|Artwork by Jon Gibbons|
Here's a list of the neighborhoods that make up Stark City and a little info about them. In the next week or so, we'll be releasing previews of some of these neighborhoods in a little more detail.
Geartown: Rundown industrial neighborhood by the docks where organized crime has a strong grip. Geartown is the most crime-plagued section of Stark City and the home turf of various street gangs and a handful of beleaguered street-level heroes fighting to clean it up. Aquatic criminals from the breakaway merman colony in Stark Lake have been making inroads into the criminal underground in Geartown, peddling highly addictive drugs on the piers to street criminals eager for the newest product.
Tesla Industry Park: The technology center of Stark City. Here you find pure R&D firms engaged in super-science (such as Paragon Engineering whose work focuses on teleportation and dimensional travel), defense contractors (such as A.R.E.S. Labs who is engaged in body armor and energy weapon research), high-tech startups as well as the various heroic and villainous factions who are attached to each. Stark City University is also based here.
The Catacombs: Running deep underneath Geartown, Tesla Industry Park and the Silver District is a largely forgotten tunnel network from an ambitious pneumatic subway system project that was abandoned without being completed in the 1930s. Since then, the tunnels have become a literal criminal underground. Despite the best efforts of the Stark City PD, at any given moment a handful of nefarious factions (from street gangs to mafia crews to apocalypse cults to super-science terrorist cells) are likely to have transitory safehouses in the Catacombs.