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Historical Documents

Sybar City is loosely based on New York. The name comes from the ancient Greek city, Sybaris, renown for its love of luxury and pleasure. Sybar City is a place where anything goes. The citizens like to think of their city as a center for technological and cultural advances, calling themselves Sybars (pronounced like Cybers, as in cybernetics). Most outsiders called them Sybarites, which is a nod again to the origins of the name of their city. They are considered decadent by tourists and other cities, and Sybarite is a word denoting someone with a love of luxury, pleasure, and voluptuous living (and not much common sense, read about ancient Sybaris here). It’s a well known fact that “if you want something, you go to Sybar City. If you can’t find it there, you can’t find it anywhere.”

Sybar City (so far)

Sybar City (so far)

Some Local landmarks to be found in Sybar City:

Sybar City is very roughly based on New York City. Some of the landmarks are the same with different names and others are completely different. This is true of the entire world in which Sybar City is based. Some of the world is borrowed from the writings of HP Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, and other weird writers. So there is a Miskatonic University in this world as well as other places from the Lovecraft mythos. But Sybar City’s my contribution. There is no Manhattan or Bronx in my universe. Sybar city takes up the entire peninsula.

The peninsula upon which Sybar city is located is bisected by several parallel canals. At one time, Sybar City was referred to as the Venice of the Americas. As ships grew larger and tunnels and bridges made Sybar city more accessible to automobiles, the canals fell into disuse. Some have been paved over, while others flow sluggishly, filled with garbage and other less identifiable things. Most of the canals still open to the air run through the poorer parts of Sybar City. They are used as inexpensive waste disposal by the inhabitants. There are rumors of crocodiles and water moccasins in the canals, but the waterways are too disgusting for anyone to put much stock in the stories of anything actually living in them. There are also rumors that the local criminal element uses the canal for their own sort of waste disposal.

Parks : Just like New York, there are many parks in Sybar City. You wouldn’t want to visit any of them at night. Some you wouldn’t want to visit, even during the day.

Graymalkin Park (Gramercy)- (located between E 20th and E 21st Streets and between Park Avenue S and Third Avenue) Graymalkin Park was originally swampland bought by Samuel B. Ruggles from James Duane in 1831. It is thought the name Gramercy, the original name of the farm, may have been a corruption of the Dutch krom mesje, or “little crooked knife,” the name of a small spring that flows as brook through the land. The name was corrupted to Graymalkin in the 1930s as a slur against the elderly heiress who resided there in the family mansion, the only structure on the land. The family owns much of the surrounding area and permit no commercial enterprise on the facing streets or in the park proper. The houses and private clubs nearest the park are utilized by people of a similar frog-like countenance. The family visits the area now only once a year to hold a private reunion. There have been stories of people disappearing in the park since before the founding of Sybar City. There are still stories of trespassers disappearing in the park to this day though the family’s considerable money and the untamed wildness of the park itself deters most investigations. The water of the spring is supposed to be especially foul, tasting of blood… or so the old timers say.

Central Park (the same)- Central Park is a large (843 acres) public park. Half of it is wilderness, staunchly avoid by even the most adventurous inhabitant of Syber City. The park is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization that manages the park under a contract with the Sybar City Department of Parks and Recreation. Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue. Along the park’s borders however, these are known as Central Park North, Central Park South, and Central Park West respectively. Fifth Avenue retains its name along the eastern border of the park. Most of the areas immediately adjacent to the park are known for impressive buildings and valuable real estate, and the park face them is tame in comparison to its interior. Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963.
Central Park contains several natural lakes and ponds, extensive walking tracks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a 106-acre billion gallon reservoir with an encircling running track, and a very large area of natural woods. There is also an outdoor amphitheater called the Delacorte Theater which hosts summer festivals. The 6 miles of drives within the park are used by joggers, bicyclists and inline skaters. The woods are avoided at night, and by many during the day. Stories of shadowy figures seen through the trees following solitary joggers and other wanderers in the park’s interior have frightened children for over a century. In addition, animals from the zoo have gone missing only to be found days or weeks later, partially eaten by some large, unknown animal. There are also stories of strange currents in the large reservoir at the center of the wildest parts of the park. Old timers say that there was a “heathen temple” at the center of the original lake where the reservoir now sits. It was filled in while the worshipers were still at prayer. Some say they still haunt the waters, and point of fact, few people have gone into the reservoir and come back out again alive or at all. Though parts of those who have gone into the reservoir have sometimes turned up the other ponds and lakes in the park indicating that the bodies of water are connected, which may explain the strong currents to be found in the reservoir.


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4 Responses to “Historical Documents”

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  2. There should be a comment about the urban legend of crocodiles in Sybar City sewers, though, as in the real world, Sybar City would be much too cold for crocodiles to actually live in the sewers. Besides, real-world sewers are full of disease and human excrement and toxic waste, nothing, alligator or no, can survive in them.

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