A preview to the city journal:
In the 1930s Marais was a prospectful village with a mediterranian climate. A photo was taken from the air:
The lighthouse was a famous icon to the village and rested on its own island. Around the city were expanses of farmland, besides that the industry sector generated most jobs, the export being taken via seaport.
After that the village began to grow rapidly into the 21st centuary. A highway was constructed to the west of the city and many large buildings began to appear. The river Marias was bridged three times and a small airport appeared just outisde the city centre. It was prospectful and the future was looking bright. Marais began to look towards the future and new, more grand buildings began to appear. But in the year 2031 that was all to change...
Wars over resources began to flare across the globe and deadly weapons were launched from struggling nations hungry for earths remaining natrual resources. It was then Marais took a direct hit from a new technology.
Bombs with a deadly potency stuck, causing vast craters and scars to appear on the landscape. But that was the least of the problems the city faced.
For in these weapons was a deadly payload. A genetically engineered disease that killed millions. The entire city of Marais was locked down and a quarantine was set around it. Panc and riots were rife as the dead lay everywhere. Connecion with the ouside world is gone.
Even though the wars are over, 16 years on the damage to the city is irreversible. A lone plane flies over taking an ariel shot, the first picture taken of Marias from the outside for 16 years. Although blurry, it shows just how much has changed.
Next time: photos from the ground and introductions to some of the peoples, places and faction from within the lockdown city!