Name Crucible
Type Neighborhood
Environ Old part of Neptune City
Accessibility Public
Owner/Ruler None
Size Part of a city
Era First Known Atomic Age
Active Eras Atomic Age - NeoSilver Age


The crucible represents a part of downtown Neptune City that was once home to a number of differentLucan Street 1921 ethnic sub-neighborhoods,until the 1920s. At that time, the corrupt politics of Hayman Hall made it possible for developers to drive out the poor immigrants living there, and start developing the "Neptune City of the Future". This consisted of rapidly built brownstone buildings, and three and four story commercial buildings (often with shops in the lower levels, and offices above).

1970 CrucibleThe whole area was developed within the decade, and populated by young urbanites wanting to be part of a growing city. During the 30s and 40s, as much as possible, the area flourished. After the war, however, there was a move for anyone who could afford to, to get out of the center of the city, out to the suburbs and beyond, where the space was wide and cheap, and GI bill housing development meant anyone could have their own house with a lawn. Because of this, in the 50s, values and prices in the Crucible dropped, and poor members of society began moving back in.

This trend, of established families moving out and the poor moving in, grew from bad to worse in the 60s, with government subsidized housing, and then by the 70s, a strong drug culture had moved in. Finally, in the Neo-Silver age, block by block, the city is being reclaimed and "re-gentrified", with the old brownstones being either modernized into high value apartments and office space, or being replaced all together with new modern buildings.


The area centers around the intersection of Oldmark Avenue and Lucan Street (see attached PDF map,Modern Age Crucible below). The reason for the nickname of Crucible, was originally meant to represent that it was an ethnic "melting pot", but as the population grew and grew, and dropping tax values (in the 50s) meant that city services shrank and shrank - the area became quite wildly prone to flooding. Almost any rain storm means that the lowest parts of the Crucible (around the intersection of Oldmark and Lucan) will flood, and the open air drainage streams that run through the area (bringing refuse water from other parts of the city towards the harbor) will often overflow.

Affiliated Organizations

Looking down Oldmark, into the CrucibleAny number of ethnic crime organizations from the 1920s and before continued to operate in the Crucible, and during the heyday of the gangster and bootleg liquor, most of the influential crime mob members had very nice townhouses here, as well as owning interest in many of the businesses here. So even though the area became more and more populated by traditional Americans, the ethnic influence outlasted the ethnic neighborhoods.

Towards the end of the Pulp Age, the Moreno family mob consolidated power here, and began to rule most of the businesses with an iron grip. This continued well into the 1970s and beyond, but became less and less reported on by the Neptune City newspapers.

John Desmarais,
May 2, 2008, 12:14 PM