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Welcome to the first of my posts about the world of City Limits! Today, we’re diving right into book one, As Above. As Above is a supernatural thriller, taking place among government and military agents struggling to regain control of a world their governments turned upside down.
According to official records, the shift happened as a result of chemical testing. A synthetic drug which turned out, in a landmark study, to actually grant supernatural abilities to some users, became a whole new frontier in chemical engineering. Just as the first subject was successfully freed from the drug’s debilitating side effects, it leaked somehow into the water table.
The results were catastrophic. Large areas of the world became Rogue Reactions, dangerously unpredictable terrain where there had once been city streets, and civilians gained access to the Manifestation Control ability, albeit in its unstable form.
So far, scientists have identified over 32 different reactions to the Manifestation Control Reagent, only the five most common of which can be stabilized. Each is identified with a number, and the stable types with a codename and the designation “S”. After an operative is designated with a stable type, they are quarantined for the long process of stabilization, which includes a cocktail of drugs and intense mental and physical training.
Cpt. Claire Eastmann, MC-SWAT, NYPD, Designated MCS-03
MCS-03, the “Mercury” type, was the first to be stabilized. Operatives show some limited prophetic ability, making them excellent strategic assets. They can also cast spells, although they must be set in advance and are only activated upon the fulfillment of the operative’s prophecy. An operative who can make intelligent use of MCS-03 can completely turn the tide of an engagement, or cement an already-certain victory.
MCU-09, on the other hand, has yet to be stabilized or named, but operatives seem able to project their nightmarish hallucinations to others, and some governments have made it a high priority.
Any questions? We’ve prepared a handy pamphlet for you, but anything else can be answered by your superior officer.