Odense is a city in pre-Rash Denmark, more precisely, on the island of Fyn (Funen). It became a mission objective when the expedition, in Copenhagen, found a pack of a mysterious drug indicating that it had been produced at Odenses hospital.
Odense was the third largest city of pre-Rash Denmark, with a population of about 175,000, actually holding the second place for most of its history. Human settlements have existed in the area for four millennia pre-Rash, but the city did not appear in any documents by name until the year 988.
In year 0, Odense was not the capital of the Region Syddanmark (that would have been Vejle) but its largest city; in an administrative reform in 2007, the five regions had replaced the smaller counties.
Easily the most famous person connected to Odense, Hans Christian Andersen was born and raised in Odense until moving to Copenhagen aged 14. A museum dedicated to him resides in the house thought to be his birthplace, and statues of his stories' characters have been erected all over the city.
Several large universities had nominal seats in Odense, but it should be noted that they operated campuses in other Danish cities as well, and Odense was similarly home to campuses of educational institutions HQed elsewhere.
While Odense has seen ship traffic for as long as its recorded history goes, it is located near the eponymous river, not the sea coast. When that constellation became an obstacle to the shipping during the industrialization, prefect Friedrich Buchwald suggested to excavate a canal leading to the city. The - at the time tremendous - effort was completed in 1807. Further extensions made that canal into what became the port of Odense, Denmarks only canal harbour.
In terms of street traffic, Fyn was connected to Westward Jutland by the old (and later the new) Little Belt Bridge in 1935, and to Eastward Sjælland by the Great Belt Fixed Link in 1998, both replacing ferry links that had been in place before. European Route E20 ran over both bridges, and passed through the Southern suburbs of Odense. A Southbound road connected Odense via more bridges to the smaller islands of Tåsinge and Langeland, not to mention the various ferry connections operating until year 0.
Points of InterestEdit
The Odense University Hospital (OUH)Edit
A pack of the mystery drug that Mikkel at Kastellet indicates that it was produced at the Odense University Hospital (OUH), which was the largest Danish hospital by some gauges, and the largest of its region and among the largest of the nation in any case. OUH had an infectious diseases dpt. complete with research activities on out-of-nation ones, and the co-located Pharmacy of Funen was not only a supplier of drugs to hospitals throughout the nation, but also conducted research in individualized medication. There does not seem to have been an outright pharmaceutics production plant at Odense, though.
Since the address still refers to Sdr. Boulevard (for "Søndre" = Southern), rather than Englandsgade, it seems that the project to move OUH to an entirely new campus near the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), a plan approved in 2008 and scheduled to complete in 2022, was cut short by the outbreak of the Rash.