The partial meltdown of the Trojan-Satsop nuclear plant in the southeastern area of Redmond some sixty years ago contaminated Beaver Lake and the surrounding land for kilometers with radioactive particles. In 2028 Shiawase Atomics built a new plant next to the rusting hulk of the old one, reasoning that the already contaminated land would be available for development on the cheap (they were right).
After the Ghost Dance War and later the Crash of ‘29, squatters and refugees moved into the abandoned area nicknamed “Glow City,” taking over empty buildings and facilities and setting up their own tent cities and ghettos. The metroplex government made some token attempts to remove them, but quickly gave up, and the squatters stayed.
Since then, the transient population has continued to grow, despite the incredibly high death rate from cancer and radiation sickness, to say nothing of the massive infant mortality rate and some of the hideous radiation-induced mutations. Some magicians have done their best to help the locals cope using healing magic, but their efforts are too small to make much of a difference.
The existing squatter population has seen an influx of some changelings from other parts of the Barrens and metroplex. There are also persistent rumors of all kinds of freakish creatures living in and around Glow City, although (hopefully) most of them are urban legends.
GLOW CITY LOCATIONS