The Gatecrashers https://www.thegatecrashers.com a near-future sci-fi universe and comic series Fri, 21 Dec 2018 21:09:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.2 49390358 Slick [glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/glossary-slick/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:31:10 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=11877 Slick is used a number of ways in Palomar City. It is primarily slang for any nefarious activity that involves transporting illegal goods. The term first cropped up as the very first gates fell to indie districts and it took a very ‘Slick person‘ or ‘Slick Customer‘ to get goods in and out of the City Districts into the Indie Districts singulair cost. With the rise of Wetwork, and the lack of raw bio-material in the independent districts, couriers whose sole job was to run raw material became know as Slicks, or they were Slicking or Running Slick. example: “You think you can make enough on this slick to pay your […]

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Slick is used a number of ways in Palomar City. It is primarily slang for any nefarious activity that involves transporting illegal goods. The term first cropped up as the very first gates fell to indie districts and it took a very ‘Slick person‘ or ‘Slick Customer‘ to get goods in and out of the City Districts into the Indie Districts singulair cost.

With the rise of Wetwork, and the lack of raw bio-material in the independent districts, couriers whose sole job was to run raw material became know as Slicks, or they were Slicking or Running Slick.

example: “You think you can make enough on this slick to pay your debt.”

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Paying Mr. Kan https://www.thegatecrashers.com/paying-mr-kan/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:40:55 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=1243 Mr. Kan looks up with his usual startled expression and impatiently thrusts his hand out for the payment. Mr. Kan’s hands and face are covered entirely in what appears to be very high-end synthetic lizard-skin. The pads on his fingers and palm of his hands are slightly worn and beginning to fray

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The city vanished in a brief moment of urban silence, waiting for an answer. “What if I didn’t go to work today?” Hex thought to herself, her eyes pressed shut yearning for five more minutes of sleep. Her alarm shattered the silence and the world flooded back in – the staccato clatter of the elevated subway track from two blocks over. Somewhere on the street, a few short stories below, a slap-fight argument was escalating. 18:00

She thought the shower would help, but it wasn’t cutting through, just wasting time. She had to make a payment before work. Hex stared at that water running down the drain. She knew that her separator/recycler was broken, if she told the management they’d charge her to repair it and probably kick her out when it was finished. If she told the District Office, they’d fine the management. Either way she’d be out of a good deuce flat that took her eight months to find. This apartment is a ghetto palace compared to her last one, a ‘half’ in the Stacy Houses – she couldn’t get out of that one fast enough.

Two messages on the screen, Melita and Stahl, but the screen’s been broken since she moved in, 10 months and counting. Incoming resolve but no outgoing net connection. She’ll have to check from the street, she hasn’t paid for her mobile and she can’t use the Ganesa account, Rada’s boys re-screen all traffic. It might take a month to catch up with her, but it’s not worth her wrath.

She’s counted it a dozens times this week already, she practically knows each bill on sight, and which Drop it came from. She’s done the math time and again. She needs five good drops a night, every night, to make her week. More and she can inch ahead. Hex pulls a dark-blue pharmaceutical plastic tote from between a stack of dilapidated unpacked moving boxes. Its ancient crushed form held strong in the rigor mortis of old cheap plastic. She pries the zipper back and extracts a tattered and dirty white-paper envelope, the old kind – like you find in junk shops on Columbia Street, the ones that cater to the chic fascination with early century ephemera. Inside is small stack of paper bills, she counts them again habitually, with the speed and precision of a street dealer. Hex peels off one lonely specimen and carefully returns it to the envelope, stuffs the envelope back in the bag and then she’s out the door – shoving the big stack of bills in the pocket of her sleeveless utility jacket.

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The low evening sun paints an orange crown across the tall buildings and casts long deep shadows into the valleys of the streets. The fastest way across town is going to be on foot, Hex will have to hustle to get from Ruffo’s to dispatch for shift change. She can’t tell if it’s just because it’s home, but she feels like District 11 is the most ‘normal’ district in Palomar City. The shops are busy, people walk with a purpose, there are sidewalk cafes filled with students, old men play dominoes on crates and old card tables, packs of kids run through the streets and alleys laughing, screaming and playing football. There are stores for absolutely everything, from PIM-stalls and wetware to some of the most expensive clothing shops in the city – though Hex can never imagine paying that kind of money for clothes. Even when she was a courier and it was her job for people to know who she was, she chose simple over flash every time.

In the eighteen months since Hex borrowed the money from Ruffo, he has moved his collections office four times. The current office is in the kitchen in the back of a massive banquet hall. Judging from the menu taped to the inside of the service door, the entire staff is Korean. Maybe Mr. Kan is Korean. Mr. Kan is Ruffo’s money man and he is always camped out in a small office, in the back of some business or another, buried under piles of paperwork and folders, sweat dripping off his brow and he always seems surprised to see Hex. Today is no different.

Hex makes her way through the bustling kitchen, a waiter in a tuxedo waves her toward the back, no one questions her presence however out of place she looks. Hex is a beautiful twenty-five year-old with no visible Wetwork, wearing her usual uniform of gray cargo pants and a sleeveless black-utility jacket over a crisp white tank-top with a big red Gatecrasher logo emblazoned on the chest. The kitchen feels like a busy subway station, every person focused on their own world, heads down hustling through the maze of steaming tables and clattering pots, pans and fire. The restaurant must be on an upper floor, because Hex has never seen it.

Hex swipes a egg-custard tart from among the hundreds lined up across a long prep-table. An eighteen year-old kitchen worker’s face screws-up in contempt, Hex shrugs him off. She was hoping for a nice sweet treat, it’s a bland soggy mess, she looks around for somewhere to ditch it and settles for a passing bus bin in the hands of another pimply youth.

Mr. Kan looks up with his usual startled expression and impatiently thrusts his hand out for the payment. Mr. Kan’s hands and face are covered entirely in what appears to be very high-end synthetic lizard-skin. The pads on his fingers and palm of his hands are slightly worn and beginning to fray. Pearlescent bumps and ridges around his knuckles and joints catch the unfiltered fluorescent light and swim with rainbow reflections. His skin-job must have been pretty high-end when he got it, but he hasn’t had it replaced in years. It’s hard to tell if it’s money or apathy that’s holding him back. “Two payments?” he barks in broken english.

“Yes, two payments, sorry I’m late.”

Hex puts the stack of paper dollars in his hand, which he rifles with preternatural speed and tucks into a bulging old accordion office-file, filled with other payments paper-clipped in bundles. Despite the silky-smooth synthetic-skin, Mr. Kan’s eyes look ancient and watery. He blinks a few times before turning back to his work.

Without looking back up he barks, “Next time, don’t be late.”

 


© 2017 Zachary Mortensen | 001.003.01 “Paying Mr. Kan”
The Gatecrashers Series 01

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Wetwork [glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/wetwork-2/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:04:32 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=809 WETWORK: elective, reconstructive surgery, some of which stretch the imagination to its limits. See More in Wetwork

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WETWORK:

elective, reconstructive surgery, some of which stretch the imagination to its limits. See More in Wetwork

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Sled [glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/sled/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=802 SLED : Ambulance known on the streets as sleds, ambulances are rented for twelve-hour shifts by a two-man freelance crew called Gatecrashers. The Ambulances are owned by private Dispatch Garages.

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SLED

: Ambulance known on the streets as sleds, ambulances are rented for twelve-hour shifts by a two-man freelance crew called Gatecrashers. The Ambulances are owned by private Dispatch Garages.

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Drop [glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/drop/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:57:59 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=799 DROP Gatecrasher colloquialism; A ‘Drop’ is a term to describe each patient taken to the hospital – alive or dead. They are DROPPED at the Hospital Intake and exchanged for a cash payment.

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DROP

Gatecrasher colloquialism; A ‘Drop’ is a term to describe each patient taken to the hospital – alive or dead. They are DROPPED at the Hospital Intake and exchanged for a cash payment.

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D08 Committee https://www.thegatecrashers.com/d08-committe/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:59:32 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=1592 D08 Committee: The governing body of Independent <a title=”District 08″ href=”http://thegatecrashers Learn More.com/world/districts/district-08/”>District 08. The Committee is made up of nine locally elected district leaders. They are not paid for their service, they are influential local business people and active members of the community.

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D08 Committee: The governing body of Independent <a title=”District 08″ href=”http://thegatecrashers Learn More.com/world/districts/district-08/”>District 08. The Committee is made up of nine locally elected district leaders. They are not paid for their service, they are influential local business people and active members of the community.

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Wetware [glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/wetware-glossary-2/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:22:29 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=1548 Wetware: The raw material for building body modifications. [see Wetwork] Example: Rack grown muscle is wetware. When it is layered in straps and fused to existing muscles it becomes the Wetwork called Straps.

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Wetware: The raw material for building body modifications. [see Wetwork]
Example:

Rack grown muscle is wetware. When it is layered in straps and fused to existing muscles it becomes the Wetwork called Straps.

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The Culture Clashes [Glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/the-culture-clashes/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:16:03 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=1397 Throughout the 1990’s, spurred on by the massive influx of new immigrants, tensions mount between the overlapping cultures and growing disparity between income and social status of neighbors from one side of the street to the next. As more power shits to local leaders, and communities demand more autonomy, the various cultures forced into ever smaller and more confined neighborhoods begin to clash in district standoffs, general violence and unrest. District 10 is the epicenter of the conflict at the height of the Culture Clashes. District 05 cordoned off the most exclusive properties and neighborhoods in the city. The affluent residents hired private security to patrol the Gates in response to the […]

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Throughout the 1990’s, spurred on by the massive influx of new immigrants, tensions mount between the overlapping cultures and growing disparity between income and social status of neighbors from one side of the street to the next. As more power shits to local leaders, and communities demand more autonomy, the various cultures forced into ever smaller and more confined neighborhoods begin to clash in district standoffs, general violence and unrest. District 10 is the epicenter of the conflict at the height of the Culture Clashes. District 05 cordoned off the most exclusive properties and neighborhoods in the city. The affluent residents hired private security to patrol the Gates in response to the ‘Low Districts’ overpowering the city and taking control of the Gates for nefarious purposes. Over time STRC Force made District 05 their home base and HQ. The gates in and out of District 05 are the most heavily fortified and unlike some of the outlying abandoned gates, District 05 Gates are manned by armed STRC Patrols 24 hours a day.

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Population Wave [Glossary] https://www.thegatecrashers.com/population-wav-glossary/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:08:57 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=1395 As international politics roil, a massive influx of immigrants from Eastern Asia, particularly China and Korea flow into Palomar City. This spawns the greatest population expansion in 100 years. Later known as the Population Wave click resources. Because of the confining nature of the districts, due to the Gates, the arriving immigrants cluster around cultural diaspora which creats insular communities.

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As international politics roil, a massive influx of immigrants from Eastern Asia, particularly China and Korea flow into Palomar City. This spawns the greatest population expansion in 100 years. Later known as the Population Wave click resources.

Because of the confining nature of the districts, due to the Gates, the arriving immigrants cluster around cultural diaspora which creats insular communities.

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Modern Polaxis https://www.thegatecrashers.com/modern-polaxis/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:15:32 +0000 http://www.thegatecrashers.com/?p=11568 Modern Polaxis is an augmented reality comic book by Sutu (the artist behind the awesome look of the Gatecrashers!). You can read more about Modern Polaxis at his website, www.ModernPolaxis over here.com    

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Modern Polaxis is an augmented reality comic book by Sutu (the artist behind the awesome look of the Gatecrashers!). You can read more about Modern Polaxis at his website, www.ModernPolaxis over here.com

 

 

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