CRC Roamer or High-Tech Militia
If you’re not aware about YELLOW DAWN – The Age of Hastur and what’s happening with it, then check out this informative post here.
This is another illustration to come through from Axel Torvenius for the coming new edition of the RPG rulebook (3rd edition). It shows a CRC Roamer taking a nervous break from the tension of the job.
“A good way to introduce a new group to YELLOW DAWN and create an instantly plausible reason for a bunch of disparate characters to come together into a team, is to sign them up with the City Recovery Corps (CRC); saddle-up into a truck and send them out on a Dead City Run (scavenging for resources). They start as individuals but rapidly have to learn to work together. It gives them immediate exposure to the horror of the Infected (what most survivors called zombies) and the surreal, nerve-jangling tension of entering a Dead City. It can also give them a boost to depleted finances; you always want to start your character groups broke and hungry; desperate for money and resources.”
The CRC represent a key USP of the Yellow Dawn world (both the role-playing game and the novels) – and has attracted the attention of a publishing deal for the game, and a potential Hollywood movie. This is the kind of character encountered in Living Cities hanging out in bars and clubs with their Hog, decompressing and spending their coin, or out in the surrounding Dead Zone or the deep Wilderness on long-range scavenging hauls. Read Dog Eat Dog for example of a CRC team going into a Dead Zone.
The image highlights the broad depth of scenario styles possible within the Yellow Dawn setting.
“The CRC is always expanding its operations, pushing deeper into the Wilderness, setting up staging depots that shuttle accumulated resources back to the nearest Living City where it’s needed most; this could be hundreds if not thousands of miles away. The CRC teams that operate this far into the Wilderness tend to be rough and tumble types, who take what they want, live with the arrogance of their connection to ‘real world’. Many of them treat survivors with respect, but a minority have created a reputation for treating small settlements like nothing more than a hotel or toilet – even stealing resources to reduce the amount of time they need to spend in a Dead City to meet their quota.”
The City Recovery Corps began as a charity organisation that helped out with large ‘urban decommission’ projects in degenerated locations such as New Orleans, Detroit and with populated areas struck by natural disaster where massive structural damage required clearing up (California, Asia, New Zealand). They brought in armies of volunteers who were able to strip out and recycle large quantities of materials. They fitted perfectly into the role required in the aftermath of the event known as Yellow Dawn.
The City Recovery Corps is now a large global franchise. It runs licensed and organised groups of scavengers that feed the consumer needs and resource-demands of Living Cities. Teams are called Hogs with typically 4 or 5 Roamers. The CRC run operations deep into the Wilderness and have depots and storage hubs linking right back to the nearest Living City. They are sometime disliked by survivors in the Wilderness (considered thugs and thieves) but welcomed by the Rural Support Zones and Living Cities.
A Good Book To Read
Dog Eat Dog
By David J Rodger
A monster of a book! Packed with action, compelling in its attention to detail and pace, and horror scenes that will leave your heart pounding
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“Atmospheric and Creepy” – The Guardian on The Black Lake
“…a modern noir style mixed in with a heavy dose of brutal action adventure!” – Reflexiones Finales on Dog Eat Dog
David J Rodger’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world was given an opening on an epic scale with the hugely popular hit Dog Eat Dog. It is the first of three separate and unrelated books that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn, sitting alongside successful, eerily haunting The Black Lake and the tense, slow-burning thriller of The Social Club.
In the wake of a cataclysmic event ten years ago (Yellow Dawn), Mikhail Drobná and Carlos Revira are two survivors, both hungry for money and power, and fuelled by a desire to carve their names onto this new world. One provides services of violence and protection for powerful corporate criminals in the Living City of New York; the other is a renegade intelligence agent forever running from the demons of his past. Both men are strangers until events bring them face to face in a bloody confrontation.
Complex politics, private armies, corruption and murder on a shocking scale this book spins from the ruins of Europe to the desperate heartland of a fragmented America. The size of the story is vast but the focus is tightly entwined around the raging emotions of these two men. Will they work together or will bitter rivalry lead to their destruction? Meanwhile something terrible has stepped into the new shadows of the darkened Earth. A chilling horror from beyond the stars and it has its own plans for Mikhail Drobná and Carlos Revira.
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