The Opium Den

Opium dens are considered the scourge of society. They are always small, ramshackle affairs, hidden away in slum attics or under discussed warehouses. It is to these places that those addicted to the black smoke go to satisfy their addiction, and continue their descent into madness.

Although not technically illegal, the police (as defenders of society, not the public) often raid them when revealed. Upon entry and after paying the standard charge of shilling, the addict is allocated a couch or floor space and given a pipe of opium with which to escape the world. Many opium dens are notorious murder pits, where the unsuspecting can find their throats slit while intoxicated and defenseless.