(For information only. Not required reading for the setting)
During the 19th century, London was transformed into the world’s largest city and capital of the British Empire. Its population expanded from 1 million in 1800 to 6.7 million by 1874, the date of setting of this game. During this period, London became a global political, financial, and trading capital. In this position, it was largely unrivaled until the latter part of the century.
While the city grew wealthy as Britain’s holdings expanded, 19th century London was also a city of poverty, where millions lived in overcrowded and unsanitary slums. for more information on the districts of London, please see Districts of Victorian London.
One of the most famous events of 19th-century London was the Great Exhibition of 1851. Held at The Crystal Palace, the fair attracted visitors from across the world and displayed Britain at the height of its Imperial dominance.
As the capital of a massive empire, London became a magnet for immigrants, both mortal and supernatural, from the colonies and poorer parts of Europe. Supernatural immigrants from countries such as France and Italy were common, particularly after the Templars ousted secular rule in Italy in 1874.