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Sunday, September 16, 2012
The City by Gaslight
Weird Adventures presents the City and it’s world in the year 5888, an era of automobiles, machine guns, and jazz. Of course, that’s not the only age when there’s adventure to be had:
Roughly a hundred years ago, alchemical gaslamps began to appear in the streets of the City. For about forty years, their flickering lights held sway--but banishing the night didn’t always banish the darkness.
The little wars in the South and West created battle-hardened veterans and returned them to the streets of the City ,where times were hard and opportunities few. Political corruption was the order of the day. Immigrants streamed from all over the world to be crammed into the most crowded slums in existence where disease and crime were rampant.
And then, of course, there were the monsters.
Foes: Serial killer thaumaturgists, street gangs, corrupt politicians and their cronies, mad inventors.
Media Inspirations: Film/TV: Copper, Gangs of New York, Sherlock Holmes, Vidocq, The Wild Wild West; Books: The Alienist, The Dante Club, The Devil in the White City, the John Silence stories, the Carnacki Ghost-Finder stories; Comic Books: Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, From Hell (the movie, too), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Weird Western Tales (2001).
Miscellaneous Inspirations: Jack the Ripper, Spring-Heeled Jack, Spiritualism,Steampunk.