Technoir: Skin City Romance
Excerpts from the Abridged and Annotated Guide to the History of Skin City
Synthesized Karyokinetic Integrase Net. Most just call it “skin”. Started out as a “genetic patch” meant to trigger immunity to the wave of pandemics around the middle of the century. It worked, more or less. Killed a lot of folks as well. Had some interesting side effects that were hit or miss. The process was eventually refined, leading to the various skin adjustments on the market today.
Originally just a secret research facility tucked away in the desert next to the Salton Sea. With populations across the globe being devoured by disease it didn’t take long for word to spread that there might be a cure. Didn’t matter that it was experimental, that it hadn’t even been tested on humans. The desert filled up with desperate people willing to do whatever was necessary to get their hands on the cure. A lot of them died from dehydration and exposure. The pandemics passed, but somehow the desert is still full of desperate people.