Overbrook City was founded in the mid-1800s as a portage town. The rivers which met near the city originally made for ideal trade routes, and later became an important source of industrial cooling for the various power plants and industrial facilities in the city built and managed by Pike Industries in 1921. In the middle of the 20th century, the gothic architecture and the grim pallor of the city, brought on by the various plants and factories, resulted in the city being referred to as “Rook City” in the local paper, and the name stuck. The name “Overbrook City” only exists in certain legal documents and on monuments. Rook City has the highest crime rate of any city in the world, with an overworked and underfunded police department, which has led to talk of switching to privatized defense for the metropolitan area. Between the street thugs and organized crime, the filthy streets and the putrid sewers, the unsavory characters and the nigh-constant wail of sirens, Rook City is the opposite of a tourist attraction.