In a world where Warlords reign supreme and are in charge of vast empires, power is but a passing glance that comes and goes just as the changing streetlights. A mostly derelict city, hundreds of miles wide, lay in the center of a vast desert. But the desert or its location is unimportant, all of the action happens within this skyscraper-riddled city. In this world, power of all sorts is a commodity, which is to be traded for under-the-table deals or taken by force from your enemy's hand. The city's name is Metro-33
and it is a bio-dome of epic proportions, housing approximately 1 billion citizens under it's crystalline roof.
The glass dome surrounding the city keeps visitors out and those wishing to leave in. Life in Metro-33 is not-quite-dystopian, but the denizens of the city would claim that dystopia is right around the corner. The city is ruled by Dons
, essentially mob bosses and warlords who hold quite a great deal of sway in the functioning and puppeteer-ing over Metro-33. Built in 1 A.C., 10 major investing Houses contributed the funds necessary to build the Metro-30 BioDome. Since then, Metro-30 has undergone a Reconstruction thrice. Only 4 great "Houses"
remain from the construction of Metro-33, the others were either consumed or subsumed or merged or immolated.
Out of the 10 original Houses, only 4 remain and have complete political and economic control over the city. A small surface-government has been established since the construction of Metro-33, however the real "shadow government" comprised of the 4 Houses operates behind the scenes. In a city plagued with as much corruption as this one, any legitimate government presence is negligible.
The city complex is rife with all manner of problems, socioeconomic, political and cultural in nature. Traveling between the territories of the 4 Houses (Downtown, Uptown, East Side and West Side) requires extensive background checks and opens travelers up to search or seizure. Rather than outright invading territories, most of the Houses attack each other covertly through political blackmail, forming alliances, intimidation and assassination attempts. But Metro-33 holds a darker secret than the quarreling delegates of the wasteland that is their city. The original terms on which Metro-33 was built were themselves classified documents, but rumors around the city circulate that the city may house a powerful artifact capable of generating near-infinite clean energy and food. Underneath the grime and warring factions, Metro-33 is more than just a lone and decrepit city in the desert.
Will you reign over your enemies before they reign over you?