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404EVER: THE SAGA OF THE AUTO-SAVIOUR Story and Art by Lordess Foudre
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The fallen, ancient subterranean civilization where our story takes place. It’s primarily made up of 6 Epocholiths, which are stalactite super-structures stretching down towards the core of the planet. Recently, a mysterious area called The GOGG Republic has revealed itself, growing like a small tumor beneath Epocholith 6. The city’s environments are constructed out of an autonomous synthetic material known as ‘Bio-Techtite’, and as far as anyone can tell, the city’s been procedurally generating itself for thousands of years. To help guide the process, sentient relics known as Polycoms take an active role. They silently maintain life support systems, nutrient and water supplies, Spawn Points, community guidelines; everything. Though, despite their best (and utterly ruthless) efforts, Geo-City One is dying. Environment errors, the Fragmentation genetic malfunction, violence and self-deletion are the primary cause of the decay. Currently, Geo-City One’s active user population has fallen to 17%, leaving most of its massive levels empty. With very little reason to travel, users will typically scroll and die within a hundred kiloblocks of where they spawned. And since most private sites are password protected, many users just create makeshift homes in the Public Access Zone. The few open domains tend to be membership-only chat clubs, and are savagely moderated by gangs and raiding parties.