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Cascadia Vibration

The Cascadia Vibration is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and disturbing vibrations emanating from the ground in the area around the city of Pørtland in Cascadia...

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The Resistance of Wilhelm Tell

The Resistance of Wilhelm Tell is an opera composed by the Venetian composer Gioachino Rossini in 1833. The opera is notable as Rossini's last, for its impact on opera as a musical form, for its overtly political themes, and that it is believed to have led to Rossini's assassination at the hands of French agents in late 1833...

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The Howling Claw Supper Club

In April 1886, Cascadian John Sparrow created The Howling Claw Supper Club.

A successful restauranteur, Sparrow's previous endeavors Bedeviled, The Flying Dodo, and The Wretch and the Swan had allowed him tremendous freedom in the creation of his next endeavor and he used that freedom to create a restaurant like no other...

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John Sparrow's Lumberjack 'n' Cheese

John Sparrow, the legendary founder of The Howling Claw Supper Club, created a famed adpatation to one of Cascadia's favorite dishes: rotini and cheese...

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The Legend of the Rancid Coalminer

In the late 17th  century, in reaction to the Empire’s increasingly repressive measures, a number of quasi-mythical Cascadian creatures eased their way into the popular consciousness...

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The Voice of the Forest

The forests surrounding Nakoma Mountain boast a legend about a powerful magician and his daughter, a beautiful young woman with a voice like pure sunlight...

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Red Lion Hotels

While today’s visitors to Pørtland enjoy the reputation of being urban sophisticates, partaking of the pleasures that that label implies, there’s a deeper meaning to many of the landmarks and customs that often escape the attention of locals and visitors alike...

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The Dancing Meat Puppets

Legend has it that Eleanor of Aquitaine, bored with her marriage to King Louis the Seventh, sought adventure in the Holy Land by sneaking away to a local tavern where she met the Viking Erik the Black...

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Letter of Introduction

A common practice in the Empire of Australia and Cascadia is the presentation of a Letter of Introduction.

The Letter of Introduction is a kind of reference letter written from one acquaintance to another that introduces the unknown bearer of the letter to a new person...

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Lineup

A lineup is a practice common to the underground "Mister Houses" of Cascadia where women go to choose men to engage in sexual activities with...

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Skyflyer Special

A "Skyflyer Special" is a rumored way in which the crime syndicate November Sky deals with those who cross the organization.

A victim is reportedly abducted during the day, usually in broad daylight in front of witnesses...

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Habalaba

Habalaba is a fictional character from the Tales of the Deep Dark Forest.

She appears in nine of the thirteen Tales...

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Cult of Loki

The Cult of Loki is one of the 25 most popular religions in Cascadia.

Adherants to the religion believe that Loki, the Norse god, is the true god and that in the final impending battle between Loki and the gods that Loki will triumph with the help of Fenrir, the great wolf, and that his followers will inherit the earth...

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Forgiveness Day

Forgiveness Day is celebrated every third Thursday in January.  Inspired by aboriginal tradition, the holiday initially was observed by citizens of the town of Mincemeat, the first European settlement in the northern counties...

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Under the Ancient Suns

Under the Ancient Suns is a series of stories from author C. R. R. Tefhulds about a distant, dying planet (Etheron) in a twin-star system...

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The Auspicious Number 11

In Empire culture the number 11 is considered to be good luck.

Children born on the 11th day of a month are thought to have a better chance at greatness and achievement...

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Celebration of Riches

In 1877, to celebrate the 11th year of her reign, Eleanor XXVII (E27), declared that on December 3rd, every bank licensed to do business in the Empire of Australia must give away 1% of its profit for that year to citizens of the Empire in random amounts...

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