Welcome to Roanoke, Virginia, a typical small
city, except for one thing... The Senshi. This is the North
American branch of Sailor Myth, and is home to Graikos, Romanus,
Angelus, Astronomia, and the Dark Universe.
The first Sailor Myth continuity is set in
Roanoke, Virginia, in the United States. The year is 2002 A.D.
First, let me get rid of the myth that we are set
in a small town. Roanoke is a small city, but for the purposes of
Sailor Myth, we have made it more of an international
cultural center. (It's already a pretty good international
cultural center; I just added the ISAS school.) Why? Well, the
place Sailor Myth was set in needed to be a place connected with
the world, but there's generally too much information associated
with big cities. I happen to be living in Roanoke, so I can
accurately tell you what it's like right now, rather than guess at
the atmosphere somewhere else. And Roanoke actually has a good
atmosphere, unlike most big cities.
Moving right along... Roanoke has a healthy
Vietnamese population, as well as a good Serbian population. It is
apparently one of the semi-major immigrant destinations in the US.
There are quite a few good night-life clubs and the like. The city
is generally okay with gays and lesbians, and it was recently the
site of a NightLine Town Meeting on the subject. I didn't watch,
but I heard we came out pretty tolerant. Most major religious
dominations are represented. You can find a church for every
branch of Christianity it seems, and there are also two Jewish
institutions, one being Reform and the other Conservative (no
Orthodox congregation yet). There's actually a good Wiccan
population that keeps relatively quiet, though the vast majority
of the populace is Christian. The downtown area is fairly small
with a few tall buildings, most notably the First Union building,
which is the tallest in the area.
Here are the schools in the area. As a note:
Roanoke is located directly next to Salem and Vinton, two smaller
towns. They share borders. Feel free to place your character in
Salem or Vinton instead of Roanoke directly.
- Virginia Tech - The famed
football college is just 45 minutes away, in Blacksburg.
Features more than just a good football team. (They've got
some good academic programs, too.)
- Hollins University -
Formerly Hollins College. A school for girls (with some male
students as well) with a strong English curriculum.
- Roanoke College - A
small college which has a good medical program.
- Radford University - A local university.
- the International School for the Arts and Sciences (private)
- (ISAS) A fictitious school with world-renowned visual arts
and sciences programs. Students from around the world come
here. Grades 8 - 12. It's a boarding school; only about 5% of
the students are residents of Roanoke and the surrounding
Fleming High School (Roanoke
City Public Schools) - Magnet School for the Arts, IB
Programme. Grades 9 - 12 (with some of the smarter middle
schoolers from Ruffner coming to take classes).
Henry High School (RCPS)
- Features the School for the Humanities and Governor's
School. Grades 9 - 12.
- Cave Spring (Roanoke
County Schools) - A high school run by Roanoke County
situated in Roanoke. Grades 9 - 12.
- Northside (RCS)
- A high school run by Roanoke County situated in Roanoke.
Grades 9 - 12.
- William Byrd (RCS)
- Located right next door to Roanoke in the small town of
Vinton. Grades 9 - 12.
High (RCS) -
Located right next door to Roanoke in the town of Salem.
Grades 9 - 12.
- Salem High (Salem
City School System) - The other Salem high school. Grades
9 - 12.
- North Cross
(private) - A private Christian academy known for its
- Middle Schools (RCPS)
- Community School
(private) - Located on the grounds of Hollins University. The
grass-roots school in the area, with great teachers and
students. Has both a middle school and an elementary. A
warning: this is perhaps the most creative school, but the
middle school generally has a total of only 30 - 50 students.
Grades K - 8.
I'm assuming most senshi will be middle school/high
school/college-age, but if you need an elementary school, feel
free to e-mail me. (Or
just go to the school system sites! They've got lists.)
If you are creating an international student... Fleming has a
foreign exchange program, as does Community School, and the
fictitious ISAS is, of course, always an option.
Places to Go, Things to Do:
- Center in the Square - Located at the heart of Downtown,
this refers to the area consisting of the Farmer's Market, the
International Food Court, the Science Museum and Planetarium,
the Art Museum, and the History Museum. There are some shops;
Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea is a popular destination for
the counterculture movement, while the old people go to
Saltori's for coffee. Seeds of Light is a nice little shop
with a lot of mystic jewelry and incense. The main evening
destinations for diners are Nawab, the Indian restaurant, and
Awful Arthur's, the seafood place.
- Valley View Mall - Probably one of the most popular weekend
destinations for high schoolers. Features the Valley View
Grande (the new theatre with the stadium seats that
movie-goers swear by). This mall has some food, some clothing,
and some neat stores like Spencer's, Electronics Boutique, and
Saturday Matinee. There are a bunch of little "hip"
stores that sell accessories and popular junk.
- Tanglewood Mall - The smaller of the two real malls, this is
where smart people go for clothing, since it has a better
selection than Valley View Mall. It's the nerdier mall, with a
comic book shop, Babbages, Radio Shack, a bookstore inside and
a Barnes & Noble outside. There's an okay Carmike Cinema
here, but they never turn the lights out enough during the
- Crossroads - A strip mall near Valley View featuring the
Books-A-Million. Across the street from one of the two Taco
Bells and the only Wendy's (to my knowledge).
- Towers Mall - The other big strip mall, has a nice little
bookstore (Ram's Head), toy store (Imagination Station), Radio
Shack, and one of the best eateries in town: Wildflour.
- Grandin Road - The only place to see those great niche and
foreign films is the Grandin Theatre. There's also a coffee
shop nearby and the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op & Deli.
The Deli's really good. The Co-op is a sort of Mecca for
spiritual people and vegetarians.
- Busch Gardens/Williamsburg - A few hours away is Busch
Gardens. Great roller coasters. Historic Williamsburg is
- Emerald Pointe - A water park located about two hours south
in North Carolina.
- Staunton - Has a nifty colonial recreation museum. Most
elementary schools take a day trip here at some point.