In Night City, you will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of people, raised on the streets, who try to lift themeselves up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin. Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion havenít disappeared by 2077, as people stayed they were for centuries Ė greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment Ė the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.
Braindances are digital recordings of a personís experience. The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person.
The range of themes of these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which e.g. allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness. But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment.
You havenít experienced the latest New Hollywood recording? Youíre nobody! The streets live with braindances, everyone just got crazy and wants to be a part of this new entertainment fad. Some people push it even too far and they cannot stop living other peopleís lives. If youíre not linked to a braindance right now, you are probably discussing what happened to you during your last session. Of course, just like every great new cultural movement, BDs have people who criticize them.
-Excerpt Taken from a Review on the Game Cyberpunk 2077-
The Mega Corporations more or less control this dense, overpopulated metropolis. The live in lives of luxury at the center of the city, while the rest of the sprawling suburbs which extend outwards in rings are filled with desolation in the smog covered city. The NCPD hold strict control over the streets and use lethal force when necessary to ensure the safety and stability of the city. The NCCS ( Night City Cyber Security ) keeps tabs on all network exchange of information to ensure that they catch any criminal mischief before it can become a problem.
Despite their best efforts though, underground organizations continue to thrive. The NCPD is more or less a military force with massive numbers, but even among their ranks there is unaccounted corruption. Gangs thrive in the streets, and smugglers deal black market goods from drugs to weapons to illegal Brain Dance recordings which have been found to have disastrous effects to the minds of its victims, turning them into maddened psychopaths hellbent on destruction. To top it off an unknown hacker has begun to tamper with the AI of local cyborg, turning them into killing machines.
The streets have become a warground, and with the surfacing of a terroristic group of rebels, the NCPD has their hands full with maintaining peace. Martial Law is the norm and those not following curfew are subject to being targeted as criminals. This of course is for the greater good, brought to the city by the Council of Mega-Corp to make the local population feel more at ease. Rooting out the dissenters is of utmost priority to the Council.
Mega Corporation: The friendly local neighborhood Overlords of Night City. They oversee the production and distribution of all goods necessary for the city to thrive from the foods and entertainment for the local population to the military grade weaponry which the NCPD use to maintain peace and stability. Together between the numerous Corporations that make up the greater whole, they've formed the Council which is made up of top members and CEO's of the Corporations, all making decisions together for the well being of the city and the local population. The mainly reside in the center of the great metropolis where their massive towers stretch to the skies.
The Night City Police Department is the Military branch of the Mega Corp tasked with keeping the peace in Night City. It's members are rigorously trained in martial combat and are given advanced armor and weaponry created courtesy of Mega Corp. They've also undergone minor Bio-Enhancement to increase their strength and give them heightened senses in order to improve their effectiveness. They are paid well by Mega-Corp but their jobs are becoming increasingly dangerous with the sudden rise of criminal activity as Mega-Corp enacts new measures to tighten control on the city.
The Night City Psycho Squad, an elite branch of the NCPD. They've been proven to be the best at what they do, utilizing the intel from NCCS and the most advanced technology that Mega-Corp has to offer in order to eliminate any insurgence that might threaten that peace and stability of Night City. They operate mainly in the shadows, but if one is seen, most civilians tend to go the other way as it generally means that there's some trouble bound to be nearby.
The outer sectors of Night City is plagued with various factions of Gangs which compete for supremacy in controlling the trade of illegal goods. Each sector is ran more or less by one gang or another, and often times they fight for territory. Despite the efforts of the NCPD to keep the antics of these gangs to a minimal, it's seemed as though their efforts have been more or less fruitless since they continue to recruit new members no matter how many of the leaders are killed or arrested.
Numerous attacks on key figures and establishments of the Mega-Corp and NCPD has led the NCCS to believe there is an organized Cell of Terrorists working together to bring down Mega-Corp a little at a time. The attacks are becoming more frequent and destructive, leading most to agree that they are becoming more notorious and emboldened by the support that they've garnered from the civilian population. Simply hailed as Terrorists and wanted fugitives, the NCCS and NCPS are working diligently to uncover their roots and eradicate them. They've been called Freedom Fighters among the civilians, and hailed as saviors in a time of darkness and oppression.
Note: More factions will be added as the SL progresses. If you'd like to make your own faction ( I.E. Gangs, Smugglers, etc ) just shoot me a PM. I'll work on a template for Factions.
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