Madripoor is a small island nation south of Singapore in the Indonesian archipelago. Conquered by freebooters centuries ago, its heritage of piracy evolved into the present laissez-faire government, permitting virtually any business transaction provided that the status quo is not threatened. Madripoor does not allow criminal extradition from within its borders, making it an exotic diplomatic haven for many international criminals, who help maintain the island's stability through a sophisticated system of corruption. Located near a major trade route, Madripoor's harbor and dock facilities are among the most extensive in the world; dependent upon imports for virtually everything, Madripoor is renowned for both its high-tech luxurious Hightown and its poverty-stricken Lowtown. Such is the official entry on Madripoor. For locals, its an entirely different story. Not much of life has changed here, in this part of the world. Here, though the Chancellor is the elected face for the world, his strings are pulled by those whose roots lie in the powers of the Eastern world and the piracy the nation was founded upon. Madame Viper rules as the main power, even as her chiefest rival the Demons Head watches from the side as they play chess with the city. On the lower levels, the Hand and the Foot clan of ninjas wage constant war in the shadows, led by opposite numbers assigned who give no quarter and ask for none. Though pragmatism does require them on occasion to work together. Ninjas, like in days of old are in high demand where Madripoor is concerned. And of course, there is the constant background of those seeking to scramble up the ladder and the martial artists who come seeking enlightenment and challenge, on the streets. Madripoor is merciless and though lawless through and through, people delight in her charms and toast her even as by fist, blade and charm they fight in her shadow. Locales Buccaneer Bay - This is where Madripoor corsairs ranged far and wide for their prey. Hightown - A district of Madripoor for the rich and powerful. Hightown is one of the wealthiest places in the world. Its spectacular architecture and advanced technology make it truly a city of the 21st century. Royal Palace & Museum Sovereign Hotel - It is claimed to be the expensive yet finest hotel in the world. Lowtown - The crime-impoverished district of Madripoor. Lowtown is a throwback to the lawlessness of a thousand years ago: a place of rampant crime and depravity where anything can be bought. Princess Bar - A drinking establishment in Lowtown. The Princess Bar serves as an oasis of elegance and style. Frightened by Lowtown's dangerous reputation, tourists avoid the Princess Bar after dark. At night, the Princess Bar becomes a gathering place for local residents from both Hightown and Lowtown. The Princess Bar is also a fine restaurant with cabaret entertainment. It is connected to a wide network of smuggling tunnels via the basement. It is accorded 'Neutral Ground.' A weapon raised against one, is a weapon raised against all, as to do otherwise would let Madripoor slip into lawless chaos beyond the orderly violence it currently experiences. Stinger - A S.H.I.E.L.D. safehouse and second generation secret base. The Labyrinth - The Smuggling Tunnels that permeate all over beneath Lowtown. Some are even connected to places in Hightown, but otherwise are a confusing array of tunnels that house all manner of strange things. Battle Nexus - An underground arena and village for martial artists, ruled by a powerful figure named the Daimyo. A tournament, every ten years is held for martial artists and the price of admission is getting past the challenges to the village. The Church of Saint Nicholas of Myra - An old church in Lowtown, established during the buccaneer days by Christian Missionaries and turned into a monastery. Currently stands as the Foot Clan's HQ. Like what you see? Join Epic Crossover!