Old Mine was an industrial complex centred around a coal mine. It traded some of the coal, but most stock was used to power the smelter and forges of the settlement that recycled scavenged metal. The town was split between two factions, Uptowners, the surface traders and Downtowners, the miners. There were also three non-resident Scavenger families who would supply the settlement with tech and other items found out in the wilds. After the fall of Old Mine during The Swarm, many brave souls tried to resettle the complex, but they were never heard from again. Rumours began to circulate that Blight Corpses and other creatures of The Swarm had taken up residence in the tunnels of the mine and were preying on anyone foolhardy enough to try and recapture the settlement.
The settlement was run by a council of seven, three representatives for Uptowners, three for the Downtowners and lead by the Mayor. The Mayor’s chief role was to ensure a deciding vote if the decision making process became stalemated. The candidates for Mayor were drawn from the three Scavenger families and competition was fierce as the Mayor enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle during their year in office.
Old Mine had boasted a resident population of 100, with a roughly 50/50 split between Uptowners & Downtowners and a further 30 people across the three Scavenger families.
Laws of NoteEdit
Old Mine was noted for the severity of its punishment. Although there were facilities to incarcerate law breakers, no one wanted the job of having to guard prisoners and so the death penalty was the standard for the severest of crimes – Murder, Rape, Theft of goods valued at more than 100 credits, Mutations (except Seers).Minor crime – Assault, Theft of goods valued at no more than 75 credits, Harbouring or aiding a mutant resulted in the law breaker being sold into slavery to any other settlement willing to have them. Cases were tried by the council. The defendant was presumed guilty unless they could prove otherwise or find an independent party to testify for them. Executions were either carried out by the victim or their family.