Bug City Express
In every urban jungle, there’s a part of town that even the streetwise and the predators avoid if they can help it. In Chicago, it’s most of the city. The Zone has been ground zero for the worst horror and pain in living memory, from the fall of the Sears Tower to the massive infestation of insect spirits that necessitated the detonation of a nuclear weapon, the quarantine of a hundred thousand souls to a living hell, and a harrowing Operation: Extermination that was also an act of genocide against Chicago’s ghoul population.
But that’s all in the past. Today you see only the scars of these events on the cityscape and on the people (and other things) that live here. Most of the walls that enclosed the Zone remain, overgrown with weeds, rusty gates hanging open and guard towers destroyed or abandoned, home to squatters and bats.
It is worth mentioning that almost the entire Zone, both the Noose and the Core, remain a mana ebb from the FAB-III released during Operation: Extermination. It’s not quite enough to take down a ghoul on its own, but it comes damn close. Adepts won’t access their full powers, and magicians won’t cast spells or summon spirits as easily.