Earth, 476 A.H.E.F. (After Human Empire Foundation): The Future?
The world of Etrom is the planet Earth projected into the future and a
dimension parallel to ours. Born from mysticevents,thisworldis
dark, wrapped in deserts with the populationhuddlingintoenormous
Megacities. Protected and trapped by the cities' outerwalls,herded
into class systems by the walls inside, the people of this Earthlook
up to a sky occluded by barriersofchromaticenergy.Timestands
still, history forgotten in the minds of men, and the futurelostin
the thick, deadly fogs outside the city walls...
Inside the chrome and concrete barriers,humanitylivespiledupon
itself, 20-30 million souls crammed into 100km. Sector boundariesare
marked by huge walls guarded by soldiers who guaranteethepowerof
the privileged and crush the will of the rest. The masses are resigned
to a grey, unending existence, where there is no escape, there is only
survival. While there aremanydifferencesamongthe4states-
freedom of thought, expression, material and spiritual wealth -there
is little difference in the attitude of the rich and powerfultowards
the less fortunate.
In all the states, a shortage of resources in the Chromaminesmeans
state's target, for every Megacity, is a birth rate of0,anewborn
child for each death. All individuals in excess of this are officially
terminated, for those who escape, they become outlawed by their birth,
deprived of any rights - they are the 'Unborn'.
In all the states it is forbidden to leave the Megacity where youare
born with the only exceptions being the privileged classes,thearmy
and individuals with special passports. In allthestates,ineach
Megacity merely traveling from one city block to another requiresyou
to obtain government passes usually handed onlyouttothehighest
In all the states, society is controlled by thesecretservicesand
the police who areoverseenbythesmallpowerfulrulingclass.
invisible, every individual is monitored. Any suspect actionsuchas
going to the library is flagged and the person reportedandchecked.
dangerous and the thinker prosecuted.
Outside the Megacity, within the boundaries of the 4 states, thereis
only an immense desert devastated by 6 months oftorridheatand6
months of glacial winter.
These lands are called the 'Dying Deserts' and whoeverventuresinto
them without a Chromatic mask (respirator), is struckdownwiththe
Beyond the dying deserts and the columns of the main barrier,outside
the boundaries of the 4 states, lie the mysteriousVoidLandswhere
it is absolutely forbidden to venture and where, according to official
governmental sources, you can die from the Dark Diseaseevenwitha