A demon, a serial killer, a politician and three superheroes own an apartment complex…it sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. It’s Prideview Apartments, quite possibly the most damned building in New York City. So, how does such an interesting group of characters come to own one apartment complex? That’s an interesting story…
Prideview Apartments was a joint venture between Patrick Bateman and Timothy Bryce. Or it was supposed to be. Three towers surrounding a central common building, set near Central Park, the apartment complex is certainly something. The two had gone into it as equal partners. Unfortunately for Bryce, he got involved in a poker game with a bored demon shortly before the opening and made the mistake of wagering his half of the apartments when he had nothing else to risk. And Anthony J. Crowley wasn’t someone who lost at gambling. In fact, he invented it.
Crowley had his own interest in the complex. Prideview Apartments were built directly on top of a temporal fault, a rift of sorts. As a demon, he was very interested in what would happen there. As a demon who had helped avert an apocalypse, he wanted to make sure nothing ended the world there. So, winning the other half of the apartments, he entered into an uneasy partnership with Bateman.
But there were three towers and only two owners. Enter Nathan Petrelli. He was a powerful man with something to give to the venture and something to gain. Petrelli needed to reestablish himself in the eyes of his constituency. The congressman bought one third of the complex and the three opened Prideview Apartments. His share was later taken over by his ex-fiancée, Carol Danvers, when he returned to Washington. And when Patrick Bateman was arrested, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers took over his share.
The day it opened, the fault became active. Some people would move to the apartments on their own, but others were brought there from other points in time, or even other universes, by the power of the temporal fault. Fictional became real and as each new universe was brought into this one, an amalgam was created, to the point that the world is no longer the one we remember. At least, not in the state of New York. It has become a melding of all realities.
Of course, there are safeguards in place. The fault polices itself. If people were to spread too far, the whole world would change. So the fault places a subconscious suggestion into people’s minds. They don’t want to leave the state, or if they do they feel as if they can’t. They aren’t actually trapped. Nothing is keeping them there except their own minds.