|Kattegat Township, New Jersey|
Map of Kattegat Township in Brisco County. Inset: Location of Brisco County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
United States of America
November 13, 1846
The town had several elementary schools with Robin S. Cambpell Elementary being the oldest, as well as a Middle School which handled grades 6-8. For much of the town's modern history it would bus its High School age children to the nearby town of Black River where they would attend the regional Black River High. John would discover later that in the time since he left for college Kattegat would build a new High School.
Less talked about but still widely known are the various mysteries which surround the small town. Kattegat is host to a large number of eerie places and unexplained events. Mystics attached to the Men of Learning have said that the town is a focal point of powerful energies that draw many strange beings to it. The veil between this world and the next is also said to be thin there, as there is a profound number of haunted locations in the town. In addition to this a large number of residents are Fighters (people able to channel Aura and use Power), and Wizards.
Kattegat's Landmarks Edit
4 Maple Avenue
Also called the Nash House, this was the home of Ray and Carrie Nash where John Nash grew up. Tucked away in the "Old Town" area of Kattegat, the house was old when Ray and Carrie moved there several years before the baby John crashed on Earth. The house had a somewhat large yard and a separate garage that Ray would later enlarge and re-enforce. After the deaths of Ray and Carrie, ownership of the house passed to John though by then he'd left Kattegat with no real interest in ever returning. Despite this he would use the money left to him by his parents to keep up payment of taxes and so forth on the house and entrusted neighbors with its care and upkeep.
Robin S. Campbell Elementary School
Formerly the Kattegat High School (the ediface of the building still has the stylized letter KHS on it), the school was named for a popular teacher Robin Campbell. Campbell had been an educator from New England who arrived in the town in the 40's and remodeled its education system. Carrie Nash worked here teaching 3rd and later 4th Grade. John Nash attended this school as a child. While very few children ever had any idea, it was well known among adults that R.S.C.E.S. was haunted.
A large tract of land owned by a crotchety old man called Tanner who leases the land out as a dumping ground. As its name imply, the Pits have a large number of giant holes dug around it. While these pits are ostensibly dug to be filled with garbage, the true reason for them is that Tanner is seeking a mysterious treasure he believes is buried on the property.
Marioluigi's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria
A restaurant which offers high quality Italian food in Kattegat including Pizza, Pasta, Chicken and Seafood. It was founded in 1984 by a pair of Italian brothers named Mario and Luigi. John Nash insists has the best pizza on Earth, and even after leaving Kattegat continually returns there to order a pie from them. When the Magnificent 7 came to Earth to escape Drake, John was excited to take his friends out to Marioluigi's so he could share his love of it with them.
St Mary's Church
An old church in Old Town Kattegat around the corner from John's childhood home where the town's predominantly Catholic residents went to worship. It was a large stone building with gothic architecture and stained glass windows, it was paid for by the Lockwood and Grant families as a gesture of good will towards the town in its early history. Twice in the town's history, its steeple was struck by lightning and destroyed. Both times this was looked at as an evil omen. Carrie Nash would worship here and often dragged John along as a child.
A Catholic High School where a portion of the town sends its children. It was secretly under the control of a shadowy group called the Illuminati who used it to gather and train certain extraordinary individuals. John ends up here after being kicked out of Black River High. After John killed Father Xavier (who was in actuality his uncle Roy Nash) and effectively destroyed the Illuminati, agents of the Men of Learning took control of the school.
The Jones Mansion
The Jones' had been one of the oldest families in Kattegat and their dealings with the merchants made them very wealthy. They used this wealth to buy a large swath of land on which they built a mansion. However one night the whole family was murdered and their house was burned down. As the decades went by, their property became overgrown and was abandoned. It was said that the family patriarch Jebediah Jones had been a warlock and that he fell prey to one of the demons that he summoned. John Nash once battled an Eldritch Horror here.
The Lockwoods were one of Kattegat's Old 4 Families (along with the Jones, the Grants, and the Meyers) and were far and away the wealthiest. The first known Lockwood made his money in real estate development and he was responsible for many of the first large scale buildings in the town. The house eventually fell to the last remaining Lockwood, May Hammer. After the death of her husband Ezra, she moved her family there. Lockwood Manor would later shelter the Magnificent 7 when they returned to Earth while on the run from the Vampire Horde.
A liquor store run by Pete Meyer, a junior member of the Meyer family. A well known secret around town is that the store is the front for an illegal operation where the Meyers will smuggle drugs and other illicit goods.
Down the Hatch Pub
A strip bar run by "Old Man" Horace Meyer, patriarch of the Meyer family. According to John it was something of a rite of passage for a young man to manage to gain entry to the bar under age. The dancers there frequently double as prostitutes and the backrooms have facilities for this purpose. When the Magnificent 7 returned to Earth, John went there with his friends and was horrified to discover that a girl he'd had a crush on in high school was now dancing there and instantly recognized him.
A long abandoned train station that once ran through the town. On some nights a train whistle can still be heard and a phantom engine can be seen.
Kattegat Youth Center
A building created by the township as a place for its youth to congregate. It is a popular setting for dances and events. Here John fought and defeated a girl who had been possessed by a poltergeist that tried to use her to ritually murder the collected teenagers so that she could summon a demon.
A housing development that was constructed as the beginnings of a retirement community. Several houses were built before the developers ran out of money and the area was abandoned. It has become a popular hangout for teens and its sewers were once the home to a vampire coven which had moved in to Kattegat.
As its name implies, these are the docks which lead out into Kattegat Bay. In old days merchant ships used to dock there, but now is only a place that fishermen and hobbyists will set out. A popular hobby in Kattegat is going crabbing in the bay. Across the bay the Castle Lighthouse is visible. John once battled a giant crab monster here.
Kattegat Public Library
A repository of books and records, the Public Library is one of the town's oldest structures. Hidden deep within its stacks is a collection of arcane literature. The Librarian, a meek middle aged man called Mr. Higgins is a member of the Men of Learning and a powerful wizard in his own right.
A baseball diamond on the back road of Water Street named for a local named Lou Rahn who went on to become a popular major league baseball player. John had his first fight with Max West here.
Kattegat High School
A public High School built in recent years. Its team is the Kattegat Cougars.
Nearby Settings Edit
A large township near Kattegat which serves as the County Seat for Brisco County. Where Kattegat is a small town, Black River is far larger with a number of big businesses and establishments, including a large mall and a movie theater. For a very long time Kattegat would bus its High School age children to Black River to attend Black River High. In the mid 50's, Black River was beset by a number of serial murders. The perpetrator was never caught.
A nearby Island which is connected to the mainland by the Kattegat Bay Bridge (despite its name, access to the Bridge is actually through Black River and not Kattegat). Castle Island is a popular vacation spot and is known for its beautiful scenery and good surf. There is a small amusement park and arcade on the Island called Paradise Island. Castle Island is best known for the Castle Lighthouse on the north side of the Island.
- Kattegat was officially founded on Friday the 13th in November of 1846, but the area itself was settled well before then.
- A race of fish monsters lives in Kattegat Bay. They normally lie dormant, but once a century they awaken to terrorize the town. Some residents are actually descendants of them, with their fish genes activating and taking them over when their brethren awaken. These half breeds will collect victims to sacrifice to their ancestors. Castle Lighthouse was initially erected as a fortress against these monsters, but over the years its true purpose has been forgotten.
- Modern Kattegat was founded by 4 families, the Lockwoods, the Grants, the Jones' and the Meyers (the town was already peopled by Danish immigrants and unofficially called Kattegat before these families arrived). All 4 families still maintain a presence in Kattegat, though time has not been kind to all of them. The Lockwoods last surviving heir is May Hammer who still maintains her family's position within the town. Though the name will die with her, the blood of the Lockwoods will continue in the Hammer Sisters. The Grants maintain a comfortable existence in the town having branched out into the insurance market. The Meyer family were initially smugglers who controlled the Docks, but over time found themselves forced out of the shipping business. The fortunes of the Jones's collapsed along with Jones Mansion and the remaining family members are scattered throughout the town in a state of poverty. Both they and the Meyers are looked down upon as townies and are involved in general mischief and petty crime.