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Post by Seretis on November 10th 2017, 16:31

Ashport started out in 1794 as Fort Grove, and served as a bulwark against native incursions, as well as a trapper post. Eventually, the site's location, along the Barras River, combined with mineral resources from the nearby ridges, lead to the settlement being officially founded as a city in 1821. Now known as Ashport, the city continued to grow. Unfortunately, the city suffered much during the Civil War, however the post-war recovery was aided by the discovery of nearby coal and iron mines, and the river allowed easy transport of materials. Soon, both rail and steel industries moved in, further growing the city.

However, with the advent of the 1920's, organized crime started to take root. And with the rise of the automotive industry in other places, the rail industry soon died out in Ashport. And over the next few decades, as the ore began to run out, so to did the steel industry fail in Ashport. Not long after that, between the rising street gangs and the organized crime "families", Ashport came to be owned in all but name by the criminals. In the past decade or so, though, Ashport has seen a turn-around in its image. Two major corporations, primarily oriented towards technological fields, have begun expanding into Ashport, and cleaning things up in the process.

Arapice Corporation, the "louder" of the two, has put the most effort into "reclaiming" areas from being run-down gang zones, and turning them into modern, gleaming neighborhood "worthy" of being in a major city. Of course, their prominence has heavily drawn the notice of the more sophisticated criminal elements. So far, there's been a few scandals break about Arapice employees being caught out having ties to the crime families. Occasionally, the employee in question is publicly disciplined and fired, although often the matter is stonewalled by the company and the matter swept under the rug as quickly as possible.

Wintergreen Technologies, on the other hand, seem to be more interested in supporting various programs and charities with an eye towards getting the common folks' lives back on track and improving quality of life. Some rebuilding projects have been undertaken, mostly bringing buildings directly purchased for company use up to the requirements of the company. Word on the street seems to be that Wintergreen Technologies is somehow extraordinarily resistant to criminal corruption, and the few employees who have tried to aid the crooks found themselves swiftly exposed and punished.

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Post by Seretis on November 10th 2017, 18:31

Districts and Neighborhoods of Ashport:

Barras River: The river that once brought commerce to Ashport bisects the city, running from the northeastern corner, bending a little towards the center of the city, and leaving at almost due west. A large island sits in the center of the widest part of the river.

Grove Square: The downtown administrative district, Grove Square contains main city offices, such as City Hall, the Courthouse, and the Police Headquarters, among other locations. Perhaps even more noteworthy among Ashport's districts, Grove Square is the only one with an exact border, as it is surrounded by the maintained walls of the old Fort Grove structure. Most of the actual day-to-day operations of the city are handled in the annex offices in the nearby Marble Heights district.

Marble Heights: A core part of downtown Ashport, Marble Heights started out as the meeting spot for many of the area's rich landowners, during the early days of the city. During the city's apex, it served as the playground for so-called "robber barons" and the elite of the crime families to mingle. Since the arrival of Arapice Corp., the district has been turned into the site of offices for many of the corporation's satellite businesses, as well as high-end penthouses for the city's elite. A small part of the district is devoted to the city proper, as many city offices built annexes and extension offices in the area during its heyday.

Arapice Plaza: The newest addition to Ashport's downtown, Arapice Plaza primarily hosts the Arapice Tower, the new corporate headquarters for Arapice Corporation. Much of the tower's highest levels is devoted to penthouses for the company's top executives. A handful of other corporate office towers surround the edges of the plaza that gives the district its name, all part of the overall Arapice brand. At the front of Arapice Tower stands a large statue of Roger Arapice, the corporation's founder, holding a representation of the world. This is raised on high, revealing a stage, whenever an announcement of a new product or service from the company is made. The announcement is delivered from the revealed stage.

Grandview: This district is home to much of the mid-level Arapice office staff, as well as the central hub for the city's elevated rail transit lines. While the district's housing is primarily "flats"-style apartments, there are a few houses as well as a multi-level, multi-building sprawling shopping center. The shopping center, for some reason, tends to be quite popular among the 13-20 yrs-old crowd.

Prospect Hills: One of the few districts of Ashport that has pretty much constantly done well economically, Prospect Hills regularly updates or reinvents itself. These two factors are driven by one simple fact: The district has pretty much been the entertainment heart of the city, at least since it was built up. There are a few back alleys in this district where the police refuse to go without backup. One of the nightclubs in the district, the Happy Hamster Club, is thought by some to be a "node" in the clandestine information network of the city.

Riverwalk: Also known as the Hargrove Memorial Riverwalk, named after the city's first mayor, retired fort commander Arnold Hargrove, the Riverwalk district lies furthest upstream in Ashport, and hosts numerous parks, a length riverwalk, and the city's yacht and boating clubs. Surprisingly very little illegal activities take place here, although the extensive lighting and nearby police precinct may play a role in that.

Ellswood: While this district is primarily residential, it does possess one noteworthy landmark, Ellswood General Hospital. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the houses in the district are owned by families with members on staff at the hospital. Ellswood General is often advertised as having the most advanced and best medical equipment, courtesy of large amounts of funding being provided by Arapice.

Victoria Place: A somewhat upscale residential district, located along the northern edge of the Barras River, Victoria Place is home to mostly middle-class families. The neighborhood has a high community spirit, as well as a number of Little League sports teams. Police Commissioner Travis Ravion owns a house here.

Linden Park: Also called Linden Isle, the island in the center of the river is the site of the Ashport University, the local university. Fully accredited, the university has recently built a new student center, remodeled and updated its dorms, as well as expanding its available courses with several new degrees in medical and technological fields. Oddly enough, the campus's main warehouse, as well as its library, have reported unusual activities and occurrences recently.

Brooksgate: This riverside district sits on the southern side of the river, and many of its piers are in disrepair. At one time, the many docks and piers in this district served the barges and ships hauling materials to and from the nearby industrial districts. Nowadays, however, the district serves as the site of choice for the smugglers and criminals needing to do watery deals.

Cedar Mills: The largest district among those that form southern Ashport, Cedar Mills was once the heart of industry in the region. However, it was the hardest hit with the collapse of industry in Ashport. Crisscrossed with rail-lines, and inhabited by clusters of rusting out factories and foundries, the district offers prime locations for illicit drug labs, weapons parts makers, and chop shops. While the bulk of the district remains decrepit, Wintergreen Technologies has recently announced plans for possible rehabilitation of the area.

Rose Lawn: Perhaps one of the "grayer" districts of southern Ashport, Rose Lawn plays host to three differing landmarks. The first is the Irving Forest Preserve, a nature preserve set up by Ryan Irving, one of the notable industrialist of Ashport's growing days. He wanted to preserve some of the natural beauty of the area from the city. The preserve is rumored to be haunted by some of the perpetrators of the infamous 1927 Ashport Jewel Heist. Another landmark is the Ashport Mercy Hospital. While perhaps not quite as advanced as Ellswood General, the city locals generally view Ashport Mercy as having the better Trauma unit... Likely due to having to deal with cases on a more regular basis. Finally, the Mercy Mansion is on the farthest eastern edge of the district, and the city. Perhaps slightly misleadingly named, Mercy Mansion plays home to the city's population of mentally unstables.

Hemlock Park: A low-end residential district in southern Ashport, perhaps best known for a high rate of suicides. This district has recently seen a turn of fortunes, as Wintergreen Technologies has given many families in the area steady and safe jobs. The district has also seen improvement through the opening of Doctor Thomas Haskins' free medical clinic, which receives funding through many different sources, including free specialist visits, which are paid for by the executives of Wintergreen Technologies.

Maple Acres: With its somewhat misleading name, this district of southern Ashport is one of the most sparsely populated ones. Originally a "worker's quarters" district with a few centrally located warehouses, it became a transient neighborhood after the collapse of the city's steel industry. What few people still lived there, though, moved out after the state purchased the land the warehouses were on and replaced them with a high security prison, locally nicknamed "the Zigg" or "the Ziggurat" due to its design.

Tombstone Park: A riverside commercial district in southern Ashport, it contains both the Ashport Dome and Palatine Stadium, homes of the various professional sports teams of Ashport, such as the Ashport Grovesmen (football), the Ashport Riverrats (baseball), and the Ashport Ravens (hockey). Many other sports related facilities also exist in the district, such as training gyms for various fighting brands, a horse racing track, and even a small field for re-enactment style mock fights. Unsurprisingly, a sizable number of "off-track" betting places exist here as well.

Winter Plaza: Site of Wintergreen Tower, the main office building in Ashport for Wintergreen Technologies, the district also plays home to the central offices for many of the various charities and civil improvement programs sponsored by Wintergreen Technologies. While the general appearance of southern Ashport is still rather grim, Winter Plaza is one of the bright spots in the rough.

Harrowgate: The city's southernmost district, and one of its most outlying ones. While there are a few homes and maybe a shop or two, three major features dot the district. The city's two cemeteries are the ones closest to the rest of the city. The larger and more prominent of the two is the Ashport Memorial Cemetery, which is still in use and has recently added cremation facilities. The Barras Grove Cemetery, on the other hand, has become mostly overgrown, ill-kept, and only really used by a few old families which maintain their own plots there. The remaining landmark for the district is the Old Priory, a crumbling and abandoned monastery that once belonged to an old, now defunct order of monks. Periodically, a historical group will come in, buy the land and try to repair the buildings. Often times, accidents will drain the group's funds before the restorations are completed, and the buildings end up lapsing once again.


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Post by Seretis on November 17th 2017, 18:32

Notable Residents: (Current)

Roger Arapice - Head and founder of Arapice Corporation, more details coming soon

Doctor Thomas Haskins - coming soon

Police Commissioner Travis Ravion - Travis Ravion began his "public service" about as soon as he graduated high school. His first stop on his adult life was a 7-year stint in the army, where he served as a medic. Towards the end of his service, however, he found himself fascinated by law enforcement, and chose to study that instead of medicine. At the age of 32, now on reserve duty with a National Guard unit, Ravion moved to Ashport after being hired by the Ashport Police Department. Within eight years, he was captain of the city's southernmost precinct, and had a reputation of being a reliable officer, a strict supervisor, and something of a "hero cop", mostly due to his refusal to accept bribes, and often times exposing the corruption of some of the other officers. It was then Captain Travis Ravion who was the first of APD to work out a deal with the incoming Wintergreen Technologies that allowed selected officers to receive special response team training. Of course, shortly afterwards, the commissioner at the time, Michael Clay, worked out a similar deal with Roger Arapice, head of the Arapice Corporation. Not long after those deals occurred, though, Clay was exposed as part of one of the larger corruption rings involving city officials. Travis Ravion was one of the names put forth to replace him, and he was selected as replacement. Although his offices are officially in the Central Precinct, he spends as much of his time as possible in the southern precincts, where more attacks on police officers seem to happen. His assistants and subordinates are happy with this arraignment, as his medical training from his army days have saved more than a few officers' lives.

Historical Characters: (Inactive)

The Gambler - Costumed vigilante active during Ashport's cleanup. Rumored to have been somewhat allied with Travis Ravion. Deceased.

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