Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:48 AM
Khazan by Ivan - Part 2:
Villa Lobos in Uptown
Early in Khazan's history the profligate son of a wealthy Spanish don decided to stake his claim for land along the northern cliffs of Khazan. As he burned through his inheritance his estate gradually ceded more and more of his land and resources to the local mission. After the son died the mission began parsing out sections of farmland to wealthy families who gave generously to the church, and these families have lived on the land ever since. The mission itself, known for its hot springs, is now a spa and five star restaurant, and the rest of Villa Lobos is owned by a very exclusive group of twenty or so wealthy families. Local ordinance forbids further division of the land. Villa Lobos is served exclusively by the Vesper-Maybach Security firm, possibly the best private security contractors in Khazan.
Fleet Street in Archer
Though only six blocks long, Fleet Street is one of the busier neighborhoods in Archer, renowned for its boutiques, couture shopping, fine dining, and open-air Mediterranean style architecture. It is typical for business owners to live in sprawling penthouses above their shops and restaurants, and a network of over-the-street drawbridges allows neighbors to stay as connected or isolated as they like without ever deigning to set foot on the ground below. Obviously, social ties are paramount here.
Levent Avionics in Moebius
It may seem unusual for an Avionics lab to be almost entirely underground, but the depths of Levent's Research and Development Division are indicative of the company's deep pockets. Levent boasts both KPD and Military contracts for hover and anti-grav technology. Pay no attention to the sculpted above-ground facade with its long curved lines, where they work with university students and non-profits to build solar-gliders and green technologies- the real work happens thirty floors below.
Gethed Circle in Lorin
If you've ever seen the Khazan College comedy FALL RUSH (a tRAF Studios production) you know Gethed Circle- (or "Get-head Circle" as it was dubbed by Terry Shlonger, one of the film's protagonists.) In reality Gethed is a pretty tame place where students with wealthy parents labor under the weight of impossible expectations and an increasingly competitive job market. Although the street is closed off twice a year for a large inter-fraternity block party and Greek Olympics, there are many other places in Lorin with much bigger, rowdier parties.
Kingspire in The Spires
Located along the Apos river, Kingspire Park and the surrounding neighborhood are known for the Kingspire, Eastern Khazan's tallest granite spire. The Kingspire neighborhood attracts physically active families, and Kingspire park offers rock climbing and whitewater rafting in a safe, family-friendly environment. Lots of families with riverfront property own personal watercraft and in the summer the river and its local tributaries are quite busy.
Cook's Landing in The Spires
Somewhat notorious among Khazanian Youth (especially with The Spires) the neighborhood of Cook's Landing houses two prominent features: A Natural History Museum and a Waterpark. Obviously this had led to some well-meaning parental bait-and-switch tactics. There is also a 24-screen Megaplex theater and a large shopping mall. Cook's Landing was extremely popular in the 80's, and has been slowly declining in popularity since then. Occasional attempts to breathe life back into the neighborhood have never been totally successful.
Signal Park in Kits
Located west of the Wetlands Preserve, Signal Park is the start of Monument Avenue, a Khazan street known for having a monument at every intersection along its four-mile stretch. The monuments start (or end, depending on your direction of travel) with the Fallen Heroes monument in Signal Park. Here lost SLJ heroes are enshrined in plaques along a curved wall set in a hillside. On the hill above a single giant weeping willow stands vigil. On summer nights, thousands of fireflies light up the Willow Hill Fallen Heroes Monument in Signal Park. In the winter the Signal Park Pond is a popular ice-skating destination.
North Hall in Lowtown
Nobody wants to be from North Hall. Even the local rappers tend to claim to represent one of the surrounding neighborhoods, like South Hall or Duncan Garden, because North Hall is only known for one thing. In the mid 80's the North Hall Riots led to the deaths of 9 white supremacist families who had moved in to the neighborhood. Lots of negative local media attention reinforces that image. This means that the North Hall stereotype is, if you're white you're a racist and if you're black you kill children. North Hall is pretty succinctly "the ghetto," and if the rows of boarded up tenements and the liquor stores on every corner are any indication, the residents of North Hall aren't looking to improve their lot in life.
Holiday Avenue in The Gaslight District
Holiday Avenue is the city's entertainment hub- lined with theaters, restaurants, and casinos, and crowned by the Grand Watermark Hotel. The Gaslight District was the first part of Khazan to have street-lights, and has since been a historic center for all kinds of nightlife- both legal and otherwise. A large influx of corporate investment in the late 80's has resulted in a much more family-friendly atmosphere, and much of the organized crime once associated with Holiday Avenue has moved to other parts of the city.
Heureux in The Gaslight District
Known historically as the "crazy" part of town, Heureux is something of a cross between Amsterdam's Red Light District and Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. Sex and Drugs abound, and lots of crappy jam bands play in local bars. It is an area of extremely low violent crime, conducive to college students looking to flirt with danger in a controlled environment. As the saying goes, "You can get almost anything in Heureux, but your pharmacist can usually help you get rid of it."
Killian's Crossing in The Twelves
Killian's Crossing was home to an old 18th Century brewery that was torn down to make way for cheap apartments. Renamed The King's Cross Brewery, it is now located across town. It remains a symbol of The Twelves, inexpensive booze pretending to be something nicer, and the brand's mass-produced terra cotta sixpacks- originally intended to be smashed after consumption, serve as the perfect size pots for local window-gardens. Window-gardens are another symbol of The Twelves- people with very little, trying to make the best out of what they have. Window-Garden Soup is a kitschy, eclectic vegan dish is some of Khazan's nicer cafes, but in Killian's Crossing it's just a way of life. Killian's Crossing is known for its brightly painted, multicolored buildings, as residents try to "spruce up" their dilapidated homes with cheerful facades.
Kingsport in Dockside
Not to be confused with Port of Kings, which is an island on the other side of the world, Kingsport is Khazan's major commercial shipping port. Kingsport does have a well-known open-air market and fishermen and vendors from all over the world try their hand at peddling their wares. Khazan City's longest road, Crowe Rd, starts at Pier 14 in Kingsport and cuts north toward Khazan Proper. The Intellicab Taxi Company is headquartered in Kingsport, and the yellow-checkerboard-brain logo can be seen all over Khazan.
Storm City in Khazan Proper
A small, roughly circular historic neighborhood nestled between skyscrapers in Downtown, Storm City is the historic "Original Khazan City" site of the early Dutch settlement. Storm City is home to several Monuments, Museums, Libraries, and Courts, as well as the original Khazanian capital building. The northern perimeter of the Storm City circle faces Embassy Row a neighborhood whose name is fairly self-explanatory.
Electrum Road in Khazan Proper
Electrum Road, also known ominously as "The Bone Ladder," is Khazan's equivalent to Wall St. The city's chief financial district is full of movers and shakers, buyers and sellers, high class cons and low down dirty double-dealers. The bars on Electrum Road are known for their exceptionally strong drinks.