Mortal City is a city of suffering -- an urban landscape
being eaten alive by its own industrial cancer and corruption.
The Industrial Apocalypse, followed by the Iron Wars,
have destroyed Mortal Citys infrastructure. Sewer lines and
water pipes are damaged, and water-processing plants lie in ruins.
The streets are clogged in many places with debris. Logically the
city shouldnt run, but it does.
A relentless orchestra of wailing sirens, gunshots,
demolition and construction can be heard night and day. The Drones,
as laborers with a mysterious internal agenda of building towers
around the citys parameter, deliver much of the disturbance.
Only they understand the purpose of these towers.
Shreds of municipal authority remain. The Force Police maintain
order on a level that moves up and down the corruption ladder depending
on whos pulling the bureaucratic strings. The real power in
Mortal City, however, lies with the criminal element, the wealthy
elite, and The Engine -- a mafia-like army led by criminal bosses
like Dr. Sai Khan Uluc, otherwise known as The
Life in Mortal City is one of quiet desperation. The
citizenry must endure injections of artificial antibodies (called
AAs) to survive the toxic hell of the Mortal City environment, or
perish from some unspeakable cancer. Water and food are always in
short supply and usually must be bartered for or stolen.
A toxic river empties into an equally fetid ocean,
dividing this once-beautiful seaport. The weather is permanently
afflicted with a toxic inversion layer that produces chemical-laden
showers, corrosive mists, and poisonous fogs.
Some parts of the city are off limits and largely
unexplored, even by the seedier characters. The Electric Fields,
for instance, are notorious for harboring awful creatures -- mutated
forms of the wildlife that once inhabited the area. Other off-limit
areas are controlled by ruthless career criminals.
Although life in Mortal City is bleak, there is hope
the faith and desire of a small group of men and women who have
chosen to follow the way of the Stone and the Sword towards the