“The self-proclaimed center of everything”
Cultural, commercial, and financial center of the world. When people think of New Gotham, they think of Clockwork District, with its stark skyscrapers piping into the night sky. Small, big, and sinister, Clockwork is a melting pot for the wicked.
At 23 square miles, the island is the smallest of the six boroughs. It has more people than the largest borough, and that’s not a lot of space divided between the tons of people who live there, and that’s not accounting for those who work there but choose to live in one of the outer boroughs. A census concluded that most of the people who actually live in Clockwork District are vampires.
If they could have their way, the region would be considered the epicenter of everything in the known universe. As far as what kind of vampires live in Clockwork, the neighborhoods are varied. From Black Harlem with its boutiques and jazz clubs, Lower Clockwork’s cultural cuisine to the Upper Hand’s museums and Quarters Square.
Clockwork District is home to Mirage Agency, the advertising agency responsible for this publication.
If you’re polite, you’ll send them a thank you card.
The Vanishing Isle
“The place that time forgot.”
This small island at the south of Clockwork District is New Gotham’s Staten Island equivalent. It is the least inhabited and populated of the boroughs with just over 470,000 residents. The island is 58 square miles and is separated from the other boroughs by Bethesda Bay. The residents of Vanishing Isle often refer to themselves as “The Forgotten” since they feel ignored in favor of the other boroughs by the government of New Gotham. There is also the borough’s nickname as Karon’s Bridge, as human tourists who cross the bridge after sunset are never heard from again.
Vanishing Isle is accessed from Storyville District by three separate bridges, and from Bones District by the Styx bridge. Most tourists want to visit the Isle using the free ferry which takes the visitor on a scenic view of the Statue of Darkness and Striker Island. Vanishing Isle is becoming a haven for artists and musicians who want to be close to Clockwork District but have access to affordable housing.
As a point of interest, Elsa Karr’s famous store Bits and Pieces is located on Vanishing Isle. And anyone visiting the Vanishing Isle should be prepared. The 80s came here to die. Enjoy the wild hair, the leotards, and the joys of smoking indoors.
The Vanishing Isle took its name from the miraculous fog that surrounds the island between the hours of midnight and sunrise.
“Ripe for redevelopment.”
Bones District, or Bones as residents call it, is the second smallest of all New Gotham’s boroughs at 42 square miles. Neglected and disrespected, Bones is the closest thing to hell that you can find in this city (and that’s saying something.) The northern most district, has been torn apart by decades of gang violence and the failing war on drugs. As a tourist, if you find yourself wandering into Bones at night, weld your car door shut, and pray. A census reported over a million people living the area, but it has more open spaces than most other districts, so expect monsters hiding around every corner.
Most of those monsters are were-creatures or shifters, and they have a penchant for killing one another whenever there’s a disagreement. Aside from the district’s reputation for violence, tourists can enjoy South Bones, where the stadium and the Colosseum can be found. Bones District also boasts the Redbone Zoo and many outdoor cafes and exhibits. It’s also where visitors and neighbors can enjoy the Avalore Botanical Gardens.
Bones District is home to the famous Brothers Grimm. They throw annual Halloween parties that are famous for bringing down the house (sometimes literally.)
“Like the suburbs, only worse.”
Residents typically refer to Kings District as Cloud District. For all those who don’t know, Kings is the size of a postage stamp. If it were an independent city, they would be considered the fourth most thickly-settled cities in the U. S. behind cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. Kings has population of over 2.2 million people in 109 square miles—and they’re all fey. While it may be thought that the Storyville District is the most culturally-diverse, it is actually Kings where its residents speak over 138 languages, and have more collective wealth and supernatural technology between them than the whole of San Francisco.
Tourists will notice the severe divide between those who have wealth and those who do not with absolutely no problem. It’s glaring obvious when the area of Kings also includes all major airports within its borders. Kings District has outdoor amusements in the form of beer gardens, fining dinging with great view, and a smattering of upscale boutiques and antique shops. Despite being up to the wings in fey, this portion of the city has an elegant, well-kept vibe, and the atmosphere of a welcoming family community.
We suspect that is another predatory mechanism fashioned to draw in prey. The borough also has many cultural attractions for the visitor that wants to explore or the full-time resident who wants to fully experience their borough. For instance, in addition to the legendary Butterfly Arboretum, Kings is also the proud home of the Gloomy Sister’s Art Gallery.
Kings is the only district that does not have a police station within its borders, which is quite interesting considering the fey never hesitate to stick their noses in matters that don’t concern them.
“Churches, hipsters, prostitutes, and other fads.”
Storyville District took its name from the famous red-light district of New Orleans, and it is the most inhabited of the five boroughs with over 2.5 million people in 71 square miles. The many ethnic groups in Storyville District can be found in concentrated sections. There is a large African American community in the Blackchapel area, Russians in the Broken Blade area, and a sizable Hispanic population in Little Pina. There is a large concentration of various other ethnic populations like the Irish, Arab Americans, Greek, Orthodox Jews and West Indians just to name a few.
A general census conducted by the Grimm Reaper reveals that most of the population living within Grimm District’s borders are coven (witches, mages, enchanters, sorcerers, magisters, etc.)
Throughout its development, Storyville District has made a name for itself as both one of the welcoming and one of the roughest neighborhoods in New Gotham. As of late, the district has also taken to “sprucing up” its ragged image through the restoration of older, rundown neighborhoods. It hasn’t seemed to change much. On that note, there is plenty to do for residents and tourists alike.
The Princess Philharmonic and the Storyville Academy of Music are examples of the artistic traditions Storyville is famous for. Another example of culture is the Pagemaster Museum, which houses the second largest collection of fairy tale art in the U. S. For those interested in more carnal pursuits, Storyville is the only district in New Gotham where prostitution is legal. Visitors will find everything the borough has to offer on Liberty Avenue.
The famous boutique Sinister Stitches is located within Storyville’s borders. If you’re interested in winning a dress, sign-up for Greta’s mailing list. She picks a giveaway winner for every new release!
“Industrial wasteland meets suburban hell.”
If Clockwork District is the privileged child of New Gotham, Underwood District is most definitely the challenged younger brother. Bordering New Gotham’s forest, you’ll see nothing but an endless sea of run-down homes and farmland. Simply put? Those that are unfortunate enough to live in the Underwood desperately want to get out. A census concluded that most of the people who actually live in Underwood District are shapeshifters, werecreatures, and humans. Many of the people who live in Underwood travel to other districts for work, as it is mostly a rural landscape with a smattering of industrial wasteland. Any troubled teenager’s wet dream.
Residents can also enjoy many tree-lined streets and local parks in this area, and Professor Strange’s Eccentric Circus. Many of New Gotham’s most famed registered and unregistered packs live within Underwood District’s borders, and anyone looking to attend a martial arts school will have several choices to pick from.
Granny Sole’s shoe was the first structure in Underwood District. It is considered a historical monument, and the farm is open to the public on weekends.