While the setting is New York City it should be noted that this is a very different New York City than people are used to. Alien attacks, tidal waves, earthquakes, bombs, missiles, attacks by creatures. These things have a tendency to change the face of a location, and places change. It should be also taken into account that being a fantasy setting that the ST may well have changed things.
For instance, F.A.O. Schwarz was not bought by Toys R Us, it was bought by a private investor who has kept the store open and operating and is getting the iconic toy store to turn a profit once more.
Other places of importance around the city that diverges from the norm are listed below.
The Forrest Foundation, a foundation dedicated to helping children in need, not just those with medical needs or those who’ve lost their parents or their way, but also those who’ve been abused or kidnapped.
Located in the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood on a reclaimed block it is surrounded by a stone wall to help keep the noise of the city outside, with the main entrance being on the south side of the block. While there are several buildings making up the Foundation there is also plenty of grass and gardens and a small stable for the kids to care for and ride horses, a football field and a track will be finished by the end of summer 2020. The Forrest Foundation is ran by Andrew “Andy Pandy” Forrest, who was also rescued by the Foundation when he was young. The founder of the foundation is Christopher Forrest, who adopted Andrew, though he has not been seen in some time.
The Forrest Foundation offers many services, firstly it is a children’s hospital and rehabilitation center, where the children live. In the cases where such is necessary they work with other organizations to find parents or guardians a place to live. It is also an orphanage, taking in children that would otherwise be put in group homes or foster care, without the usual “orphanage” feel and more of a boarding school feel. The Foundation is also a school, from pre-school through college/university, the school and medical are available to those outside of the Foundation, and boarding for both is available. They have recently started offering a sports program.
The layout is such that the grounds inside the wall seem to be considerably larger than they appear from the outside.
The New World Catholic Church
Located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, a few blocks away from the Foundation and not terribly far from Central Park, is the recently rebuilt New World Catholic Church a stone and marble Gothic Cathedral with warm wooden floors and paneling to compliment the stained glass windows.
This beautiful, yet small, church is the seat of the New World Catholic Church, lead by Father Lee Thomas, that preaches a more modern lesson, including the acceptance of the Supernartural. Though they still speak against evil and don’t condone acts of evil or excess.
The church is connected by a covered stone walkway to a repurposed warehouse that serves as the head offices for the church, the head of the New World Charity and their shelters and soup kitchens which can be found through out the greater New York City area, and the first shelter where Father Lee is often found helping out.
Also located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood this hospital is not far from the Foundation or the Church. This hospital is ran by Crystal Research and Technologies, and while they do research this is more of a care facility. Complete with an attached clinic and urgent care facility.
Crystal Medical has several other clinics in and around the greater New York City area and is expanding out beyond the city, there are also several other hospitals that Crystal Medical has either bought, or rebuilt through out the greater New York City area. They are currently the only medical services that are studying the care and treatment of the various supernatural races and the associated wounds and illnesses that can result from encountering said races.
A 4 story square mansion with an above ground basement story that has been converted to a garage, storage area, and a few rooms for those who like the dark. A comfortable porch makes its way around the first floor, and gives the basement that much more space, the stairs up to the front door, a split L affair, are made of white marble. Behind the main house is another building, what would have been the kitchen and possible servant’s quarters, which is mostly used for Shannen’s studio. The ceilings in the house are approximately 11 feet high and the windows are floor to ceiling more or less. A few french doors exist on the upper floors that lead to balconies that surround the upper stories.
This tall slender behemoth rises high enough into the sky that the corners have warning lights on them to keep planes and such from hitting them, and the access to the roof is restricted to prevent base jumping from the top. It is completely self contained, requiring no outside connections, though such connections exist anyway, and has been built to resist most disasters and has already proven once that it is made of some very strong stuff.
Offices, housing, stores, doctors, hospital, all your needs without leaving the building. This building went up so fast that there is no denying that magic played a part in its creation.
Many believe that the tower is a monument to the strength and glory of New York City, that like the phoenix the city can never die, but will always rise from the ashes often better than before. The owner of the building has not even acknowledged this.
Raven Tower is also capable of being self sufficient and serves as part of the emergency escape system for the upper floors of Phoenix Tower.
Dark rumors say that people used to vanish from the high rise and be taken underground where they were never seen from again. If this was true it is no longer true. The current owner of the building would only admit to having a vermin problem in the basement and sub-basements.
The whole place is animal friendly, people are allowed to bring their pets, there are places for people to gather, both inside and outside, there’s parking for those with vehicles, there’s also a underground shuttle system that links all the places together, and for those with the money or passes, and the willingness to give it a try is the much faster Quantum Portals, which are near instantaneous transport to the other portals in the other places, these portals were originally used to share needed goods between walled cities.
While most parks only have one such place, Central Park has 2, one down on the south end of the Sheep Meadow, the second up near Harlem Meer. Each place also has a medical clinic on hand ran by Crystal Medical.
This is another place that appears larger on the inside than it is on the outside, which is entirely possible because it is all one place. One growing mall that you can enter from any of its physical locations or any of the portals that go to Park Place.
While people can’t always explain how all the Park Places are one place, there are many explanations as to how is larger than it appears. The three most popular are it uses the same technology as Dr Who’s Tardis, it is like the tent in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the third method is a Quantum Space. This one being more popular with the science-y types. Others just say it’s a extra-dimensional space, though most just don’t care.
The second tower being another 15 stories above the first, and growing, off/out of the first like two pieces of crystal sharing one face. It has also taken on the look of clear quartz crystals rising from the ground towards the sky. The lower roof is a roof garden a place for people to go and relax, while the upper roof, holds a landing pad.
Inside Crystal Research and Technology is there the Order using the same office space for its day to day business. A small food court has blossomed into a sizeable food court, and two full sit down restaurants, Thorne and La Famillia, can be reached from the ground floor atrium.
One can also shop at one of the many Mercurial Dreams that are opening up through out the area. There is also a sizeable Crystal Medical Clinic in the tower and in the upper stories there are lots of residential apartments.
This is the home of Noir Industries, the company owned by Vasago Noir. The company that owns Dauntless Industries and Mercurial Dreams. They are also part owners of CND line of businesses, communications, insurance, financial. Noir Industries has turned underground farming into a viable solution to the problems of feeding the world. Giant caves have been turned into farms that use their own waste to keep them going, the methane helps with the power, the fertilizer made from the animal’s waste.
Following the free nature of the owner, new projects pop up all the time if they have a chance at being something good they are followed through with, if not they get set aside. So Noir Industries is into many things. Most of the building is dedicated to the company and it’s premier Mercurial Dreams store, while the top 10 floors are residential, with 5 open to people renting and the top 5 being the personal domain of the mercurial Vasago Noir himself.
Within the unassuming home of Dauntless Industries, the employees work to improve today’s technology, from the simple digital watch, to quantum computing and beyond a lot of what they do looks and feels like science fiction, though they are making it science fact.
The virtual reality environments; Elysium, where one can go to visit their lost loved ones and Valhalla where one can go to travel without traveling, and visit worlds that one can find only in books and pop culture, were first realized here and made commercial use viable with the help of Noir Industries and Crystal Research and Technologies, and convinced the board that making Jeri Orchid the VP of IT the right thing to do.
With all the changes to the world, the two faces of this horse farm are blending, causing mirage like shimmers and shifts in appearance. At one time to the unenchanted it bore the look of a successful horse farm watched over by an elegant mansion. A large multi-car garage sits near the stables, multiple, and the barns, again multiple, that flank and surround behind the mansion. Fields surrounded by white rail fences, while the mansion sits among the rose gardens, a pair of large greenhouses are also home to many roses. And to the enchanted, it looked much the same, a modest elegant castle of gothic design in place of the mansion and the horses in the fields shimmering with the beauty of Dreaming born horses.
Now while the enchanted still see the castle, the unenchanted can also see the castle as a mirage overlay on the mansion, and sometimes they can see the Dreaming born horses, and see that several of the real world horses have many of the same traits.
From here Alinar spends his time being King, raising his horses, creating new breeds even, and raising his roses, again creating new breeds. Somewhere on this bucolic acreage it is rumored that Alinar tortures people for pleasure.
The Dragon’s Lair/New Caledonia
Way out on the end of Long Island, where once none existed there are now hills and cliffs, and places for dragons to lair, for dragons to nest. Unlike many beliefs that dragons are solitary creatures only coming together to mate and then parting leaving the female to lay and care for the eggs these dragons are very social, the eggs are laid in a communal nest and watched over by all the dragons, the hatchlings taught by all. Not only are they social with each other, but with “two leggers” their term for humanoids, be they of the human or super variety.
There is also a large Victorian home with towers and a wrap around porch for the humanoid members of the nest. A sand and living tree construct of a castle for the babies to play in and around, a haunted house that serves as another place for the babies to play when it isn’t being used as a haunted house. A central communal area with a fire pit over which something is usually roasting, some stew is warming, and warm drinks can usually be found. Then off away from the trees but not among the gardens and orchards is a large marble and glass building that is free of any real furniture that serves as the “observatory” and “home” for Emerald Valley, aka Val, a dragon.
New Caledonia is a flying island with a large mountain on it, and when it is ready it will float in the sky near the Dragon’s Lair.
This island however is out to entertain you and thrill you. An amusement park to rival Disney, it is also a thrill park, which even the most skeptical swear they can’t tell if it’s real or fake as the mix between people, creatures of the Dreaming, and non-magical thrills, is so well done that you can’t really tell if the dragon blowing fire is real or not until you are right there.
The decorations are of various fairy tales, but nothing about these tales are sweet and cheery, they’re dark and spooky like the original tales. There’s an assortment of amusement rides, and even dragon rides, young kids can sometimes pet unicorns. It is loved by adults and children alike, and with low prices it is even more loved by adults because it is quality entertainment at bargain prices.