Feast of Fish
Fairfield - the city
The city of Fairfield is too far from the Shore Line Railway (New Haven and New London Railroad built in 1848) to benefit from it (see map). But this is a benefit for those wishing to avoid such crowds, so a small community of debutantes have moved in and resided here for the last several decades. The majority of folk, however, live off sea trade, shipping goods through the Merchant Guilds to Bridgeport and Norwalk. The railway has recently (1872) been expanded to travel north to Hartford (the capital), but a small community south of New Haven has secured all trade with Hartford, so this has done little to improve the prosperity of this small town.
The majority of the population is American English; however, there are also small populations of Irish and German sub-communities throughout the districts that comprise Fairfield. French travelers are also not uncommon, although no permanent communities exist within Fairfield.
As a result, the city is separated into three distinct areas:
- Upper and Upper-Middle class well-patrolled community
- Middle-class comfortable and respectable majority portion of the city
- Lower-class less respectable fishing, farming, and tanning community
- Slums, both North East and South West of the fishing community
Upper Class Community (Shippan – Stamford District)
The Upper class represents less than 5% of the population. They enjoy comfortable, well built, solid hardwood housing; typically estates often behind iron gates. The district is liberally guarded due to considerable and consistent contributions to the Fairfield police department. The citizens spend their time socializing and consolidating their wealth; never really “working”, but instead maintaining their level of wealth and holdings. The community enjoys a community park where events are held, a Men’s Club, and Women’s Spa. Citizens visit the nearby Stamford shopping centers for fine high-quality goods, which are priced only slightly above their actual market value.
Upper-Middle Class Community (Stamford)
The Upper-Middle class represents just over 5% of the population. They enjoy most of the comforts of the Upper class; except extravagant facilities such as country clubs and fine dining establishments. They also work for a living, as opposed to being independently wealthy. A small community of 6 Irish families reside in Stamford, their fame and wealth mostly built on a specially brewed beer, and well-established high-end pubs in the Stamford district. There are also 2 German families, whose wealth comes from intricate and expensive wrist-worn time pieces, and elegant grandfather clocks. The district contains a small shopping center of “expensive” shops, primarily sustained by the Shippan residents.
Middle-Class Community (Fairfield)
The Middle Class represents roughly 35% of the population, and is the typical class of the characters. They enjoy comfortable, well built, solid wood housing in communities patrolled by the local police. A somewhat small community of a few dozen German families reside in Fairfield, their livings based on restaurants and household clocks – cuckoo, pendulum, desktop, etc. There are also a few Irish families, who make their living typically from small farms and landscaping work. The majority of the population is Presbyterian, although an unorthodox Catholic church has been consistently gaining appeal. The district contains a few small shopping areas that provide common needs to the entire community.
Lower-Class Community (Portchester)
The Lower Class represents roughly 45% of the population. They are mostly fishermen, but also consist of a small farming community, and laborers of “stinky” professions such as tanning, hatters, chimney/gutter/street sweeps. They live in cheaply built shanties, weather worn and poorly insulated. There is no police patrol to speak of, although locals have a rough organized method of “sounding” and “resolving” issues in a “city watch” and “rough justice” style. The district contains pawn and second-hand shops sporadically located. A few stable businesses exist that cater to fishing and farming needs, and of course there are a number of pubs and whore houses.
Slums (Portchester and Fairfield outskirts)
The slum population represents roughly 10%. They consist not only of derelicts and drunkards, but also the insane who have somehow avoided incarceration at the asylum. They are typically timid, weak, and frightened. However, a few small packs of “press gangs” have formed, making a meager living off of pilfering from the destitute, and the occasional “lucky break” of a lost Lower or Middle class citizen.
The Catholic Church has been divided by the recent appearance of a controversial Prognosticate Catholic church: . This somewhat new church has gained in popularity over the last 3 years, mostly with the lower and low-middle class citizens, due to its leniency regarding: male and female segregation, standing ceremonies, and absolution of sins through confession. In addition, the services are dramatic, dynamic, and theatrical, with shouts of “Hallelujah” and “Praise Jesus”. They are also often prognosticative, fire-and-brimstone and retribution type threats against “those who refuse to turn away from their wicked ways”. As a result, Our Lady of the Angels has suffered a tremendous decline in attendance, while Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is packed full for every service.
A single Protestant Church, Church of the Redeemer, exists in the low-middle class Irish and German sub-community. The building is quite old, built nearly a century ago when the city was merely a tiny community.
The German and Irish populations hold deep-rooted beliefs in folklore and the occult. They are wary to discuss their beliefs with “outsiders”, but internally tell tales of dark fairies referred to as “the good people”. They typically attend the Church of the Redeemer, and almost all shun the new Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as “indecent”.
Well known places of interest in Fairfield proper. Follow the links for details.
The nightly meeting place for the characters, and starting point for this adventure.
The city mental health facility.
The city medical facility.
Everyone who lives in Fairfield eventually visits Staab & Kier.
The long standing Orthodox Catholic Church.
The somewhat new (3 years old) unorthodox and controversial Prognosticate Catholic church.
The Protestant Church favored by the Irish and German sub-community.
The Public Library is in a historic building built in 1709, near the heart of Fairfield. Oddly enough, it is open to the public 24 hours a day, and is only closed on special holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.
The Police Department is 2 blocks South West of the Public Library. A desk clerk is on duty 24 hours a day.
The small Police Station in the heart of Stamford, only a few blocks south of the Shippan district.
The newly built (Dec 1892) Police Station in Portchester, on the corner of College Rd and South Battery.
Opened in Apr 1894, the shop window-cases the most elaborate “high fashion” shoes and other footwear, but seems to hold strange and unpredictable operating hours.