Alrighty, with me, EChatty, Nikki (who agreed by PM) and Brit, that's enough to green light the rp so.... here we go. Sit back, get a cup of coffee and prepare to read!
So some background then. The nuclear war started about 100-150 years from "present day" making it during 2100-2150 and during this time nuclear fusion has been discovered and perfected with reactors built that supplied most of the world’s energy needs. Efforts were still being made to improve environmental conditions and parts of the world were still in third world status.
All levels of technology were more advanced than “present day” including medical, science, genetic engineering and robotics although just how advanced is unknown by our characters. It might be known to some of the characters in the game that in the events leading up to the nuclear war there was a “cold war” as such between the major nations and that is presumed to be the cause of the war.
The War and it’s aftermath:
And then the war came. Nobody now knows how it started or why, they only know the results. A war that lasted only hours and ended up wiping out all civilisation on the surface on a global level. In the US, where this game is based most of the major cities were targeted and this includes New York where it is set. What is left of these cities is either the decayed remains of buildings or piles of rubble where they used to be. For the first few decades after the war, the world was gripped by a nuclear winter caused by the smoke and destruction of so many cities, but in time the weather gradually cleared the skies and what remained of life was able to start developing again. During those decades the world was barely livable and the remains of life that survived the initial blasts and high levels of radiation around the world struggled to survive. After the nuclear winter plants and animals started growing again. Over the next century or so the radiation levels began to drop to “safe” levels again.
The bombed cities were the most contaminated by radiation and were unapproachable for many, many years. The outerlying areas in the country weren’t so badly contaminated with radiation although winds, rain and general fallout spread the radiation across the entire planet. Mutations amongst surviving plants, animals and surface humans who managed to survive both the blasts, the nuclear winter and the radiation fallout over the years, is rampant. In humans this has lead to the formation of several subspecies of people. On the surface there are humans that are still recognisable as such but altered with varying degrees of mutation from those that are almost indistinguishable from ‘pure’ humans to those that are heavily mutated with strange and unusual powers or small physical alterations such as claws or horns or tails. But there are groups of humans that are different ‘races’ and will be described later, and have been specifically adapted to their environment such as mountains, swamps, forests or even oceans.
The ‘current day’ and settings for the game.
The game is set roughly 200-250 years after the nuclear war, in what was once known as the state of New York. It is still called as such but nobody remembers why or what it means, few of our characters will even know about the states. Nobody really knows how long it’s been since the war with a few special exceptions. The first few arcs at least will take place in the forests, mountains and lakes of the state of New York beyond the city limits. It’s mostly wild countryside. Radiation is still an issue and there are contaminated ‘hot spots’ that people try to avoid going into. Humans are relatively common, although settlements where people have taken up living to do agriculture and farming is still quite rare. And for good reason as there is no law and order and no real attempts at civilisation, any settlement that is constructed has to be heavily fortified with fences, barricades and guards to protect the people and resources within from raiders, slavers or “super mutants.”
The big old world cities like New York, Washington, Miami, ect were bombed during the nuclear war and it is in these places that radiation levels are still dangerously high. Although it’s possible to live in these places for short periods of time without many ill effects or longer amounts if you’re mutated or resistant to radiation, or have the ultra-rare anti-radiation medicines, they’re not places that most sane people would venture. Despite the fact the old cities do contain relics of the old world that may still function since it’s only been during the last 5-15 years the radiation levels have dropped enough to allow people to even approach the cities, they are overrun by ghouls and other types of feral, heavily mutated and very dangerous creatures that could scarcely be called human. In addition to that, there are always raiders or slavers in the city daring to try and scavenge the relics that might be there.