Gotham criminals deemed “criminally insane” or “mentally unfit” by the court of law generally are treated at Williams Medical Center before being deemed dangerous enough to be sent to Arkham Asylum. There are, however, a number of forensic psychologists and psychiatrists at Arkham who are nationally renown expert evaluators. They are often called on to examine high profile defendants and testify in the subsequent cases. Dr. Sharpe became famous after testifying about Victor Zsasz’s competency during the serial murderer’s most recent trial.
West Side [2d]
The West Side is publicly the most crime free neighborhood in Gotham. This is because ninety percent of Gotham’s police force live here. The houses are neat and cookie cutter. The lawns are green and the lie of an honest cop is alive and well. Reporters like, Jack Ryder, have noted that number of new cars in the West Side. Ryder is correct in his assertions. The men and women of the West Side have a lot of nice things that cost way more than a cops pay could afford.
Many of the cops that live in West Side are dirty, but only in ways. These are the cops who turn a blind eye to illegal gambling, private marijuana crops in window planters, and sandlot fights. These little indiscretions allow everyone involved to just get by and hurts no one but the suits in City Hall.
The only real crimes that happen on the West Side come from within GCPD’s little family. The rebellion of cop children is well documented. Underage drinking, petty theft, and graffiti are the order of the day. For the most part mothers worry and fathers ignore it.
Among the adults alcoholism and spousal abuse are common. These are taken more seriously. A man who has one too many at Finnigan’s is driven home. A man who is caught abusing his spouse tends to find himself on the wrong end of a nightstick. This group may be disgrace to the uniform but they still were it. Anyone investigating such reports is going to find a united front.
Finnigan’s is a bar popular with uniformed police officers in Gotham. It could almost be called cozy were it not for all the uniforms that frequent the place. No less than fifty cops pack the place on average, all of them ready to blow off some steam and trade theories on the latest cases.
Finnigan’s is the traditional American take on the Irish Pub. There is a lot of cheap brass, a lot of dark hard wood, and whisky and beer flow like water. The TVs are kept strictly on sports channels and turned off if the news ever breaks in. Finnigan’s is where cops go to escape the trials of Gotham, they don’t want it intruding on them.
One of well kept secrets of Finnigan’s is that several members of the GCPD Major Crimes Unit hold a high stakes poker game in one of the backrooms every Friday night. It is during these games that a large quantity of the actually useful theorizing gets done. Here the cops who want to change Gotham for the better put their minds together outside watchful gaze of the GCPD officers who just want to put their heads down and pretend that the freaks went away when the Bat did.
Gotham City General Hospital [3d]
No hospital worth it’s salt is free from ghost stories and this is certainly true for Gotham City General. The hospital has been through one great renovation in modern times which occurred when The Joker blew the building sky high a couple of years ago.
Though it’s up and running, there are still some reconstruction yet to be finished. Rather than seeing their city without proper care, a smattering of local wealthy donors stepped forth to help alleviate the burden that fell on the City.
The land on which the Hospital now stands used to be marshland. Deemed unfit for any use save for bleachers to ply their trade. At the turn of the 19th century however the land was bought and the bleachers had to give way to doctors and researchers. Now life and death would be charted and the spectres of ignorance and superstition would never again hold sway against this bastion of science. Prehaps their arrogance became to great for it is as if the cold and the damp has returned, eating away at the foundations of modernity. So the rumors of ghosts and even darker things stalking the halls at night persist.
Downtown (South Island) [1d]
Central Heights [2d]
ElectroCity is one of Gotham’s most popular and trendy night clubs. The building itself is four stories, each serving a different function and drawing a different sort of clientele.
The ground floor is a bar and concert venue. Open nightly, the music is typically some brand of loud rock. While still an upscale establishment, the ground floor is the most casual of ElectroCity’s offerings, and as long as you’ve bathed today and are wearing pants and shoes, you aren’t likely to be turned away for not meeting the dress code.
The second floor is a more typical night club, trendy and hip, featuring electronic music and a huge dance floor awash in brightly-flashing, seizure-inducing strobes of every color imaginable. The most talked-about up-and-coming DJs in Gotham compete to spin here on Friday and Saturday nights, and the City’s second floor even manages to draw triple-digit crowds on most slow nights.
ElectroCity’s third floor is reserved for the use of VIPs and their guests. It is comfortable, furnished with deeply cushioned couches and chairs, and has it’s own fully-stocked bar that can be manned and put into service if a VIP wishes. Most, however, prefer to serve themselves (free of charge, of course). The third floor overlooks the dance floor below via a massive tinted and soundproofed window that can be fully retracted, converting the entire floor into a massive open balcony.
The fourth floor houses the owner’s office, as well as a glass-walled penthouse used for private VIP, investor, or owner parties. It is lavishly furnished, and the view it offers of the Gotham skyline is said to be among the best in the city.
Electrocity has recently had significant competition from the newly opened Iceberg Lounge. The Iceberg Lounge’s state of the art, high tech, “Las Vegas style nightclub” has been attracting many of Gotham’s celebrities and young elite crowd. In order to compete with this, Electrocity has been making an effort to draw in a variety of celebrity DJ’s, music theme nights, and live Indy bands to help boost attendance. It remains to be seen how well this new strategy will work.
Gotham City Hall [3d]
Gotham City Hall is a comprised of a large complex located next to Gotham City Superior Courthouse. Besides the main building, there are two wings which lie perpendicular to the east and west ends of the building, forming an open-ended quadrangle centered on a fountain, one of three in the plaza. The two wings are connected by low causeways on the basement level. The Mayor’s mansion, and buildings housing a cultural center as well as several state departments and a parking garage, all occupy the area of the plaza, with several other state departments lying east of Times Street.
The grounds include several statues, located on the front plaza and near the southeast corner of the plaza. There are also two large fountains on the grounds, in the quadrangle just behind the rear entrance of the main building and one to the northwest, between the cultural center and the Gotham City Superior Courthouse.
The central building is a buff limestone structure done in the Greek style. The building was designed by Irwin Infantino, who also designed the United States Supreme Court building. Infantino liked his design of Gotham City hall so well that he reused part of the design when working on the Supreme Court building. The U.S. chamber is a larger version of the one found in the Gotham City Hall’s East Wing.
Berrelli’s Distribution [3d]
A Black wrought iron gated factory sits back from the street. A large sign indicates “Berrelli’s Distributing” on the building. Having kept Gothamites in liquor for years, their best seller is Blackgate Brew a “beer so rich in flavor, it ought to be a crime”.
Take a side door off the main building and descend the stairs and you come across another kind of business. Cheers ring from stands as your eyes are drawn to an cage where two men are beating the hell out of each other. Berrelli’s Beatdown is the colloquial term for the cage fighting circuit. Everyone from regular joes to gang members to even fringe super criminals on rare occasion settle disputes as people bet on the winner.
Gotham City Stock Exchange [3d]
Why isn’t the Gotham Stock Exchange located in Columbia PT? It was. Someone, I’ll give you three guesses who, crashed the market. Commerce however never stops. Plans were made to move to a neighboring building. Those fell through. City officials supposedly contracted Wayne Enterprises about renting space. Those e-mails mysteriously disappeared. To shorten this story, the stock exchange was down for nearly a week. In the end Gotham’s officials managed to acquire space in Downtown. There is has remained despite repeated attempts to reopen its original location. The new location isn’t as secure, and Downtown’s parking has been flooded with Midtown cars.
The GCSE trading floor is composed of four rooms used for facilitation of trading. A fifth trading floor is still located in Columbia PT. The GCSE is operated by GCSE Nigmanext, which was formed by the GCSE in 2007 after merging with the fully electronic stock exchange Nigmanext. In 2012 it was announced that the company would be opening headquarters in Metropolis. Currently these plans have been put on hold.
Gotham Superior Courthouse [3d]
Unlike the Wayne Courthouse before it, the Gotham Superior Courthouse is a sprawling set of buildings with enough space to handle criminal case, civil cases, and much of the public records. Unsurprisingly the courthouse and its grounds have been the target of such men as Two-Face and the Joker.
Outside the central building is a massive bronze sculpture of Blind Justice. This is a common backdrop for speeches made by the Mayor and the current Police Commissioner. These are so common that some practical joker put up a “Number of Days Without Vicki Vale” sign in the lobby. The record during the Batman’s time was three.
Gotham Square [3d]
A central area of the city resembling New York City’s Times Square (1980s Times Square. Pre-Clean up.)
China Basin [2d]
China Basin, not named for the large number of immigrant workers that once lived here. This is a common urban myth. The district got it name from the number of private bathhouses that were located in this region. They were so located because a natural spring of clear water bubbled up out of the ground in this unlikely region. Later excavation has been unable to explain this occurrence. Admittedly, many of the bathhouses were run by immigrants, so it is easy to understand how the misconception could occur.
Modern day China Basin has distinctly fewer bathhouses, though a few still exist. The district is for whatever reason where Gotham’s TV stations have ended up. This is probably because when Gotham Broadcasting went national it moved to the district. It didn’t take long for the smaller stations to follow like pilot fish following a sharks. China Basin also has the advantage of being within a few minutes drive of the courthouse.
A side-effect of all the media stations in China Basin, is that almost everything is watched. News in Gotham can happen anywhere and at anytime, and with the return of vigilanteism in Gotham this is even more likely than ever. China Basin is not the location one wants to be in if one wants to keep secrets.
Gotham Broadcasting Center [3d]
Gotham Broadcasting is probably one of the most recognizable building in Gotham. It is second only to Wayne Tower. The distinct facade of the building is part of the opening montage of Goodmorning, Gotham! which is broadcast nationally. This fact has made the Gotham Broadcasting Center a common tourist stop.
The other big tourist draw is Jack Ryder’s office, better known as the eigth floor. Mr. Ryder was given his own floor for two very different reasons. One is that Jack has so many shows, each with unique sets, he needs that much space. The other is that almost no one else at Gotham Broadcasting can stand to work with him. Were it not for the fact that his followers love him so much Jack would probably have been banished to a small office where he couldn’t bother anyone. As is stands, Jack is a big enough draw that the station tolerates his antics.
In the past month or so much of Gotham Broadcasting has received a significant upgrade from Powers Technologies. Everything from lights to faucet handles. Anyone reading the Globe could guess why. Considering that both Wayne Enterprises and Queen Industries have both donated equipment in the past, Gotham Broadcasting may be the most well equipped new station in the united States.
Cobble Hill [2d]
Glorious glamorous Cobble Hill. It is here that Real Housewives of Gotham was filmed, here that fortunes are won or lost on the spin of a wheel. The other side of this glamour is that this is where pickpockets fleace tourists, a former (current?) crime lord owns a lounge, and the people are as vapid as a pre-completed crossword puzzle.
The old money is in the Palisades, the immoral money is in South Point, and the mommy and daddy gave it to me money is in Cobble Hill. Alongside them are the dotcom millionaires, the guys who mad it big at the GCSE, and the transplants from Star City. A reporter at the Globe once noted that over half of Bruce Wayne’s dates came out of Cobble Hill.
Cobble Hill also holds the distinction of being the most brightly lit district in Gotham City. For most cities the lighting is relatively subdued, but in Gotham that means the whole place may as well be a neon sign. Warden Strange his theorized that this is why Cobble Hill is the first stop for many of those who are released from Arkham.
Gotham Globe [3d]
The Gazette may be the big paper, the Globe is the paper of the paper the people read. Want to know how the stocks are doing? Check the Gazette. Want to know what is going in Gotham. Read the entire Globe. The Gazette is the paper that shows up in places like Star City or Metropolis. The Globe is overshadowed outside of Gotham by papers like the Daily Planet.
One part tabloid, one part local news, and one part open forum, the Globe is the paper of people, by the people, and for the people. Though the Gazette and the Globe started out as competition but as time went on they began catering to very different markets. If anything the two paper have entered into a strange partnership, unofficially. It is not uncommon to find a Globe editor reading the Gazette and vice versa.
Furthering this lack of animosity is the fact that the Globe received almost identical renovations as the Gazette building. Some time ago there was even talk of merging the two companies, but such talk was tabled after the papers took very different stances on the death of Batman.
Iceberg Lounge [3d]
The Iceberg Lounge is a trendy Gotham City nightclub owned by Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. It’s assumed that the location is also the the base of operations for the his alter ego, the Penguin.
Seemingly tiring of the criminal lifestyle, Penguin went “legit” and opened a posh nightclub, “The Iceberg Lounge”. He has three beauties running his club for him in his absence; Jay, Raven, and Lark. The Iceberg Lounge is the coolest new place in town according to Gotham’s jaded in-crowd. The preening Penguin enjoys the good life. But rumors swirl that he hasn’t entirely abandoned his criminal ways. Using the club as a front, the Penguin secretly continues to control Gotham City’s underworld by bartering in illegal information and stolen goods.
The two-story, 12,800-square-foot restaurant and lounge included a large pool for pet seals and penguins in the center dining area, an iceberg-like sculpture in the pool, a ship themed dance floor, and polar decor. A tuxedoed jazz band on the sculpture is often seen playing tunes.
The Penguin has his own private dining area, upstairs near the bar where he can oversee everything. Some of the nightclub’s more secret areas include the Penguin’s office and armory, and some of the Iceberg Lounge’s hidden back rooms, which, obviously, serve various criminal purposes.
East Park Side [2d]
Robinson Park [3d]
Robinson Park is a landmark located in one of the more impoverished neighborhoods in Gotham City. Its borders extend between South Gotham and Central Gotham Island. Years ago, it was the scene of a violent firefight between a GCPD SWAT team and a mysterious nocturnal vigilante known as the Batman. Home to many notable landmarks such as the Forum of the Twelve Caesars, Finger Castle, and the Robinson Park Resevoir.
12 Caesar Statues & The Reservoir [4d]
The Twelve Caesar Statues, or the Forum of Twelve Caesar, is the largest graveyard in Gotham City. It draws its name from twelve massive granite statues, each of a different Caesar, that encircle that park. Unsurprisingly Batman often clashed with his foes at this location.
One of the most famous was with the Scarecrow. The insane psychiatrist unleashed his latest dose of fear gas on Gotham from a based within one of the larger mausoleums. Clouds of fear and terror rolled out from the graveyard bringing with the panic and madness. The effects were greatest around the the Forum of the Twelve Caesars preventing all but the Dark Knight from reaching Dr. Crane. Interestingly Dr. Cranes chosen location, the same mausoleum, has been used by several other villains in Gotham. This list includes such individual as Two-Face, Maxi Zues, and Prometheus.
The Reservoir is Gotham’s emergency water supply. Though the three smaller reservoirs feed the sewers, the water is not suitable for hum consumption. The Reservoir is not a real reservoir, it is actually three massive open air tanks fitted with agitators and a purification plant. These tanks are used to collect rain water. This water is supplemented by the D’Angelo Plant. The collected water is filtered and then transferred into several smaller subterranean tanks which can be hooked into Gotham’s central water system as needed.
This system has remained untouched except for when the joker dumped Joker Venom directly into the water supply. At great expense Wayne Enterprises pumped the water from the system and properly disposed of it. During this time, the Wayne Enterprises also upgraded these system to include better filters and newer tanks to prevent any future cracks or fractures.
Sandy Hook [2d]
Sandy Hook is a lonely place. It has been called the world’s largest parking lot and a glorified ship graveryard. If it isn’t a Monday, a Wednesday, or Game Day the island is almost deserted. As almost every team in Gotham plays or practices in the Wayne funded stadium there, it is almost always Game Day.
Local legend is that Sandy Hook started as a sand bar. The legend goes that the sand bar grew as ships ran to ground on it in the night. Supposedly this is why Cape Carmine Lighthouse was built. Obvious;y this couldn’t be true, but the number of wrecks still found in Gotham Harbor keeps the legend alive.
Beside the stadium Sandy Hook plays home to the legitimate shipping and receiving in Gotham. As it is now easier to ship most goods overland, most of the ships sit at the docks slowly rusting. Major shipping days include Mondays and Wednesdays. During there two days the docks are alive with activity as new ships arrive and older ships leave sitting low in the water with cargo.
Scrap Iron Dojo (Tsunami’s Hideout) [3d]
The unassuming 3 story grey slated warehouse is well hidden on the waterfront in Sandy Hook. It does have 10 foot high barbed wire fencing, which is extravagant but not abnormal. Once inside, the eyes are greated with a maze of junked cars that line the outside exterior like a modernist impression of hedge maze. A pair of german shepherds prowl around the maze on patrol. Past the mazetwo exits from the sides and a larger exterior door greats you. Entering the warehouse, you see that the warehouse goes all the way to the shore, as it has a deep water docking station that is closed off by a large electric door that runs to within 2 feet of the waterline. There are several punching bags around the interior, a couple of ropes string up 20 feet or so off the ground but the centerpiece of the warehouse is the multiude of Japanese Kanji Wall hangings, it’s symbols assail the eyes at every turn.
Gotham Knights Stadium [3d]
Home to a wide variety of sports teams like their Baseball teams, Gotham Knights and the Gotham Griffins. Their Basketball team, the Gotham Guardsman, Their Football teams the Gotham Wildcats and Gotham Knights, and their Ice Hockey team, The Gotham Blades. The Gotham Knights baseball team colors are black and gold like the Knights football team. The Griifins team colors are dark green and white.
Upper West Hill [2d]
With Blackgate sitting on the edge of Upper West Hill one would assume it would have a fair share of problems. Really, it doesn’t have anymore than anywhere else. It may even have less. This probably has something to do with the huge reminder of the price of crime on the horizon.
The other reason is that many of Blackgate’s guards live in Upper West Hill. This is mostly because they are given a cost of living stipend for living so close. These men and women form another wall of defense between Blackgate and Gotham. Considdering how often breakout attempts come from outside Blackgate this is a highly desirable arrangement.
Some, employees families, have pointed out that most guards almost live in Blackgate anyway. The issues with Blackgate isn’t overcrowding, under-staffing, or a faulty system. The problems come from the tenacity of the inmates. Breakouts are riots are almost scheduled onto the calender because they happen with such regularity. This keeps many on call at all hours. The proximity of the guards homes both motivates them and makes it easy ti recall them as needed.
Blackgate Penitentiary [3d]
Blackgate Penitentiary (Formerly Blackgate Prison) is operated separately from Gotham State Penitentiary (Formerly Gotham Prison). Both prisons are located in Gotham and while Blackgate is the main correctional facility today, Gotham State Penitentiary was the primary correctional facility up until the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, Blackgate Prison is condemned by Amnesty International and forced to shut down. When the prison re-opened, it was officially known as “Blackgate Penitentiary”. Because of its high-tech security, Blackgate begins to take prominence over Gotham State, until the latter becomes virtually unused and has been recently shut down.
Unlike Arkham Asylum, Blackgate is where sane criminals are incarcerated when captured though some criminals that have done time in both Arkham Asylum and in Blackgate Penitentiary. There are also instances where inmates from Arkham Asylum are temporarily moved to Blackgate.
West Chelsea Hill [2d]
With a name like West Chelsea Hill you would think it would be a nice place. It isn’t a horrible place. It just has one little problem, Blackgate.
Why Blackgate is located in the middle of Gotham is a question that many, Jack Ryder, Vicki Vale, and Aaron cash among them, have asked. It is there and it isn’t moving anytime soon. One of the side-effects of where it is, is West Chelsea Hill. On the surface West Chelsea Hill look a lot like the West Side. The difference is that many of the homes are halfway homes for the recently released of Blackgate.
One would expect this to make West Chelsea Hill a den of corruption and crime. It is not. GCPD and the Mayor’s Office clamped down on the program. The ex-cons who live in West Chelsea Hill are saints. If there is even a whiff of crime on you, you will find your stuff on the curb and your probation officer waiting.
This clamp down has three effects on the residents of West Chelsea Hill. One, it overcrowds the Narrows. Two, the men who make it through the program are either master con artists or the most upstanding citizens in Gotham. Three, Falcone’s men prowl the edges of West Chelsea Hill waiting on guys carrying boxes. More of Falcone’s muscle comes out of West Chelsea Hill than anywhere else in Gotham.
West Chelsea Park [3d]
Very few places in Gotham are truly empty at night, West Chelsea Park is. West Chelsea Hill isn’t dead at night. Many of the area’s residents work night jobs. Hanging out in a park at night is all the excuse that the Mayor’s Office needs to evict an ex-con from his comfortable new home. The Mayor is so adamant about this that he has tasked Major Crimes with keeping an unmarked car watching the park every night.
Falcone has caught on to this. When he needs a man picked up he schedules a meeting in West Chelsea Park, and assures the poor sap that he has payed off the cops. GCPD has standing orders to question anyone in the park after dark and mafiosos being what they are nature takes it course.
North Shore [1d]
Archie Goodwin International Airport [3d]
The Archie Goodwin International Airport is just what one would expect for a city the size of Gotham, crowded, sprawling, and congested. Planes fly in and out of the maze of terminals everyday loaded with businessmen, tourists, and dignitaries of all stripes. This can be said of any airport in any major city. What makes the Archie Goodwin International Airport unique is the inordinate number of private hangers. According to one study, there are more private planes and jets coming from or landing in Gotham everyday than commercial. Considering the residents of Gotham and the less than law abiding nature of many of its wealthy this is no great surprise to most. The surprising thing is how closely customs watches such coming and goings. Though it is true that there are a certain number of corrupt officials and officers willing to look the other way to let something in, Gotham is a jealous city. Almost all of the arrest that are made are from people trying to smuggle things out of Gotham, no into it.
Another interesting fascist of the city is the level of security around the tower. Based on the number of times that the masks of Gotham have tried to assault the airport for their own nefarious needs, Mayor Hill order all security measures to be double if not tripled. This has resulted in a level of security rarely seen outside of place like Blackgate or Arkham, just around the tower. No one, other than the Batman on several occasions, has ever gotten in or out of that tower without all the proper credentials and paper work. This level of paranoia is actually a point of tension between the Mayor’s office and certain federal agencies who suspect the Mayor of being on the take.
Brentwood Academy [3d]
The Brentwood Academy for Exceptional Young Men and Womenhas produced more doctors, lawyers, and dilettantes than most other private schools in the greater Gotham area. This probably has more to do with the students than with the level of schooling. Twelve years at Brentwood academy cost more than four year at Gotham University by a significant margin.
Brentwood is a closed campus. Though many of the students return home of each day, dormitories—descent sized rooms with all the amenities—are included as part of the tuition. Many parents find, particularly the distant or globetrotting type, find this arrangement highly desirable. The students for their part tend to be much like their parents. Who you know is as important as what you know.
One of the most heated contests is for the Outstanding Workmanship and Leadership award. This tends to only be given to the top ten percent of the top ten percent of students. Future mayors, judges, and fortune five-hundred company owners tend to receive this reward.
Despite its proximity to Gotham, the Brentwood Academy has remained relatively unscathed. The most notable attack on the school was by Victor Zsasz. The murderer held a girl’s dormitory hostage for a night before the Bat put a stop to Zsasz’s plans, but not before he permanently scarred several girls.
West Shore [1d]
The Palisades [2d]
The Palisades, home of the rich, the powerful, and usually the aged. These are the sprawling, compared to the cramped space of Gotham’s cramped streets, and the manor homes. When the East Village became too jaded and Chelsea became too new, all the old money retreated back to the Palisades.
The Palisades play home to the homes of all the old money in Gotham. Many of these estates were originally weekend retreats for the lords and ladies of East Village. When the rest of Gotham began to encroach too closely on them, the rich converted their two-story homes into three-story homes and added East and West wings. To say there was a struggle over land in the these times would be putting it mildly. Over the last twenty year many of the smaller holdings were sold off and divided up among the remaining blue bloods. Some of these transitions have not been peaceful.
Needles to say there have been more unreported crimes in the Palisades than in most of Gotham. The rich and powerful of Gotham play their own games and everyone else is just a pawn or a distraction.
Botanical Gardens [3d]
The Botanical Gardens are a wonder. Not only do the Gardens feature an astounding number of plants, it is also the world’s their largest geodesic dome. Under this glass and carbon structure is a riot of color and vegetation. Birds and small reptiles that could not survive beyond the near tropic conditions.
The current Botanical Gardens stand on the same location as an earlier facility of the same name. The original facility was a series of smaller greenhouses. The facilities were overrun by growth after Dr. Pamela Isle, better known as Poison Ivy, released a highly experimental growth hormone into the Garden’s water supply. Were it not for the quick intervention of the Batman and alleys the Palisades would likely have been overrun as well.
An army of Botanists descended on the snarl after Ivy’s defeat. It quickly became clear that without Ivy’s will to guide them, the plants were mostly harmless. It also became clear that the foliage couldn’t survive a harsh Gotham winter. The researchers petitioned Gotham officials to save the unique plant life. The requested help came from an unexpected group. Working in concert, Power’s Industries and LexCorp erected the massive dome in near record time, saving most if not all of the plants.
Slowly, so as to not unbalance the ecosystem, stone paths were laid and lighting added. in less than a year the new Botanical Gardens opened to the public. Now families, school groups, and scientists can visit the gardens for a small fee to help with the upkeep.
Wayne Manor [3d]
Wayne Manor was the personal residence of Bruce Wayne. The residence is a huge stately mansion on grounds outside Gotham City. It was maintained by the Wayne family’s servant, Alfred Pennyworth. The manor has belonged to the Wayne family for several generations.
Slaughter Swamp [2d]
Located several miles outside of Gotham City, the marshland region known as Slaughter Swamp is a place with a grisly history. In 1895, an unscrupulous millionaire named Cyrus Gold carried on an affair with a local prostitute named Rachel Rykel. According to Rykel, she was pregnant with Gold’s child, and sought to extort money from him for her silence. Cyrus met with her for a secret negotiation at Slaughter Swamp, several miles outside of Gotham. When Gold refused to yield to blackmail, Rachel’s pimp, Jem, dashed Cyrus across the back of the head with a shovel. They buried Gold in the swamp, content that no one would ever come looking for him. Over the span of fifty years, Gold’s body interacted with the detritus and sour vegetation of the swamp. Through an as of yet unknown process, Cyrus Gold’s corpse transformed into a rotting, vegetative undead monstrosity that the world would soon come to know as Solomon Grundy.
The swamp saw little activity for the next several decades, but in the Autumn of 1944, Gold’s zombie rose from Slaughter Swamp, whereupon he went on a savage rampage resulting in the deaths of eleven people. Gold (now known as Solomon Grundy) has been destroyed many times over the last half a century, but invariably, he always rises anew from the depths of Slaughter Swamp.
In recent years, Slaughter Swamp has been incorporated as part of the Slaughter Swamp State Park, with guided tours taking place daily. One of these tours resulted in great tragedy as Solomon Grundy rose from the swamp attacking an innocent tour group. Tour guide Karin Rykel (a possible descendant of Grundy) attempted to protect the young children in her group, but lost her life when the swamp monster crushed her skull with a savage backhand.
Cape Carmine Lighthouse [3d]
East Shore [1d]
D’Angelo Sewage Treatment Plant [3d]
What remains of the D’Angelo Sewage Treatment Plant is, technically, owned by Carmine Falcone. After an attack by a rival crime boss left the plant in pieces, the Falcones have been looking to sell off the wreckage. The current highest bidder: Queen Industries. But recently the newly conglomerated Wayne-Powers has entered the bidding war.
The plant was once the largest processing plant of its type on the entire eastern seaboard. Many criminals once considered the location to be the best, and smelliest, investments that the Roman ever made. The plant serviced all of Gotham City and much of the surrounding area, almost constantly sending out or receiving trucks and barges. The place served as a perfect cover for the more lucrative of the Families activities.
The fleet of tanker trucks inside the gated complex were always subject to rumor and hear-say. The D’Angelo branded trucks were such a common and ubiquitous sight on the streets of Gotham that some would wonder why a city with such an extensive sewer system needed so many sewage trucks. Rumors ran from the mundane like drugs, money, or weapons to the outlandish like Venom or Kryptonite. After the attack, the truth was plain as day: Firearms. The D’Angelo plant was the primary means for the Falcones to smuggle illegal firearms into Gotham.
Gotham State Penitentiary [3d]
Gotham State Penitentiary (Formerly Gotham Prison) was operated separately from Blackgate Penitentiary (Formerly Blackgate Prison). Both prisons are located in Gotham and while Blackgate is the main correctional facility today, Gotham State Penitentiary was the primary correctional facility up until the early 1990s. In Because of its increased security, Blackgate begins to take prominence over Gotham State, until the latter becomes virtually unused and has been recently shut down.
Haly’s Circus [3d]
Gotham Sewers [1d]
Gotham City’s water supply system is one of the most extensive municipal water systems in the world. This complex system relies on a combination of tunnels, aqueducts and reservoirs to meet the daily needs of Gotham’s residents and many visitors. One advantage of the system is that 95% of the total water supply is supplied by gravity. The other 5% needs to be pumped to maintain pressure, but this is sometimes increased in times of drought when the reservoirs are at lower than normal levels.
Three separate sub-systems, each consisting of reservoirs and aqueducts, bring water from the city:
The Cyrus Gold Aqueduct, completed in 1890, brings water from the Rykel Reservoir in the Slaughter Swamp State Park.
The Maroni Aqueduct, completed in 1910, is significantly larger than the Gold and brings water from two reservoirs in the East of Gotham.
The Wayne Family Aqueduct, completed in 1916 taps tributaries of the River Liberty and provides around half of the city’s water supply.
From the Wayne reservoir water flows by gravity through three tunnels under the city, where water rises again to the surface under natural pressure through a number of shafts. The three tunnels are:
- Gotham City Water Tunnel No. 1, completed in 1917. It runs from the Wayne Reservoir under the West Village, South Channel Island, West Side, West Chelsea Hill and Upper West Hill, and under Sandy Hook where it connects to Tunnel 2. It is expected to undergo extensive repairs upon completion of Tunnel No. 3 in 2020.
- Gotham City Water Tunnel No. 2, completed in 1935. It runs from Wayne Reservoir under central North Point, South Point, Columbia Point and Central Heights to Sandy Hook where it connects to Tunnel 1 and the Thorne Tunnel to the D’Angelo Sewage Treatment Plant. When completed, it was the longest large diameter water tunnel in the world.
- The uncompleted Gotham City Water Tunnel No. 3 is one of the largest capital construction project in Gotham City’s history.
The construction of Water tunnel No. 3 is intended to provide the city with a critical third connection to the Wayne reservoir, allowing the city to close tunnels No. 1 and No. 2 for repair for the first time of their history. The tunnel will eventually be more than 60 miles (97 km) long. Construction on the tunnel began in 1970, and its first phase is completed. Completion of all phases is not expected until at least 2020.
Mobile Locations [-]
Mirror House [3d]
A secret auction, led by a man called The Dealer, dealing in artifacts from Batman’s past. Weapons from various villains, torn uniforms, etc.
The Shuffle [3d]
There used to be no specific name for Gotham City’s black market until it adopted what the police started calling it. Among other uses, The Shuffle currently operates as a meeting place for anyone trying to buy or sell large amounts of illegal merchandise, as neutral ground for gang negotiations, or simply as a place to find the best drugs, prostitutes, or bare-knuckle boxing.
The different adaptions and evolution over the years have been particularly designed to conceal it from the police and protect it from violent conflicts. Mobility has been the market’s primary adaptation. It has appeared everywhere from the middle of Slaughter Swamp to some of Gotham’s most expensive hotel suites, as long as there are plenty of exits, but it never appears in the same place twice in a row. Usually, it is impossible to safely make black market operations possible more than two or three times each month and it can only be found by those who know how to discover the details of when and where it is going to appear, which are sometimes only made available a few hours beforehand.