The Underground

No tour of Manhattan would be complete without mentioning
the Underground. A maze of tunnels, flooded subway
lines and the remnants of buildings from the Quake form the
Underground and shelter a community of squatters. The Rat
Pack, a small initiation group, are believed to be the controlling
influence below the streets. Despite the direct control
that MDC espouses the group as having, the Rat Pack is one
of several outfits that have staked out their own piece of land,
helping only where it’s needed.
NYPD, Inc. and several of the corporate security teams
make regular forays into the Underground to setup security
systems to track the squatters and laser tripwires to alert the
City if the squatters are coming topside. These security measures
are torn down almost as fast as they go up. Beyond the
active countermeasures, the squatter community runs markets
and bazaars where you can buy “rat on a stick” and other
delicacies or black market goods. These bazaars have formed
a tight knit community which spreads news about raids and
warns residents if people are looking for them.

The community survives by smuggling items and people
in and out of Manhattan. Depending on how much you are
willing to pay, the trips vary from speedboats across the bay
and swimming through flooded tunnels to riding in the back
of a garbage truck across the bridge. The connections between
the Underground and the surface are closely watched and the
squatters look out for their own. If you are running hard from
NYPD, Inc. and drop into the Underground, be prepared to
be pushed back onto the surface if the cops are too close.

The Underground

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