The original Germanic subgroup of New Winchester first settled in Duskbürg and gave the district its name. It’s one of the only two districts in all of Millennium, which has kept its original name since its conception. Their colony lasted until the British army settled and took hold of the rest of Millennium.
Since then, Duskbürg has been an area of turbulence. The Irish Famine brought about an influx of Irish Immigration, resulting in conflict between the natives and the irish immigrants. These two groups would form the first gangs the city had seen. They would be known as the Red Stripes and the Black Boards. Their power struggles and constant fighting over the neighborhoods ended up creating the Duskbürg Police Department to control them.
This part of town became prosperous during the World War 2 era, holding the majority of the factories inside the city. People always working, it seemed hopeful for a short while. That was until a wave of crime rose again during the 1950s, leading many to believe that it was caused by the superhuman population.
At least people still had their jobs despite the rise in crime, but It all stopped after corporations that owned the factories sent out the the jobs overseas around the 1980s.
The majority of the factories that were previously used as legitimate business operations have been transformed into shady criminal dwellings. Some of these factories have been turned into sweatshops, taking advantage of illegal immigrants and human trafficking and exploiting their cheap labor.
Some of these factories have been re-purposed as night clubs for youths looking for cheap thrills. These clubs are known to be epicenters for heavy drug use and are typically owned by members of different criminal organizations.
In that same decade, they say that a spell was cast by the Umbra Magi upon this entire district, making this part of the city be cursed with an eternal night. Taking the district’s infamous slogan “It’s always night in Duskbürg” to an extreme level.
At the same time, the increase in crime keeps attracting the attention of many masked vigilantes and super-criminals. Many being born out of such a harsh environment while others simply find opportunity in such an environment. Resulting in constant struggles between said vigilantes and super-criminals.
Crime has been assimilated into the infrastructure of the district. Demand drives supply and the people of Duskbürg are demanding. The flexibility and resourcefulness of these criminal organizations can be attributed to their identity rooted in traditions set before them. Some of these gang members trace their lineage back to the original Red Stripes and Black Boards and take pride in it.
Most “legitimate shops” are just money laundering fronts for the criminal organizations. Mom and pop shops, movie theaters, fetish shops and anything in between. They either launder money or pay the crime families for protection.
People traffic weapons into the city and sell them out of their legitimate businesses as side operations. Most of these weapons are stolen from actual gun stores or imported through the Docks. The serial numbers are usually taken off by the vendors themselves. The average Glock goes for about $300 in the black market compared to $500. Buyers range from criminals with intent of using it for illegal activities to families for self protection.
The average hit for about $10,000 from a trained professional and up depending on the importance and/or danger of said target. Metahuman targets average about $15,000. Masks with reputations can range from anywhere to $200,000 to millions of dollars.
Human slaves sell for about $100 each.
Police corruption is as severe as it gets. Some might argue that the Duskbürg cops are just as bad as the criminals if not worse. The price for paying them off is not cheap and getting them to do dirty jobs is even more expensive. The Duskbürg S.W.A.T team acts almost as a hit squad for the criminal underworld.
The districts architecture takes its roots in a marriage between Gothic Revival and Art Deco. Most of the Gothic Revival buildings tend to trace their age back to the early days of Millennium City. Duskbürg being the main Germanic colony of the time. The city is riddled with gargoyles. The most notable building of Germanic ancestry being Sternako Cathedral, which was built in 1883 and is considered to be one of the city’s main tourist attractions despite being unfinished. Though sermons are still held every Sunday, it has long been rumored that the Cathedral is haunted by demons.
- The Murk: Considered to be the shadiest neighborhood of Duskbürg. Neon signs forming triple exes. It’s known for its considerable concentration of homelessness and prostitution. The businesses are made up of sex shops, porn theaters, and strip clubs. Going missing or being found stabbed in this part isn’t just a danger, it’s a statistic inevitability if you don’t know the right people.
- Downtown Millennium: (also referred to as the Dusk Heights) Characterized by the tall, art deco buildings. It can be considered to be one of the only truly “nice” areas of Duskbürg. It seems that way on the surface. Beneath, it’s the home of the creme de la creme members of the crime families. Once you can afford an apartment there, you can be considered made. It’s the kind of area where every boss wants to raise their children.
- Old Duskbürg: As the name indicates, Old Duskbürg holds the original properties and landmarks built with German architecture. It’s the home of the Duskbürg police headquarters, Sternako Cathedral, and the Adams Clocktower.
- Honka Honka Park: An abandoned amusement park that was closed in the 90s after a child died from one of the attractions and the family sued the owners, causing them to go bankrupt in the process. Now the park sits there gathering rust and trash. Some of the leftover rides that couldn’t be sold off were a Ferris wheel, a broken down roller coaster, a carousel, and other rides that used to bring people joy. Some of the rides still work, others don’t at all, and others are just being held together by chance.
- The King’s Palace: An abandoned theater that once held the city’s most attractive plays. It was abandoned when an small Earthquake caused the the roof to fall of the viewers during a playing of Les Miserables. Now, most seats are torn to pieces. Rats crawl within the walls. Some blood stains can still be found in the ground. Torn posters. Who knows what else crawls inside the King’s Palace?
- The South Docks: Home to the drug, weapons, and human trafficking operations of the different criminal gangs. The families made a pact not to sabotage each other’s imports and have managed to maintain said oath with a few exceptions.
- The Murder Swamp: Known as a popular location among the common denominators as a place to take people and “get rid of them” for good.
- The Skeleton River: Actually called “The Bagley River”, but nicknamed the “Skeleton River” for its popularity as a hideout of corpses and murder weapons. As a result, it has been outlawed to swim, fish, and ride a boat due to what people are likely to find there.
- The Spot: It’s located in an alleyway, it doesn’t have a door or even a sign up. It smells of cigarettes and spilled liquor. Inside there are some hanged pictures of old time masks, the bartender was one of them. They called him the Black Claw. Some of the people drinking are of the old guard and others are the new guard. They talk about times gone by and their adventures.
- Club des Tueurs: The city’s central spot for assassins for hire. A place where the most hardened assassins of the world come together to interact with each other and discuss business. Neutral ground. House rules prevent the members from conducting business inside. Failure to follow this rule results in immediate excommunication. The building has small suites for the members should they choose to seek the club as a safe haven for a fee. Members have access to a doctor and a weapons seller for extra fees.
- El Balcon De Paul: Everyone talks about Paul, but no one knows who Paul is. They say give a man a mask and he’ll show you who he really is. One of the entire city’s most luxurious spots frequented by the 1%. Thematic of the Italian Renaissance styled masks and Roman debauchery. The customs that occur inside are a mystery to anyone who isn’t a member. By day it passes as a high class restaurant, but at night the club takes a more twisted turn. It turns into a place dominated by hedonism and fulfilling the most dark desires inside the human soul. No one ever talks about what happens inside because anyone who enters doesn’t come out the same. There is no government, blogger, no cell phones, no censorship. It’s a passage to paradise in hell. Everything is hard, nothing is soft.
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