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Once upon a time…Y2K happened. Because of forgotten code on a secret government weapon the unthinkable became a reality. An electromagnetic pulse, known as The Wave, struck five centers of humanity within the US triggering an electronic apocalypse that wiped out civilization as though someone had hit the delete button. 25 years later North America has been divided into five new regions. Each region contains one epicenter (EC) of The Wave. In EC Epsilon there are six motorcycle clubs that worked out a way to keep what was once San Diego, CA alive. Together they run Epsilon, providing a socioeconomic structure that, while primitive, is effective in a world with a crumbling physical infrastructure.
ATW: See After The Wave
After The Wave: The period of time that began after the wave hit the US on January 1, 2000.
BTW: Before The Wave
The Beasts MC: A motorcycle club that controls a territory of Epsilon stretching from the north central part of what was once downtown San Diego to the north-eastern area bordering on the desert. The Beasts control the production and distribution of all forms of alcohol in Epsilon.
Before The Wave: The period of time before the wave hit the US on January 1, 2000.
Beryllium: As a free element it is a steel-gray, strong, lightweight and brittle alkaline earth metal. Because of its stiffness, light weight and dimensional stability over a wide temperature range, beryllium metal is used for lightweight structural components, and it is non-magnetic.
Collar: Street drug that rendered the user compliant and addicted to the pleasure achieved through sexually induced endorphin overload.
The Devil’s Disciples MC: A motorcycle club that controls the southern-most territory of Epsilon. They control all drugs and medical technology. Also, because of their location, they control access to the international border.
EpiCenter: A location in the United States where the government housed a secret weapon that was set off when forgotten lines of code had not been corrected in preparation for the year 2000. These weapons were stored in five locations around the United States designated by location names Alpha, Bravo, Delta, Epsilon, and Gamma.
EpiCenter Alpha: Located in New York City.
EpiCenter Beta: Located in Chicago.
EpiCenter Delta: Located in Dallas.
EpiCenter Epsilon: Located in San Diego.
EpiCenter Gamma: Located in Seattle.
EpiChip: Monetary unit used in trade in lieu of bartering. The EpiChip’s value is based on the issuing Epicenter’s store of precious metals such as gold, silver, and in the post-Wave world, beryllium.
The High Council: Epsilon’s ruling body. They make up all laws and mete out justice in cross territorial issues or when Epsilonian law has been violated. Each MC leader sits on the council to represent their territories interests. The council votes one among them to act as their leader.
Holo-Book: A book projected as a three dimensional display above the projecting device where the user can reach out and turn the page.
Holo-Vid: A video or movie that is projected as a three dimensional display above the projecting device.
Honor Challenge: A fight between only two people to settle a difference of opinion, insult, or other grievance that calls one party’s honor into question.
The Order of the Roses MC: An all-female motorcycle club that controls a territory of Epsilon embedded in The Beasts territory. They are protected by The Beasts in exchange for free services. The Roses control the flesh trade and have assorted spin-off business such as lingerie shops in each of the territories.
Pit Challenge: A fight between two or more people to settle a difference of opinion, insult, or other grievance that does not revolve around one of the parties honor.
Pit Night: The night once a month where citizens of Epsilon may settle disagreements and grievances through physical combat.
The Reapers MC: A motorcycle club that controls the north-western territory of Epsilon. They control all agricultural things.
SecondSkin: a clear self-sticking bandage that has healing properties and allows cells to regenerate faster than normal.
The Sin Eaters MC: A motorcycle club that has no territory in Epsilon. They are the spiritual leaders of Epsilon and migrate to where they are needed.
The Wave: An electromagnetic pulse that was set off when forgotten lines of code had not been corrected in preparation for the year 2000. The pulse wiped out digital civilization which led to mass riots and the collapse of the United States government.
The Wizards MC: A motorcycle club that controls the central territory of Epsilon. They control all technology and manufacturing.