Shadowrun: The Wilson Hall Irregulars
At a Glance
Size: 468 square kilometers
Population Density: 1,165 per square kilometer
Per Capita Income: 130,000 nuyen
Corporate-Affiliated Population: 89%
Hospitals and Clinics: 12
Voting Precincts: 11
-Less than 12 Years: 25%
-High School Equivalency: 45%
-College Equivalency: 18%
-Advanced Degrees and Certificates: 12%
Mayor: Nikola Taul
Major Corp Facilities: Aztechnology, Brackhaven Investments, Federated-Boeing, Ingersoll and Berkely, Mitsuhama Computer Technologies, NeoNET, Renraku Compter Systems, Wuxing, Inc.
Major Gangs: Bloody Screamers, Dissassemblers, First Nations, Halloweeners, Troll Killers
What was once the City of Seattle is still the heart of the modern metroplex. The Downtown district is responsible for the majority of the area’s economy, home of its central government, and at the center of its culture and activities. While there is much to see and do in other parts of the metroplex, none encompass the whole of the Seattle experience as well as the Downtown area.
Home to “U-Dub” (the University of Washington), the U-District is a typical college town contained within the larger metroplex. The area is still home to numerous UW students and businesses catering to their needs and interests, including the University Village shopping center and the Northgate Mall, as well as various brewpubs, cafes and a local farmer’s market. The district is also known for its lore-stores, both established and “informal.” More often that not, these are con-men looking to scam the gullible, but sometimes real wiz gets through.
Originally known as Broadway Hill, and known as “Catholic Hill” even after being renamed in 1901 due to the concentration of the Roman religion there. The neighborhood is also home to “Millionaire’s Row” along 14th Avenue E, and has many luxury apartment buildings and condominiums.
The most avant-garde of Downtown’s neighborhoods, Capitol hill is where you can find independent cafes, second-hand and vintage clothiers, and specialty bookshops, galleries, and chic boutiques. It has also long been the center of Seattle’s alternative sexuality subcultures, including several neighborhood bars, nightclubs, and hangouts.
Following the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, which destroyed some 33 city blocks, the city decided not only to require new buildings to be constructed of more fireproof stone or brick rather than wood, but also to regrade streets of the area one or two stories above the then-present level. This led to a network of underground basements and tunnels, even sidewalks, which became known as the Seattle Underground. Abandoned for many years until a revival as a tourist attraction in the mid-20th century, the Underground has more recently been flooded with metahumans (mainly dwarfs and orks) after the Night of Rage.
Seattle’s International District blends several Asian cultures. Centered on King Street, the area houses Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian and Burmese immigrant communities. The 2070 census puts the neighborhood at 59% Asian, 17% Caucasian, 14% Latino, and 10% African. It is also the heart of Yakuza power in Seattle, despite a years-long struggle with the Triads.