The year is 2030.
You’ve just gotten off a plane and stepped into an international airport the size of a small city, and are greeted by men in suits. “Mr. Black,” they say, “Our employer sends his regards, but regrets he is not able to meet you in person.” They hand you a bulletproof briefcase with your target’s information inside of it, a debt card and a fake I.D. for a large corporation’s nearby headquarters. One week later, your bank account numbers 7 digits and a corporate executive is found dead in her office.
You step off a battered refugee boat and onto dry land for the first time in several days, covered in the stench of other men and women and looking forward to a hot meal. You’re immediately accosted by an immigration officer, and you don’t have the right papers. You’re shoved into a line for immediate deportation before you know what has happened. Climbing a fence, you make your way into the slums. By that evening you’ve killed two men, found a warm bed, a hot meal, and already miss your home country.
A bus rolls away from you in a cloud of dust, unable to take you into the city any further because of traffic concerns. In front of you tower dozens of skyscrapers, their height immeasurable above the clouds. In your hands you have 2 suitcases and the address of your new, privately contracted urban home. By the end of the month you’ve been accused of espionage, an unrecognizable body is found in the trunk of your car, and you ran from your home when a pair of men in black suits and sunglasses arrived at your door.
Welcome to Hades City.
Hades City is a supermodern (near future) roleplay set in the fictional city of Hades. Constructed on the East Coast of the US in the midst of a fictional worldwide financial crisis, a lack of regulation and unparalleled scientific exploration and exploitation means you’ll find cybernetic enhancement centers and refugee camps only a few blocks away from one another. A carefully maintained public image paints Hades as a beacon of progress in a world falling apart. The rest of the world views it as a city of opportunity - one of the last. But beneath it’s shining surface, Hades harbors dark secrets. The streets are patrolled by thriving criminal gangs that command as much power as the city police force - which, in itself, is paramount to a small military. Corporate espionage is commonplace, making the front page of the news every month.
Throughout the roleplay, your characters will take sides on a wide range of issues, the majority of which will be centered on conflict between the government of the city and it’s corruption, the private sector and it’s interests, and the half dozen major criminal organizations that have their hands in everything from weapons smuggling to human trafficking.
The opening story will be centered around the annual mayoral and city council election, each electorate representing a different party and different interests. The outcome of it will affect the entire city for years to come. Your character, depending on their role in the city, could participate in anything from a criminal campaign to support one candidate, to ensuring the safety and security of another. Though the characters may not meet immediately, their paths will intersect throughout the story.
The pace is set at one scene a week, not because I wouldn’t like to go faster, but simply because I’m realistic. I’ve rarely seen a roleplay on here go much faster than that.
I’m looking for a wide range of characters from all walks of life (between 4-7 different writers total), and enjoy it when people develop the story of the world - everything from presidential assassinations to African wars is fair game, when you’re writing your character. I’ll provide a large selection of Nature cards and a few subplots in an attempt to help initially fill out the world and give you ideas for your character, but whether you use them or not is up to you.
Hosted and narrated by:
Daniel Zimmerman (Prometheus)
Scenes played: 2
License: Community License