SEATTLE

Th e Seattle Metroplex is the sole port of the United Canadian
American States on the Pacifi c Ocean. An enclave surrounded
by the Native American nation of Salish-Shidhe, the sprawling
Seattle Metroplex is an independent-minded city-state and one of
the main commercial and trade hubs for the entire PacRim. Th e
sprawl is a fully international city. Seattle houses embassies from
its many trading partners in the NAN and around the Pacifi c Rim,
even Latin America.
Seattle is infamous for its damp, rainy and cool climate. Th e
’plex is oft en shrouded in dark clouds, as well as being subject to
fl urries of acid rain and ash falling from the no-longer-slumbering
volcanoes of the Cascade range. Th e Metroplex encompasses
everything from the dense urban skyline of Downtown to rural
landscapes of of Snohomish. It also boasts internationally famous
landmarks such as the Eye of the Needle, the mammoth pyramid
of the Arcology Commercial and Housing Enclave (formerly the
Renraku Arcology), and the subterranean Ork Underground. Th e
sprawl gets its nickname for ubiquitous green crystal Augmented
Reality overlay that most Seattleites are familiar with.Dark Emerald
Th e recent elections placed Kenneth Brackhaven, an ultraconservative
whom his opponents denounce for his anti-metahuman
leanings, in the Metroplex Governor’s chair, where he is propped
up by the United Corporate Council (UCC) representing the
most powerful corporations in the sprawl.
Th e Seattle Metroplex is subdivided into several districts,
each governed by a mayor in the pocket of one faction or another.
Two districts in particular, the Redmond and the Puyallup Barrens,
were formed by separate disasters that severely marked the city:
Redmond by the meltdown of a nuclear power plant, and Puyallup
due to a lava fl ow from Mt. Ranier’s explosion during the Great
Ghost Dance.
The close proximity of the Native American Nations has a
profound infl uence on the local culture, with neo-tribal fashions
and factions constantly in vogue and transmitted through mobile
social networks. Many vital imports and exports into and out of
neighboring Tir Tairngire and the NAN fl ow through the City on
the Sound. Consequently, the city has an unusual concentration of
corporate interests, a prolifi c cultural scene, and a unique position
as a nexus for political and underworld factions.Crime and Vice
Th e Emerald City is known for its large, multiethnic population,
which has given rise to a diverse and divided underworld. Th e
lawless, economically destitute Barrens crawl with gangs and vice,
providing soldiers for the many organized crime syndicates that
call the sprawl home. Th e Shotozumi-rengo, a Yakuza syndicate
with connections across North and South America, is inarguably
the largest syndicate, led by oyabun Hanzo Shotozumi; he counts
under his control not only his own Shotozumi-gumi but the
Shigeda-gumi and the smaller Kenran-kai.
Shotozumi’s closest rival are the three families of the Seattle
Mafi a under Dona Rowena O’Malley, head of the divided Finnigan
family, who slew her predecessor to claim her position; the other
families are the brutal but depleted Gianelli family and the prosperous
but vain Ciarniello family. Both of these major syndicates
must deal with foreign interlopers such as the Chinese Triads and
the Russian Vory v Zakone, as well as locally-grown syndicates
such as the newly-minted elven Laésa and the Seoulpa Rings.It’s been more than a decade since the last great underworld
fl are up, but a lot of bad blood still exists. Tempo provides the
perfect excuse for settling accounts and reclaiming lost turf.
Seattle has a strong local shadowrunning tradition. It is
particularly noticeable in its large and prolifi c hacking community,
which clusters around the hidden Shadowland node of Dark
Emerald. Th e local Mr. Johnsons and fi xers oft en import shadowrunners
from foreign sprawls for their specifi c skills and combine
them with local runner teams.
More information on Seattle and its criminal syndicates is
available in the Shadowrun sourcebook, Runner Havens.

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