Campaign of the Month: November 2014
Shadowrun - The Rat's Nest
The Plastic Jungles
The Plastic Jungles west of the Rat’s Nest are plastic greenhouses that go on for acres. Inside, you find yourself in the middle of a rainforest, the plants vividly growing inside, pressing against the plastic windows, finding their way even through small cleaves, getting outside – and dying there. It’s hot, humid and there are exotic plants everywhere, from orchids to big trees. But of course people don’t just grow pretty plants here, the Plastic Jungles are a major supplier of fruits and vegetables for the Barrens. The Rat’s Nest has been doing business with them for years.
The people at the Plastic Jungles live mostly in neo-tribal societies and keep to themselves. Metahumans are a very common sight here. The height of the greenhouses is about four to over ten meters, with a couple of huge geodetic domes in the middle. Streets and access-ways find their way between the greenhouses for deliveries and logistics.
While there is a central heating system around the core of the buildings that support the inner housings with hot steam as heating system, some of the structures never were connected to the pipelines that run in service tunnels below floor level under the whole compound. So they need their own, local management. Fuel has to be organized regularly to run the heating, paid by the selling of vegetables and fruit that are grown inside.
The Jungles are frequently targeted by gangs and scavengers, raiding and stealing harvests and food supplies.
Areas at the Plastic Jungles include:
- the hydrogardens, people have specialised in hydroponics there
- Tropical Avenue, where people cultivate mangoes, tapioka, bananas, coconuts, figs and other tropical fruit. Arrack and Lambanóg are popular drinks sold there.
- Desert Valley – the Desert Valley tribe specialised in peyote and other psychoactive cacti
- Sculptworld – an artists’ colony
- Honey Gardens – a lush, flowery area where the Beekeepers live.
- Valley Forge – an unheated area mostly with housing people lacking income to do better, just growing plants that would survive this sort of nearly local climate and a roof over their head
People at the Plastic Jungle: