Edotown one of the most beloved cities in the wildly popular Polyworld Series of VORPGs, has been having some strange issues lately. In game bug reports from thousands of players has come in non-stop as of late. Complaints of theft, loss of lives, bullying, and cheating have been running rampant through the city. The new development involves a hefty transaction in the event a player wishes to leave the city. The cost so great many can’t begin to pay it, forcing them to log out there character forever stuck in Edotown. Most heinous of the issues that have recently developed is the first death not associated with negligence has occurred; people are starting to panic.
People won’t simply make new characters, much of the world’s commerce has moved into VR many if not all players have their livelihood tied to years of work, simply deleting a character or starting over is practically a real form of suicide.
History: The World
Virtual reality has progressed much in the years leading up to 2189. It was soon discovered that the digitizing of ones thoughts, made into action for a game, had deeper consequences than many realized.
The VR systems of the future work by electronically interfacing with the brain to read and write information directly into the cerebral cortex. A decision has been made by nearly all residents of first world societies to remain connected at all times. So much of the world is automated that few ever leave their homes choosing to have sustenance directly connected to their bodies, as per what is glibly referred to as a P.E.G. (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy.) Automated food trollies moving slowly down the street refilling food storage tanks with protein slurry are all too common.
Much of the first world country’s run on automated systems with automated backups, but for over 10 years many of those backup systems like security and repair have begun to break down. Simple wear and tear from natural disasters, negligence, and overuse have left a number of key systems in Polyworld open to physical attack, and with no one physically checking on these systems anymore they might as well be sitting out in the open.
Factions: Somali Pirates
As the rest of the first world retreated into VR, the third world countries each began to prosper, slowly till reach the levels of technology and sophistication resembling the early 2000’s in the USA. Dissatisfied that only the wealthiest could afford to spend any time in Polyworld or any of the mega VR corporations a plan was set into motion to take what they wanted. Somali Pirates, as they are called, boarded ships to the US and landing in California. From there they made their way to LA the last known location of a Polyworld systems server hub. They scouted hundreds of buildings searching for the most decrepit and defenseless server still in use. They dodged what little automated security was present in the city and casually strolled into the server room. There they located there prize a single server hub, from it they seamlessly stole a 500 petabyte drive, installing it into a briefcase equipped with Wi-Fi/ satellite hijacking capabilities so that those connected to the city they had stolen were none the wiser. The drive they stole contains what they would discover as one of the most popular work cities in Polyworld, Edotown.
The Somali Pirates quickly set to work learning as much as they could about the programing and systems of Polyworld. The few documents they discovered in the remains with the server granted many forms of access either little known or forgotten mainly due to the fact many were physical commands requiring keyboards, key fobs, and card scanners. Such devices were obviously obsolete, but left intact for the purposes of maintenance once upon a time. They stole everything they could carry and returned home. There they tirelessly programed until they had all of the power over Edotown. They locked out admins, and closed the gates, declared themselves the new rulers of Edotown and demanded tribute. What they soon realized was they few of the pirates themselves really enjoyed Polyworld so much to abandon reality for more than a few hours a day. So it was decided that the destruction of Poly world was to come to pass or the world would perish.
The City: Edotown
Edotown was one of the most popular work sites in all of Polyword, thousands of people are logged in there. Much of the town, in its hay day, closely resembled a romanticized feudal Japan. The cast system was a fun game and many crafters sold there orient inspired tools and avatar pieces there.
Once Edotown was stolen the main gates to all the other cities was cut, though by this time hundreds of new ports and portals had been created, by the Somali. To be trapped in Edotown is to be a hostage of sorts. Those unable to pay the Pirates for exit fees are more often forced into joining the Pirates under their guise of a crime syndicate. Their true goal is to tear down a VR mega-corporations one by one.
Edotown under the Somali has taken on a new look much of the feudal look is present, but now huge swaths of modern buildings, night clubs, Somali offices, and VR-trip bars litter the roads. Those enslaved have been hacked so that they are tracked and monitored mentally by the systems they inhabit at all times. The Somali discovered that they can tell the brain new things they thought impossible. The learned to program the brain to believe that what happened in the game could be real. They incorporated this hack into weapons and called them simply killing weapons. Weapons programed with this hack are incredibly difficult to detect visually or by code, as so few moderators have a true sense of code to begin with any more. These weapons, often katana and pistols, program the brain to cut ties with those body parts upon being struck or shot. Normally, being hit with a weapon is a simple fun part of the game, limbs simply grow back overnight. While limbs grow back even if a killing weapon was used the mind can no longer control their limb in game and sadder in real life either. Guns often cause shock and simply death with head and chest; shots in the extremities cause the same kind of damage bladed weapons do. With this the Somali use their enslaved to go out into all the other worlds and sell their wares to the already present gangs and war bands as a solution to the never-ending conflict and flame wars. With this Edotown has become a black market hub for killing weapons and with their first hack a success they are working on new deadlier weapons and tactic to bring down Polyworld.
"Edotown is the city of death."