The trouble with the Future is that every time somebody looks into it, it changes it. What path we are on skips tracks between the multiple dimensions. The whole idea of Fate and Destiny gets in the way because we create our own realities, we manifest it depending how energised we are and what we believe is likely to happen. What we do know is that certain crucial Key Events, we called Nodes or nexus events, are destined to happen whatever we do.
We also know that spirits from outside of time as we experience time, can arrange and steer us and events that happen to us, to make sure that events happen they want to happen. For them, the living-in-bodies-in-time people are an ownership thing, they gift us with abilities in exchange for our working toward their goals, to manifest the world here and now that will serve them later. Many spirits seem involved with this, plant, elemental, humanistic, beast, all work for the agenda of their own nature to permeate its existence in the future ecology.
Most living people are oblivious to this because their minds and perceptions are not opened up in this way, they are caught in what we call Grid; a blinkered version of reality that is a belief system that controls what they are manifesting (as reality). What we teach here is to experience the necessary lessons to enhance our perceptions to see beyond that. We use spirits that affect our perceptions, and we use experiences that affect our perceptions.
Dealing with multiple versions of reality that exist as an overlay, defining which is ‘the Real’, is something Dreamers excel at; they have the powa to cross between the dimensions and bring aspects of one reality over into another. They are said to be able to change physics and shift time, to use dream arts here in the physical world of time. It is a complicated thing to deal with.
“If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would hardly believe the reality of it myself. I’m lucky that my psychic censor was blasted open enough not to ignore what I was seeing and to perceive true.” Far, wild dreamer
Sun tribes – the upper city dwellers.
Sub-tribes, blind, sense-enhanced sub-dwellers, cannabalistic and feral. Many generations of interbreeding with the Lurkers to create semi-human hybrids.
Lurkers, see ghoula, see beasts.
Machetes, Katana, elements & chemsets – making blades
Because of how thick the wild forest grows amid the cracks of the city, the machete has become the most common weapon used by the samurai class for practical reasons. A new martial arts style has developed around this. Although the machete is a hacking weapon, not so fast nor elegant as traditional katana blade.
Because of the shortage of metal the new weapons are much lighter in weight, being made of reinforced chemstone; in fact the chemstone is as light as plastic and therefore use of it as a blade has speeded up combat because the air drag time is reduced considerably. The same is true to the machete to the point that most consider there to be not much of a practical difference; to those who do, the machete is preferred because the extra weight. Given this, a machete striking against a katana usually sees the katana come off second best in melee combat.
Chemstone blades are often reinforced with a resin called tar to add weight, it really becomes a matter of personal choice and the variety of difference between two blades of the same type is such that the statistics for weapon damage, nimbless and endurance vary greatly. As a general rule, the more tar added, the smaller the endurance but the greater the nimbless. A pure resin blade would be heavy to use, this is what we call a machete in the general rules system wheras we call a pure chemcrete blade a katana. When we get down to the reality for rules lawyers, traditionally machete are made of 80/20 resin/chemstone where katana are made 80/20 chemstone/resin. Many variations exist.
Because a basic chemset provides anybody who knows how to use it with access to the required resources, it is a matter of personal preference. The required materials may be gathered from nature as some plant types provide a bio-resin, or another common method is to reprocess a crude chemstone from existing walls and to further distill it into the resin of which we speak. The processes are very similar. As to which gives the best blade is a matter of experimentation; some famous weapon makers certainly exist but the secrets of their trade are their own to keep. Certainly a specific species of plant-leech is reknowned for boiling into the best tar.
Also common are Sleech razorteeth. These are organic, a type of crystaline bone that is as sharp as obsidian. It grows as big as the sleech, which is to say it varies a great amount from bloodbites an inch in size with minute but painful teeth, to more dangerous foot long sleech with teeth of up to a centimeter, to the much larger and rarer individuals who have been known to measure tens of feet in length, with teeth large enough to use as blades and swords. Sleech that size live so long because they are not easy to kill, which is the warning given all who would hunt them for their teeth. Feral tribes who do not use chemkits have a throwing weapon called a razorwing that is a ring of teeth worn as a necklace when not used against enemies in a deadly attack.