Living In Shadows
The inner city of München is home to most of the oldest parts of the city, including the various churches and more notably the Frauenkirche cathedral and the Neues Rathaus with its famous clockwork Glockenspiel. Most official city buildings are near the city center; indeed the Neues Rathaus is still used for administrative services (the building’s interior was majorly renovated in 2027 and again in 2066 – the last taking advantage of the new wireless Matrix technologies.
Due to laws that are still honoured (these laws impose a 109 meter limit to building height), few buildings near the city centre rise above the 99 meter mark of the Frauenkirche’s spires. This has made line of site to the Frauenkirche relatively common.
The Frauenkirche as seen from the Neues Rathaus
>> Believe you me, this can be a lifesaver. Sometimes you can’t see the Alps, but go a block or two and you’ll see the round domes of the Frauenkirche. By the way, the official name is “Dom zu unserer lieben Frau,” or “Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady.” The architecture has an interesting effect, where if you stand in certain spots the columns line up and look like solid windowless walls that, during the day, glow. Legend has it that the devil wouldn’t allow the church to be made with windows, but the optical illusion fooled him at first. When it was too late, he couldn’t enter further than the foyer and instead left a blackened footprint when he futilely stomped <Globetrotter>
>> Globe, there’s talk of all sorts of unexplained stuff going on around the church. I hear rumblings that the Devil has returned with magic and wants his revenge for how he was played for a fool. <Gloria Petri>
>> Gloria, the foot was cast as kind of an attraction for the rubes. I know you and while my Path and yours may be at odds, you’re no rube. Why are you putting any stock in that tired old marketing ploy? <Fact Chuck Dot Ergh>
>> When BBdH says that the Neues Rathaus takes advantage of wireless Matrix tech, he’s understating some of what went into it. The building’s very solid walls already naturally blocked a fair bit, but they also painted the exterior with wifi-blocking paint. I hear there’s one hot-shot spider that usually works the night shift and two mediocre-at-best (though one’s been learning from the night-shift, so may know a few tricks), so not only do you have to bust in physically, you will have to face someone with home-ground advantage.< >
The City Centre also has one of the world’s largest open-air markets, the Viktualienmarkt. This is a crowded, noisy area at all times of year, but offers some of the best shadow activity in addition to Weißwürste prior to noon and fresh-baked soft pretzels. While primarily a “farmers’ market” style market, there has been an undercurrent of other wares.
>> Undercurrent my chromed ass! This is the Munich version of the Crime Mall in Seattle. If you don’t smell like pig, you can likely find some stuff the Polizei would beat you black and green if they catch you thinking about getting your paws on it. <
>> My less erudite fellow misses another thing – the Viktualienmarkt has little in the way of real food, unless you fancy devil rat blood sausage or the finest pigeon pâté. Much of the Wurst is textured krill, the cheese flavored soy or yeast protein. Also, the quaint “farmer’s market” atmosphere is more or less a façade; more of the foodstuff comes from Biochemika, A.G. than from Wilfred and Katarina’s farm in the Rheinland. < >