Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Flats and Mirrors of Dark Orbital

There are four slice-of-pie shaped areas between the spokes of the old wheel. These are called flats. They were one open to space, but are now enclosed with a floor and ceiling, each equipped with A-grav plates. There are buildings on the floor of each flat, and buildings on the ceiling, and people live on both. The A-grav fades out at a 40 meter wide area in between without gravity called the Dead Zone. It is possible to stand on the roof of a building, jump up into the Dead Zone, coast through the Dead Zone, turn around, and land on the roof of a building on the ceiling.

Some people like to fly in the Dead Zone, using cloth wings. The living areas on the ceilings of the flats are called mirrors. Each flat is named, Tors Flats, Spinner Flats, London Flats, and Alkali Flats. Mirror Alkali is the ceiling of Alkali Flats.

The poor live in the flats. The flats are wild, and unpoliced for the most part, and when police come in, they don’t hesitate to use deadly force. Commerce flourishes in the flats, there are several markets in each flat, and everything belongs to somebody. The trash bins, for instance, belong to the Spotted Pack, a family or clan of uplifted hyenas. Everything broken is recycled, fixed, and resold, and the Spotted Pack gets it’s share of the proceeds. Spoiled food never goes to waste. Hyenas can digest virtually anything.

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