2600 AD. With the advent of the cortical stack and the ability to digitize the mind, death is no longer as permanent as it once was. Debt, on the other hand, has remained constant. Everyone’s got bills and you’re no exception. Sometimes you gotta bend the rules just to make ends meet. Trouble is, things can only bend so far before they break, and right now the cracks run thick and deep like over worn ferrocrete.
Although humanity has spread to the far reaches of the galaxy, life on Earth has stagnated. Those with adventurous spirits left years ago on ships to far off worlds. The rich and powerful are deeply entrenched. Occasionally they will have a go at one another and the effects will be felt around the world.
A feud between powerful individuals has been simmering for two centuries and is about to boil over into a full-blown underworld war that will have the potential to re-shape the power structure of Earth. Many people, especially desperate ones like you, will be conscripted or convinced to become combatants. Play your cards right pal, and you may be able to ride this wave to fame and fortune. If not, you’ll just be one of the many victims to drown in the undertow of change.