"Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis (As God was with our fathers, so may He be with us)" -- Boston Motto
Boston, Massachusetts is the capital and most populous city in the state of Massechusetts in the United States. Boston is also the seas of Suffolk County (despite the county government having been disbanded in 1999). The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in New England and the 23rd most populous city in the United States.
The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people.
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded by Puritan settlers from England in 1630. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. Upon US Independence, it continues to be one of the most important ports and cultural centers in the United States.
The following information describes Boston as it was in 2010, during the events of [the untitled Boston Campaign].
Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the United States of America. Its plethora of museums, historical sights, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the ten most popular tourist locations in the country.
Although not technically in Boston, the neighboring cities of Cambridge and Brookline are functionally integrated with Boston by mass transit and effectively a part of the city. Cambridge, just across the Charles River, is home to Harvard, MIT, local galleries, restaurants, and bars and is an essential addition to any visit to Boston. Brookline is nearly surrounded by Boston and has its own array of restaurants and shopping.
Several historic sites relating to the American Revolution period are preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park because of the city's prominent role in the conflict. Many are found along the Freedom Trail, which is marked by a red line of bricks embedded in the ground. Several historic sites relating to the American Revolution period are preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park because of the city's prominent role in the conflict. Many are found along the Freedom Trail, which is marked by a red line of bricks embedded in the ground.
Boston is an extremely diverse city and shares many cultural roots with greater New England, including a dialect of the non-rhotic Eastern New England accent, more commonly known as the Boston Accent and a regional cuisine with a large emphasis on seafood, salt and dairy products.
Boston is a city of diverse neighborhoods, many of which were originally towns in their own right before being annexed to the city. This contributes to a strong pride within the neighborhoods of Boston, and many people will often tell you they are from "JP" (Jamaica Plain), "Dot" (Dorchester), "Southie" (South Boston), or "Eastie" (East Boston), rather than that they are from Boston.
Alternatively, people from the suburbs will tell you they are from Boston when in fact they live in one of the nearby (or even outlying) suburbs. If in doubt, you can look for "Resident Parking Only" street signs, which will identify what neighborhood you are in.
Neighborhood nicknames are in (parentheses).
- Allston and Brighton (Allston-Brighton): Located west of Boston proper, these districts (especially Brighton) are primarily residential, and are home to many students and young professionals. Brighton is abutted Boston College, which is the terminus of the Green Line's B Branch. The border between the two is a fuzzy subject of debate, so they are often considered as one neighborhood by outsiders.
- Back Bay: This upscale area of Boston has fine shops, fine dining, as well as sites such as the Prudential Center, Copley Square, and Hynes Convention Center.
- Beacon Hill: Once the neighborhood of the Boston Brahmins. Beacon Hill has real gas-lit street lanterns on many of the streets, as well as many original bricks dating back to age of the city itself. Because the Massachusetts State House is located here, "Beacon Hill" is often used as a metonym to refer to the state government or the legislature.
- Charlestown: Across the Charles River to the north, this is the site of the Bunker Hill Monument. The traditional home of employees at the now-decommissioned Navy Yard. Recently it has experienced a shift in its population and industry and an increasing number of young professionals are joining the families who have lived in the area for years.
- Chinatown: Great Asian food, great herbalists and next to downtown and the theater district. 4th largest Chinatown in the United States.
- Dorchester ("Dot"): A large working class neighborhood often considered Boston's most diverse. It includes the JFK Library, UMass Boston, and many wonderful eateries.
- Downtown: This is the hub of tourist activity with Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. It is also the center of city and state governments, businesses, and shopping.
- East Boston ("Eastie"): On a peninsula across Boston Harbor from the main bulk of the city and the location of Logan Airport. Several underwater tunnels connect East Boston to the rest of the city. Large Latin American population. Home to two of Boston's larger witch covens.
- Fenway-Kenmore (The Fens, Kenmore Square): Fenway Park is the home of the 2004, 2007 and 2013 world champion Boston Red Sox. This area also includes a number of Boston bars, eateries, and the "Lucky Strike" bowling alley.
- Financial District: Boston's business and financial center, this area has plenty of restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions such as the New England Aquarium.
- Jamaica Plain (JP): A diverse residential neighborhood and home to Samuel Adams Brewery. Diversity is the strength of “JP,” as it is lovingly referred to by residents. Every ethnicity, socio-economic stratum, and sexual orientation is well represented in this neighborhood sandwiched primarily between Roxbury and the town of Brookline. The rich diversity in JP has created a strong character of social awareness and tolerance among neighbors and residents.
- Liberty Hills: One of the oldest communities in Boston, Liberty Hills is technically a small unincorporated community twelve miles outside of Bostom proper, and it is home to some of city's wealthiest residents. The prestigious Auburn Academy can be found in Liberty Hills, and the neighborhood boasts a high wizard population.
- Mission Hill: A residential neighborhood, with a very large student population.
- North End: The city's Italian neighborhood with excellent restaurants. It is also the location of the Old North Church.
- Roxbury (Rox, The Bury): The historical center of Boston's African-American community.
- South Boston (Southie): This is a proud residential neighborhood with a waterfront district and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on its north side. Home to one of the largest Irish and Irish-American populations in the country. The werewolf pack The Three-Clover pack make Southie their home.
- South End: Just south of Back Bay, has Victorian brownstones and a Bohemian atmosphere. Large gay population.
Boston's park system is well-reputed nationally. Its 2013 ParkScore ranking tied with Sacramento and San Francisco for having the third-best park system in the country. Some famous parks include: Boston Common, Boston Public Garden and Franklin Park.
The Arts Edit
Boston has been called "The Athens of Ameirca" (which is also a nickname for Philadelphia) for its literary culture, earning a reputation as "the intellectual capital of the United States". In the nineteenth century, Ralph Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others, wrote in Boston. Some consider the Old Corner Bookstore to be the "cradle of American literature"; the place where these writers met and where The Atlantic Monthly was first published.
Music is afforded a high degree of civic support in Boston. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the "Big Five"; a group of the greatest American orchestras. Symphony Hall (located west of Back Bay) is home to the orchestra.
Boston has been a noted religious center from its earliest days. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston serves nearly 300 parishes and is based in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1875) in the South End, while the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts serves just under 200 congregations, with the Cathedral of St. Paul (1819) as its episcopal seat. Unitarian Universalism has its headquarters on Beacon Hill. The oldest church in Boston is First Church in Boston, founded in 1630.
Sports and Athletics are like another religion in Boston. The city has four major North American professional sports leagues, plus Major League Soccer. They include;
- The Boston Red Sox: Baseball
- The New England Patriots: Football
- The Celtics: Basketball
- The Boston Bruins: Hockey
Logan Airport, located in East Boston, is Boston's principal airport. Nearby general aviation airports are Beverly Municipal Airport to the north and Norwood Memorial Airport to the south. Massport also operates several major facilities within the Port of Boston, including a cruise ship terminal and facilities to handle bulk and container cargo in South Boston and other facilities in Charlestown and East Boston.
Downtown Boston's streets grew organically and so do not follow a grid-system. This makes navigating the city tricky for non-natives. Nearly a third of Bostonians use public transport to commute and their subway system operates the oldest underground rapid transit network in America.
Other Events Edit
There are several major annual events, such as First Night, which occurs on New Year's Eve and was started by a collective of artists looking to have a New Years' party without the emphasis on alcohol. It has since become an extremely popular, citywide event featuring sidewalk sales, fireworks and other festivities.
Another famous event is the annual Boston Arts Festival at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, the annual Boston gay pride parade and festival held in June and Italian summer feasts in the North End honoring Catholic saints. The city is the sit of many events during the Fourth of July weekend, including the week-long Harborfest activities and a Boston Pops concert accompanied by fireworks.
Boston has a humid continental climate that borders of humid subtropical climate, or a temperate oceanic climate with some maritime influence. Summers are typically hot, rainy and humid while winters oscillate between periods of cold rain and snow, with cold temperatures. Spring and fall are usually mild, with varying conditions dependent on wind direction and jet stream positioning.
Fog is fairly common, particularly in spring. Thunderstorms occur from May to September, that are occasionally severe with large hail, damaging winds and heavy downpours. Although Boston has never been struck by a tornado, the city itself has experienced many tornado warnings. Damaging storms are more common in areas north of the city, partially due to the number of wizards calling the northern areas of the city home.
- Boston Common: Storied, 50-acre urban park that hosted British troops during the American Revolution.
- Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: Sizable park featuring a Civil War-era fort, hiking trails, picnicking areas, fishing & more. The wild hiking area known as "World's End" can be found here.
- Bunker Hill Monument: Marking the Battle of Bunker Hill, this 221-ft. granite obelisk features 294 steps & scenic views. This monument functions as a powerful focus for supernatural power, making it useful in certain rituals. It is guarded by at least two Vanguard twenty-four hours a day.
- Boston Public Library: Historic library with grand, Renaissance-style architecture.
- Boston Museum: Located on a ship in Boston Harbor, it is a floating history museum with live reenactments, multimedia exhibits & a tea room.
- Fenway Park: Historic, small-capacity baseball park, home of the Red Sox and the occasional big-name concert venue.
- Granary Burying Grounds; Samuel Adams and Paul Revere are among the patriots buried at this storied site on the Freedom Trail. Ben Franklin's tomb, as well as a number of his family members, are located here. A popular spot for the local Witch population, especially those whose power comes from Ancestral or Community magic.
- John Hancock Tower: The tallest building in New England, standing 790 feet tall.
- Old North Church: The first church founded in Boston. This church is widely-considered neutral ground between supernatural entities. Drawing blood on church grounds is considered an unforgivable act in Boston, even among the areligious.
- Paul Revere House: Revere's legendary ride began at this restored Colonial-era home, which includes original family furnishings. Purported to be haunted by Revere's ghost.
Points of Interest. Edit
- Brown Derby: A nice Irish-style restaurant-pub that caters to the Three-Clover Pack. The traditional meeting place for Pack business.
- Faneuil Hall: Shopping center with many stores & restaurants comprising 3 historic market buildings & a promenade.
- Fourth World: A nightclub rumored to have a portal to the Feywild. People say the owner has wings.
- Freedom Trail: A 2.5 mile long path throughout downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.
- Franklin Park Zoo: A zoo that includes a golf course and arboretum!
- The Green Bean: A fair-trade, organic hipster coffee shop near downtown. Has a pleasant atmosphere.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Evocative of a 15th century Venetian palace, this museum houses a world-class art collection.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Neoclassical & modern wings house a cast collection from ancient Egyptian to contemporary American.
- Museum of Science: Venerable institution with interactive exhibits, dome-shaped IMAX theater and a planetarium.
- New England Aquarium: Giant ocean tank with over 2,000 animals.
- Pop's: A 50's style diner that serves "classic" burgers and milk shakes. It has a very simple menu, which is part of its charm and appeal. It's open 24 hours and has good wifi.
- Public Garden: Tranquil, 19th-century urban park with boat rides, a lagoon, fountains and other sights.
- Silvertree Investments: A brokerage house, it is the largest of its kind in Boston and one of the largest in America. The company, founded by Walter Fleurant in 1869, has a reputation for integrity, and their history of solid performance, rather than high-risk speculation, also enhances the firm's worth with clients and the industry. The current CEO is Dorothy Fleurant.
- Sludge: A grunge coffee-house in Allston. Serves drinks called "Hipster Bullshit" and "Hot Garbage".
- The Steam Room: A low-key, chill hipster coffee shop. A Chupacabra nest is located somewhere nearby, and a group exiled werewolves were formerly employed there.
- Toy's: A Chinese restaurant located in the Theater District, Toys is popular with the late night crowd and club-goers, since it's open until 3:00 am. It serves a variety of Chinese foods and has an extensive buffet.
The Supernatural Edit
Boston has been a hot-spot for paranormal activity since before the coming of the Pilgrims. The original inhabitants of what is now known as Boston were the Masschset Indians, 3,000 of whom lived around a Boston Bay that was much larger than the one current residents are familiar with. The 20 small villages around the bay benefited from the presence of an unusually dense network of ley lines, which in turn promoted the formation of Hallows and spirit loci. The flow of energy through the bay was healthy, keeping resonance with stagnant emotional qualities from collecting, resulting in good hunting and long lives among the Massachuset. Witches, Mages, and Skinwalkers alike among the natives took advantage of this good energy.
The settling by the Europeans ended the golden period of the Massachuset people, but the powerful focus of magical energy made the city desirable by incoming mages and witches alike. As time passed and the city grew, many disparate mages arrived and spear out north and west, founding communities like "Liberty Hill". Seven of the more powerful and influential magical families in the city gathered together and formed a Circle they called The Gibborim in 1633. This group would go on to become one of the most powerful groups of wizards in history, and they would consolidate power throughout New England over the next two centuries.
Several mage circles exist in the city, though few have any real influence or territory; each are overshadowed by the Gibborim. The only real competition the Gibborim has, if you can call it that, are the Sons of Revolution. Unlike the Gibborim, they accept most mages into their ranks and act as a sort of "Union" for spellcasters in the city. They harbor a deep resentment of the Gibborim, who regard them as little more than petulant children.
The Gibborim Edit
Today, the Gibborim run Boston. While there are more than a dozen "cells" or "branches" located in other areas throughout New England, the Circle's power is centered in Boston. They are a secret society and few know of their existence. They are the unquestioned power in the city, the Hierarch among the most respected men in the city. Little of magical importance happens in Boston without the Gibborim hearing about it.
The Circle has certainly grown past the original seven Founding Families. More than forty wizards in the city number among them, each from wealthy and influential families. Their resources are extensive, some say almost bottomless, and they have a reputation among other supernaturals as ruthless.
The Gibborim has a public face known as "Atlantic Works", which is touted as a philanthropic think tank" who work on making Boston a safer, cleaner place to live. They finance projects looking into clean energy, environmentally-friendly housing, and other charitable works.
Werewolves coming in from Ireland also settled here, like many Irish. Nearly a dozen disparate packs populated the Boston area, each fighting each other for territory and food. They came into conflict with the Skinwalkers and Mages of the city, which escalated the destruction even further.
In the 1860s, the werewolves and the mages called a temporary cease-fire due to the ignition of the Civil War. The Confederacy, being financed and heavily supported by vampire gentry and the Hellfire Club, the Gibborim and the werewolves decided that the enemy of their enemy were their friends and united. At the war's end, a mutual, begrudging respect had emerged between the two factions. So, they signed the Half-Moon Treaty, which gave the werewolves territory in South Boston and the promise that neither group would interfere with the other. Since then, werewolves and mages have existed in an uneasy peace. While never perfect--a number of small skirmished have erupted over the years--things have never devolved into total war between the two.
The Three-Clover Pack Edit
Over the centuries, many werewolf packs have risen and fallen again throughout Boston. Wars between packs have always been brutal and the werewolves were able to accomplish little because of it. However, one pack has always seemed to stand above the rest--the Three-Clover Pack, cousins to Clan Four-Clover in Dublin. These Irish wolves work as smugglers and have their hands in a number of criminal cookie jars around the Boston metro area, though their territory is centered around Southie.
While always very powerful and influential, the Three-Clovers were not considered to be "werewolf royalty" in the area until August of 1949, when the Alpha initiated a city-wide assault on four of the other major packs in the area. The attack was brutal and bloody, targeting even the wives and children of the other Alphas. The survivors from the four surviving packs swore loyalty to the Three-Clovers, who then threatened similar treatment to any packs who didn't follow suit. Most of the packs in the city didn't want to cross what was now the most powerful wolf in the city, and those who resisted were decimated by the end of the year.
This move also afforded the Three-Clovers the manpower, territory, and resources their newly-acquired packs used to have. This expanded their criminal empire, turning them into the most powerful organized crime family in the city.
In modern times, the Three-Clovers continue to serve as the most powerful pack in the region and their alpha--Randy Fletcher--is known as the fiercest and strongest wolf in New England. They are known to be territorial and aggressive, though they don't seem to mind siding with the "Gibbs" if the city is in dire need.
Surprisingly, Boston has never been a city that was friendly toward vampires. Due to the high concentration of wolves and wizards, vampires found the city too much trouble and left; many settled in Philadelphia or New York City, while many others went south to Virginia, North Carolina, or, later, to Louisiana or Georgia.
In modern times, vampires are still rare to find in the city. Those who call the city home either know which areas to steer clear from--no vampire goes to Southie and few hunt in Gibborim territory--or find themselves meeting a violently premature end. The most common area in the city to find vampires is in Allston-Brighton.
These shapeshifters were once common in the area and highly respected among the Massachuset people. In modern Boston, they have been practically wiped out, with only a handful remaining, mostly out of obligation or a sense of legacy. They keep a low profile and stay out of werewolf territory; the lycanthropes were among the top of the list of reasons Skinwalkers were hunted to near-extinction in the region. They are secretive and survive mostly due to this fact.
Witches were once plentiful in the region, but were the targets of an orchestrated attack by the Gibborim in the 18th century. Witches across New England were targeted by witch hunters, and driven to the fringes of society, living in secret. When expeditions out west began, many witches traveled west, settling in the Great Lakes region.
Many witches still remain in New England, however. A few covens make Boston their home, most notably the First Daughters, who channel the power of their ancestors. They do not seem to have any desire for power, but they are still not to be taken lightly.
These shapeshifters are rare as it is, but a small community seems to be gathering in Jamaica Plain. Current estimates put the changeling population at around 13, but nobody can really know for sure.
Notable Boston Residents Edit
|Lucas Abernathy||43||Mage (Enchanter)||Gibborim Counselor||Alive|
|Tiki Abernathy||16||Mage (Necromancer)||Student at Auburn Academy; daughter of Lucas Abernathy||Alive|
|Roy Brady||17||Werewolf||Three-Clover Pack Member||Alive|
|Jeff Carroll||36||Mage (Abjurer)||Teacher at Auburn Academy; member of the Gibborim||Alive|
|Mikey Donnelly||19||Werewolf||Three-Clover Pack Member||Alive|
|Ash Fletcher||24||Werewolf||Three-Clover Pack Member; nephew of Randy Fletcher, brother of Tommy Fletcher||Alive|
|Randy Fletcher||50||Werewolf||Alpha of Three-Clover Pack||Alive|
|Tommy Fletcher||16||Werewolf||Three-Clover Pack Member; nephew of Randy Fletcher, brother of Ash Fletcher||Alive|
|Dorothy Fleurant||55||Mage (Necromancer)||Gibborim Councilor; CEO Silvertree Investments; Cass Jones' Grandmother||Alive|
|Edward||488||Animated Skeleton||Servant to the Fleurant Family||Alive|
|Angus Hardy||57||Werewolf||Beta of Three-Clover Pack||Alive|
|Alex Harrington||17||Mage (Enchanter)||Student at Auburn Academy; son of Nicholas Harrington||Alive|
|Nicholas Harrington||47||Mage (Transmuter)||Gibborim Councilor; Spinal Surgeon||Alive|
|Jessie Humphrey||14||Human||Student at Auburn Academy; sister of Will Humphrey||Alive|
|Will Humphrey||16||Human||Student at Auburn Academy; brother of Jessie Humphrey||Alive|
|Cassandra Jones||16||Mage (Diviner)||Main Character; granddaughter of Dorothy Fluerant; True Seer||Alive|
|Zach Kowalski||18||Human||Student at Auburn Academy||Alive|
|Miles O'Shea||18||Werewolf||Member of Three-Clover Pack||Alive|
|Brad Reidl||17||Mage (Evoker)||Son of Hierarch Reidl, brother of Mason Reidl; student at Auburn Academy||Alive|
|Mason Reidl||14||Mage (Illusionist)||Student at Auburn Academy; brother of Brad Reidl, son of Hierarch Reidl||Alive|
|Robert John Reidl||51||Mage (Conjurer)||Hierarch of the Gibborn||Alive|
|Franklin Rothschild||48||Mage (Evoker)||Gibborim Council Member; Captain of the Vanguard||Alive|
|Oliver Rothschild||17||Mage (Conjurer)||Student at Auburn Academy; son of Franklin Rothschild||Alive|
|Kimberly Sheridan||16||Mage (Evoker)||Student at Auburn Academy, Gibborim member||Alive|
|Isobelle Waldorf||44||Mage (Technomancer)||Gibborim Council Member||Alive|
|Liddia Waldorf||16||Mage (Abjurer)||Student at Auburn Academy; daughter of Isobelle Waldorf||Alive|
|Emmy Walsh||17||Mage (Transmuter)||Student at Auburn Academy; sister of Everett & Evie Walsh||Alive|
|Evie Walsh||9||Unawakened Mage (Assumed)||Little sister of Everett & Emmy Walsh||Alive|
|Everett Walsh||23||Mage (Diviner)||Gibborim Council Member; brother of Emmy & Evie Walsh||Alive|
- Sam Hudson was born in Boston and lived there until he was 16 years old.