The Big Easy
Welcome to New Orleans. N’awlins. NOLA. The Crescent City. The Big Easy. Almost the capital of the Confederation of American States. The core of the city sits around 800,000 people, but can swell to over a million during Mardi Gras. The NOLA metropolitan area hits closer to 1,500,000. Those are the official numbers. But the official numbers also say that 92% of the population has a SIN, that only 15% of the population is ork. So the numbers are drek. I get bogged in numbers sometimes chummer, but knowing just how fake the numbers are matters sometimes.
History matters too. New Orleans was originally called Big Easy as a comparison to the Big Apple, but back in the turn of the millennium it got a new meaning. It started meaning the big easy score. The get rich quick scheme. NOLA is built on bad people making it big. Plantation owners turned old blood. Criminals turned business men. In NOLA we don’t bother to distinguish between politicians, CEOs and criminals. We don’t discriminate here.
- Drek. NOLA is racist down to the roots. Wards start out nice, then “White Flight” sends the rich humans running. Dwarves can work the docks, elves can work advertising, trids and corners. Trogs can work construction like good little boys, as long as they don’t make eye contact with real people
- Have a problem with the less advantaged branches of metahumanity Brightside?
~Brother Black Powder
- Nada. Don’t need young bloods getting geeked because they thought orks were welcome in Lakeview or the Aurora Gardens. You know me better than this Brother. I’ve never said a word against orks.
- Never heard you screaming support for the metahuman rights movement either.
~Brother Black Powder
- I don’t scream. Period.
But that’s the soul of The Big Easy. Run your corner. Get big. You can do it – but you gotta dance around the ones who did it before you. Everybody’s got their way of making money. The Yakuza, the Traids and the vietnamese Binh Xuyen fight over the docks on the West Bank. And for good reason. Smuggling is big – best port from Atzlan and the Caribbean League. Runs right up to St. Louis which straddles the UCAS / CAS border. The Voodoun Zobop, traditional itallian Mafia and the Vory. Local street gangs all over too. The Ancients are hard in NOLA too – hard to survive otherwise. The Cutters got ran out three years ago by some local gangs – most crime in NOLA is home grown after all. Oh, and you can’t forget the human supremacist groups. The Free Human Brotherhood and Cult of Man are big around here. The Paladins have been popping up too – can’t find drek that says they are affiliated with the Denver group of the same name and ideas. Fun ones though. Heard about some Neo-Nazis in the 9th ward too. Actually socialist from what I hear.
Anyway, welcome to The Big Easy. The shadows run deep here.