Scio Occultus Res
Site of the famous witch trials, Salem is held variously to be cursed or blessed, a site of great power or a haunted and destructive pit. It has been avoided by most mages for nearly two hundred years, but was recently the site of a titanic magical war between the Ebon Noose and the White Putnams, each looking to claim the town for their own. The battle ended suddenly, with the White Putnams quitting the field and establishing a truce with the Ebon Noose, who have taken control of Salem while the White Putnams retreated to Boston.
The Ebon Noose controls the presence of mages in Salem very closely, and are brutal in their retribution against perceived trespassers.