The Portal Camp is an expanding frontier town with a population of about 3000. The Delegations number a couple of hundred people from each Faction, and the Portal Camp contains roughly double that number of Guild professionals, sailors, fortune-seekers and so on. It has been set up over the last 6 months before the start of the game, following the discovery of the Portal on Mat Sellah.
A thick and coiling fog often descends on the camp in the late afternoon and usually persists until early morning.
(OC: The effect of this is that anyone who exits the door is instantly assumed to be lost from all hostile pursuit due to the fog. You can still follow someone who lets you come along.)
The Portal is something of a misnomer, as it is not a door into the Beyond so much as an area where the barrier between the Beyond and the world is thinned. All portals have a wide area where the barrier is weak, and a centre where it is virtually non-existent.
The Containment Zone was set up at the apparent centre of the Portal, or at least where the first Agents observed the most Stranger Activity and supernatural phenomena. While the Portal Camp was being developed to secure the general area, the Containment Zone was set up to restrict access until all Factions had established a presence in the Camp.
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