Damned in Detroit
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The Prince holds praxis over all of Detroit as well as the two dutchies or Windsor and Hamtramck. The Duke of Windsor is Calvin Leone while the Dutchy of Hamtramck is ruled over by Dutchess Fahada al-Kader. East and West Detroit are under the direct control of the Prince, while the remaining 6 districts are, while ultimately under the domain of the Prince, administered by a number of Barons. The 9 individuals of rank Baron or higher have the option of subinfeudiate further, but none who they grant a domain may do the same.
The Basic Hierarchy
• The Prince grants land to Dukes or any lower status of Kindred.
• The Duke grants land to Baron’s or any lower status of Kindred and owes fealty to the Prince.
• The Baron grants tenancy to any lower status of Kindred and owes fealty to the Prince, and theoretically a Duke.
• A Tenant can allow any vampire who she’s willing to be associated with to spend a few nights in her haven or immediate feeding ground. The tenant has to answer for any trouble caused by her guests should her lord demand it. The tenant has no authority to grant territory and owes fealty to a liege vassal (Baron, Duke) and the Prince.
• The Serf toils in the turf of higher-ups. Though he has a haven on land belonging to a lord, he has no authority over anything outside the walls of his haven. Their are approximately 100 serfs in Detroit, they do not appear on the Characters page.
The Crown Territories
- Downtown Detroit
- Baroness Donna Bell
Downtown Detroit is the city’s central business district and a residential area, bordered by the Lodge Freeway to the west, the Fisher Freeway to the north, Interstate 375 (Chrysler Freeway) to the east, and the Detroit River to the south. The area contains most of the prominent skyscrapers in Detroit, including the Renaissance Center, the Penobscot Building, and the Guardian Building. The downtown area features high-rise residential living along with a number of parks including those linked by a promenade along the Detroit International Riverfront. In 2007, downtown Detroit was named among the best big city neighborhoods in which to retire by CNN Money Magazine editors.
- Baron John Walker
Midtown Detroit is an area covering roughly two square miles between Downtown Detroit to the south and New Center to the north. Its boundaries are the Ford, Chrysler, Fisher, and Lodge Freeways. It includes the Art Center and the Medical Center in the northeast quadrant, Wayne State University’s campus, the Detroit Public Library, and the Detroit Historical Museum in the northwest, and the Cultural Center including various restaurants, galleries, newly constructed lofts/condos and nightlife venues along Woodward in the center, among other things.
- New Center
- Baron Kenneth Bryant
The New Center area is a mixed use commercial and residential district adjacent to Midtown and located approximately three miles north of the city’s downtown, and one mile north of the Cultural Center Historic District, around the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard (which is sometimes referred to as The Boulevard). Developed in the 1920s, it was designed to create a business hub that would offer convenient access to both downtown resources and outlying areas. Some historians believe that the New Center may be the original edge city – a sub-center remote from but related to an urban core. From 1923 to 1996, General Motors maintained its world headquarters in the New Center (in what is now Cadillac Place) before relocating downtown to the Renaissance Center. Cadillac Place, a National Historic Landmark is now occupied by State of Michigan government offices. The Detroit St. Regis Hotel is across from Cadillac Place. The descriptor “New Center” derived its name from the New Center News, an automotive-focused free newspaper begun in 1933 that continues to operate under the name Detroit Auto Scene. The CityFest, a five-day street festival held around Independence Day, takes place on the streets of New Center. The Fisher Building, a National Historic Landmark, is considered an Art Deco masterpiece, sits in the New Center.
- North Detroit
- Baroness Cynthia Page
The area includes the Detroit Golf Club and neighborhoods which surround the main campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Pilgrim Village, developed in the 1920s, is nearby and bounded by Livernois, Idaho, Puritan and Fenkell. It is the birthplace of the Honey Baked Ham Company, which started on Fenkell in 1957. Palmer Park Apartment Building Historic District, along with the nearby Palmer Woods Historic District, was largely constructed before World War II. Adjacent to the neighborhood is a 140-acre park named Palmer Park. The neighborhood and the park were the property of Thomas Witherell Palmer. The neighborhood consists of stately apartment buildings as well as some single-family detached homes. Palmer Park, along with the nearby cities of Ferndale and Royal Oak, are among the gay populated areas with several gay-oriented businesses. The 1990s saw an increase in African-American residents to the area. The 2000s have brought increased investment to the neighborhood with older homes and apartment buildings being restored. Palmer Woods Historic District is known for its elm-lined streets, large brick homes, and Tudor style architecture. Palmer Woods is located on the west side of Detroit. It is bordered by 7 Mile Road, 8 Mile Road, Woodward Avenue, and the Sherwood Forest neighborhood. The area was developed from farmland in the 1920s as an exclusive enclave for the business class. Lots are large, with ample room for trees, play equipment, and a good expanse of grass. It is still the home of physicians, politicians, business owners, artists, executives and their families.
- Belle Isle
- Baroness Annie Simon
Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River managed by the Detroit Recreation Department. It is connected to the rest of the city by the MacArthur Bridge. It is the largest island city park in the United States and the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It is home to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (1904), the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard station, and a municipal golf course. The city maintains a Nature Center where visitors are able to traverse wooded trails and view wildlife natural habitats. The island includes a half-mile swimming beach.
- The Riverfront
- Baron Roderick V. Nelson
The Detroit International Riverfront is an area of Detroit, Michigan that borders the Detroit River. The International Riverfront area extends from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the east, extending a total of 5½-miles and encompassing a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with Cobo Convention/Exhibition Center and Joe Louis Arena. The City of Detroit, State of Michigan and the federal government have invested several hundred million dollars in the district, adding to significant investments by private companies and foundations to develop and manage this important regional asset. Key public spaces in the International Riverfront, such as the Detroit RiverWalk, Dequindre Cut Greenway and Trail, William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, and Hart Plaza complement the architecture and urban development of Detroit. The Marriott at the Renaissance Center faces the International Riverfront. The area features a variety of annual events and festivals including the North American International Auto Show, River Days, Detroit Free Press International Marathon, Movement Electronic Music Festival and the Detroit International Jazz Festival, among others.
- Fahada al-Kader
Hamtramck is an independent city surrounded by Detroit except for a small portion of the western border that touches the similarly surrounded city of Highland Park. Each of the two cities, like Windsor, across the Canadian border are subject to the Praxis of the Prince of Detroit. Over the past thirty years, a large number of immigrants from the Middle East (especially Yemen) and South Asia (especially Bangladesh) have moved to the city. As of the 2000 census, the city’s foreign born population stood at 41.1%, making it Michigan’s most internationally diverse city. Hamtramck’s Duke was the recently deceased Justin Fields, Mekhet Priscus. Following his final death the Dutchy of Hamtramck reverted to the control of the Prince until Duchess Fahada al-Kader received the title following a brief battle with Thomas Streetman.
- Duke Calvin Leone
Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and is located in Southwestern Ontario at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. It is within Essex County, Ontario, although administratively separated from the county government. Windsor is across the Detroit River and south of Detroit, Michigan in the United States. Windsor is known as The City of Roses and residents are known as Windsorites. Calvin Leone is the Duke of Windsor.