Arkend is a small coastal town located in Massachusetts, overlooking Ipswich Bay. It is the home of both fishermen and sailors.
Arkend is run-down and dilapidated. Its housings consists of numerous shanty towns in New England-style. The town has often been described as having a most oppressive atmosphere, and visitors generally feel at unease as if they are being watched. A lighthouse stands located on a pier on the town's northern end, but its light glows ever so vaguely.
For unexplained reasons there are no animals in Arkend, and the local wildlife tends to steer clear of the town altogether, the only exception being the fish in the inlet.The surrounding nature of Arkend consists predominantly sharp coastal cliffs, murky bogs, and wetlands.
The populace of Arkend consists mainly of sailors, fishermen, and captains. They have a general disdain towards outsiders from bigger towns. Despite the occupation of the populace and its status as a coastal town, boats and ships are rarely, if ever, seen leaving or entering the harbor.
Records of Arkend's origin are sparse. It is said that the town was founded by an offshoot faction of puritans in the late 17th century, shunned for their "abnormal" belief system.
While not a particularly spectacular or popular town, Arkend thrived in the early 19th century with its fishing industries and processing of whale oil. The ruling families of Arkend would also happen upon vast resources of gold, but refused to tell from where they received it.
During the Civil War, the town was put to the torch by the Confederates, and never quite recovered. Despite having not been involved with the war on either side, this spurred the Arkenders animosity towards "outsiders". Some house ruins still stands as testimony of the event.
By the early 20th century the town fell into even more decline shortly after the rise of a strange cult that made its home in the derelict governor's residence in the outskirts of town. Families started to move away from Arkend, citing that the town had become quite a dangerous place to live ever since, and that the people who remained had become all the more indoctrinated with the cult's strange beliefs, and downright even dangerous.
Following the aftermath of the Great War, the town miraculously still stands on the coast, for better or for worse. The people still living there are hideously misshapen as results of malign cell mutations, and are ever so hostile towards outsiders.
- Arkend is a reference to the town of Innsmouth from The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft.