|paxnarrator (paxnarrator) wrote,|
@ 2010-05-15 08:53:00
Pax Letale takes place in Newport Beach, California. Players are welcome and encouraged to create fictional locations for game purposes, whether their characters own these establishments or not. This post will serve as a guide to pertinent locations both player-created and real (and an invaluable resource for places for our characters to meet besides the lobby, the beach, and the grocery store! :D).
Art Galleries: Both HANG and 111 Minna Gallery offer places for both artists to allow their work to be viewed and for casual observers and art connoisseurs to enjoy.
Bakery: For those looking for a sweet treat or a dessert to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than Rosemary & Thyme, owned by Pax Letale's own Alice Kennedy (rosemary_thyme). The shop specializes in cupcakes, but also offers a wide variety of other baked goods. Alice can also do special orders.
Bars: Muldoon's isn't the biggest bar in Newport Beach, but that's by design. Made to look like an authentic small Irish tavern, the decor at Muldoon's consists of dark stained woodwork, deep red bar stools, and cozy corner booths. Irish music is a staple of the pub, with the music of traditional artists like The Dubliners and the modern rock stylings of bands like Flogging Molly always playing in the background. The venue is too small to have live bands play there, but almost every Friday a fiddle player performs some traditional Irish bar sing a long songs. The bar features everything from your basic cheap house vodka to expensive single malt liquors like Glenlivet, as well as a selection of imported beer, as well as local micro-brews. Happy hour is from 5-7 daily, so come by to have a pint!
Beaches: Pristine access to the Pacific, of course, is one of the main attractions of Newport Beach, and particularly Pax Letale. Beaches abound in Orange County, and the private one just outside Pax's door is among the most beautiful, with a stunning view of the sunset.
Bookstore: Bookstores are, of course, a staple: Modern Times offers a variety of literature in a wide array of genres, while Dark Delicacies caters to those of a more discerning nature, especially when it comes to occult and supernatural topics.
Cemetery: Newport Beach isn't all beaches and sunshine; there are several cemeteries and funerary services to fulfill the need when the time comes. The Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary offers a sprawling area for a loved one's final resting place, along with cremation and funeral services. For those looking for something a little less posh, there's always Good Shepard.
Club: There are a number of clubs in Newport Beach, but one that seems uniquely suited to the residents of Pax Letale and their eclectic demographic is CASKET, owned by Julian Veilleux. Mr. Veilleux is aware of what Pax Letale truly is and works to provide neutral territory for Pax tenants to relax in.
Comic Book Store: The Secret Headquarters is a comic book shop that also specializes in geek culture. Once a month they hold costume contests with great prize giveaways! Check out their calendar for special release parties and other events.
Courthouse: Anyone working in the legal profession will be well versed with the Harbor Justice Center, which handles traffic, minor offenses, criminal, civil, and small claims matters. Further up the 55 one can find a number of courthouses that handle larger matters, such as the Orange County Superior Court Central Justice Center and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse.
Grocery Stores: Trader Joe's is a grocery store that features natural and organic foods for incredibly low prices -- which means they're about on par with regular brand-name prices at the normal grocery store. Though they've spread all over the country, they started in California, where you can still get really great wines and beers for quite cheap -- including the famous, award-winning 2 Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw wines).
Hospital: Newport Beach has a plethora of hospital options, including the Newport Bay Hospital, Newport Family Medicine, and the Mesa Verde Convalescent Hospital. Further north, one will find larger, more established practices, such as the Los Angeles Community Hospital, boasting one of the busiest ERs in the United States, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Library: The Los Angeles county library system has a number of options, one of twhich is located on Balboa Pier; other offerings include the Mariners Library, Mesa Verde Branch Library, and the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library. There's also the Newport Beach Public Library.
Marina: Anyone with a boat, or looking to rent one, should check out the Balboa Marina and the Newport Marina. The latter offers a fantastic Marina Park with a nautical-themed park for the little ones.
Observatory: The most well-known observatory in Los Angeles is Griffith Observatory, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood within Griffith's Park. Admission is free.
Places of Worship: Newport Beach, and Los Angeles for that matter, has a number of churches, synagoges, and temples for any worshiper of any faith to connect with their deity. From the Los Angeles California Temple to the Saint Sophia Cathedral, there's plenty of places to find your faith fix.
Restaurants: Restaurants come and go quickly in Los Angeles, rising and dying at the behest of popular taste. That said, there's still a wide variety of flavors and cuisines to be had, depending on what you're looking for. Some of the oldest restaurants still kicking in LA include Cole's, which opened in 1908 and still serve their classic French dip sandwich, and Philippe the Original, which serves up to 100 gallons of its famous hot mustard weekly. The best place to find where to cater to your tastebuds is via Eater, an online blog that tracks the openings and closings of the hottest eateries in Hollywood.
Santa Ana: Where Newport Beach is characterized by ocean views, pristine streets, high incomes, and a somewhat homogeneous population, it is bordered directly by Santa Ana, the largest city in Orange County. Santa Ana creates a stark contrast to the cities that surround it, with a significantly lower average income, higher crime rate, and greater proportion of minorities represented in its population. The vast differences between Santa Ana and Newport Beach are often glossed over, ignored, or sometimes even simply unknown by residents of the latter.
Schools/Universities: The University of California Los Angeles, or UCLA, is one of the world's premier research universities, and is almost a straight shot up the 405 from Newport Beach. Even though it's about an hour's drive away (not counting traffic), the enterprising Pax resident/student (who might only have to be there a few times a week) might find the commute worth the effort.
The Island: [Mod controlled for spooky, nefarious purposes!]
Video Arcades: Game arcades are still a fixture in Newport Beach, including Ready Player One and Nickel City - the former specializes in older platformers, while the latter has more up-to-date video violence.
Wholesome Activities >.> : If you need somewhere to take the little ones, there's Golfland, a family oriented mini golf course! It also features a small but worn indoor arcade. The restaurant, Dragon's Cave, offers a fairly varied selection of barbecue items.
Lucky Strikes is a great place for an evening of relaxing bowling - bring yourself and practice your throw, or bring the whole family for a fun night out. Also great for dates! Be sure to check out their bowling league, which meets every other Saturday. They also feature Disco Bowling every Friday!
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