Sacramento is a hub of supernatural activity. Centrally located, a crossroads of two major interstate (I80 and I5), she draws an eclectic crowd. Her two converging ley-lines also draw the power-hungry and intellectually curious as well. The city indeed pulses: with music, entertainment, blood, magic and life-force.
She is indeed much more than meets the eye, with an underground culture and a strong supernatural presence. The majority of the supernatural community here, as well as most of the mortals who are not in the dark, wish to keep the knowledge of the supernatural presence and activities in the dark and under wraps.
Unfortunately, when the night falls, the city comes alive with the supernatural. The Wildfey come out to play, the many and varied predators go hunting, and the parties commence. It is hard to maintain secrecy in the throws of such passions.
The Old Blood Red Court Vampires have been in control of much of the city, and her politics, for over a century. They covet their control and tradition, and being the most powerful entity in the city, if not the state, little has changed with them in decades. The South-American Red Court royalty have recently established a presence in Sacramento, but their intentions are unknown.
The Black Court clings to the tenuous thread of their tradition, but are weaker than they have ever been. They hide in the shadows and skulk in the night, proverbial tails between their legs. They use a local clan of ghouls as their eyes, ears and hands, and never involve themselves personally outside of their hidden and secret retreat.
A whole new generation of vampires of the White Court are coming of age, and many are now just entering college. These youngsters rebel, as many of their emotional age, battle for independence. But these youths feed off the angst, lust and rage of their peers, while their seemingly absent parents foster and promote the lively artist, theatre and music community.
A significant number of Wesen have found their way into the Sacramento society, huddled together in their little dens and warrens trying make their way in today’s world. Many foster a fierce desire to rise in their proverbial food chain, be it commerce or politics. There is one Grimm whose jurisdiction covers Sacramento, but he is also a Hunter, which means that unless the Wesen goes out of their way to draw attention, they are relatively safe.
The well-known political entity in the supernatural world, the White Council of Wizards, maintains a passive existence in Sactown. Some would say their presence is non-existent, others believe they are merely keeping a low profile.
The Autumn Court has long been strong in Sacramento, and they hold on tight to their woods. Sacramento is a special place in the Faerie world, for as Sacramento has more non-indigenous trees than any other city in America, there are more links and passages to Autumn’s duchy in the Nevernever. The duchy therefore controls “The Knot,” the intricate transportation system that allows the fey (and select guests) to traverse the world, for there is no area in the world that does not share an sympathetic connection to one of the hundreds of thousands of trees that flourish in Sacramento’s idyllic climate.
E.L.F., on the other hand, is a radical environmental group led by Faeries of the Winter court, along with a handful of changelings, and peopled mostly by in-the-dark mortals who “defend the earth against those who would abuse it.” This radical and violent group continue to unsettle the status quo in the environmental landscape, and their eco-terrorism threatens to shine a spotlight on the supernatural world.
The Wildfae are more populous in Sacramento due to “The Knot,” and many flood the area’s parks in search of frolicsome fun or the chance for some delectable treat, like pizza. Others, such as a few goblin or orc clans, seek to harass and intimidate the mortals in the realm outside the Nevernever.
In addition to these Wildfae gangs, there are others who band together for nefarious activity. Gang violence and crime is on the rise in Sacramento. In fact, some of these mortals are ripe picking for the supernatural, who prey on the gangsters, making deals and offering power in exchange for control or power. Also, one local MC comprised of shapeshifters, the River Wolves, seem to be at the center of many of the Sacramento Police Department’s investigations.
No one is entirely certain how the effect of the ebb and flow of the supernatural world will ultimately impact on Sacramento, or what its effects on the mortal world will be. With the traditionalist Red Court machinations and control over the political arena in the Capitol of California, it is clear that the politicians don’t truly have the people’s best interest at heart.
All in all, Sacramento is a very interesting place, supernaturally speaking. The ley-lines draw to it many occultists, witches and hedge wizards, sorcerers and a few who follow the voodoo religion. Men and women of faith flock to the hundreds of Temples, Churches, Cathedrals, Shrines and Synagogues. Whether out of sheer faith, fear, dedication or tradition, the city is teeming with the faithful of all persuasions.
Otherwise, Sacramento is like any other large city, supernaturally speaking. Most of who wish not to draw attention to themselves, who wish to keep the rest of Sacramento in the dark.