Operation Ragnarok - GURPS Hardpoint
Neon CityNeon City is a relatively new urban sprawl that grew from several smaller cities situatedaround a oil-polluted bay somewhere in Siberia. Neon City has several corporate-fundedarcologies attracted by low taxes and lax law enforcement. Due to its location at a major tradehub, the inhabitants of Neon City are a mixture of all races and ideologies, an often lethalamalgamation.Alpha WardAlpha Ward is home to the incredibly rich, a dome of hyperdiamond, filled with beautifulparks and scattered villas. Little is known about this part of Neon City, as the filthy rich lovetheir privacy.Asia TownAsia Town is a turbluent collections of old industrial buildings, crooked habitations raisedusing flawed nanotech, and cheap huts of cardborad and super-epoxide. Glittering with lights,Asia Town offers everything that is legal and most that is illegal. While not patrolled by anypolice force, the Triads keep the peace in their own style. Asia Town is a good place to hidefrom the high-ups of the main city, which is only reachable by the Zugarev-Bridge, also calledRainbow Bridge due to the effect of light on its hyperdiamond cables.BlackhillBlackhill is in some ways a twisted parody of Alpha Ward. One of the first domes of NeonCity, Blackhill is the former home of many of Alpha Wards inhabitants, who were distressedby some construction faults. Today the dome is patched in many places and most of the plantsare either withered due to the cold or covered with mold were the automatic gardeningsystems ran amok. Today Blackhill is home to squatters, most of which are political ortechnological extremists, who like the remote nature of Blackhill to pursue their variousgoals.Bright Hill ("Bright Hell")Affectionately known as Bright Hell by its inhabitants, this part of Neon City is home to thepoor but still employed, who toil in the factories of Lower Wells and live in poorly heatedappartments, protected by the draconian Arasaka patrols.Jotun TownThis part of Neon City is dominated mainly by gangs of Stero-Giants. When not fightingamongst themselves, these callous streetfighters raid neighboring Asia Town to finance theirdesire for biotechnical modifications. The two dominant gangs currently are the Blizzards and
the Flames. Jotun Town is also home to many small biotech shops, making it a cold placeeven in summer.Lower WellsLower Wells is home to many of the factories of Neon City. While generally safe andwell-protected, there are always accidents involving runaway nanotech, toxic spills, or worse.Overall, Lower Wells is of little interest, even to those who work here.MidtownMidtown lies on the other side of Zugarev-Bridge and is dominated by the arcologies of therich. Most dominant is the Tobubashi Pyramid owned and guarded by Arasaka. The YgdrasilTower is currently under construction, and will eventually dwarf Tobubashi when finished.Nifhamov TunnelsThe different parts of the city are connected by a tunnel system designed by GregoriNifhamov. Unheated, most of these tunnels serve as weather-independent highways orcontain maglev tracks. However, there are rumours of hidden dwellings within these tunnelsand a rich folklore surrounds them.Vanity CityVanity City is home to fashion and entertainment industry of Neon City. Here, all but thefilthy rich and the deperately poor mingle and enjoy virtual reality shows, customized drugs,or watching combat sports.The Inhabitants• Cortical Flagellants comprise several sects of various origins that advocate the constantstimulation of pain receptors to gain deeper insights into the universe. While harmless toothers, these cults are usually regarded with disdain. The most prominent cults are theChurch of Judas Martyr and the Order of the Yellow Monks.• Modder Kids are part of a youth movement that glorifies illegal activity in cyberspaceand contempt for the physical world. Many Modder Kids organize in gangs or followsome extreme ideology such as Communist-Catholicism or Tantric Sadism.• Post-Hedonists come from all parts of society and believe that moral superiority can onlybe achieved by pharmaceutically induced satisfaction. Most followers of this philosophyhave implants administering hormones to ensure constant satisfaction and to avoidemotional extremes. An extreme faction, the Bombs of Joy, use hormonally-chargedbio-grenades to show innocent bystanders the joys of their dogma.• Sterogiants are humans who have received growth hormons from an early age on and canreach a height of about 2.5 meters. Originally intended to be the core of a new team ofsupersoldiers, public outrage led to an early abandonment of the project. Today, mostSterogiants live in Jotun Town and are part of the criminal underground.• Ultragoths are usually lower class teenagers who are obsessed with death. Usingdangerous and illegal simstim recordings of torture and death, these gang members have atendence towards insanity. Many sport body modifcations that make them look likevampires or zombies.