Harper Rock (Blood)
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Harper Rock is the fictional setting of Path of the Vampire taking place in present day and located in Central Ontario, Canada.
Founded in 1746 along the banks of what came to be known as the Algonquin River, the Fort Odawa trading post was an important stop between Hudson’s Bay and the Great Lakes. The area was a spiritually important place for the Odawa people, where the dead were buried and spirits were said to return occasionally in order to visit the living. Due to the locality of the Fort, the post grew in prominence and attracted missionaries, traders, and their families who settled the area. The settlement grew until March 23rd, 1813 when a seemingly intentional fire ravaged the village, burning all but a few buildings to the ground.
With rising tension in the area over the cause of the fire, most people abandoned the village to ruin. Those whose stayed took it upon themselves to rebuild and rename the village. Fort Odawa became Harper’s Rock – named for a distinctive rock in the river said to be the haunt of a young harp player’s ghost. Later, the name of the town name was shortened to Harper Rock and the harper’s story was mostly forgotten.
After the fire, the town was gradually rebuilt. The burned out husks of most buildings were left to be reclaimed by nature, but the more prominent pre-blaze structures were rebuilt. Among those rebuilt were the original Fort, church and mansion, all along the banks of the Algonquin River.
Following the 1902 thaw, the Algonquin River flooded its banks. The river – which curved north at what is now Thornside Park to encircle Cherrydale peninsula – carved a clearer, more direct path. The damage to properties along the old shoreline was extensive; the old fort was razed completely by the floodwaters. With the river diverted southward, residents saw little need to rebuild the now damaged and defunct buildings along the old shoreline and many were abandoned. Residents seized the opportunity to revive the town’s core by expanding the shipping lanes, taking full advantage of the river’s broader waterways following the historic flood. Subsequently, the lock and canal system was expanded and reinforced, allowing for increased trade traffic along the river.
Despite the abandonment of the church, locals continued to use the burial grounds north of the main city.
|Harper Rock Postal Codes|
|Bullwood||K0J 6L7||Gullsborough||K0J 6L9||River Rock||K0J 2H4|
|Cherrydale||K0J 5L4||Honeymead||K0J 5L2||Stag Heath||K0J 7H5|
|Coastside||K0J 1T6||Moss End||K0J 6L8||Swansdale||K0J 6H8|
|Elmworth||K0J 6L8||Newborough||K0J 7H5||Westwall||K0J 5L2|
|Gambondale||K0J 1T3||Redwood||K0J 6H8||Wickbridge||K0J 1T3|
Harper Rock has an extensive public transportation system, serviced by Harper Rock City Transit. HRCT is a private company; it owns and operates all public transit services within the city.
The main means of transit throughout the city is the underground subway system, which connects 9 of the 15 boroughs. From each station, an intricate network of bus routes connect most areas of the city.
The 11th station, Gambondale, was operational until the 2016 outbreak and following quarantine of the area. Since then, the station has remained closed to the public, but HRCT plans to reopen the station once the quarantine has been lifted and the zone cleared.
Notes for Writers
Harper Rock City and Algonquin municipality are a fictional places located in the center of real world Algonquin Provincial Park (Ontario, Canada). The Algonquin River is also a fictional river and canal system, linking the Ottawa River and the great lakes. Climate, weather, geology, fauna and flora in the Harper Rock area are similar to their real-world counterparts.
Small numbers of humans have been gradually leaving Harper Rock for some time now, since the Quarantine Zone walls went up. While these numbers are not large enough to be a huge impact, the human population is gradually dwindling with the increased crime rate and secretive government operations. The diminishing number of humans accounts for the large number of abandoned buildings, homes, businesses, etc.