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The Destruction of New York City

In 2005 an earthquake rocked the area of New York City, causing billions of dollars in damage and the loss of more than two million lives. The United States government was unable to generate the monies needed to commit a relief effort, let alone rebuild. The Stock Exchange moved to Boston while the United Nations moved to Geneva. Over the next decade New York City was left to chaos and ruin. Street gangs, riots, and chaos reigned as what little bit of authority remained sat by helpless and ineffectual.

In 2015 Ares Macrotechnology and Aztechnology signed a treaty with the mayor of New York that would relinquish large sums of property and territory to the two megacorporations in exchange for the much needed money and personnel to rebuild the city. In an act of desperation the mayor essentially signed away control of New York City from the United States Government (and later the Canadian American States) to the megacorps. Within a year Ares Macrotechnology and Aztechnology rolled into NYC in force, pushing many of the street gangs, crime families, and savages out of the city and into the outlying areas, the destroyed underground, or the Ruins of Queens. For five long years sounds of gunfire and screaming filled the night and the streets of NYC ran with blood.

Over the next 35 years much of New York has been rebuilt at an alarming rate. As the city was rebuilt and more megacorporation began funneling money into development and construction the Manhattan, Incorporated was founded; a conglomerate of eight
powerful megacorporations throughout the world. Each of these megacorps have their own NYC based headquarters and corporate arcologies. Most are located in the heavily guarded and restricted Midtown.

While much of New York City has changed and been rebuilt, the smell of roasted sweet nuts intermingled with garbage still remains.

What Does it Mean to be a Shadowrunner in New York City…?

Aside from blatant corporate corruption, totalitarian authoritative police, violent street and thrill gangs, criminal organizations, cults, nasty Awakened critters, exploring pleasure dens, making deals with spirits, demons, and elementals, exploring the abandoned and destroyed NYC subway system, slavery rings, organleggers, experimental cyberware and bioware facilities, racketeering, hunting or helping sentient synthetics, getting lost in the dazzling lights and hedonistic consumerism of Time Square, illegal drugs and Better Than Life chip manufacturing, the dilapidated ruins of Queens, the heavily guarded prison of Staten Island, and helping fight for a better tomorrow….? Not much…

Shadowrun: On the Dark Streets of New York City

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