The CyberWolfe's Den
Portland is an older city, with soaring downtown skyscrapers nestled cheeck-by-jowl with run-down businesses and the darker portions of Chinatown, which was built in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century by Chinese immigrants that were hired to finish the railroads to the Pacific.
Much of the older sections of the city were built in that time, and you can still see some remnants of these older times in certain areas of the city. Cobblestone streets and curbside horse rings are common in the darker parts of Northwest Portland. *Note*: these cobblestone streets are narrow (usually only one-way) and can be slick as ice when wet. Driving checks should be modified accordingly. There are also many older buildings, constructed mostly of stone, that sport the original gargoyles as decoration. This brings a very Gothic feel to the city, and I recomend using the Night's Edge Supplement with this sourcebook. Up to six months without any real sunlight in a temperate climate could be very appealing to a vampire, not to mention the high number of buildings with large basements...
There are a surprising number of parks in Portland, cropping up in sometimes strange places and sizes. Combined with the number of trees used in general landscaping it sometimes seems like the city is still in the forest. This gives the smart punk an ample source of cover during your friendly neighborhood free-for-all.
Fees for registering a vehicle in the state are reasonable, only 200EB a year, with an additional 100EB for the yearly emissions test. A driver's license is yours for a 100EB fee, tests are given by appointment only, Mon-Fri, 10AM to 4PM. The owner of the vehicle is required to carry liability insurance, which will normally run you about 2000EB/year, depending on your record.
|A few years back, I moved to the city of Portland, Oregon for nearly a year and was struck by how much of a Cyberpunk city it is. It rains
up to six months a year, a good chunk of the architecture is stonework (giving it a Gothic feel) and there are areas very close to being combat zones today. I lived on the edge of one of them during
that time, but also had occaision to wander through some of the nicer Corporate and residential areas as well. All in all, a perfect location.
All it needed was a sourcebook.
Since one didn't exist, I started tinkering around with the idea of writing one myself, but never really got anywhere with it. About a year ago, however, I ran into Planet Conkle, Chris Conkle's homepage and home to his Portland sourcebook.
My apologies, Chris, but it sucks.
Take a walk through Chinatown at about 3AM and see what life on the razor's edge can really be like. Or maybe spend an evening down at the Satyricon with your input. Don't forget the armor, though: I recomend a good vest with a little plate backing it. Wander around the Downtown towers after midnight and see how long you can evade security and the cops (and see what juicy bits you might pick up in the process). To truly experience Portland, you have to crawl around it's underbelly, not look at it through the windows of your car. Hell, if you really want some excitement, take the night's last bus through N.E. and see how long you live...
Ok, enough already. On with the show...