Shadowrun: Seattle 2072
Seperated from the country’s mainland, Seattle is the westernmost outpost of the United Canadian and American States (UCAS). The metroplex is surrounded by the lands of the Salish-Shidhe Council, but remains a part of UCAS as originally agreed during the negotiations leading to the Treaty of Denver in 2016.
|> The “other” listed above includes the species that UCAS considers sapient, but which aren’t among the “mainstream” metatypes – sasquatches, nagas, ghouls, pixies and so on; even the odd dragon or free spirit. The numbers are very approximate of course, as most of these species don’t qualify for a SIN. In addition, the numbers don’t take any account of changelings, as no-one’s really sure how to classify them – they’re still genetically their original metatype after all. Estimates on the number of changelings in the metroplex vary wildly, with some studies claiming that there may be as many as 300,000 in the city. That seems high to me, but a lot of changelings have migrated to Seattle over the years since the comet’s passing due to the city’s reputation for accepting all and sundry, regardless of oddness.|
|> Man O’ Mana|
Seattle has a reputation as a vibrant city, where many cultures and sub-cultures merge and clash; urban sprawl sits side by side with green space, UCAS politics meet Amerindian tradition, the super-rich rub shoulders with the SINless and the latest outlandish street fashions mix with professional clean-cut corp chic.
|> It’s the clash of cultures that makes Seattle such an ideal town for ‘runners. Pretty much all the major players (plus a whole drek-load of minor ones) have a stake in Seattle and they’re all trying to outdo each other and find opportunities to gain an advantage. Plus, being in the middle of NAN lands, it’s a smuggler’s paradise!|
|> Wrench Monkey|
The modern Seattle metroplex is far larger than the city of Seattle as it stood in the late 20th century, with much of the “old-town” making up the region now usually referred to as Downtown Seattle. The metroplex is split into a number of distinct regions:
Also known as “Seattle City” or “Seattle Centre”, Downtown is the beating business heart of the metroplex. With more corporate real estate per square mile than anywhere else in the ‘plex, much of the money that flows into Seattle comes through here. Many of the city’s major attractions, such as the Space Needle, are also to be found in Downtown, as well as many excellent clubs, restaurants and malls. For details of places of interest in Downtown, click here.
|> Downtown is where you’ll find much of the shadow biz too, thanks to all of those purty office towers.|
|> Sam U. Rye|
An area of outstanding natural beauty and home to some of Seattle’s richest citizens, Bellevue is a region boasting an incredible amount high-end real estate, luxury shopping and top-of-the-line dining. For details of places of interest in Bellevue, click here.
Once a centre of heavy industry (which is where all the jokes about the “Tacoma Aroma” come from), Tacoma has seen considerable technological and economic development since the 2050s. It still maintains busy docks as well as a fully preserved turn-of-the-century downtown area – a major tourist attraction. For details of places of interest in Tacoma, click here.
|> The aroma’s still there on days when the wind blows the wrong way. I’ve heard it’s down to the paper processing plants in the district that use a sweet-smelling cocktail of bleaches and other chemicals.|
|> Street Prophet|
|> People still use paper?! >:-O|
|> Steel Weevil|
The northernmost district of Seattle, the storm-tossed shores of Everett house the Everett Naval Ship Yard as well as a number of commercial docks. The Federated Boeing aircraft construction facility, one of Seattle’s largest employers, is also based here. Though the region has seen something of an economic downturn in recent years, with many corporate facilities built in the 2040s now lying dormant, there are also a number of unspoiled areas ideal for hiking and getting back to nature. For details of places of interest in Everett, click here.
A largely suburban region, housing much of Seattle’s corporate/middle-classes, Renton also has a number of excellent green spaces. For details of places of interest in Renton, click here.
|> Renton is also a pretty conservative district, with a higher than average concentration of humans and a reputation for support of the Humanis Policlub. A whole load of Brackhaven’s votes probably came from the people behind the white picket fences in the ’burbs of Renton.|
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Seattle’s most industrialised region, Auburn is home to many of the city’s largest factories and facilities. In addition, many of Seattle’s hard-working blue collar citizens live within the district. For details of places of interest in Auburn, click here.
Seattle’s most rural district is home to many aquaculture and agribusiness ventures, even including some traditional old-fashioned farmsteads. The greenest region in the metroplex, Snohomish is also the most sparsely populated, with rolling fields and the Snohomish River providing excellent opportunities to leave the sprawl behind. For details of places of interest in Snohomish, click here.
|> Snohomish is also home to a whole drek-load of backward hicks – the type who wear white sheets and only like to mix with the “round-ears”. Keep your wits about you if you’re not a human and get the frag out of dodge if you hear banjos.|
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Fort Lewis is a large military reservation to the South of Seattle, housing many military facilities and airfields, as well as most of the Seattle Metroplex Guard and Joint Task Force Seattle. As such, much of the area is restricted, though there is an excellent Zoological Gardens open to the public, which houses many paranormal species as well as more common mundane animals. For details of places of interest in Fort Lewis, click here.
Caution is advised when visiting Redmond, one of Seattle’s largest regions of urban blight. That being said, there are places in the district worth visiting, including some excellent and wild night-spots if you’re feeling brave. For details of places of interest in Redmond, click here.
|> Welcome to the barrens omae! Murder, crime, gang warfare, and the lost, forgotten and SINless huddling in the crumbling remains of the urban sprawl – what’s not to love?|
|> Street Prophet|
When Mt. Rainier erupted violently in 2017, it devastated much of the Puyallup district. Lava flows and heavy ashfall formed the vast lava flats that now cover much of the region. The flats provide an excellent opportunity for hiking, but make sure you take a guide with you – even today, serious earth tremors, boiling geysers and heavy ash rain are not uncommon. For details of places of interest in Puyallup, click here.
|> An awakened guide is a particularly good idea if you’re venturing onto the flats – there are a lot of crotchety spirits and other awakened phenomona roving around that desolate grey and black plain.|
|> Man O’ Mana|
|> Redmond ain’t the only barrens baby! As well as the lava flats, Puyallup has plenty of sprawl too. The district’s home to half a million people; many of them metahuman, many of them SINless, all of them too poor to live elsewhere. There are parts of Puyallup that are pretty similar to Redmond, just with more pointy ears and tusks.|
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As negotiated as part of the Treaty of Denver, Council Island serves as an embassy and tribal enclave for the Native American Nations. The Salish Shidhe Council also maintain much of the island as a nature preserve, which includes many displays of Native American culture. For details of places of interest on Council Island, click here.
A catch-all term, used to describe the various outlying islands surrounding the Seattle mainland that still fall within the boundaries of the metroplex.