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Uncouth Theater

At A Glance

Sitting laggardly on a sad little corner in the Northside of Midtown Ward, the Theater of the Uncouth rests and, some say, patiently waits. The building clings to the shape of its once-grand architecture; however, the face of the theater has fallen to the weathering of time and damage of neglect, making it a mere ghost of its former self. The locals skirt this building whether deliberately or on some primal instinct, not wishing to pass within its looming shadow. Most people keep several buildings between the theater and themselves as soon as the sun goes down, not wanting to risk even so much as a glance upon it.      

History

Once known as the Twilight Theater, the Uncouth Theater was a mighty and quite beautiful place, full of spotlights and exotic scenery. Many legendary plays once graced this stage, like the much-beloved Destruction of the Realm, a tale of war-torn kingdoms. The late and great actor Bowie Sanchez made his debut performance as the lead in the ever-famous Lord of the Shades. The Twilight Theater was once among Midtown's most extraordinary crowning jewels, bringing in the crowds of wealthy nobles while filling the coffers with gold coins.   Then came the scandals, with tales ranging from the most unwholesome criminal activities to basements used in necromantic rituals. Several acts of murder even occurred near the theater. Some even remember being in the seats on the night the curtains opened to present a corpse grotesquely posed to the start of the theater's most famous play. People rightly feared to visit the theater or even so much as gaze at its marquee after that disaster.   The old owners of the place, Oswald Williams Jr. and Jackson Fowman, did what they could to maintain the business they owned and loved. However, after an incident involving patrons, staff, and a suspicious alchemical fire, the owners received a "friendly suggestion" from the authorities to shut down the place altogether. It was a sad day for the Midtown Ward, and the name Uncouth Theater quickly took hold, while the term Uncouth Widow was whispered for the poor souls that ran afoul of bad luck within or near the decrepit theater.    

Building & Interior

The front of the building shows the worn and destroyed ticket counters like the broken teeth of a leering skull. The twin sets of solid double doors, while well-worn, remain firmly shut and chained against intrusion. Inside, the lobby acts as a gathering area with three chained double doors leading into the main floor area. Stairs, riddled with holes and damage, climb left and right up to the wings of the balcony level. The main floor's disrepair drives home the sheer age and neglect layered over this once-grand theater. Ruined seats and smashed benches lie scattered like a graveyard audience before the main stage bathed in its palpable sense of despair. Cobwebs and dust layer the entire floor like a barrier to the forgotten past. In contrast, the main stage is the only portion of the building that seems to still be intact, with the polished wooden beams, obviously treated with durable alchemical protection.    

Rumors & Secrets

  Countless rumors and urban legends circulate about the Uncouth Theater. From eerie disappearances and ghostly hauntings to old wives' tales and children's cautionary tales.

Can ye' not feel that? How the building seems to crave fer ye' like i's just waiting for a chance to gobble ye' all up. Makes me feel real small that does, like a minnow to a whale.
— Seaman Ghriver, 4 days before his sudden disappearance
           
Alternative Names
Twilight Theater
Type
Amphitheatre
Parent Location

Map Images

 

Main Floor

 
Uncouth Theater - Main Floor.jpg
Uncouth Theater Main by Sols & Duun
 

Balcony Level

 
Uncouth Theater Balcony by Sols & Duun
 

Sub Level One

 
Uncouth Theater Sub 1 by Sols & Duun
 

Sub Level Two

Uncouth Theater Wine Cellar by Sols & Duun


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Author's Notes



 

Author

This article was written by Graylion for the Shadow War, with creative content from WiredIn. To see more writing and world building by WiredIn, visit Ravare.

 

 

Artist Credits

Maps comissioned by Graylion for the Shadow War by the talented Sols & Duun.


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 17:23

Nice article! This seems like a very eerie place :p So what happened during all those incidents? Was the competition trying to have the theatre closed? XD

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5 Aug, 2021 18:24

Oooh, creepy and eerie! Really love this and am intrigued in what really happened to this place! :D


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6 Aug, 2021 03:18

WHOAAAA! THAT IS AWESOME! I think that's a pretty amazing and fun but scary location! :D


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