Out of the Old, Into the New

A tall, dense forest sprawls across the eastern cliffs of the Two Rivers area in the untamed American West. The last free-range escape for indigenous peoples hiding from the encroachment of hostile settlers. Despite a swift victory for the foreign soldiers over an already defeated nation, cultural assimilation staggers as neither side feels the other can be reasoned with. Fort Veil is established in the forest on the cliff as a permanent symbol of Manifest Destiny. An uprising from the last of the native population’s warriors ensues but is again quickly diffused. The settlers expand their territory out of the wooded area to establish the city of Veil. The ruins of the fort are left behind and the natives, who now depend on their oppressors for survival, are forced to follow. Some choose to stay behind as an act of defiance, warned they will not receive aid from local municipality, viewed as enemies of the state. It’s believed those who remained in the forest either died off or fled to other regions.

Veil experiences booming prosperity due to an influx of population growth. With an abundance of natural resources and access to rivers, an economy of trade is established. This good fortune is hardly reflected in the lives of the natives who have less access to work, housing, and education. Veil’s elite class, fearing the strain of dependence from the impoverished, again moves west and establishes the borough of New Fort. The township of Veil, known today as East Veil, is still claimed by city leadership. Together, East Veil and New Fort comprise the city of Fort Veil. Yet, as East Veil’s trade economy dwindles with the rise of New Fort’s commercial market, the territory becomes unstable. Another revolt is staged by the city’s lower classes. The violence that ensues brings New Fort to cut itself off from East Veil by erecting solid barriers between the two boroughs.

Neglected by the privileged, East Veil falls into anarchy. Several individuals vie for power and control of limited resources, which results in the formation of several distinct tribes in the east. So begin the Tribe Wars. The tribes fight each other for control of territory in East Veil—unofficial borders are established in the streets between crumbling neighborhoods, and many are forced out of city limits entirely. The aftermath finds New Fort surrounded by tribal encampments. In their effort to bring back stability and regain a large population of its workforce, New Fort’s politicians disperse Peacekeepers in hopes of disbanding the tribes.

While Peacekeepers bled in the streets of East Veil at the behest of bureaucrats, New Fort residents experienced little more than the stresses of a sheltered life, ignorant to the magnitude of the battles waged in their backyard. With the belief that leadership had fallen out of touch, and experiencing little to no support, a group of Peacekeepers decides to go rogue. Other Peacekeepers begin to fall in line until nearly the entire force is acting independently, without consent from New Fort officials. As a military force, the Peacekeepers develop and execute a plan to disarm the tribes for good, effectively instituting marshal law within city limits for decades to come. This event becomes known as “The Gun Raid” and earns the Peacekeepers their new name. The Bulls.

Proving somewhat successful, The Gun Raid allows the Bulls to lobby for separation from City Vision jurisdiction to remain an independent wing of Fort Veil’s establishment. Still, many people knew tribe disarmament was only a temporary solution and all that had been done was to create a cold war. It would only be a matter of time before tension would catch fire from a flame never fully stamped out.

Fort Veil has a violent past. While we bring you a story about its present, we want to simultaneously use its history to show you, the reader, how things in Fort Veil got to be the way they are. All will be unmasked over the course of our story.