Rising up from the oily, fetid waters of New York Bay, the Manhattan skyline, choked with smog, shows against the overcast sky as if on a TV screen with a bad signal. From the angry sky a mist of leperous water falls, nourishing nothing and wetting everything. Monolithic towers of glass and steel cast long shadows, plunging the cavernous streets below into perpetual night. The streets, slick from the foul rain and teeming with headlights, like an arteriosclerotic artery, move at a maddeningly slow pace despite the fast-paced life of the big city. Garbage clogs the gutters and gathers at drains, ground by countless feet into a foul mulch. Welcome to Gotham. Welcome to the jungle.
Here, more than eight million people live out their lives with eyes fixed firmly on the ground. They do not know their neighbors, and they barely know themselves. The wealthy insulate themselves in extravagant excess while the poor and destitute live desperately in their shadow only a few feet away. But rich or poor these lost people really have nowhere to go. They do not pause to look down the murky alleyways, or though dimly lit windows of their city. They do not dare because, empty as their lives may be, they still fear to lose them. In the still-primal places of their minds, they know that there really is something lurking in the shadows, that there really are such things as monsters. Instinctively they have learned to fear that which goes bump in the night.
13th Precinct is a chronicle set in the old World of Darkness setting of White Wolf Publishing. Players take on the greatest challenge to ever face a character in the World of Darkness: Just being human! They are the detectives of the 13th Precinct in the lower East Side of the Manhattan Borough of New York City. The time is set in the mid-1980s, in the most lethal environment imaginable they must do their job.
“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”
—Opening narration for “Law & Order”