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The Domed Cities

Overview

Situated around a large sea are the eight domed cities in which all of humanity resides. Beyond this lies the harsh Wilderness, of which the nearer sections have been partially mapped.

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The domes are:

  • Cross - A dome notable for its architecture and artistry, characterised by a culture of self-improvement and new ideas.
  • Citadell - A dome characterised by its dedication to keeping its citizens safe, no matter the cost.
  • Sophostos - A dome characterised by a search for knowledge, where one's social standing is decided by exams.
  • Haven - A dome where most people know each other, and agriculture takes up most of the land.
  • Wildekein - A dome where everybody is free to do as they please.
  • Muruvia - A dome notable for its decentralised services, with products and amenities provided by dedicated companies.
  • Kallipolis - A dome where society is all, and the individual is nothing.
  • Ravissem - A dome where everybody is happy, everything is stable and all research is done to improve life.

History

The World That Was

“The Old World… The World That Was… Call it what you will - it changes nothing of how little we truly know of it.”
- Samantha Lochrie, Haven

“Legend tells that the World was once very different to how it is now. Stories passed down through the centuries make claims of an empire of humanity that stretched out in all directions. As its population expanded and the World grew ever bigger,1) so too did humanity's need to tame the World intensify. They devised ever more intricate and powerful technologies with which to bend reality to their will, and in so doing became unconquerable in their might. Or so they thought.”
- Marta Angliss, Historian, Sophostos

The Apocalypse

“The Gods of the Old World looked on in shame, weeping as They saw how humanity's corruptions had broken Their divine Gift. And lo, they struck out in holy vengeance from above, sundering this mortal paradise in the name of cosmic balance.”
- William Davis, Haven

“Strict adherence to extreme ideologies tore ever greater holes in the weave of society - each new barbed word now backed up with the threat of weapons beyond imagination in their horror. Of course, much of this is speculation, but there is much to point towards an escalation of arms that overspilled from the table of diplomacy into the arena of war. Humanity's end was, perhaps, self-inflicted.”
- Marta Angliss, Historian, Sophostos

The Domes

“Foreseeing what was to come, noble persons of much wealth and stature commissioned the building of a great protective bunker to shelter a chosen few. Or rather, it would seem in hindsight, several such 'domes' were in fact constructed - but their people, seeing only themselves and finding it impossible to leave, concluded that they alone had survived The End. Surrounded by poisonous Wilderness, but stocked with what was necessary to build a new home, they set out simply to survive. It was only later, when they found out of the other remaining domed patches of humanity, that some began to question their founding myths, as the truth of the matter lay obscured by the mists of time.”
- Marta Angliss, Historian, Sophostos

“It was a fact of life, when I was growing up, that we were alone in the World. To see now all these other societies all around us, each with their own memories and understandings of The Old World and The Reset (heck, it even seems we all have different names for them), is simultaneously wondrous and slightly scary. It seems much of what we once thought true is now to be questioned - particularly as regards the habitability of the Wilderness beyond the domes - but what I find strangest of all to comprehend is how, from the same starting point, we have all turned out so differently as societies.”
- Albert Furnall, Cross

Alone at the End of the World

“For centuries, each dome believed itself to be the sole surviving remnant of humanity, stranded in a protective dome in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Much from the World that Was had been lost, and as society tried to rebuild, what little knowledge there was of the what came before either faded into obscurity, or was twisted into new forms. Being certain that the Wilderness beyond their domes was poisonous to the touch, and unable to find a way out of the structures in any event, the surviving populations formed into their own self-contained city states, still blissfully unaware of the existence of any others.”
- Marta Angliss, Historian, Sophostos

Discovering Each Other

“While most domes were happy in their solitary existences, for Wildekein it became too much. 32 years ago, amid growing social unrest, its citizens worked their way free of their dome, discovering a long-hidden access tunnel that led to the outside. In doing so, they found that the Wilderness was not as immediately deadly as had been thought, and that in fact the passage they had come through was easily visible from the outside. Filled with a thirst for adventure and a longing to discover what mysteries could be found in the Wilderness, the Wildelings struck out into the uncharted wastes.

For many years, their explorations yielded much knowledge of the plants and creatures that had come to live in the Wilderness, but no trace of any other human life. Eventually, however, a team of adventurers, aiming to use their recently domesticated horses to follow the edge of the great sea to the north-west and explore further than ever before, came upon an object in the distance that looked much like Wildekein from the outside. Upon closer inspection, however, it turned out to be a second dome: Muruvia. Discovering it had an outer entrance much like their own, they pried it open, finding it partly dilapidated from disuse, and made their way into the bustling metropolis. It was truly unlike anything they had been prepared for, but their strange attire and accompanying creatures brought them much attention quickly.

The Muruvians, upon discovering the outside world, were quick to capitalise on it. Together with the Wildelings, further expeditions were launched, and within a few short years, eight domes in total had been located along the coast of the sea: Cross, Citadell, Sophostos, Haven, Wildekein, Muruvia, Kallipolis and Ravissem. Some were more eager to cooperate with their new-found neighbours than others, but all were taken aback as one-by-one they were prised open from the outside, and introduced to the reality of their situation.”
- Marta Angliss, Historian, Sophostos

Common Facts and Features

Since discovering each other, the different societies have noticed various similarities in their domed habitats, both from the inside that they have always known, as well as with the now-visible outside.

Structure

The domes seem to have been constructed during the era of The World That Was, presumably as protection against the possibility of world-ending disaster. As such, the technologies they employ are far more advanced than what is presently available, and the science they use is barely understood. Of particular note in this regard is the spectacularly resilient material from which the domes are constructed - mostly transparent, and presumably strong enough to survive the Apocalypse intact, it is shaped into immense hemispheres of about 6km diameter, which form the domes. Initial indications from those domes that have attempted mining within their borders are that the dome walls may in fact extend deep underground as well, but no mining operations have yet been extensive enough to confirm the precise nature of any underground structure.

From the outside, an exit tunnel is visible on each dome. The inside access seemed to have been variably hidden or destroyed long ago within each dome, making escape impossible until the Wildelings discovered otherwise. Now that they are known of, these passages provide access both to the Wilderness and the Inter-Dome Railway Stations, although different societies have different attitudes to their people's access to these.

Infrastructure

It also appears that each dome had some simple buildings originally built in, providing basic accommodation and such. These can be distinguished from constructions of the inhabitants by their structural design and the materials used, as they are far beyond the what is available today. As such many of the large buildings in domes tend to be the older ones. The main exception to this is Cross, where little trace of these old buildings can be found - they seem to have been variably replaced or subsumed into the newer architecture.

Life Support

In keeping with the theory that the domes were built specifically as shelters, there seem to be a number of technologies of the Old World designed to keep the inhabitants alive. Again, their precise function is unknown, but systems noted include electricity generation systems, air filters, and flowing water supply systems. Around the outer sections of the dome, pressed up against the walls, are greenhouses to assist in food production.

Society

Comparison of the various domes shows their societies to vary drastically, although it is noted that each seem to have divided their populations into various ranks based on certain criteria. The degree to which these ranks are seen as equal or not, and what they think of one another, differs a lot by the dome in question.

1) Or was it smaller? The tales are quite vague and contradictory…
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