The Hollows

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The Hollows
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Hero Hazard Zone (5-15)

Trainers: Foreshadow
TF Contacts: Karsis
Events: none
Exploration Badges: Parapsychologist, Seeker of Monsters, Geologist, Backwoodsman, Gangland Fury, Graffiti Communicator, Circle Seeker, Ironic
Plaques: Digger IIIIIIVV
Day Jobs: Caregiver
Enemies: Circle of Thorns, Coralax, Devouring Earth, Hellions, Hydra, The Lost, Minions of Igneous, Outcasts, Skulls, Trolls, Tsoo
Connecting Zones: Atlas Park, Skyway City, Tunnels
Transits: none
The Hollows VidiotMap

Overview

The Hollows is a Hazard Zone in City of Heroes. The Hollows was added as a zone in Issue 2, and received a makeover in Issue 12. Prior to Issue 16, a hero needed to be at least Security Level 5 to enter.

(Copied from the City of Heroes official Web site [1])

East of Atlas Park and northeast of Skyway City lies the Hazard Zone of the Hollows. Originally, this city zone was known as Eastgate, and was one of Paragon’s wealthiest residential districts. Beautiful New England houses sat upon the hillside, with spectacular ocean views. At the turn of the new century, a large group of Trolls banded together and decided they would carve out a piece of Paragon for themselves, by whatever force necessary.

In late 2000, these Trolls planted a series of explosive charges throughout the sewers along a row of Eastgate condominiums. They planned to ruin the district, and then move into the rubble before city crews could properly respond. What the Trolls didn’t know was that an extensive series of underground caverns already riddled the area. The cataclysmic chain reaction, known as “the Hollowing,” devastated a huge section of the neighborhood, causing it to fall in upon itself. When the dust settled, the Trolls were ecstatic. They had discovered a perfect region for their needs. They moved into the newly unearthed tunnels, and fought viciously to defend their new territory.

Paragon City officials could not react quickly enough to contain the threat, as the area was still geologically unstable. The tunnels were so extensive, however, that the Trolls simply didn’t have the numbers to control it all. Other criminal elements were quick to take advantage of this opportunity and moved in. A splinter of the Outcasts poured in, unwilling to let their long-time rivals have the region unchallenged. The gang battles raged among the disaster-stricken neighborhoods, but whenever a side was losing, they would melt back into their entrenched, underground warrens.

Despite heroes taking an active hand, the city was never able to successfully coordinate an effective response and reclaim the territory. A sort of trench warfare became the norm, where gangs battled furiously over a few hundred yards of tunnels that rapidly changed hands. The tunnels became fortified camps, havens for these criminals that neither heroes nor police could breach without serious jeopardy. Meanwhile, other forces were slowly making their presence felt. The Circle of Thorns sent in covert teams to scout out the new geography, seemingly organized for some sinister purpose.

And as the Trolls and Outcasts continue to battle underground, they seemed to have encountered a fearsome new threat from the depths of the earth!

Note: The Hollows is an optional zone. While all heroes are referred to contacts in the Hollows, they may speak to Wincott and return to their regular contacts if they like. Heroes may miss out on important story information, temporary powers, and/or badges if they skip the regular contacts in this level range (though most content is available via flashback later on.)

Contacts

Task Force Contacts

Regular Contacts

Neighborhoods

  • Cherry Hills (Green - Level 5-7) (Music)
  • Eastgate Heights (Red - Level 13-15) (Music)
  • Eastgate Park (Orange - Level 10-12) (Music)
  • Four Seasons (Yellow - Level 8-10) (No Music)
  • Grendel's Gulch (Red - Level 13-15) (Music)
  • Red River (Yellow - Level 8-10) (Music)

Exploration Badges

File:Badge tourist 01.png Parapsychologist

These hills are home to some of the Circle's most secret rites. Very few are allowed to leave after venturing here.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Seeker of Monsters

Grendel's Gulch was named after the Trolls former leader, Grendel, who was defeated by Atta in a contest of strength on this spot.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Geologist

This spot marks the first sighting of the strange, rock-like creatures known as Pumicites.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Backwoodsman

These woods have cropped up at an alarming rate since the Hollowing. Many believe the dramatic growth rate of the trees is due to the area being saturated with mystical residue from the Circle's spells.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Gangland Fury

Since the Hollowing, these streets have turned into a war zone between the Trolls and the Outcasts. Only the constant vigilance of heroes keeps this conflict from turning into a bloodbath.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Graffiti Communicator

Longbow works side by side with the Legacy Chain to maintain this small outpost in the Hollows, using it to relay the activities of the Circle of Thorns in the nearby area. They have run into ongoing issues with the various gangs in the Hollows spray-painting the building with their logos.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Circle Seeker

The Legacy Chain have been seeking the purpose of these strange structures that have been created by the Circle. They have been working together with their Rogue Isles branch, who are investigating similar structures in Cap au Diable. Some theorize they're teleporters, while others suggest they're beacons for powerful demons in the underworld.

File:Badge tourist 01.png Ironic

The Pinnacle Apartments were some of the most sought after apartments in Eastgate, until the Hollowing. Now all that's left to remember them is this billboard. Some say it's ironic that it would be the last thing still standing.

Historical Plaques

Achievement Badge

File:Badge time.png Troll Task Force Member

You have logged enough time in the Hollows to be named an honorary member of Lt. Wincott's Trolls Task Force.

Day Jobs

Hero-Specific
File:Badge DayJob CareGiver.png Caregiver

You have spent a great deal of time working in the hospitals of Paragon City during your free time earning the Caregiver Day Job. Logging out in a Hospital will earn you a Regeneration Bonus, when you log back in, for a short time.

Villain-Specific
File:Badge DayJob PainSpecialist.png Pain Specialist

Your expertise in surgery and understanding pain has earned you the Pain Specialist Day Job. Logging out in a Hospital will earn you a Regeneration Bonus, when you log back in, for a short time.

Transfer Points

Villain Groups