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    Seattle was an early adopter of the shadowrunning trend. It may be due to the city's unique status as an isolated port, simultaneously surrounded by enemies and serving as a major international gateway. Or it may be due to the ecclectic mix of corporate interests crammed together in a small region, enticing them all to poke and prod at their competitors. Or it may have something to do with the massive gap between rich and poor, particularly the sprawl's widespread urban ghettoes, large SINless population, and the simple economics that make street crime a way of life for so many. More likely, it's the combination of these factors all in one area, creating the perfect blend of high-tech and low-life that draws shady corporate, political, and criminal interests together.

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Date: 02/23/2009

By: Kat O' Nine Tales

Subject: Dante's Inferno

Unlike Penumbra, Dante's refuses to let itself be swept onto history's scrap heap and is going stronger than ever. It was touchy there for a while after the Crash - nobody's releasing the final death count from the riot that erupted here, but best estimates place it at over a hundred - but owner Dante Passini is nothing if not tenacious. He's managed to build the place up better than ever by installing a state-of-the-art AR network to play up the infernal imagery and assist patrons in hooking up (only on the same level, of course - the segregation between the levels is still strictly enforced).

As before, guests enter at the top level and only those deemed "worthy" are allowed to descend to each of the seven lower levels. A final level, called "Hell", is off-limits to all but the richest, the most famous and those with the best connections. A high-tech combination of AR and holographic projectors make it so revelers in Seattle can mix with their counterparts in Dante's other Infernos in London and Hong Kong, so it's all one big tri-continental party. Timezones? Who needs 'em - all three clubs operate 24/7.

Date: 02/23/2009

By: Haze

Subject: Re: Dante's Inferno

I've heard that while he was doing his renovations after the riot, Dante had his builders add another level below Hell. I've never met anybody who's seen it, though, so it might just be jetwash.

Date: 02/23/2009

By: Butch

Subject: Re: Re: Dante's Inferno

It's not, but it might as well be, since none of US will ever see it.

Date: 02/23/2009

By: Arete

Subject: Re: Dante's Inferno

You don't often see Dante himself around the Seattle Inferno anymore - he prefers the London club and has handed off the hosting duties in Seattle to an elf who calls himself "Alessio." You can't miss him - always impeccably dressed in up-to-the-second fashions, and his bald head is covered in animated tats showing visions of Hell. And oh yeah - he's got black cybereyes that glow with flickering flames.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: Kat O' Nine Tales

Subject: Underworld 93

A converted concrete warehouse in downtown Puyallup, Underworld 93 still retains its crown as the place to hear the top musical acts in the Seattle 'plex. Anybody who's anybody has played the 93 on their tour through the area. Even though many shadowrunners like to use the club as a place to conduct biz, most of them come for the music. With a huge stage, dance floor, mega-size trideo and sound systems, top-rate AR, and two huge holoprojectors outside, Underworld 93 makes its mark on the neighborhood. Other clubs might top it for dancing and atmosphere, but for sheer star-drawing power, the 93 is still the undisputed top of the heap.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: 2XL

Subject: Re: Underworld 93

When the old manager, Al Castanzo, died recently, the owners brought in a new guy - a dwarf named Vincent O'Halloran. Trouble is, now that Vince is in place, he;s making noises about breaking ties with the Yaks who've been providing security and courting the Finnegan Mafia family instead. Nobody knows if the Finnegans have something on him, but if they don't get it straightened out, O'Halloran's not long for this world.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: Kia

Subject: Re: Re: Underworld 93

I'd hate to see anything happen to the 93, but biz is biz. You don't screw with the Yaks.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: Kat O' Nine Tales

Subject: Club Penumbra

Penumbra is a club that won't admit the passage of time - it still features the same Lunar surface flooring and outdated trid system that it has for over thirty years, now. Once one of the hottest nightspots in town, it lost a lot of clientele when the Renraku Arcology next door imploded, and again when the Crash shut it down for several months. A lot of old-time runners still haunt the place, however, and it still has a reputation as a place where the shadow set goes to be seen. In many ways the club has become a living cleche, however, and few people come here to do serious business. That may all change in the future, however, as Penumbra seems to have become a strategic spot in the ongoing chess game between the Finnigan Mafia and the Yakuza downtown. When word went out that the owners might be interested in unloading the place, both syndicates began sniffing around expressing interest. The tension alone may breathe new life into the club, especially if any violence happens to break out.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: Kat O' Nine Tales

Subject: The Eye of the Needle

Located at the top of the 185-meter Seattle Space Needle, this restaurant is where you go for meets when you hit the big time (or when you really want to impress your date - but be sure to take plenty of cred if you're paying). Security is airtight, the view's fantastic, the food is some of the best you'll find anywhere, and you're likely to see everybody from top-level politicos to syndicate bigwigs and simsense hotties all trying to see and be seen. If you need a private place, several secured rooms with anti-surveillance gear, shielded wireless networks, and magical protection are available.

Date: 02/18/2009

By: Sticks

Subject: Re: The Eye of the Needle

The Eye may be "big time," but veteran shadowrunners wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot troll. It's a cleche. All that "see and be seen" shit is bogus - when you're a real runner (not some wannabe with too much cred, too much luck, and too much ego) you DON'T want to be seen. Anybody who goes here (runners or Johnsons) is just trying to impress somebody. Beware.

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