Under the Shadow's Edge
“When this place was first founded, there were these settlers and Native Americans working together. Settler’s were gonna name this place, I don’t remember the name, but it meant “stinky mud flats”, and they had planned to put it on the other side of Elliot Bay. Stupid guys. We wouldn’tve been anything without the Chief. But that’s ancient history. Now we’ve got nightclubs, the biggest AA’s…anything anyone could possibly want. It’s perfect."
Head of the City Council
The world a very different place from what it used to be sixty years ago. Ever since the early 2000’s, magic, for some strange reason, began to work its way back into the world. There are Orks, Elves, Trolls, Dwarves, and, of course, Humans. Man, machine, and magic exist in a world where the amazing is among the most common and technology has entered into every facet of human (and metahuman) life.
But before such a fantastical world could take root, it had to be destroyed first, by humanity’s own hand. Catastrophe after catastrophe occurred, until the governments of the world were broken and terrified of what to do at the crumbling mess before them. The world had to rebuild, and rebuild they did, this time in the image of the Mega-Corporations that seized power. Taking advantage of the laws that had been passed years ago, and using their new found freedom, the Mega-corps began impressing their power on the failing governments. Before long the world was transformed. Boundaries were redrawn, and the political landscape was changed forever. There are varying degrees of Corporations (also known as Mega-Corps, or Corps). AAA being the highest and A being the lowest, even though all of these ranks are quite high on the power scale.
And since modern civilization was on the rebuild, technology went along with it. A world net program was developed called The Matrix. Ever since the late 2060’s it became wireless, and can be accessed through cybernetic implants, or even low-tech devices. Because of the sheer plethora of all these devices, a PAN Personal Aera Network has developed, meaning that The Matrix is always accessible.
So we just covered magic and technology in this sprawling metropolis. Still with me?
Mega-Corps are bickering with each other constantly. Always trying to cover some stupid mistake up, always trying to get ahead. So who does all of these Mega-Corps dirty work?
There’s a lovely little niche market for people like that called the Runners. They’re hired specifically for that purpose. They can sometimes act as a secret courier service, or even hired to take out other heads of Mega-Corps. These jobs are usually found by Fixers, agents, if you will, that post jobs to Runners. Once the Runner accepts the job, they will be put into contact with a Mega-Corps representitive, whom is always called Mr. Johnson for reputational purposes. Sometimes Runners go solo, but it can be rough out there, and teams are usually formed, sometimes even on the fly. We always like to hear stories about Runners succeeding, but that isn’t always the case. Things get complicated, messy (like working for different Mr. Johnsons, even), and some Runners are never heard from again.
It’s all up to you, kiddo. Welcome to the jungle.