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The overwhelming culture is largely Portland-esque, with tons of tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants, cafes, and bars. However, food is, due to most of it being imported, expensive, and artisan shops are even more so, which means that Scylla Bay is essentially a food desert. There are, however, movements to start a community growing center and greenhouse.
Furthermore, there's a neo-hippy vibe to most of the city, and when summer rolls around in Scylla Bay, there are several festivals honoring said vibe. There's an organicness to Scylla Bay, especially in the summer, that cannot be replicated elsewhere, and there are always people helping people. This is perhaps because the city was founded in a time of struggle and strife, and those who built the city didn't want others to go through such trying times.
Attractions The most well-known attraction in Scylla Bay is the Chicken of the Sea, a seafood restaurant that has a unique twist: it has its own stage and hosts talent shows and karaoke nights regularly, along with some odd nights of stand-up shows or plays. There isn't a single person in Scylla Bay who hasn't at least heard of this restaurant in the southern part of town. It's also fairly famous outside of Scylla Bay, mostly around Alaska, but there are a few niche blogs or magazines that have featured it.
The Snow Cream Cafe is also hugely successful, located in the center of town, and is a frequent favorite of both the elites in town and the modest crowd. It has its own unique menu of drinks and snacks and desserts. What is most popular about it, though, is probably its vintage hippy feel, almost as if you were transported back into the early 60's.
If you want somewhere a little more adult, you'll find The Flashing Fin, a bar owned by merfolk right on the river near the southeastern part of town. It draws people in with its neon signs, particularly the huge one on the exterior of a mermaid flipping her fin, and it keeps customers with its "back rooms," which, as you can guess, are where illegal activities go down. It's not a place known by people outside of Scylla Bay, but the locals know exactly what it is.
Scylla Bay is also home to hundreds of other businesses and shops, in various places around town, though most find the most success in the center of town. And business is booming in the city! The commercial climate is rife with oil and and hydropower and fishing companies.
There are also several monuments erected in honor of the founders of Scylla Bay and its original inhabitants (some of whom are still alive), and there's even a traditional festival that pays homage to the humble beginnings of Scylla Bay.
Perhaps one of the biggest and most unique attractions to Scylla Bay is its free education from kindergarten all the way to university. There is also free housing for the homeless or lower class, so it often brings in people who couldn't make it in the larger cities like Anchorage. Scylla Bay has only recently erected its university, however, with its first classes having began in 2016, but the outlook is already promising, with a starting freshman class of almost 3,000!
History Scylla Bay was established in 1919 as a simple fishing port, populated mostly only by fishermen and their families, and so they were often multi-talented, running stores and chapels and medical facilities while also being master anglers. The founders of the city had moved from Anchorage hoping to live a simpler life and brought a group of like-minded people with them. However, the names of these people are lost to time, as they did not keep a clerical account of their town until the 30's, and, by then, the original founders were largely debated.
It wasn't until Alaska became an official U.S. state in 1959 that Scylla Bay started to see a spike in population, especially a foreign population. People started flooding to Alaska, curious about the new state and its attractions, but what really put Scylla Bay on the map was the sudden influx of strange and supernatural activities. Because Alaska was so isolated, supernaturals were "coerced" into finding a home in the wintry state, and Scylla Bay was small and out of the way enough that that was where they'd been chosen to take root in.
Nearly 10,000 supernaturals moved to Scylla Bay over the span of 10 years, causing the population to more than double, thus creating the need for more homes and commercial businesses. Since many of the inhabitants came to the town in the 60's, the town became forever encapsulated in the 60's era culture (or at least visually). In spirit, Scylla Bay also promoted peace and free living, especially since some supernaturals felt as though they were forced to be there. As such, Scylla Bay become somewhat of a safe haven, a refuge for humans and supernaturals alike.
Climate The climate in Scylla Bay is relatively cold all year round, but in the summer it can reach temperatures of 50-60 degrees, which is about as warm as it gets. In the fall months, temperatures start to dip into the 40s, with November being below freezing on average. It isn't until April that the temperature rises above freezing again, but even in April, that can be a rare occurrence.
As of March, the average temperature in Scylla Bay is: Mid-20s (Fahrenheit).
Outside Scylla Bay Outside Scylla Bay, it's seen as something of a trendy but mysterious city in Alaska, with lots of rumors about odd phenomena happening inside the town. Foreigners come to Scylla Bay often for business, but there is also a decent tourist population because of its reputation and niche attractions. Furthermore, Scylla Bay just erected its first university in 2016 to go alongside its community college, and since its education is free to the public, it has enticed many young people to reap the benefits, bringing in new ideas and fresh faces.