Cyberpunk: The Verd
The world used to be different. Once, people lived outside the walls of The Verd. It’s not even clear to the Chivers what happened. But now, the Outside is inhospitable to life. The
barriers at the edge of The Verd serve both as protection and as prison walls. But with so many people living in one city, how can people grow food? The answer is that they can’t. There’s no
space for it. And The Verd is bathed in eternal night, so nothing can grow. To solve this problem, the populace turned to Essence, or Ess, as it is commonly known. Essence is energy, distilled to a pure form and stored in membranous pods. Other than that, Ess is a mystery. The public don’t know where it comes from, if it’s manufactured, or what it really is. But Ess powers all technology. Ess pods are several centimetres in diameter and they glow a bluish-white. Ess pods are used in Fabricators to make food (or just about anything you can get blueprints for). Because of its importance, Essence has become currency. The rich Enhanced who live in the Inner Verd have lots of the stuff, but those who live in the Outer Verd are not so well off.