Foggy Londons are fictional cities that are modeled after the London of the early 20th century. Usually, a river or canal system will run through the heart of the city (the Thames if actually London). They often feature extensive networks of alleyways and rooftop areas. They are prone to thick fogs that coat the city in a thick white plume and out from which belltowers, clocktowers, and church steeples might poke. Foggy Londons are frequently found in steampunk worlds and cosmic horror worlds. They are home to street urchins, serial killers, and great detectives.
Designing Fictional Foggy Londons
The tone of Foggy Londons is often one of mystery and intrigue and the elements often used to design such fictional cities promote that. Dense buildings and dense fogs create a sense of enclosure, while labyrinthian alleyways are easy to get lost in. Rooftop areas may offer a glimpse of the world above the mist, but more often than not are used by street urchins, murders, and burglars to move about unseen. Below, in the city sewers, monsters, cultists, and other things may be patiently waiting.
Sites of Interest
Important sites within these fictional cities may include palaces, markets, slums, and dock areas. Guilds may have a presence so guildhalls may be spread across the city. In addition, the church may be a powerful faction in these settings, so designers may want to consider the placement of churches and the design of a fictional religion or religious sect. Catacombs and graveyards also offer interesting narrative opportunities.
In contrast to the dark enclosed spaces of the city, the regions around Foggy Londons may be scenic and pastural. However these lands may be owned by the wealthy and powerful. Manors and castles may dot the landscape, all with mysteries of their own. Train routes may connect locations further away.