Living Conditions

Living conditions in the Underworld greatly vary depending on what you are and which town or dwelling you belong to. Most people live in houses or huts constructed from scrap metal, scrap plastic, cardboard, stone, brick, mortar, or sewer peat. Some live in makeshift shelters - mostly those who do not belong to any town or city.

A Underworlder's diet consists mainly of rats, fish, snakes, snake eggs, algae, mushrooms, certain insects, roots, certain types of moss, and - for the morally deprived - human flesh.

There is no monetary system in the Underworld. Trade is done in goods and services.

A common denominator for Underworld inhabitants is that they live in poor lighting conditions and thus have developed better night vision. Lighting conditions which exceed that of a normal lantern is often too bright for them.

Inhabitants do not distinguish between night and day from how the sun moves anymore (mostly because they can't see it, and when they can, it seems to never move in the sky). Instead, they have developed a cycle of 31 hours, where six to ten of them are spent sleeping. This cycle is more or less the same for everyone - clocks have been invented to tell the new time, but many who do not own clocks still manage to "feel" roughly what time it is.

A week in the Underworld consists of five 31-hour cycles.

Most of the industry and production that exists in the Underworld is put together from materials that are found there. However, items from ancient times, better known as "Surface times", are extremely valuable to the right people. Several inhabitants of the Underworld base their living on locating and trading such items.

Examples of Surface times items that are hard to come by:

  • Chocolate bars or other sweets that don't have an expiration date.
  • Canned food.
  • Guns and ammunition.
  • Batteries and battery driven electronics.
  • Books.
  • Bottled or canned beverages.
  • Photographs.
  • Glass or porcelain items.