What Fades Away
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the State of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.
Memphis had a population of 653,450 in 2013, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the largest city on the Mississippi River, the third largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 20th largest in the United States.
Beyond the large population, the city is also absolutely sprawling, with a metropolitan area that stretches into adjacent counties in both Mississippi and Arkansas.
For all this, the city is one of Tennessee’s youngest. It is this, as much as anything else, that has kept it a draw for the supernatural— it’s a city for newcomers and outsiders, people passing through and those drawn to the bright lights.
Vampire: The Requiem Prevails
The kindred population in Memphis is booming. Honestly, it’s become something of a problem for local rulers— with relatively lax and tolerant policies (at least by standards of Invictus-led territory), there are more kindred in Memphis today than ever in the city’s history. The powerbase is strong, entrenched, and not to be fucked with.
The Invictus rule over the city almost absolutely, with near-total control over the positions of importance in local government— and this applies to the human government too, as the Invictus hold the deeds on most of the city’s most historic properties: including businesses up and down the tourist-rich Beale Street. The Prince takes special pride in running most of his meetings out of The Orpheum, one of the most historic theatres in the South.
Mage: The Fringe of Awakening
Pentacle Mages in the greater Memphis area are organized much as Pentacle mages everywhere are— the orders have their place, beneath a Consilium council and a Hierarch.
That those orders, and that Consilium, feel a bit of a joke to more established parts of North America is beside the point.
The Memphis Consilium is well-known only as the deep sticks in Awakened Society, with only some 30-odd mages making up Pentacle society in the area (The local Mysterium, most notably, is made up of just two members). It is thought of as a natural place to settle for those with either too little talent to make a name for themselves in the real world, recluses and hermits, and those with pasts to escape.
The Hierarch – Ahriman
Changeling: Lost Together
The Horke’s Hollow Freehold that changelings in the Memphis area gather together within has been historically located within Southaven (just across the border into Mississippi) for many years now, only becoming more broadly thought of as a “Memphis Freehold” in recent decades as the city’s borders have expanded and run up over what was once a largely suburban exclave.
It is a populous place, as Freeholds go, built first and foremost as a support network for changelings to find a new life within. Officials in the Winter Court help set up recent escapees with jobs and housing, while the Summer Court keeps a watchful eye for traitors and any sign of the True Fae— which always seems to be looming just around the corner.
It is, that said, a city somewhat out of balance with respect to the seasons— The Winter Court here is absolutely enormous, taking on all newcomers with open arms, while the Summer Court is a popular destination for those who feel they’ve “graduated” from community outreach. The Spring and Autumn Courts are present in the city, but in a diminished capacity— Winter and Summer rule here, outright, sharing no power with the other two seasons.