In 2109 sickness started with the survivors of New York City. It only took days for it to spread along the Eastern Seaboard. The radiation zones in Boston and Washington D.C. along with the a blockade of synthetics contained the infected humans. The Corruption happened shortly after, erasing any details about the infection’s origins or how to properly manage it. Now, the Isolation remains a quarantined zone the military patrols. There is no explanation as to who or what currently resides in the wastelands.
Originally created by Genesis Division as a virtual simulation environment for research and development with the Child of Nostradamus. The platform went public near the end of the 21st century to unify scientific minds across the globe. The consumer environment found a wild success with their inexpensive goggles, interactive games, and virtual meeting grounds. Officially referred to as P2, the second generation of the Phantasm offered cybernetic integration, allowing consumers to for all intents and purposes, “live” in the online environment. While it has led to massive medical breakthroughs and is said to ward off the depression of a crumbling society, psychologist now claim it leads to an unhealthy addiction.
Uncorroborated records state the radioactive wasteland surrounding Boston all the way to Portland Maine is the result of mentalist terrorists in near the end of the 20th Century. Speculation of its use after the nuclear disasters vary wildly. Some say it served as hunting grounds for the wealthy while others suggest the government used it as a penal colony. All requests to enter the Outlands since the Corruption have been ignored. Scavengers return from the Outlands boasting robotic scraps long since abandoned by Genesis Division. Any found trespassing are terminated without warning.
It is unclear if New Chicago became the capitol of the Free Republic of America before or after the nuclear attack on Washington D.C. The city rebuilt after the Battle for Chicago and monuments were erected to pay homage to the Children who swayed the tides of war. Now the city is split into two, the upper echelon and the poverty stricken. In the middle of the divide stands a former Catholic Church adopted by the Church of Nostradamus. While the city is seeing a resurgence in jobs, food distribution remains one of the leading causes of violence.
Boston is referred to as the capitol of the Outlands. There is little known about the East Coast metropolitan center. Legends have been passed down through sermons in the Church of Nostradamus describing it as a bastion for Children. Amongst the holiest of symbols in the Church is a winged figure commonly known as the Angel of the Outlands. She is said to be a protector of humans and a defender of Children. There is no corroborating evidence, but there is an unsaid belief she also served as leader of a rogue band of Children. Now, Boston is part of the Isolation patrolled by synthetics.
Since the middle of the 21st Century, Troy has become a haven for the Children of Nostradamus. Now declared a sovereign nation within the Free Republic of America, it has rapidly expanded its scientific advances, happily sharing them with the rest of the world. Humans are forbidden from entering without consent from the government. While there has been no hostility between Troy and the Free Republic, they have managed to remain secretive about their status since the Corruption. Articles have surfaced attempting to shine them in a bad light, revealing their training academy where they help emerging Children with their gifts. It is unknown if the citizens of Troy partake in the idolization presented by the Church of Nostradamus.