The Dresden Files: Portland
Balance of Power
Portland, in general, is a city all about balance. Despite the inherently “weird” nature of the city, it is a metropolis that has struck an interesting balance. Violent crime is relatively low. The supernatural community is relatively quiet—if not actually content. That balance is about to be threatened in many different ways.
Supernatural Status Quo
The Fae has a large presence, but the Winter Court is ascendant…
While the fae have a large presence in the city, they are not rulers nor influential in local mortal affairs—until their whims drive them to that course.
High Were population, though with no formal structure…
Portland is surrounded—and imbued—with many wild spaces. Acres of green, forest, parkland lie at the heart of the city. The mighty Willamette runs through it. Multnomah Falls roars nearby while Mt. Hood lurks on the horizon. Here there are places where the Weres can run free and let their beasts loose. There is no dominant group nor a hierarchy within their number. And they mostly like it that way.
Mundane Status Quo
Fairly mellow vibe, where the balance is maintained by Native American ritual magic…
Portland’s population is often described as having a bit of a “Hippy” vibe, where the folks tend to have a very liberal, “live and let live” attitude. People are generally happy and well-adjusted—even if they indulge in hobbies and interests that fall outside the conservative mainstream. Much of this balance is maintained by the workings of native Elders behind the scenes, Elders that are losing their ability to pass on their arts to the next generation due to apathy—the price of that balance.