Tacoma will forever be etched in memory as the place where the Night of Rage found its worst moments and some of its greatest heroes. When the violence peaked, the Sheraton Tacoma opened its doors to fleeing metahumans and protected them through the night. Once the tide shifted from rage to remembrance, sculptors erected a Crying Wall to commemorate the sacrifice. That wall became a symbol and eventually a tourist attraction that brought more attention to the area.
Tacoma was an area on the rise—an area originally built around the very particular needs of Shiawase, but in recent times the tide quite literally shifted. The Nicaragua Canal diverted shipping from the area, and with it the shoreline commerce that powered the city’s wealth dropped. Office Parks emptied. Tacoma fell victim to sagging real estate prices and thriller gangs. The so-called City of Tomorrow faded into yesterday’s news.