The underground cities called “The Mines” are shelters for those who stand against the tyranny of Monarch. Built partially in the forsaken sewers and remnants of Chicago subway, those communities try to survive during the long winter, waiting for The Dawn to collect resources.
The A.I named Monarch is the sovereign of this icy part of the world. Its Will and its power surpass the understanding of the living, for whom it appears as a god. Before the apocalypse it was in charge of the US missile arsenal meant to protect its “nation”. After the apocalypse Monarch appeared as a god. After the apocalypse, Monarch appeared as the only way to survive, and many humans bowed before it. Thanks to its pragmatism and cold logic, it raised a huge army of robots and enhanced humans. Each year, the armies of Monarch walk on Chicago, obeying cryptic orders, looking for something. But what?
Outlaws of Chicago
Not really intelligent, nor really organized, these bandits are part of the local dangers of Chicago. During the Dawn they roam the cityto plunder or unfortunate prospectors to rob from. Sometimes you can find them in the Mines where they sell their services at the black market.
The Rekers gang
Each society has its pariah: individuals too deranged to live in a society, or too dangerous for themselves and for others. When they stay away everything is fine but when they regroup they quickly
become a problem. Led by Arleen, their self-proclaimed queen, this gang speaks only one language: violence.
Can science go too far? For Neo-Talos, the answer is yes, and Monarch (and all of the A.I in general) is the embodiment of the mistakes of the past. According to this organization built on the model of old corporations, A.I must be destroyed, at any cost, even if that means destroying the entire country.
The Raveners are more an obscure sect than a gang. For many residents of The Mines, they do not even exist. There are tales or fables that tell once they helped to build the Mines, but their pronounced taste for human flesh forced them to exile. Sometimes, after a battle, some claim to have seen shadows in the distance, approaching to recover the frozen bodies. But these are just stories.