A1: Laoguna#123467

Nali Tatooed Body Washes Up in Narrows

A body was found washed up on the shores just outside of the Narrows. The body had the classic tattoo of the Nali district. The entire torso of the body was covered with the avian tattoo and it’s believed that he was some kind of priest of a rumored revolutionary cult. Subsequent investigations found a cavern where disciples of the cult seem to burn the image of their hand into the wall as a sign of allegiance.


Tawny Schlieski, Matt Yurdana, Gabriel

D4: District of Gray Eels#140154

Plague conspiracy

An ex-plague doctor reveals that the plague was a FABRICATION created by Lao in 1898 in order to conduct experiments in human genetic modification. By 1930, STEM enclaves were divided according to these experiments; the wealthy enclaves escaped the experiments by declaring themselves plague doctors.


Aubry Mintz, Daniel Suarez, Hannu Rajaniemi, Chris Noessel

F6: Sky Ring#141557

Rilao Reality TV

The mysterious disappearance of people accused of crimes has stimulated paranoia amongst the lower class. For the elite, however, these people have been repurposed as entertainment, being cast away hidden under he growing macro-structures, and filmed as they battle their way out. The elite enjoy observing the stuggle, but neer acknowledge the inhumanity of the situation.


Alana Barber, Nicolas De Benoist, Tatsuya Kawauchi

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C3: Red Highlands#140512

Lucius’ (creator of The Children of Ma’ra’ki’hau) Map of the Houses of Idols

Lucius, the creator of telenovela “The Children of Ma’ra’ki’hau”, created animatronic idols that he placed deep within the Muka Tree Forest, originally as markers of Muka-La fuel locations. But these idols became symbols of Ma’ra’ki’hau values, and mark places of prayer and sacrifice to the monster. This map was originally drawn by Lucius, but has been copied and annotated and now also holds not just the locations of these Houses of Idols, but also the sacred paths and locations of ritual offerings and the key phrase/chant of ceremony: “At root and stem of self and tree–/Blood of Life and soul of Sea/Join our hearts and minds as one/As Ma’ra’ki’hau we become.”


Jericca Cleland and Eb Richardson

G7: Twin Vales#141374

James Kohler

James Kohler wah just released from gaol this spring at the age of 92 after serving 75 years. Kohler spear headed a movement to revive the Lao Oil Company and colonize Hawaii before the United States could take it completely


Alen Catolico, Barbara Rodrigues Mota, Jessica Escobedo, Elizabeth Valmont

J9: Echo Canyons#140596


Gil is an experimental researcher who is using coral to treat ill patients. His students look after one patient each, and broadcast their progress via a live feed “TV show” led by Gil.


Sunil Kalwani, Megan Elliott, QiYuan Li, Lynda Dorf, Jonathan Knowles

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E5: Senshai Valley#140173


At the time of death, memories and emotions are uploaded to the collective of the past, which are molded int he terrdled and secure elected and scope above the land. Permissions are supported by Lao to the population in the return for service and loyalty.


the folks in the corner.

D4: District of Gray Eels#140152

Extracts from “How To Popper Plak And Live: The Marakihau Kid’s Illustrated Guide to the Death-Defying Art of the Rope, the Tetra and the Tree”, by The Marakihau Kid

Figure 1. The Old Coral Double Wall Surf

If you want to be a popper, Old Coral is where you start. A network of ancient thick tetra tendrils stretches between Old Coral’s greenstone hulks and their iron terraces, making it a great training ground for a nuevo popper wannabe. It’s easy to gain altitude, and easy to string wires. That’s where I earned my mask, the Marakihau tentacle tattoos on my cheeks that you kids in the vids try to copy. But a popper is not measured by the ink on his skin – his fellows judge him by his broken bones and bruises, the rope burns in his hands. Those are the marks of a true popper, and you can only get them by jumping and sliding and falling, again and again. So you might as well go to Old Coral and get started, menino.

Still, it’s too easy to think of OC as a coxo training ground. Old masters return there, too, both to show the kids how it’s done and to face off against each other. If you know where to look, there are some spectacular spots to plak – if you don’t mind the rich bastardos staring at you from the windows. Here, my colega Espiritu Lao demonstrates his famed Double Wall Tentacle Surf – somersault off the Old Hospital rooftop, a slide down a slippery tetra tentacle to gather momentum, and then rope-supported run straight up the Telerilao Church’s wall.

Of course, that last part didn’t exactly work out for him, in the plak face-off against Disturbio. Girls still cry at that brownish red spot at the bottom of the alley behind the Church. Keep in mind that just when you have outgrown OC, it can still break you.

Figure 2. The Electric Eel Dive Bomb

Some poppers like that old fart Octomon look down on the water plakkers: they say it takes no pedras to do it if you have no hard rock or tetra beneath you. I urge them to go and try the Electric Eel Dive Bomb that Electrico invented – not only do you have to time the swing from the tetra arc just right to get past the Shark Tetra Reef, you also need to avoid the maglev power cables when you land, passing right between them to avoid a nice refreshing 20,000 volt zap.

Whenever I ask Octomon to try it, he goes all red and says something about his infection not liking the salt water.

Figure 3. The Mukah Monkey Murder Leap

If you’re a born and bred Eel like me, you probably don’t like *verde* so much. But if you run the tetras all the way to the mukah forest in the border of Laoguna, there is a whole lot of popping, plakking fun to be had. Mukah vines are plenty strong, so you don’t even need ropes. Some of the best bareback plakkers train here.

I’ve heard stories that Apolo Dantés came up with this move after watching mukah monkeys leap from tree to tree. Some of his rivals say that that’s not all he liked to do with monkeys. But Apolo’s predilections aside, this is a simple but nasty move, and if you get it right, it will take your greenrock rolls and leaps to a whole new level as well.


Aubry Mintz, Chris Noessel, Hannu Rajaniemi, Daniel Suarez

G7: Twin Vales#140841


“The person served as a disruptive billionaire who secretly used the inn as a portal to another society”.


Jeffrey Frankel
Evin McMullen

A poster created by the Rilao underground exposing the subversive business practices of local billionaire, Armando Corallo, who is no friend of the people, despite his charitable ways.