|The Crux: A bastion of what passes for civilization on a dying world. One forgotten even by its gods. It is a refuge for scoundrels, traitors, bandits and liars. Adventuresses (to use the polite term) and Bounty Hunters ply their trades under full sanction of what passes for Law. Pirates dig up half-working pieces of Beforetech to earn pay from the Shadowy Council of the Ten, whose identities remain unknown even to each other. |
Here Pheobe Hanako makes her living by cards when she's lucky, And on her back when she's not. One night at the table, she rakes in the win she thinks will buy her the good life. She is about to be disillusioned.
Quique De Soto is a Hunter, who earns fame and security (such as it is in the Crux) by his widow-makers. He refuses to let anyone get near him. He is about to be compromised.
Duma is a Witthered, one of a race of mutated creatures, He is barely able to pass for human. The ravages of the Waste have eaten more than his flesh. The only refuge he has in the Crux is among Pirates. He is about to desert.
When these three meet, even the gods may look in wonder on the Crux again.