Thunderscape: The Cogswheel Irregulars
Urbana exists in a state of virtual siege, with much of the surrounding landscape still plagued by nocturnals. As a result, it has come to rely less on local farming and more on imported food and fishing. Unfortunately, the city’s massive industrialization has caused the neighboring Broken Bay to become heavily polluted.
Urbane commissioned a team of mechamages to find a solution, and the Mekanus Cistern was the result. This massive water treatment facility treats thousands of gallons of sewage per day, and has greatly improved the water quality of the surrounding area. A small neighborhood (called Cistern) has sprung up around the plant, just outside the city walls. Located where many of the city’s largest sewer outlets drain into the ocean, the area is cursed with eternal stench. Only the poorest and most desperate live here. Even the mechamages who operate the cistern itself live elsewhere.
Cistern sees little law enforcement beyond a handful of volunteer militia. Fortunately for the residents, most criminals are not desperate enough to linger here for long. One of the few people that really think Cistern can be more is Nebbin.