This document, like the first Declaration from Baraka Monster, technically lies outside my purview and my jurisdiction. However, given his adoption as a mascot (understandably, though largely without his knowledge I’m sure) by certain witch-gangs and covens such as the Unravelers, monitoring his activities seems called for. Who knows what he may incite them to do. -- T.Q. Dear Big H., You goddamn pigfucker, you think we’re going to just sit over here in Wolf Town and watch while you detonate another neutron bomb like “ThingTown” over in Fentown? Yeah after I destroyed your station I did say keep away from Wolf Town, Wolf Town is off limits. I didn’t say I only care about Wolf Town, you think we don’t care just ‘cause we’re on the other side of Chinatown? You goddamn ignorant asshole, we can walk across Chinatown. Lots of us. Or maybe we come to your office. We’ll walk anywhere. Even we don’t know where or when we’ll strike yet. But we’re cutting your web. Any day now. Not too soon. We want you to stew a little. But you’re done. You’re done. See you soon, Baraka, King of the Monsters
This seems like a good time for a recap and some Tal Sharnis history/geography.
So there’s a big chunk of the city-state of Tal Sharnis that used to be Oakland, California, before the Great Merger — as explained back in Chapters 6, 8, and 10. That region of Tal Sharnis is still called Oakland.
There’s one neighborhood in Oakland that’s always been called WolfTown by its residents. At some point, as part of an ongoing effort to gentrify WolfTown (with heavy involvement by Big H Development), the Tal Sharnis City Council changed the name of WolfTown to ThingTown, over the objections of its residents.
The first time the interdimensional rift known as ThingTown Abyss opened, the Monster Hunters destroyed a section of WolfTown/ThingTown in their suspiciously explosive-happy efforts to “contain” the disaster. The Reality Patrol sealed the rift, using the pylon provided by Big H Development. Big H Development then built the ThingTown monorail station and surrounding shopping district in the section of WolfTown/ThingTown that had been destroyed.
There’s some more discussion of all this in Andrew’s short story “Monsters” (narrated by the man who goes on to become Baraka Monster), which can be found in Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber.
At the beginning of Insurgent Otherworld, Baraka Monster removed the pylon, re-opening the ThingTown Abyss and destroying ThingTown Station and the surrounding gentrification-in-progress. Cordy, as you may recall, has now finally closed the ThingTown Abyss more permanently.
Since the Reality Patrol won’t let Big H rebuild ThingTown Station, the new Big H development plan involves building in the nearby Fentown neighborhood instead. Fentown wasn’t originally part of Oakland, California before the Great Merger — it was part of the old Amarantean city of Tal Sharnis. In the Great Merger, Fentown ended up in between Lake Merritt and Oakland’s Chinatown. Walk across Chinatown from WolfTown and you’ll come to Fentown.
The Fen are an Amarantean ethnic minority group, by the way. Fentown was named after them because that’s the district in which a lot of them lived and ran their businesses, just like Chinatown is where a lot of Oakland’s Chinese citizens live and work. In modern post-Merger Tal Sharnis, Fentown is still mostly Fen and Chinatown is still mostly Chinese. Fen culture and Chinese culture are vastly different from one another, but the Fen and Chinese populations have always managed to get along well since the Great Merger unexpectedly made them neighbors.
See you next Wednesday,