Luna bay is a small coastal town in Monterey known for its boardwalk, downtown, parks, and marine reserves. It is situation south of Monterey at the center of the county.
Luna Bay is known for its moderate climate, coastline, redwood forests, liberal leaning, and being one of the few coastal towns to host few new residents. It is home to the University of California at Luna Bay, renown for Literature, Folklore, Native American Studies, and Marine Biology in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Bay Boardwalk, amusements, and surfing have made it a popular summer destination.
Present-day Luna Bay is tucked off the mission trail and was settled by a few wayward missionaries in 1790. It was incorporated in 1889 and chartered in 1890. The early industry included lumber, agriculture, sardines, and livestock. It became known for its surfing and as a beach town in the 1960s, and remained untouched before then.
Luna Bay was founded as a Spanish Mission in 1790 with a single, small building and enclosed interior. The Mission building itself was destroyed in an earthquake in the 1980s. The first Mission held roughly 20 Spanish soldiers, their families, and 200 native people. With the expansion of United States residents and the annexing of California as a state for the country, Luna Bay became incorporated as a town, then chartered a century later. By that time, the town had a small local population built around the fishing and timber industry with a small business for fur trade and lime harvesting.
After being chartered as an official town in California, a new set of mills for timber was built, farms contrasted, and land cleared for livestock and agriculture. The sardine business from Monterey spread south to Luna Bay with a small fleet of trawlers moving into deep water.
Luna Bay remained a small and forgotten town until the 1960s when the surfing scene hit California in storm. A famous surfer came through and spent a week in the waters off the Bay. When the word got out about the hidden oasis, tourists started to pour in. With the influx of income and people, the boardwalk and hotels were constructed. The richer portion of the town gained a five-star resort, a second elementary and high school were built, and hotels and motels were built along the town. Over the next few decades, the town spread into new neighborhoods such as Bridgeport while others such as East Bay lost its prominence.
In 2009, the Boardwalk got a dramatic overhaul. New rides were installed, the arcade and other buildings were updated, improved, and renovated. And the strip itself was rebranded to compete better with the other boardwalks of the coast. In 2011, Luna Bay was hosted in surf magazines, which improved the popularity of the coastal town.
Luna Bay Elementary Luna Bay Elementary is K-8 and is located just west of Downtown. There are two bus routes that pick up children in the district. The school is an outdoor campus with four buildings for classrooms and a administration and library building to the front. The area is gated and all guests must check in with the administration. LBE has kids from across Luna Bay excluding University Town and East Bay.
East Bay Elementary East Bay Elementary is a three-story building and services K-8. Students use the local library. It is an under-equipped school for University Town and East Bay families. Many of the kids who attend East Bay end up at the Vocational School rather than the high school.
Luna Bay High School LB High is the main high school for the city. It is an outdoor campus with four three-story buildings, not including the library and computer lab. Luna Bay High School has a 87% graduation rate and a 65% acceptance rate into colleges or higher education. Students are accepted from every part of the city. Students select 7 classes a year (excluding seniors who only need to take 6). Schedules are rotating by day with 6 periods of 55 minutes.
Cole Technical Vocational High School Cole Tech is the Vocational school for the region, and accepts students from outside the city. Classes are selected by the semester with four periods of classes and one shop class. Shop options include carpentry, woodworking, automotive, engineering, culinary arts, cosmetology, plumbing, HVAC, and others.
Friends Private Academy Friends Academy is the private school. It runs K-12 and has the option for boarding or transportation. The campus is just outside of the city limits. Students are required to keep a C average or higher. Friends Academy has a 90% completeion rate and a 100% acceptance into higher education.
Luna Bay Community College LBCC is a small, exterior campus with a handful of buildings on a plot of land south of UCLB. LBCC has a program that transfers Associates Graduates into UCLB if they request. Classes are on the quarterly system. Programs include History, Administration, Communication, Computer Programming, Fine Arts, and Graphic Design. The community college also has a vocational training center with everything from HVAC to automotive.
University of California at Luna Bay UCLB is a small little self-functioning community payable by student card balances and personal banking. The campus has four dormitories, two fraternities and two sororities, a collection of small eateries and cafes, and a library. The theater in the center hosts concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, and movie nights to benefit the local art programs. The campus has multiple buildings, all based off of solar power with heat-monitoring shades to keep the temperature inside comfortable. The library has a main site near the administrative building and smaller, 24- hour computer laboratory for late-night and early-morning students who need printing after hours. The campus has security, but at night it focuses mostly on the residential parts of the campus, located to the north and away from Lower Luna Bay housing.
The campus has two northern points for the Marine Biology Program and a small clinic for students and families. The daycare is by the clinic. Students are offered free consultations and free flu shots ever year. Athletes can get their physicals through the clinic, staffed by graduate students in the medical students and hands-on learning for the nurses.
The Hilltop Hilltop sits in the north of Luna Bay, upon the crested hills that drop off to the ocean. Only one apartment complex exists in the Hilltops and start at $3,500 for a single bedroom apartment. Hilltop is a wealthy residential area with two law firms, three upscale restaurants, two high-end hotels, and a spa. The wealthy live by the old Mission building in this area.
Downtown and Metro Downtown and Metro is a 24-block stretch through the center of Luna Bay hosting mostly commercial or businesses. Apartments tucked through the area start at $2000 for a studio with limited parking lots in the back. Toward the two ends of downtown are hotels for tourists. The lifestyle and eateries range from cheap dives to upscale restaurants with valet parking.
South Shore South Shore is a small, whimsical village that hosts summer residents, surfers, and those who generally enjoy living by the beach. While quaint, quiet, and small, the prime real estate comes with tiny houses for large prices. Rent for a room generally sits at close to $1,500. South Shore is located next to the boardwalk with a walkway leading to Downtown’s main strip, and prime position by the best surfing locations.
University Town Vocational High School University Town, as stated, is by the two colleges and near the vocational high school. Most of the area is made up of two- or three-story apartment complexes with one or two dozen apartments each. Students at either of the universities get a discounted rate if they show proof of enrollment for that school year when the lease is signed, putting the price at $1,000 for a studio. Those not attending as a student pay $1,300. Bars, cheap, fast food, cafes, and bistros have popped up along the area, as well as art supply stores and other, quirky locations. Despite the proximity to a high school, University Town overlaps with East Bay.
East Bay East Bay has become known as the Public Housing area with low income apartments and old, cramped houses. East Bay hosts the highest crime rate of the Luna Bay area and sits furthest from the water and into the wooded areas. Along with public housing and the buildings, East Bay is home to the one mobile home community in the area. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts at $1,100 with street parking. Small loan stores, corner stores, and liquor stores are tucked away with other, smaller businesses along the streets.
Bridgeport Bridgeport is the south-most portion of the town and is the newest development of Luna Bay. Two new apartment complexes have come up in the last decade, as well as a small housing development of new builds to accommodate the growing population. Bridgeport is strictly residential but is small enough that it rarely takes more than two or five minutes in a car to reach anything. Houses are rented out starting at $1,200 for a room and $1,450 for a studio.
Suburbs The suburbs exist on the periphery of Luna Bay and have sprawled out slowly as people continue to join the area. Most of the residential areas are a mix of single-story, cookie-cutter houses long winding roads sprawling to the southeast and northeast. Smaller, independent businesses, art and dance studios, and preschools have made appearances in the area. The suburbs are largely families, though some houses are rented out to graduate students, young professionals, or others who can afford the rent, which usually starts at $1,300 for a small room or an in-law suite.
Boardwalk The Boardwalk is one of the most iconic parts of Luna Bay outside of the bay itself. Originally constructed in the late 1950s to host a few sea shanties for shaved ice and snacks, the business has grown exponentially in the following decades. What was once a simple wooden structure littered with a few small shacks now stretches a quarter mile of the pristine beach starting at the pier and extended to the inlet, which separates Luna Bay proper and Bridgeport. The walk itself faces the ocean with three large, two-story buildings and a series of smaller buildings which host amusements.
The arcade, mini golf and laser tag building, and the mirror maze and horror walk building stand accordingly as the two-story building painted brightly. The following buildings include internal game stands that hold prizes, small tourist shops, food stands that require an actual kitchen, and the lifeguard and EMT station. Along the banister sit smaller snack shops and the rides, including the Ferris Wheel.
The Pier itself once held an official purpose as a port for ships to load their goods on and off. Today, it sits as another tourist destination with seafood restaurants, shops, surf, boating, and scuba rental shops, and the Marine Preserve Educational Facility.
Surfing As with much of the California coastline, the dramatic scenery is complimented with excellent surfing. In competition with Pismo Beach and Huntington Beach, Luna Bay’s surfer’s point is a small stretch of cliffs that lead to small strips of beach below. Strictly a no fishing zone, surfers are able to go from dawn until dusk. While there is no official lifeguard on duty, the five main stairways from street level to ocean level have three floatation rings on string and an emergency landline to the hospital and Boardwalk dispatch. At the major bend that separates the easier location with smaller waves to the open and stronger surfing spot sits a small, two-story stone building that is weather worn. It is the Luna Bay Surfing Museum.
Parks There are three surrounding parks. The first sits on either side of the main highway that breaks off from the Pacific Coast Highway. There are two information and eateries on either side of the road with turn outs and parking for those looking to hike. The eastern paths range from two to seven miles in length and are uphill through to the foothills. The western paths take walkers up to four miles to the coastline where the crescent shape of Luna Bays is formed. Along the trails are information on the plant and wildlife found in the area, doggy bag and trash cans, and emergency landlines that run to the information booths.
The second park sits by the University, tucked away behind East Bay. It is a small, heavily wooded area that is home to a number of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. It is part of the Botany department’s open-air laboratory, as well as the cross-country team’s path for the high school and university.
The third location is on the outskirts of Luna Bay, and is a location that tourists visit because of the ghost stories and lore floating from the natives. It is a dramatic landscape with hills that fall away to a small stretch of sandy beach accessible by a small bridge and a set of stairs built into the cliff. The park itself has seven trails that wind through the forested area. The longest trail loops back to the beach and the shortest brings travelers to a small, outdoor amphitheater used by the community college for Shakespearean Summers.
Marine Protected Areas All of the coastline in the Luna Bay city limits is a Marine Reserve. There is a strict limitation on fishing allowed from the shore or with personal vessels. All fishing is catch and release until the continental shelf, where the waters are then protected by California regulations. There is a strict littering fine, as well. The use of plastics is almost entirely removed from the Luna Bay, and recycling bins are as common as trash bins. There are also multiple Marine Reserve information centers throughout the town, including the Pier, the Boardwalk, the University, in Downtown. Luna Bay works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well, for rehabilitation and research. All Marine Biology MS students are required to work with the reserve for at least six months to qualify for their degree.
Downtown Downtown Luna Bay is the flashy, but affordable end of town with more glam and glitz than suburban life. The downtown strip consists of Main Street, North Street, and Ocean Ave running from First Street (running along the Boardwalk) and Eighth Street. Along the 24 blocks of Downtown are a number of bars and the only local Starbucks. A small strip-mall is on North and Eighth and has a few sporting stores, a music store, and two clothing outlets. There are a number of different apartment buildings and studios along Ocean Ave and North Street.
The nightlife of Luna Bay is mostly centralized in Downtown. Though it lacks the clubs of most big city SoCal hot spots, the bars and eateries are rather popular and offer plenty of fun and excitement for the tourists. Downtown is more glamorous than the young adult parties found near the university. Most restaurants are 21 and over after 10 p.m. and some of the nicer bars have a $10 cover fee. Along the bordering streets of Downtown are a number of small hotels and motels, making this more of a tourist or adult part of town. It is one of the safest places to live not including the Hilltop. Because of the high number of tourists, the largest concentration of police and security is in this part of town.
Monterey (Spanish: Monterrey) is a city in California. Founded on June 3, 1770, it was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico until 1850. Monterey hosted California's first theater, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. Monterey was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846, the United States flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the Mexican–American War.
The city is located in Monterey County on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. The city hall is at 26 feet (8 m) above sea level, and the city occupies a land area of 8.466 sq mi (21.93 km2). The 2010 census recorded a population of 27,810.
The city and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century and many celebrated painters and writers have lived there. Until the 1950s, there was an abundant fishery.
Among Monterey's notable present-day attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.
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Situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 32 mi (51 km) south of San Jose and 75 mi (120 km) south of San Francisco, the city is part of the 12-county San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area.
Santa Cruz is known for its moderate climate, natural environment, coastline, redwood forests, alternative community lifestyles, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, a premier research institution and educational hub, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating continuously since 1907.
The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement beginning in 1791, including Mission Santa Cruz and the pueblo of Branciforte. The City of Santa Cruz was incorporated in 1866 and chartered in April 1876. Important early industries included lumber, gunpowder, lime and agriculture. Late in the 19th century, Santa Cruz established itself as a beach resort community.
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In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for fully 35% of local employment. Education in particular is well-represented, with four institutions of higher learning on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University). The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, Santa Barbara Aviation provides jet charter aircraft, and train service is provided by Amtrak, which operates the Pacific Surfliner (which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo). U.S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the southeast and San Francisco to the northwest. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles (32 km) offshore.
Before the original residents of Luna Bay were present in the mundane world, most came from a planed existence known as Fableton. Fableton exists as the celestial existence of people and beings who were part of folklore across time. Due to the lack of continuity in time between the two planes of existence, “old” fables may not predate newer ones. On the other side of Fableton was the Shadowed World, run by the Horned Beast. When his magic overpowered the barrier broken down over years of battles along the barrier, Mother Goose, King Cole and many fables fled through a hole in the third barrier to the Mundane world, where many exist largely without knowledge of their identity and in some cases, any abilities.
Fableton was once a realm separated from two others by a magical barrier the whole of the realm was made up of seven regions scattered over three large land masses. These regions, or kingdoms, were held no true leadership, but existed in a feudal way of life with small kings ruling over land. The kings held temperamental and strained alliances that often fluctuated with new rulers. The Seven Kingdoms were largely inhabited by the magic of lore from specific regions or ideals. The pure and idealistic leaders were often in one area, whereas the stories or triumph and tests of willpower found their way to the harsher climates.
The First Kingdom is the kingdom of trickery. Beast’s castle and smaller fables like Candlestick Jack exists there. The Kingdom is made up of rolling hills of green broken up by smaller deciduous forests. It is a picturesque and colorful kingdom in the open, but the forests are dense, confusing, and often foggy. The summers are hot and humid and the winters bitingly cold and snowy. It sits on the main continent.
The Second Kingdom is the Wilds. The realm of Hansel and Gretel and the Big Bad Wolf. It is a cold, mountainous region with lakes large enough to host islands with their own ponds and lakes. The kingdom sits to the north of the main continent and rarely warms up enough to get a true summer. The steep cliffs fall off to the valleys that hold few true land of the kings, but Mother Goose and her creatures rule the land.
The Third Kingdom is that of Thought. The smart or clever lords and fables such as those from the Arabian Tales exist there. It is a hot and open land mixed with dune-filled deserts and red limestone canyons and bare mountains colored purple in the distance. The people of the Third kingdom are often hardy and witty, and the nights get surprisingly cold despite the lack of a true winter. This kingdom also exists on the mainland.
The Fourth Kingdom is wonder. Here, the kingdom exists at the very far reaches of the realm, closest to the Darkness and furthest from the mundane. This has allowed the mystery and magic of lore to run wild in a unique way. Alice’s Wonderland is here, as nothing about nature can be seen as natural. Plants and animals seem to exist outside of the norm with strange abilities and colors. Many of the talking or shapeshifting fables originated there before relocating.
The Fifth Kingdom is one of the two offshore regions. Closest to the mundane realm, it is not uncommon for mundane children to have wound up in the kingdom of adventure. Much of this was at the fault of Peter Pan. This kingdom is often referred to as “Neverland” and is home to the stories of grandiose actions and acts of bravery. It is a large island with a dense forest, vast cave systems, and swampy marshes. In Neverland, there is no true ruler.
The Sixth Kingdom is the domain of King Cole. It is a proper place. Perhaps the most “civilized” of them all. It was home to the modern folklore, to fae and hobs. Many of the smaller fables existed in the region, such as Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep. It is a small island with no true mountains, but a fair amount of wooded areas and open fields with rocky soil. It is cold and damp most of the year.
The final kingdom is split in two. It is the Kingdom of the Sea by wrote but includes a sky city that mirrors the underground kingdom. The Sky City hovers above King Cole’s domain looking similar to a cloud, but far too solid to be one. The Sea City is close to Neverland and is filled with the underwater kin. King Triton is the ruler of the Kingdom of the Sea, though was in constant competition with the Sky City before the Darkness came through.
The Dark Fables
As with the stories based in morality, themes, and lessons for the children and adults alike for the mundane world, the power of darker themes created their own kind. Much of the fables were a way to keep the bad things from happening—lessons learned. Much like the stories were a way to keep the darkness at bay for the mundane people, the fables kept the darker characters from getting too close to the magicless mundane world. The Wild Lands were on the far side of Fableton, beyond the border of the second veil. There, characters such as the Horned Beast, the False Innocence, and the Wailing Women were born. Unlike the unsavory characters of Fableton, such as Baba Yaga and the crueler aunts who taught lessons on greed and vanity, they were of malice and malcontent. The evils and horrors that stories and truth created fed into the birth of the Dark Ones.
While they were not many to start, it was easy for them to gain a following in lesser beasts and fables along the veil. The Horned Beast himself, going by everything as the Jersey Devil and Beelzebub for the mundane, turned the mass of violent and disordered into an army.
The War and Flight
The movement through the veil was not easy, but the dissonant whispers had started first. It was the Innocence who had moved through first into Wonderland. Sparking the interest and intrigue with some of the people who lived there. Their lack of prominence in mundane lore kept them weak, but the Horned Beast could fix that. And the preachers of his powers moved out. It was only when the deserts and fought back against the word that the fighting began. It started in Wonderland, though catching the fables was difficult as the rules of logic did not matter in the twisted, colorful world. But as the march pushed into the other kingdoms, the power of darkness overwhelmed even the best of kings and leaders.
The Horned Beast offered numerous chances for the leaders to back down each time their land was approached. None gave in officially, though some deserted. Before they got to the coast, Mother Goose and King Cole began to break down the veil in the fables and the mundane worlds. Most of the Fables had died in protecting their land, but through belief and the broken veil between Fableton and the mundane, they were able to resurrect in the magic-free home. Mother Goose and King Cole were of the few who remained alive as they crossed over the border along the Sierra Nevada range. Once the remaining fables made their home, the barrier went up and the veil was fixed.
Protection and Magic
King Cole and Mother Goose had a choice to make: keep the barrier up and their people protected or allow them the memories of who they once were. After much debate, those remaining fables decided for their leaders—they would all be resurrected, but the fables would lose their memory and connection with their old world. This would grant Mother Goose and King Cole the strength and ability to keep the veil up between the worlds. It took three resurrections for the fables to fully loose connection with who they once were. They assimilated with the people who came through on the missions. As more residents came to Luna Bay, which was originally just the remaining fables, the population allowed more to come back through the gaps in the veil. So long as a child is born within the boundaries of Luna Bay’s magic, they were born a fable. They would hold connections to their old life which clued Mother Goose and King Cole to who they were. But if they were born outside of the city and brought to Luna Bay, they would be mundane.
Fables in Luna Bay
The Fables of Luna Bay are disconnected from their past, yet some things hold over throughout the years. The Mad Hatter always seems off, the Cheshire Cat is obtuse. There is no memories connecting them, however, and people are not entirely tied to their fates. Yet, more often than not, a prince will find his princess no matter what castle she was in. Fables may change genders over the year, their financial statuses shift. But with each passing, they have no memory of the previous life. At most, aside from a select few, the memories of the past are dreams like any child has.
Mother Goose and King Cole remain ever vigilant. Their positions of power always rise above the others to keep their protection in line. It is part of their power to shift who they are at any given time every 10 years. At current, there are the new Mayor and Sheriff. Fables move away for school or a new start, but in the end, they all end up back where they began. The storybook coastline along the Golden Coast. Bordering on the veil between safety and danger.
Luna Bay is a fictional town based in California, USA