District Del Sol Sanctuary Under Siege

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Dresden Files RPG, Table Top Gaming, Uncategorized

I have been thinking a lot about running the Dresden Files RPG of late.  I have as a result been thinking about locations in the Twin Cities and beyond that would skew well for the Dresden-verse.  One that comes to mind is District Del Sol.  Del Sol is just south of downtown St Paul, and is Minnesota’s oldest Latino neighborhood.  As such I thought it would be a natural for doing something with the Red Court vampires. Combine this with Minnesota’s history of welcoming refugees from persecution, and terror and you have a great sanctuary for those fleeing the Red Court in Latin America.  Oh and there is this cool  mural of the Sun that watches over the neighborhood, its eyes looking so tired from watching out for the neighborhood.

District Del Sol

Theme: Sanctuary Under Siege

Threat: Red Court Minions encroach.

Face: Augusto “Augie” Perez  Weary vampire hunter.

Since its early days Del Sol has been save haven from those fleeing the Red Court.  Its proximity to the mighty Mississippi makes for a great defense as do other more recent architectural and artistic enhancements in including the massive mural of the Sun that watches over the neighborhood creating a thresholds to hold fiends at bay. Latin American groceries and restaurants  are scattered threw out the area,  Including El Burrito Mercado a large grocery and deli where garland of garlic adorn the entrances and aisles of the shop. A full deli emits amazing smells of chillies and spices.  At a table in the center of the deli you can often find Augie Perez, he looks as weary as the sun mural that watches over Del Sol.

  1. Jonathan says:

    When you mentioned the “garland of garlic” around the entrance, a whole bunch of thoughts entered my head. First, are there black court nearby? I think that would be cool. Second, is the owner of El Burrito Mercado a “clued-in” citizen as to the world of the supernatural or is he/she following local legends/traditions? Either way would be good additional flavor to your area. Actually, after reading it again, does Augie work there or is he the owner?

    • veganshane says:

      Augie is a regular, El Burrito Mercado is a good central meeting spot in the area, and a good place to get tips on things. I figure the owners parents are clued in but their children who are the current operators write it off as superstition. One they are willing to play into. While garlic is a Black Court vulnerability the real world El Burrito Mercado has the garlic garlands all over, and chilli garlands as well. Besides if you are not clued in what better thing than the garlic to say go away vampire, and of course the ever present array of crucifixes around the shop. My first time in there seeing the garlands and religious paraphernalia was they were getting ready for a vampire attack.

      Adding to the fun are all the Day of the Dead calaveras (skulls) that are all over the shop, especially this time of year. We picked up a little ceramic one on our visit a couple of weeks ago for salsa and what not. There is also a little section for traditional herbal medicines tucked in a corner, so yeah all in all even richer in cool stuff than my original post. @Jonathan thanks for helping me bring out some more details that evaded my memory.

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