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"Amsterdam is connected to the North Sea through the long North Sea Canal," (Wikipedia) providing important trade links between Sobirat'sya; Portsmouth and London; and Calais-Fréthun and Paris. Amsterdam is a smaller city; it is very low to the sea level and features a cool, wet climate. Parts of the city have flooded over and become completely impassable -- Luperci obviously avoid these parts of the city, finding the decaying and waterlogged buildings (if they even still stand at all) too dangerous to risk entering. The generally moist atmosphere and climate of the city caused many buildings to decay faster than they might have in a drier climate, and even if not flooded, many buildings are still quite dangerous. Most Luperci must either live in makeshift or outdoor housing or extensively restore a building in good condition.
Amsterdam is quite the laid-back city, keeping to the traditions which made it famous amongst marijuana-smokers. It also features a prominent red-light district as it did in the human times. The canines who live here are friendly and open to outsiders, and it is a popular vacationing spot for many European Luperci thanks to its calm atmosphere and happy citizens.
Beside the pleasurable aspects of the city, there is an equally important venture here, as well. Amsterdam's residents often trade with Berlin residents for their ocean goods -- e.g., fish and boats. The residents of Amsterdam are among the most crafty canines where it comes to boats, and they first populated the idea of sailing throughout the Luperci world. Despite Amsterdam's initial push for this, Lisbon became the port city of choice for any ventures to the western hemisphere thanks to its more choice location. Despite the lack of heavy port activity in Amsterdam, canines continue to utilize boats, fishing, and light sea travel (generally not ranging far from the shoreline itself) to sustain themselves.
Every year, on the 20th of April, Amsterdam erupts into rowdy debauchery with The Festival of Life. Starting on the 19th, purveyors of every illicit substance imaginable - marijuana, opium, hashish, alcohol, psychedelic mushrooms, and more - set up shop in Amsterdam's markets and alleys. Unlike many other cities in Europe and beyond, Amsterdam has very few limits on the kind of substances that can be bought and sold, and the Festival is a celebration of this freedom. The 20th is marked as a day of celebration, with music, indulgence, dancing and partying happening from sunup to sundown and to the next dawn. On the 21st, it is custom for libations to be poured and substances offered at the graves of ancestors, and bottles of alcohol and substances may be weighed with rocks and tossed out to sea. None are sure where the latter custom came from, but it is believed to have been started by bootleggers who wanted to honor crewmates lost at sea.
- Rurik Russo went to see the 4/20 festival one year, hooray!
- Benjamin Kartal's mother was from Amsterdam.
- Mirte Haumann is an adoptable from Salsola that was born in Amsterdam.
- Theon Russo was born and raised in Amsterdam among its rougher folk.
- Wikipedia's Amsterdam Article
- Wikipedia's Netherlands Article
- Wikivoyage's page on Amsterdam
- Wikivoyage's page on The Netherlands
- Google Map's aerial view of Amsterdam
- Wikipedia's article on the temperate oceanic climate, which is the type of climate The Netherlands has
- Wikimedia Commons' repository of images for The Netherlands (good for reference and research)
- 'Souls canon on Europe
- Wikipedia's article on Amsterdam, which can help give a rough idea for the culture of Amsterdam's Luperci
- Wikipedia's article on The Netherlands, which can help give a rough idea for the culture of Amsterdam's Luperci and Luperci from elsewhere in the country
- Omniglot's article on the Dutch language, the official spoken language of The Netherlands
- Omniglot's article on Low German, which is a secondary language spoken in The Netherlands
- Omniglot's article on West Frisian, which is another secondary languaeg spoken in The Netherlands
- Wikipedia's article on religion in The Netherlands
- The Netherlands Reformed Church, which - at the time of the apocalypse in 'Souls - was quickly losing its status the largest Christian denomination in The Netherlands
- Wikipedia's article on the Dutch Reformed Church
- Info on Christianity from the BBC
- Wikipedia's article on pre-Christian mythology and belief in The Netherlands and other Low Countries
- Wikipedia's article on Germanic Paganism, which was practiced in The Netherlands and may be practiced still by Pagans today
- The Matres and Matronae on Wikipedia, who were important goddesses in Northwestern Europe
- Nehalennia on Wikipedia, a goddess of ancient times in The Netherlands
- Sandraudiga on Wikipedia, another goddess of ancient times in The Netherlands and whose Wikipedia page also lists several other Dutch goddesses
- Celtic polytheism on Wikipedia, which was practiced in The Netherlands in ancient times alongside German Paganism and which still has Pagan followers today
- Learn Religions's resources on Celtic Paganism
- Info on Paganism from the BBC