Admittedly an unsavoury job in this city, the GCPD is nonetheless Gotham's only current defense against the rampant crime hitting the streets. Unfortunately, many of these cops choose instead to profit from that same crime, their bank accounts supplemented by bribes and payoffs.
By far the most disturbing and dangerous region of Gotham, the slums all but breed criminals of all types and intensities, from the common purse snatcher to serial murderers. Day or night, this half of the city, even the still-active waterfront district, is dangerous for civilians; few of its inhabitants can afford to get away.
Located on the outskirts of Gotham, the asylum is a well-known repository for both the criminally, and harmlessly, insane. Lately, however, the sort of people being locked behind their doors has been growing more... varied.
In many ways the result of a great city gone rotten, Gotham is a nest of thieves, murderers and corrupt officials, its dark streets echoing with the ever-present screams of its populace. For decades, the criminal element has run rampant throughout the streets, with few if any good officers to hold them in check. Although there are whispers that a dark force is rising to suppress the evil that has taken such root, there is little solid proof, and being caught in the city slums after nightfall is tantamount to a suicide attempt.