Ork Underground

Near the turn of the century, there were a number of conspiracy theories about secret underground bases buried under Denver International Airport. Whether these were true or not, when Rocky Mountain Arsenal was decommissioned and destroyed after the Treaty of Denver, local residents discovered there was a vast complex of tunnels and storage areas honeycombing the area between the Arsenal and the airport. During the de-urbanization, a large number of metahumans, not able to find residence elsewhere, moved into the tunnels, expanding them by tunneling into buried basements of destroyed homes, and the occasional natural cave.

Originally, the district was inhabited by the three groups that sought refuge from the Night of Rage: orks, but also dwarfs and trolls. Following some internal quarrels, and growing tolerance on the surface, most of the dwarfs left.

By 2040s, the district, as the name suggests, became inhabited mainly by orcs, with trolls forming the second largest group, but one can find smaller numbers of almost any other race down there. A refugee for all, Underground has more than its fair share of HMHVV infected, who are somewhat more accepted than on the surface. The Underground attracts many beings that are not comfortable in sunlight: ghouls, wendigos, vampires, and dzoo-noo-qua. (The creatures bearing HMHVV have to watch their steps: most Trolls have an intense dislike for the dzoo-noo-qua that they could potentially become, and of the vampires and wendigo that could render them into such beasts.) Ghouls are occasionally tolerated, though they seldom survive being caught eating residents of the Underground or their friends.

Businesses and Landmarks

Drac’s Coffins
Coffin Hotel Archetype/Big Cavern Row/Jack “Dracula” Hilborn/Bias against real vampires/LTG #206 (51-1082)

A coffin hotel with a Transylvanian theme: the walls have been etched to look like the blocks of a stone castle; the coffins themselves are all glossy black, and a variety of black cats prowl the place to keep the vermin down. Jack “Dracula” Hilborn is an Ork who is often seen in sunlight, and has an impressive collection of horror movies ranging from the powerfully artistic to the amazingly cheesy. All the accommodations are in Ork and Troll sizes, but that doesn’t stop the other metatypes from bunking down here and living off the vending machines when the heat is on in the surface world.

>>>>> (You have no idea how many drekheads ask me if I’m a real vampire, or come at me with a wooden stake. No one seems ta clue in to the fact that HMHVV makes Orks inta wendigo, not vampires…) <<<<<
— Jack Hilborn (01:22:59/01-30-55)

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service
Large Restaurant Archetype/Storm Drain Way/Tasha Crane, Owner/Bias against slobs/No LTG #

A cafeteria with good food and a unique theme. The temperature in there is warm enough for employees to be comfortable without much clothing, and they are required to wear no shirts and go barefoot. (The occasional female employee usually has a halter top, tube top, or similar such gear; most are male and seem to be selected for “beefcake” potential.) Customers are encouraged to clean up after themselves; if you don’t like the cleanliness of your spot, you can grab one of the ubiquitous high-pressure garden hoses and clean it off. If someone getting sprayed doesn’t like that, they are encouraged to let you know. After the initial few weeks of uproar, the place calmed down to its present state of 98% of the customers cleaning up after themselves.

Hrothgar’s Feasting Hall
Large Restaurant Archetype/Big Cavern Row/Ranulf Erikson, Owner/Bias against non-Orks and Trolls/No LTG #

A Viking-themed restaurant, complete with fake glowing torches providing enough illumination for Orkish low-light vision. Don’t start a fight in here, chummers; the employees are tough. The taxidermed arm over the door supposedly belonged to a real Dzoo-noo-qua, and was ripped off by Erikson’s cousin Beowulf, an Ork almost massive enough to be a Troll. Beowulf is the usual night shift manager.

>>>>> (I’ll bet he had a different name before pulling off that stunt…) <<<<<
— Barry (14:36:15/02-03-55)
>>>>> (Beowulf does a fair bit of independent contracting, too; an excellent debt collector.)<<<<<
— Muscles McGee (14:36:15/02-03-55)

Small Restaurant Archetype/Darkbrook Lane/Thrudd, Owner/Bias against dieters and anorexics/No LTG #

A 24-hour pancake house, named for its specialty, the Trollstack: a tower of pancakes that will satisfy the appetite of most hungry trolls. (The usual variety of breakfast foods, like syntheggs and soybacon and so on, are also available here.) The owner and primary chef, Thrudd, is a huge battle-scarred Troll with an equally huge appetite. Customers who have the sense not to be frightened by his fearsome visage find him a very friendly person, always experimenting with new dishes.
>>>>> (Thrudd started that place with money he won as a pit fighter. Who knew he was such a good cook? )<<<<<
— Jack Hilborn (01:28:22/01-30-55)

Maxine’s Bar and Grill
Nightclub Archetype/The Mall/Maxine Norton, Owner/Subtle bias against non-Orks and Trolls/LTG #206 (59-7734)

Barbecued food delivered by topless waitresses to faux-wood tables with a view of three runways of strippers in front of a mirror-backed stage. Three carved stairways lead to private rooms above.

Fraggin’ Big and Tall
A clothing store for people in Orkish and Trollish sizes.

Xena’s Boudoir
Small Shop Archetype/The Mall/Tanya Gordon, Owner/Subtle bias against skinny people/LTG #206 (55-2177)

Lingerie for the larger sizes; this place sees a fair number of Human customers as well, since not all Human women look like anorexic teenage elves, and the silks and satins here are designed to flatter Orkish and Trollish women.

Small Shop Archetype/The Mall/Jim Phelps, Owner/Subtle bias against people with tiny feet/LTG #206 (58-4016)

Boots, shoes, sandals, and slippers for feet in Ork and Troll sizes. This is the place to find fuzzy bunny slippers for someone whose feet are the size of skateboards.

Give Us Your Quarters
A Laundromat and video game parlor; a hangout for many fixers. The tokens (good for a videogame or half an hour on one of the washers or dryers) are one of the alternative currencies down in the Ork Underground.

The Hospital
The Hospital is the only source of regular medical treatment in the Ork Underground. The main personnel are Rosie, a Trollish Bear shaman; her apprentice Rick, an Orkish follower of Snake; and Tina, an Orkish street doc (a second generation shadow cutter) capable of basic surgery and patch jobs like appendectomies. The Hospital has only a few rooms— an operating area for Tina, a medicine lodge for Rosie, and a large space subdivided by curtains for about two dozen beds.

The Cavern of Waterfalls
The Cavern of Waterfalls is a particularly interesting place: a number of storm drains in the vicinity broke during the earthquakes caused by the Great Ghost Dance, and the combination of quakes, subsidence, and erosion has opened out a large cavern underneath Denver. Shamans passing through decided that a place so rich in natural forces would be an excellent place to site medicine lodges, and the set of lodges here— all to urban totems like Dog, Rat, Raccoon, Gator, and Snake— is analogous a similar spot on Council Island in Seattle, Medicine Lodge Hollow. Unlike Medicine Lodge Hollow, some of the lodges are fully functional… and in regular use by particular shamans.

>>>>> (The Caverns are absolutely breathtaking. There are several kinds of mosses that provide some light and the area is incredibly peaceful. )<<<<<
— Windsinger (11:19:15/01-28-55)
>>>>> (Wait a minute. I know this Windsinger slag. He lives out in Aurora about four blocks away from me. How did a breeder like him get permission to visit a sacred spot like that without the shamans ripping him apart? )<<<<<
— Bruno the Bonebreaker (14:01:12/01-28-55)
>>>>> (Oh, I don’t know; maybe it has something to do with the fact that he’s a former Wildcat Combat Shaman who can take of himself?)<<<<<
— Snowpaws (15:32:58/01-28-55)
>>>>> (That helped. More importantly, two of the shamans that have Lodges there use the same Talismonger that I do. I simply asked permission to see the Cavern and brought some beer along. )<<<<<
— Windsinger (17:01:00/01-28-55)

The Church of the New Baptism
The Church of the New Baptism was founded by a former Mormon minister, Arthur Durham, who goblinized into an Ork in 2021, along with a large segment of humanity. His transformation shook his faith, and for a number of years he just tried to survive in a world transformed by magic. On the Night of Rage, he experienced a vision where he saw that goblinization was a new baptism. He spent some time thinking about this, and worked up his new religion on the following tenets:

  • Goblinization is a form of baptism that washes away all sins; being born as an Ork or Troll is equivalent. The dominance of Ork and Troll genes over all other metatypes shows divine favor in passing on this blessing to children.
  • The forms of Orks and Trolls are given to them by God (who is always referred to as a female) to make it easier for them to concentrate on inner beauty.
  • Orks and Trolls are blessed, and will have a very easy time of getting into Heaven. The other metatypes have to work very hard to do so; the easiest way is for one to love and marry an Ork or Troll. (Polygamy and homosexuality are just fine, as long as everyone involved loves each other and is willing to formalize their commitment.)
  • Elves are singled out for temptation by the Devil, for their beautiful forms can easily distract them from taking care of their souls.
  • People who discriminate against Orks and Trolls are simply clueless, and should be forgiven and given a chance to understand. Only in extreme cases should they be put down like rabid dogs, and this should happen in love and mercy, not fear and hatred.

Arthur started out preaching on street corners and in the Underground, and the Church of the New Baptism has been spreading in the Ork/Troll community ever since. They’ve had their current meeting hall in the Underground since 2049. The more faithful in the Church will accept people of any metatype as long as they have Orks and Trolls for friends; the rest will only trust a non-Ork or Troll if they are married to an Ork or Troll. Ministers are not required to be celibate, and can be of any sex and skin color.
Arthur Durham is getting quite old, and while his vision continues to lead the Church, there are a number of ministers who emphasize action against Humanis policlubbers and their ilk.

City Hall
City Hall doesn’t look much like a government building: the reinforced walls and occasional gun emplacement make it look more like an armed camp. As the de facto center of power for the Ork Underground, this is entirely appropriate, as rulership is mostly by a combination of acclaim backed by force.

Ork Underground

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