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Prisons

“This is what happens when you make one mistake. There’s no forgiveness.” – Plutonian
Across the United States there are five popular holding facilities for super-powered individuals. Depending on the criminal’s needs and abilities these are the likely points of incarceration for them.

When creating a character you need to pick an appropriate prison. This determines one of two Distinctions your character gets for free.

Alcatraz Island

Location: San Francisco, California
Distinctions: Metahuman or Mutant

Alcatraz was a mundane Californian island prison that was operational in 1859-1963. It held metahuman criminals in special section in the 1940s; the designation “the Alcatraz Annex” has been used in to distinguish it from Alcatraz in general. In 2008 the prison was reopened as a detention center for the growing mutant population.

The Big House and Code Zoo

Location: Mobile
Distinctions: Artificial Intelligence and Robot

The Big House is a really small prison designed by Hank Pym that uses Pym particles to shrink villains and keep them there. Due to government concerns about shrinking organic matter the Big House is only used to store non-organic creatures. The “Code Zoo” section of the Big House is a proprietary magneto-optical data storage unit used to secure any and all artificial intelligences that have been captured, this means entire programs, and or fragments of code. A.I. It is usually located in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier.

The Golden Boughs Retirement Village

Location: Buffalo, New York
Distinctions: Fable or Arcane

The Golden Boughs Retirement Village is a prison masquerading as a retirement home for Fables and magical practitioners. The Golden Boughs consists largely of a series of cottages assigned to the various inmates, along with a number of public buildings such as a pub, plus the various buildings required to run the place.

Hanger 44 (AKA: The Cube)

Location: Mojave Desert, Nevada
Distinctions: Alien or Radioactive

Hanger 44 is a facility on Edwards Air Force Base that tried to reverse engineer the vessel Abin Sur crash landed on Earth. It would then be converted to the prison for alien criminals who committed crimes on Earth. Due to the special containment facilities that need to be constructed it also began accepting radioactive and Gamma irradiated prisoners.

Iron Heights Penitentiary

Location: Kansas City, Kansas\Missouri
Distinctions: Elite or Gadgeteer

Iron Heights is a maximum-security prison in which many non-powered criminals are imprisoned. Iron Heights is not a normal prison however, they specially cater to highly-trained or high-tech criminals that are able to go toe to toe with powered individuals. Iron Heights is also known for its vicious treatment of its prisoners. The current warden, Gregory Wolfe, recently instituted a lockdown system in the building and guards are ordered to shoot any prisoner on sight if they were trying to escape or caught outside the prison.

Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Distinctions: Psychopath or Supervillain

Ravencroft Institute is a maximum security asylum for the mentally ill supported heavily by the US Government. Many insane murderers and super-villains were kept at Ravencroft. In addition to the mentally ill, prisoners with unusual medical conditions that prevent them from staying in a regular prison, or one of the other designated special holding facilities, are often housed in Ravencroft.