"Rise from the ground and be our salvation."
- Gary Numan
Inspired by Laureli Slaughter; Created & Written by William B. Steward; Designs by William B. Steward.
Welcome to the world of Gene-Nation!. Nothing is left of the modern society that you take for granted these days. On September 11, 2001, This reality was turned into chaos and death when a group of terrorists chose to unleash biological weapons and home made nuculear bombs on the world population. It was an attack that laid waste to the majority of the large cities and nearly wiped out most of the major population centers within a period of twenty-four hours. Of course most of the governments had emergency plans in place in case such horrible events would occur but only those lucky enough to be near fallout shelters and bomb bunkers built for this kind of event. Once the vaults were locked everything went silent for nearly ten years. No communication was available so nature went on and adapted to the abandoned wastelands left outside.
The domed cities of the Age Of Atlas were the first signs that humanity has returned from the vaults. These protected cities were forged from the blood and sweat of scientists and engineers who wanted to make sure that the survivors had a chance to rebuild from the foundations of the old world. It was not long before they realized just how critical these domes would be when mutants and monsters of horrible desriptions started to appear along the energy walls looking for way in. It had appeared that humans were no longer at the top of the food chain since their brief period of hybernation. There was much hungrier things outside in the wastelands and nobody had thought about how long they would last without an army or even livestock to provide a food source. The survivors also discovered during their time within the shelters after being exposed to the biological poisons from the attack had left everyone sterile and unable to produce another generation beyond their own. It would be left up to the scientists once again to find a resoultion to this problem with limited resources.
It wouldn't be for another ten years that a babies cry could be heard but finally there was hope when an experiment mixing genetic material of cloned animals with the corrupted survivor genome resulted in a successful birth. This miracle of science finally gave survivors the hope they needed to start over and finally put the horrible effects of the attack behind them. It was a baby boom unlike any other when the need for repopulation became a high priority. It was not very long before the streets were full of children and the nurseries were filled with newborns. Human kind was finally moving into a new age and the outside threats beyond the domes protection were no longer a worry to anyone. The ruins of the old cities were torn down while all new towers of steel and glass were rising from the rubble of an old life long forgotten.
The first few births of generation two sent everyone into a panic when something unexpected started occuring. These new babies were being born in much larger numbers and started to have wild mutations which appeared to be coming from the dorment animal genetics from the original cloning material. The really shocking surprise from "Gen2" was the highly accerlated growth cycle which quickly took a newborn into it's childhood and then teenager years and then finally young adulthood within a period of a few years. It was a very huge bonus for the scientists looking for a way to grow healthy cloned organs for medical reasons within a very compressed period of time. However it was not such a very good thing when those young adults of Gen2 started having babies of their very own. The animal traits became even more prominent among certain children as they grew older and the more pure human population started to treat them as flawed or second class citizens.
The period known as the Age Of Astraea would become a time of divison among the population of the domed cities; leaving the pure humans to move into the steel towers while leaving the rest of the genetically flawed offspring living in the ruins of old buildings and in slum like conditions. With food becoming more scarce with the rising level of population and the need for establishing a network among the other domed cities to restore a new world order, The Pure Society creates a military police to start establishing a convoy system through the wastelands and find other sources of food. Meanwhile, The "Hybrids" find a network of tunnels and caves under the protective dome which allows them to explore beyond the city.
The Pure Convoy follows a series of supply rumors to a huge ranch just beyond the overgrown forests in the wastelands. This place belongs to the Slaughter family, A rather eccentric clan of females who found themselves a growing business in supplying meats and dairy into the black market. After several meetings they strike a deal for supplying the Domes with their marketplace in return for sending volunteers and winners of a lottery system to provide workers to the ranch. The Hybrids found the lottery system as a salvation from their horrible living conditions and for several years were happy to follow the system blindly. It wasn't until a group of young hyrid teens decided to raid one of the markets within the Towers that they discovered it was selling meat, organs, milk, and brainwashed slaves to the privileged pure citizens who could afford them.