Located in north central Paris in 19th arrondissement and just outside dense portion of the city and between the two major rail yards is the La Villette Slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse, built in 1867 on the instructions of Napoléon III and has fared fairly well during the Occupation though it sees less livestock moving through these days. The Slaughterhouse is only one a more than a dozen industrial warehouses deemed unsatisfactory for use by the Germans for their purposes.
Because the Nazis refuse to use the worn and battered building in La Villette many displaced French shipping and manufacturing companies have move here. Because the lack of Nazi presence and general location, the French Resistance has enjoyed favorable use of storage area and cold rooms of the Slaughterhouse as their semi-permanent headquarters.
The actual headquarters is located in series of cold rooms located two floors below the ground and just under the killing floor of the slaughterhouse. The headquarters is nothing more than a wide hallway with two room sized disused meat lockers and one antechamber thrice the size of the largest meat locker. The Ante chamber serves as the barracks and general meeting area for the Resistance. Two lockers on either side are used primarily for general storage until needed for a better purpose. The Temperature in the headquarters never gets above 40 degrees F and the Resistance has done their best to stock the place with coats and blankets to keep their members from catching cold. The place also smells of old beef that never scrubs out.
One of the meat lockers is used entirely as an armory with a rag tag collection of firearms not seized at the beginning of the occupation and one stolen from the Nazis or purchased off the black market.
To the opposite side of the armory is the war room. Only the most trusted of the Resistance is allowed here as this room contains the sum total of all intelligence, plans, and records held by the Resistance to include top contacts and drop points for outside Allied agencies.
Next to the war room is the library. Luc Gaudin keeps a collection of books deemed subversive. Much of Luc’s private library including copy of every book he wrote is here. Luc decided to keep these books here to protect them from the burnings as well as inspire the resistance is their darkness times.
To the left of the Armory is the food pantry filled with metal shelves of preserved food and anything thing editable that will keep. The Resistance tries to keep at least of enough food to feed 30 men for a month at all times. Within the pantry is a trap door that leads to the water cistern. It is in cistern that the Resistance draws their drinking water. Some claim that the cistern is connected to the old crypts, but few trip into there revealed nothing.
The Headquarters has three known exits: the stairs from the Slaughterhouse back offices, the loading lift used to place meat in and take it out of the cold room lockers and a secret, poorly lit, cramped tunnel connected to a warehouse the Resistance uses as a motor pool.