Monday, April 23, 2012

The Trenches: An Area to Avoid

Another excerpt from the Rampart City Travel Guide 2012:

Between the quaint Historical District and the grittier Old Downtown of Rampart City you'll find the neighborhoods known as "the Trenches."  The nickname stems from a quote in the Rampart City Times back in February 1919, when a soldier returning home from World War I remarked that living in the tenements, many built by factories to house workers, was like being back in the trenches of France.

This reputation is bore out by crime statistics, which rate the Trenches consistently as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.  Property crimes are prevalent in the area, making it advisable to keep a tight grasp of your purse or wallet.  Much of the crime turns violent after the sun goes down.  Visitors to Rampart City are advised not to travel alone in the Trenches under any circumstances--especially female visitors.

When visiting the city it is advisable to pass through the old tenements of the Trenches as quickly as possible to avoid becoming another of the crime statistics.  Of course for those who enjoy living dangerously, there is a vibrant nightlife in a number of underground clubs.  Be warned, though, that your night out could be interrupted by a police raid or gang war.

U is for Underground:  The Legend of the Sewer Rat

8 comments:

  1. And it covers the island from east to west! There should be a corridor of safety or something for those poor commuters who work late.

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  2. PT, the trenches is a great nickname. I can never tell whether these are real or imaginary. Great job.
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
    @thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

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  3. Hmmm..that map is shaped like California sort of.

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    1. It's actually Manhattan. I just found a map online and recolored it.

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  4. Very interesting. I'm with Maurice, is this a real place or something from a book? Something you wrote or made up? It's cool!

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    1. Rampart City is my thinly-veiled New York, just like Metropolis or Gotham City or whatever other ones there are.

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  5. I also like the background on the naming of "Trenches." How much time have you put into fleshing all this out for your novel?

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  6. That's cool. I like the name Trenches. If I were roleplaying in your city, that's where the excitement happens. I'd go there with my street samurai friends and get the skinny on anything in town (i bet).

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