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Seoul Specific Culture Thread

Post  SosieTerrehaute on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:59 pm

This is the thread for Oracle's very own Seoul cultural items.

Poppy's
One of the most distinctive and dangerous clubs in the city, Poppy's appeals to an elite clientèle. Located between three derelict buildings in an empty lot in one of the poorest and empty parts of the Old City, Poppy's is an open air club known for dancing, drug use, prostitution, and being a notorious and somewhat safe place to make unsavory deals.

Poppy's consists of an open area and dance floor which is only lightly guarded, and several fire-escape style staircases along the three buildings that make the sides and back of the "club". These platforms have couches and areas to talk, drink, and meet in semi-private. There is a bar on the bottom floor, along with a skilled DJ who plays a constant mix of thumping, hypnotic tunes. Red, purple, and orange lights light up the sparsely decorated club, and strips of warm colored, gossamer fabric blowing freely and offering the illusion of privacy amid the music and swirling smoke of drugs.

It's not hard to get into Poppy's, given the open layout, but there are few problems with the UIG or violence. It's considered a neutral ground for local gangs, and for reasons unknown, the UIG normally turn a blind eye to the obvious illicit nature of the place. Even without bouncers, most people who visit are very street savvy, skilled in combat, and/or very aware of who's around. People who go get noticed, and when it comes to street culture, people go as much to be seen as to do business... Though everyone is very discreet.

The place is run by Poppy, a low ranking Ai-Jinn agent largely believed to be a hardened street criminal. She tries to keep a low profile, and even the more regular and illustrious guests may have a hard time picking her out of the inebriated crowd. Whatever she may be, her sole responsibility appears to be managing the club. The Ai Jinn like to have someone in the know. There is a rumor that if anyone attacks damages the property (such as it is) or threatens Poppy's reputation as a safe place to do business, they will have to face the brunt of the Ai Jinn and the local criminal underground, but no one has tried it in recent memory.
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Re: Seoul Specific Culture Thread

Post  HanJi on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:11 pm

The Drunken Immortal

Dark, noisy and crowded, The Drunken Immortal is the number one location to get a decent drink in the shady parts of Seoul.

As long you're welcome. A man named Spikes occupies the bar most of the time, surrounded by his coterie of hangers on, bodyguards and sycophants. If you want to find someone hiding in Seoul, or hide yourself, talking to Spikes is by far the best way to go. The bar itself has a very industrial feel, largely due to the fact that the inside was forged largely from whatever scrap, old furniture or similar items the owner could beg, borrow, steal or all of the above.

An important fact to note is that inhabitants of the bar, as a general rule, don't like agents. They'll serve them a drink, for sure, and Spikes will trade information with them, if it's in his own interest, but once such business is concluded, all bets are off and the agent is advised to leave upon finishing their first drink. A second one may be poisoned.
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Re: Seoul Specific Culture Thread

Post  Darya Demeter on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:21 pm

High Tech, Low Life.

High Tech Low Life is a bar/club/computer cluster, filled mainly with people with low level, badly installed cybernetics. As such, it is a popular recruiting ground for the cult of machina, although anyone but a trained cult hunter would have difficulty telling who is cult and who just wants a cybernetic eye but can't afford them. It's very crowded and popular, and Darya should probably pay it a few more visits.
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Re: Seoul Specific Culture Thread

Post  SosieTerrehaute on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:41 pm

Dasik
Dasik is a sweet traditional Korean dessert, a crumbly starchy sweet cookie made from potatoes or beans and pressed into beautiful flower shapes. Of course, this really isn't an option in the corporate superfuture, especially with potatoes being so expensive and Korean culture dissolving into the steaming bowl of noodles that is the Ai Jinn. However in Seoul, dasik remains a regional favorite, made with processed carbohigrate and refined sugars. Made in street stalls coated in nutty seed powder of ambiguous origin, these remain a popular snack in the Old City.
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