Setting

Where and what's there.
Grimoire is set in a fictionalized version of Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding areas. The game blends both real locations in and around Portland with fictitious ones built-in through play. Each of the six recognized sections of the city have their own boards, as well as some more popular locations surrounding (Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Astoria). The points of interest are thread setting suggestions, but please feel free to use the region descriptions as a guide and make your own! All other areas / misc locations surrounding Portland can be threaded in the ‘Outskirts’ board!

Character-Owned Businesses:
These are official map locations that will be included in the settings page and as part of the forum thread prefixes. Please see the details below if you are interested in creating a character-owned business.

  • A small write-up (1-2 paragraphs) of your character's business can be turned into staff once you'd like to make the location official.
  • Players are limited to two on-map locations. These locations can be with the same character or with two different characters.
  • A third on map location can be added through IC play in addition to six months of activity.
  • Please note, these limitations pertain to map/official settings slots. If you have filled your two slots but would like one of your characters to own a business, they are more than welcome to do so.


  • NORTH PORTLAND:


    North Portland consists of a diverse spread of commercial, residential, and industrial establishments. Nicknamed "NoPo" by some or sometimes "the Fifth Quadrant", the most notable location in North Portland is that it's home to both the Port of Portland and the University of Portland's campus. Visitors passing through North Portland can expect a lot of eateries, shops, cafes, and historic neighborhoods sprinkled throughout.

    It wasn't all that long ago in history that North Portland was known for its crime rates and accounts of violence. These days, it's settled substantially - still, one might want to be careful wondering about some of the more secluded areas alone at night.

    Points of Interest Include:

    Cathedral Park: A park located under the arches of the St John's Bridge which connects North and Northwest Portland. Named for the architecture which resembles those found in gothic-styled cathedrals, the park is a landmark to the area. Within the park visitors can find several walking trails, picnic benches for those looking to enjoy a mild weathered PNW lunch, a small stage for the occasional local act, and a floating dock onto the Willamette River.

    Port of Portland: A whole district of transportation and enterprise, the port of Portland encompasses the international airport (PDX), multiple marine terminals, as well as five different industrial parks. While most of this isn't visitor-friendly, from the outside looking in, depictions of the port have become many an art project in one medium or another. When the night settles in, the parks quickly become an eerie sort of place people are encouraged to avoid.

    Smith and Bybee Wetlands: Flanked by industry, the Smith and Bybee Wetlands are one of the largest urban wetland locations in the United States. Opened from sunrise to sunset (although some will explore after hours), the wetlands offer trails, paddle boarding, and are a known and beloved spot for bird watching.

    University of Portland: The University of Portland is a private university with Catholic roots. With over four thousand students enrolled and a campus that covers one hundred and twenty-four acres, it's no small part of North Portland. Offerings at the University of Portland include a college of arts and sciences; a graduate school; and schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

    Sweet Tooth Bakery: (OWNED BY: Theophania Day) The bakery Sweet Tooth caters to hipsters and college students by opening late at night, rather than early in the morning. Woven baskets of bread hang from the exposed brick walls. Pastries and cakes are displayed directly across from the door. Large windows and low, warm lighting make the small tables overlooking the sidewalk an inviting place to sit and stay awhile.

    NORTHEAST:


    Northeast Portland houses a number of different neighborhoods of varying affluence and expense. From the historical and wealthy to the working class two streets down, what you experience in the Northeast is completely dependant on where you're standing. Collectively, the area features a large number of bars, breweries, restaurants, and shopping opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

    Points of Interest Include:

    Alberta Arts District: A commercial district in the Northeast that connects multiple neighborhoods to one another, for many it is a consumer's paradise. The streets within Alberta are lined with art galleries, restaurants, clothing boutiques and gift shops to guarantee you can find almost anything you need.

    The Grotto: An internationally-renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden located minutes from downtown that serves over 300,000 visitors each year. The Grotto is a stop for many photographers, artists, plant enthusiasts, and more. Between its countless religious statues, local events, and multiple gardens and guided tour opportunities, there's something here for almost everyone.

    Rocky Butte: Less funny than it sounds, Rocky Butte is an extinct cinder clone butte located in the Northeast. It is also part of the Boring Lava Field, a group of volcanic vents and lava flows throughout Oregon and Washington state. At the summit of Rocky Butte is a Portland city park, Joseph Wood Hill Park, which covers 2.38 acres. Guests willing to make the trek up can get breathtaking views of the Boring Lava Field, Mt Saint Helen's, and Mount Hood. However, visitors should proceed with caution, injury and death from falls off the summit aren't unheard of in the history of the park.

    Underground Sound: (OWNED BY: Adina Russo) A red-brick store front in the heart of Northeast Portland, Underground Sound is a two-story labyrinth of instruments, sheet music, and sound equipment. A love letter to all things music, the tight corridors of guitars, cellos, and saxophones border on claustrophobic, but many a gem is hidden within the depths of the store. There is a half stage on the ground floor that is used for intimate local performances Friday and Saturday nights and a small string of sound-proofed studios offering lessons for all ages and skill levels in the back.

    EAST:


    Criss-crossed with train tracks and lined with old industrial factories, some of Portland’s favorite restaurants, boutiques and events call the Central Eastside home. Funkier than many of the other quadrants, the Central Eastside offers an eclectic mix of activities and sights.

    Points of Interest Include:

    Holocene: A popular independent music venue, Holocene also hosts Gaycation, one of the city's longest-standing dance parties. The venue is dedicated to the avant-garde of the Portland art and music scene, with an über-modern interior. The bi-level venue hosts an eclectic range of independent DJs and genre-blurring musicians, although most lineups tend to focus on up-and-coming sounds in electronic, R&B and hip-hop.

    Sassy's: Sassy’s is a beloved landmark in Portland, and many claims it’s the best (maybe because it's vegan). The main bar, where all the action is unless it's an extra-busy night, is a narrow black box with two stages. There's also a more relaxed side room with its own stage and a large, well-used back smoking patio.

    Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery: With its first burial occurring in 1846, Lone Fir is the oldest cemetery in Portland and the final resting place of many of the city’s earliest settlers. It is a beloved green space of central Eastside and the final resting place of pioneers, city founders and developers, early Chinese workers, and asylum patients.

    Helium House: (OWNED BY: Richard Steele) Combination comedy venue & bar located in the basement below a department store. The entrance is a zig-zagging, purple-carpeted ramp lined with neon-lit posters of comedians, musicians, and the occasional, signed celebrity headshot. On the lower, main level, through a door on the left, there’s a small stage. Comfortable c-shaped couches and mismatched, vintage armchairs surround small coffee tables, all facing the stage. Dim, cylindrical fluorescents perfectly line the steel supports overhead, bathing the seating area in a multi-colored haze. A small, table-service only bar sits in a back corner beside the sound booth.

    The door on the right leads to the bar area. The bar top, furniture, and tables are all metal, and LEDs light the undersides of every piece in pink, blue, green, or yellow. The only overhead lighting shines directly on the tiered liquor shelves behind the bar itself. Huge booths occupy the room’s odd corners, and the walls are all exposed brick decorated with metal art pieces. The music can vary greatly, and the bartenders (sometimes) take requests.

    The cocktail list is extensive, and the drafts rotate seasonally. Comedy shows occur Thursday-Saturday nights, with Open Mic nights every Wednesday—the bar remains open. The space is available for events large and small—stage and bar areas can be isolated from one another. Food trucks may reserve parking outside for a small fee.

    SOUTHEAST:


    Known historically for it’s blue collar roots, southeast Portland is a diverse and thriving environment known for it’s more hip and youthful population. There are a good number of boutiques, cafes, and independent business specializing in everything from band instruments to women’s clothing spread across the district.

    Points of interest include:

    Leach Botanical Garden: The Leach Botanical Garden is the crown jewel of public park spaces in Southeast Portland. Offering more than a mile of trails and paths, the garden is full of special niche places to discover such as the Stone Cabin and the blue dinosaur. Like a library of plants, the various species on display vary greatly from one season to the next.

    Bible Club: Hidden in an unmarked yellow house in suburb-ish Sellwood, Bible Club makes the tired Prohibition theme fresh again. Everything here is authentic to the era, from the couches and lampshades to the bartending tools and mismatched glassware. The bar carries a variety of cocktails, including the city favorite - the Penicillin.

    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: More commonly known as OMSI, the museum contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology.

    Linden Botanicals: (OWNED BY: Emil Linden) Recently-opened, this shop sells naturally-based products (lotion, hair care, balms, essential oils, etc.) created by its purveyor. Flowers, succulents, greenery, and other plants are also available. Landscaping design and implementation services can be arranged. The shop itself is bright and green, with rotating island displays down the center, and light-colored wooden shelves lining the walls.

    Remains to be Seen: (OWNED BY: Loretta & Gideon Blythe) An oddities shop located in the heart of Southeast Portland. The storefront window displays a small slice of the offerings inside: Beautiful and peculiar taxidermy specimens (kitsch and traditional mounts available), animal bones, old medical supplies, coffin rings, and anything that speaks to an off color brand of antique.

    The shop, while small, is well stocked from their adventures both real world and online - a museum that's for sale, for the right price. And for the buyers in the know, there is a small section of occult items in the back. Harmless trinkets for most, but purposeful talismans for others.

    SOUTHWEST:


    Southwest Portland is considered one of the safer, more quiet areas of the city and for that reason serves as the residence for many families. Home to many upper-middle-class families, here’s where to find the picket fence and good school district. In addition, it’s home to a number of family-friendly attractions and has easy access to some of the more dense and city-like quadrants of Portland.

    Points of interest include:

    International Rose Test Garden: A rose garden located in Washington Park where some 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties are grown across four and a half acres of land. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak in June, weather depending. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are evaluated. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland's nickname, "City of Roses".

    Oregon Zoo: A zoo located in Washington Park, the zoo currently holds more than 1,800 animals of more than 230 species, including 19 endangered species and 9 threatened species. The zoo also boasts an extensive plant collection throughout its animal exhibits and specialized gardens.

    Portland Art Museum: The oldest art museum on the west coast, the Portland Art Museum is one of the 25 largest art museums in the US, at a total of 240,000 square feet. The permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art, and at least one major traveling exhibition is usually on show. The Portland Art Museum features a center for Native American art, a center for Northwest art, a center for modern and contemporary art, permanent exhibitions of Asian art, and an outdoor public sculpture garden.

    NORTHWEST:


    One of the more upscale and sought after neighborhoods within Portland, the Northwest district offers a straight shot to downtown for those in fast pace professions. It’s the most expensive part of the city to live in with an array of historic homes, condos, and mansions.

    Points of interest include:

    Pittock Mansion: Built-in 1914, Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to the modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one its most influential families, the Pittock's. Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the Mansion and surrounding estate was purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum.

    Powell’s City of Books: Powell's City of Books is the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world, this being the flagship shop. It is a massive store that requires a map to find your way around (the store provides one). For a long time, Powell's enormity was a measure of how much Portlanders loved books. But now, with even big-box bookstores flailing, Powell's continued success points to Portland's wily, geeky business acumen: the store holds money-making book events and still utterly beguiles everyone else in the world who loves books.

    Saturday Market: Nationally recognized as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country, the Saturday Market provides a marketplace for small businesses creating locally handmade arts, crafts, and foods from the Pacific Northwest.

    Shanghai Tunnels: Beneath Old Town Chinatown (Portland’s original downtown) in the Shanghai Tunnels, truth starts to mingle with myth. Local lore has it that a labyrinth of interconnected basements, makeshift rooms, and low-ceilinged tunnels ran all the way to the waterfront, making it easy to sneak illegal goods (including shanghaied victims) between shore and ship. Some say the tunnels were also used as secret passageways to underground brothels, opium dens, and gambling houses, or as temporary prisons for kidnapped men and women. There are various walking tours and ghost adventures for locals and visitors alike to take part in. Or, if daring, sneak in and go alone.

    Carmine Outpost: Carmine has many unique facilities around the world, hidden under the guise of plain office buildings or benign-looking residences. The Pearl District is home to one such space. Redbrick and discrete, a receptionist will greet you in the lobby and only those with the proper access will be allowed past the main entrance to the elevators. Most resources are below ground, and the building holds an intricate network of offices, laboratories, and cells.

    ASTORIA:


    The city of Portland is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria, a land of salt-weathered people and cold, briny air. Astoria is the oldest city in the state of Oregon, with numerous restaurants and businesses lining the coastal piers. Astoria is located on the south shore of the Columbia River, where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. A quiet pocket of activity a couple of hours drive outside of the city.


    Points of interest include:

    The Astoria Column: Standing 600 feet above sea level and offering a spectacular view of the city, the Astoria Column is one of 12 monuments built to honor Astoria’s early settlers. Every night, as its light turns on, it reminds Astoria residents of the strength, pride, and resolve of their ancestors. Dedicated in 1926, the column was inspired by the Trajan Column in Rome. The Column and the lovely park that surrounds it are among the most visited Astoria and Oregon attractions.

    Astoria-Megler Bridge: This cantilever steel truss bridge across the Columbia River connects Astoria in Oregon and Point Ellice in Washington. It is the longest truss bridge on the North American continent. The bridge was completed in 1966 and has one line of traffic in each direction. While pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge, once a year, in October, the bridge hosts the Great Columbia Crossing, a 6.2-mile race that uses the bridge to cross the river.

    The Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks: A series of parks honoring the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. The park system comprises six parks commemorating notable sites along Lewis and Clark's voyages, including Fort Clatsop, the final encampment for the duo's Corps of Discovery. Covering diverse habitats that include forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and the coastal regions, the parks offer a slew of wonderful recreational opportunities.

    Young River Falls: Located about 10 miles south of Astoria lies Young River Falls, a 54-foot tall waterfall that flows into a pool beneath. The falls are a popular place for locals and visitors to cool off during the hot summer months, swimming and relaxing with family and friends. Visitors should note that there are no facilities or authorities nearby.

    Corkscrew Wine & Spirits: (OWNED BY: Farrah McCarthy) Corkscrew Wine & Spirits is an up-and-coming winery a couple of hours outside of Portland. All beverages are brewed at local distilleries, and the shop is comprised of old and new decorations alike, including an original wooden oak door, a handmade, metal shop sign and various wood, tile and metals.

    A contemporary, white-tiled bar greets patrons at their left, with wine stacked along the back wall. Throughout the small area there are high-top square tables adorned with potted plants ranging from lavender to basil and mint. The lighting is always soft and welcoming. So whether you are looking for a place to relax and taste wine or a quaint venue, Corkscrew Wine & Spirits has you covered.

    CANNON BEACH:


    A few hours drive from Portland, Cannon Beach is a classic brand of small coastal beach town. Home to the landmark Haystack Rock and a small handful of breweries, Cannon Beach provides many touristy opportunities for people looking to have a beach getaway in the Pacific Northwest.

    Points of interest include:

    Haystack Rock: Haystack Rock rises 235-feet out of the sand and the sea at the low tide line and is a protected Marine Garden. The Rock is also home to many birds, including tufted puffins, gulls, and cormorants. Volunteer interpreters and protectors of Haystack Rock and the life that it supports are on the beach during morning low tides during the summer.

    Surfsand Resort: The Surfsand Resort is nestled at the foot of Haystack Rock with sweeping ocean views. An instigator of many local events, the resort has hosts frequent driftwood fort contests, sea star sightings, and lantern-lit beach walks.

    Cannon Beach Distillery: Cannon Beach Distillery is an artisan, craft distillery. All spirits are mashed, fermented, distilled, and matured on-site. Cannon Beach Distillery doesn't distribute outside its own shop, a tasting room that looks like the lobby of a youth hostel. It also makes some of the most distinctive and accomplished spirits in Oregon—including a favorite American-distilled rum, the aged and smoky Donlon Shanks.

    TILLAMOOK:


    Hours out from the city and past massive forests filled with towering Douglas firs sits Tillamook county. The city proper is on the southeast end of Tillamook Bay. The largest employer in the county is the Tillamook Creamery Association, which combines the work of over one hundred different dairy farmers located in and around the county. Removed from the city proper, Tillamook is a quiet place for those looking for peace.

    Points of interest include:

    Tillamook Creamery: The creamery itself is a point of interest to see (and taste) the fruits of the county labor. Visitors can learn about the cheesemaking process, packaging, and the ice cream-making process from a viewing gallery over the main production floor. Tours are self-guided and self-paced and are augmented by video presentations and interactive kiosks. At the end of your tour, you can stop to sample some of the plants cheese offerings and get as many scoops of ice cream as you can eat.

    Tillamook Forest Center: A publicly owned forest consisting predominantly of Douglas Firs, the Tillamook forest spans 364,000-acres. Common activities include trail hiking, mushroom hunting, moss harvesting, commercial logging, camping, and more. There are designated camping sites marked at the center for those feeling outdoorsy and adventurous.

    Munson Creek Falls: A state park maintained by Oregon, Munson Creek Falls offers guests the chance to take the trails out and see ancient western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees. However, it's biggest appeal is the Falls themselves, at tumbles as high as 319', it is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range (and an important spawning spot for salmon in the winter months).

    Bracken Hill: (OWNED BY: Naomi Salillas) Bracken Hill sprawls along the edge of Munson Creek Falls park, with plenty of forest trails and pastures for guests and cattle to enjoy. During the tourist season, guests of all riding capabilities come to find peace in the saddle of a horse, while the off-season sees revenue from dairy sold to Tillamook Creamery. The main lodge functions as a hotel and business center, flanked by staff cabins and storehouses.

    OUTSKIRTS:


    The surrounding area that envelopes Portland, predominantly rocky terrain and heavily forested areas, as well as smaller more suburban cities and towns. Every once in a while you might spot a landmark, a gas station, a place to stop to grab a bite, but overall it remains quiet and hard to predict expanse.