Many centuries ago, when the first people set foot on the ground we now call Torn City, they had nothing. They’d emigrated from the south with nothing other than the clothes they had on their backs.
They set up camp in what is the West of Torn today, using whatever they could find. After time, they had familiarised themselves with the surroundings, and as more people began to move to the area and set up camp, what was simply a settlement became a small bustling village.
The influx of the nomads from the surrounding countries, bringing goods from different localities, enabled the civilisation to evolve into the great super city it is today.
There was only one problem for the new locals to the village, currency. As time went on, and skills became more advanced they came up with an economic system, similar to that used in the city today. It consisted of, small and large tokens. This enabled the citizens to trade fairly; their goods, and purchase more luxurious items. Evidence proves that the larger tokens became so valuable they were owned only by the wealthy. They became equivalent to tens of thousands of the smaller tokens that were beginning to lose value as the larger tokens became priceless.
What was originally a way of gauging fair trade for the humble folk had become a money making scheme for the village’s aristocracy. Larger tokens would be bought up and sold at much larger sums. Overtime this created an hierarchy within the increasingly growing village, the rich became richer, and the poor became poorer. As the mere peasants and farmers became aware of this, they created an uproar, riots were started and campaigns against the ‘upper crust’ began.
This was popular with the farmers, they would pillage the upper class, then sell the ‘loot’ back to them. It turned the working class into a violent breed, which would stop at nothing to become wealthy. Threats of muggings and even murder, were directed at the rich.
As all of this was happening, the village had, over time, grown into a large town and was well on its way to becoming the city it is now. Jeffery Torn, a wealthy man of huge integrity, had moved into the town after visiting it many years ago, was taken back by the torrent abuse from the once humble people. It became apparent what had happened, and how the land once belonging to them, had been seized by the rich and wealthy. He set to work right away.
He helped the farmers set up a farmers union to help them look after the land, food produce and livestock. This restored the responsibility of the land back to the farmers.
Soon after, the cities first building had its foundations laid into the ground, this was, back then a bank for the people, this was later bought by financial giant, TCSB. The new peoples bank helped establish a financial economic stability for the town.
But by this time, the peasants had moved to the out skirts of the town, more foreigners had moved in; with them, bringing an escalade of drugs, violence, crime and weapons. In a town of this size, something this big was spread in a matter of hours, it was either kill, or be killed.
Backdoor hospitals opened. Crime was at a high, over 100 entries to these hospitals were being made every day. This didn’t come cheap, the cost for the illegal surgery was high, but it was worth everything to cover your back.
Jeffery Torn, now said as the true founder of the city, whose statue can be found today, in central Torn had a cathedral built before his death in the late 20th century. Unfortunately this devastated the city, religious groups and subsidiaries calling themselves ‘factions’ were appearing all over the city. They would operate within the black market, people smuggling, drug trafficking, hired assassination, exploitation and even extortion.
Unfortunately this created demand for drugs, weapons, anything and everything that could be used within their terrorist networks. With demand came a price increase and very soon a monopoly became apparent.
With the exponential increase in the cities size, a need for fuel, raw ingredients, food, civil engineering, and a central infrastructure became ever more important. People saw this as a way of making money, soon crude oil was being piped in from Eastern Europe. With this came money, and lots of it. Soon the cities infrastructure was growing at an impressive rate, land prices boomed and buildings formed the foundations of the cities modern road structure that is still seen today, a grid; block like system was used. Factions took advantage of this and began to seek territories within these grids. They’d start with one, and using sufficient force, sustain control of others.
‘Turf’ became an important consideration when roaming the city, step into a opponents ‘turf’ so to speak and it would soon become apparent, multiple accounts of people being held hostage with huge ransom fees.
Crime became not just a way to stay alive; it became a way of life.