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The Upper Marcage lies at the north-eastern part of the city, east of Marchamps, Réconfort and Méandres. The district’s boundaries also includes a part of The Fens, similarly to its sister-districts, Central Marcage and Lower Marcage.
The Upper Marcage was not a discrete district until after the fall of the eastern portion of the city wall, seperating Montmarais from the Fens, in A602. Prior to this, the area was considered to be part of Marchamps, Réconfort and Méandres. Nowadays, the district is defined using one simple heuristic – whether or not the buildings in the district are inhabitable. Due in part to annual flooding and its proximity to the Fens, the ground of the Upper Marcage is largely unstable, which can result in spontaneous earth sinkage, formerly solid ground becoming pliable due to excess moisture, and so on.
The Upper Marcage consists largely of residential housing, although only the poorest people opt to live there – the buildings are not suitable for habitation, and generally only those desperate for shelter, however unsafe, live there. The buildings are in very poor repair, crumbling and splitting apart quickly due to the unstable ground, and it is not unheard of for streets in the Marcages to suddenly sink into a muddy quagmire overnight.
The Upper Marcage, like its sister districts, is part of the turf for the Cien-Tet. Trespass from other gangs or organisations from other districts are not permitted; the Cien-Tet only very rarely allow people to access the Fens via the Marcages. The principal holding for the gang in the Upper Marcage is the Old Anderson Estate, a mansion built near the edge of the river and the Fens, by the Anderson family, now deceased.