East

The east side of the city is the very heart of Sacrosanct - it's unique skyline is a clash between modern sky rises and small Victorian-inspired storefronts. In the heart of downtown, the sleek colored glass buildings reign supreme though their old-world roots can be seen in the most peculiar places from the lamp post styled electric street light to the stone sidewalks. The old world architecture slowly returns the further from downtown you travel, however. It's here that magic thrives, it hums in every stone and can be felt in every breath. Often, newcomers to the city may become overwhelmed by such sensations but, eventually, it becomes an ever-present feeling that's hardly noticed.

What You'll Find Here

City Creek Center
Dark Hunter Department
Inner Sanctum
Red on the Water
Starlight Tower

City Creek Center

The City Creek Center is an upscale open-air shopping center centered in the heart of downtown Sacrosanct. With its numerous fountains, foliage-lined walkways, and bubbling streams, City Creek Center offers three blocks of chic boutiques, delicious dining, and the newest showrooms.

Dark Hunter Department

The City of Sacrosanct's Dark Hunter Department's primary concern is the safety of all of Sacrosanct's residences. Their public safety responsibilities include code enforcement and supernatural crime prevention. The Sacrosanct Dark Hunter's Department follows the directions of the International Dark Hunter Council and serves as a local point of contact for any Dark Hunters working within the Council's ranks.

Inner Sanctum

The Inner Sanctum is an independently's owned specialty coffee company and cafe with a singular focus: quality. A hidden gem on the side streets of the busy downtown, the Inner Sanctum source's the world's finest beans and local treats. From it's delectable pastries to the exquisite latte art, the Inner Sanctum is dedicated to both its craft and the customer's experience. With beans roasted in house and every cup prepared by the best baristas, you will never be disappointed at the Inner Sanctum.

Owner Alexander Macedonia

Assistant Manager Calliel Alosi
Barista Alexis Wilde

Red on the Water

Nestled in a pleasant alcove that is but a stone's throw away from the dazzling labyrinth of downtown, Red on the Water is a spectacle in its own right. Renovated in the style of a classic Irish pub with a dash of modern flair befitting the city that boasts it, this up-and-coming venue is the perfect place to snag an impeccably prepared home-cooked meal and enjoy the city's most impressive collection of brews from Ireland and beyond. You and your guests are sure to be mesmerized and invigorated by the energetic offerings of the live Celtic band to be found here every weekend.
Home of: Elysium

Owner Isolt Griffin

Co-Owner Damon Marcello
Waitress Yumi Chizue

Starlight Tower

With one hundred floors and a 125-foot spire, the Starlight Tower rises high above the Sacrosanct skyline. More than just a landmark, the Starlight Tower offers a unique mix of restaurants, shops, and offices spaced throughout the building. Organized into nine verticle zones, each of which features a sky lobby and a light-filled garden atrium which merge the upscale interior with a faux landscaped exterior setting.

What You'll Find Here

Crash Choir Records
Pentagram
Ellington Enterprise
Tobias Cain

virtue has a veil, vice a mask


Posted on October 31, 2020 by Raven Cain
East

Raven Cain


They say nothing good happens at 3 a.m., and it's best to be tucked in bed during the witching hour, especially on All Hallow's Eve. However, Raven found this time to be peaceful, even as the contractions started to increase in frequency and pain. Countless nights she took this time to privately bond with her babe, walking outside to enjoy the fresh night air. Usually, Raven walked down the path towards the pond barefoot as conducting the shadows to twist and swirl around the thick fog. In those precious moments, she would practice humming some sort-of nursery song. Funny enough, she didn't particularly like any of those songs. Neither did her child because he would only move around when she hummed something that was on the radio. Other times she would talk to her child, letting him know what she had done that day earlier, what crazy shenanigans his Father did, the hopes and dreams she had for him. It seemed her voice would soothe him, or maybe the walking did because the kicking would usually stop. Over the months, Raven devoured any pregnancy and raising children sort of books as much as she could. There was no motherly figure she could converse with and to try to receive advice. None of her friends were much help either as they either had a terrible childhood like herself or never raised a child of their own. There were a lot of things that Raven knew she would never do to her children, and there was so much she wanted her child to experience, experience things that she never got to know. How she prayed, she would be enough.

The moon was shining bright, providing the young woman more light than necessary as she walked around the little pathway within the courtyard of the hospital. Earlier that afternoon, her water broke, and after telling Tobias that the baby would be coming, he assumed it would happen right then and there, going so far as to ask where it was. After chuckling to herself and getting things ready for them to leave, she called Jackal to come over and teleport them to the hospital. Could she have taken Tetradore's sports car to the hospital? After a few hours of driving, sure. But God forbid she deliver the baby in one of his prized cars. As the head nurse checked her over in their hospital room, she declared that as a first-time mother, it would be a while until the baby came. In the meantime, they were supposed to sit, relax, and wait. Thankfully he hadn't caused too much of a scene. In their hospital room, Tobias had entertained himself with playing his game on the tablet device, watching a move on the TV, or devouring the snacks that he discovered would come if he pressed one of the buttons. Dr. Sanchez had asked one of the nurses to do this so that Tobias wouldn't have to wonder about the hospital. With her mate distracted, Raven could focus on the frequency of her contractions and try to keep her anxiety down, for only so long. As the evening turned to night, the young woman was increasingly growing restless. When some of her contractions started to hurt more, she was surprised to see her mate notice and come so close as to sit on the bed.

It seemed fitting that the first few hours of Halloween, the moon was full. Raven could feel her other half wanting to shift into that comfortable furry form, and yet it seemed instincts was keeping her from making that change. It wasn't surprising that she was growing quite restless. Each time the head nurse came in to check on them, Raven wouldn't be ready to deliver quite yet. Thankfully, the nurse agreed that it would probably do them some good if she went out for a nightly stroll, allowing gravity to help speed up the process a teeny bit. With their hospital room close towards the exit doors, Raven happily held onto her mate's hand, shuffling quietly, enjoying the fresh night air and enjoying their little stroll. Suddenly, she felt a shaper pain stab her lower abdomen blue-grey eyes widened in shock. Clutching her belly, she let out a soft whimper, attempting to steady herself as she went still. The nurse that had been following them reached Raven's other side, claiming that they needed to get back to the room. Nodding in agreement, she looked over to her husband, giving him a small smile as she explained that the baby would be coming now, after all that waiting.

Allowing the nurse to lead them back to their room, she settled herself back in the bed. Remembering those breathing exercises with Mira, she started to run through them. Now and then, she would let out a soft whimper when one contraction got too painful. As Raven continued to go through the motions, she and Tobias saw the familiar shape of Doctor Sanchez entering the doorway of their room. Comforted by her presence, Raven relaxed a little bit but tensed up slightly when she saw her mate standing beside her looking...well...odd. Dr. Sanchez would shuffle towards them giving, the two of them a wide smile as she spoke softly.

"In a few moments, you two are going to be parents. Mr. Cain, I promise you, we will do everything we can to keep your mate and son safe...I ask that if you choose to stay in this room, you do not bring harm to myself or my staff, okay?"

It was at this point that Raven reached over to hold her mate's hand, brushing her thumb over his knuckles for a moment. This was one of those moments where she pondered how this part of the labor would go. Would he handle this part well or not? His temperament was...unpredictable. Squeezing his hand gently so that he could focus on her, she gave him a soft reassuring smile, well as best as she could as she felt the contractions start to increase in both frequency and pain. For a moment she would look into his dark eyes, wondering if she would see that rare, but familiar flicker of gold. Feeling a sudden jolt, she would cry out softly, her hold on Tobi's hand firmer, as Dr. Sanchez moved over towards the end of the bed. While the nurses started lifting her legs and getting the young woman prepared to deliver their first child, Raven started doing the next set of breathing exercises those birthing classes recommended. It didn't take long for her labor to progress to the point where she was attempting to push her baby out. Every now and then when she pushed, she would squeeze her husband's hand, wincing and grunting as she pushed when she was instructed to. Dr. Sanchez would calmly give her praise as Raven continued to push with tears streaming down her face, as she went through the painful ordeal, hearing Dr. Sanchez exclaim she had to do one final push, Raven released a sharp cry as she did her final push, and her cry was answered by her baby's wail. Dr. Sanchez would hold onto the baby, as one of the nurses came forward to check on the babe and clean it up.

Exhausted Raven laid her head on the pillow as those tears continued to fall, trying to catch her breath, listening to the sounds of her son cry out. Keeping a hold of her husband's hand, she lifted her head slightly to see the Doctor and nurses checking on her son, before the Doctor coming over a presenting the baby and allowing Raven to hold him. Nervously she let go of her husband's hand so that she could hold onto her baby with both hands, crying and smiling at the same time, surprised to see his bright blue eyes. It was difficult to describe the emotions that she was feeling, the young Mother quite elated. The nurses would move towards the edge of the room, and Doctor Sanchez mentioned they would return in a moment, allowing the new Were parents a chance to bond with their child. For a moment, Raven would look up to see her husband, giving him a small smile as she looked back at their son, quietly just staring at him in awe. As he wiggled about he would stop his crying, his eyes looking up at the two of them. With a soft murmur, she spoke gently to her son, her heart nearly skipping a beat, when his bright eyes landed on her.

"Happy Halloween little cub. I promise, your Father and I will take care of you as best we can, for as long as we live.

i'm not ashamed of my scars,
i'm ashamed of the world for not understanding.

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