Nightrun: Murder City
Most of the equipment already presented in the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition rulebook is available to characters in the Nightrun campaign world, except for those weapons and armor designated as “futuristic” (such things are being invented in military labs, but are barely functional prototypes only, and completely beyond character access).
The greatest advancement in the Nightrun universe comes from cyberware, which are cybernetic enhancements that are permanantly implanted in the user’s body. These are described at great detail in the netbook Savage Cyberware, and so will not be elaborated upon in this section. However, most of the advancements from Savage Cyberware can also be purchased in non-cyberware form for the same price. Though this circumvents the problems which arise from cyberware, such as the risk of loss of one’s soul, surgery costs, and potential damage to the enhancement itself, equipment can be easily stolen and takes up a great deal of space and weight. In general, consider any such piece of equipment to weigh five pounds.
Cyberdecks are the “street” term for an advanced, leightweight and compact computer that can be linked to the WorldNet. “Decks,” as they are sometimes called on the street, are about the size and weight of a paperback novel, and contain most of the processing power of their desktop counterparts, only with much smaller displays. Combining the function of PDAs with cellular phones and digital media players, cyberdecks are all-in-one computers for the person on the go. Most common information can be found by using the Investigation skill, but more advanced infiltration requires the Knowledge (Computers) skill (see the Hacking section). The average cyberdeck costs $1000 dollars, with a subscription to WorldNet costing $50 per month. It has a Toughness of 6, or 4 against electrical or water damage. Enhanced Cybernetics Systems (ECS), maker of fine cybernetics, also make cyberdecks that cost $1500 dollars, but is hardened to have an 8 Toughness, and 6 against shock and water. The third main company in this business, CyberWorld Electronics, a Chinese company known for its inexpensive models, makes a cyberdeck that only costs $500, but has a 4 Toughness and is destroyed if it takes electrical or water damage.
Food and Other Necessities
Because the population of the world has increased to nearly 15 billion people, food has become an increasingly scarce. Most people now eat inexpensive pre-packaged meals made from textured algal protein, which is cheap to make and can be processed to appear and taste like a number of other foods. Consider any normally-priced meal to be algal in origin. “Real” food is twice as expensive, but often worth it.
See Modern Weapons
The greatest advancement in vehicle technology has been the adaptation of VT (short for Vertical Take-off and Landing) thrusters for smaller vehicles, allowing car-sized transports to fly without the need for a runway. This remains a very expensive option, however, multiplying the initial price of the vehicle by 10, placing it out of reach for all but the wealthiest individuals. In addition, the safety concerns that come with the skies being filled with flying cars required strict laws governing the operation of such vehicles. All VT-enabled vehicles come with a computer which calculates route and speed to a pre-selected destination, communicating with other objects at the VT flight altitude to avoid collisions. VT vehicles have no drivers—only passengers who type in a destination and then wait as the vehicle delivers them there. Any attempts to tamper with the navigation system or interfere with the flight path in any way automatically forces the VT vehicle to return to earth at the nearest safe location and the passengers must explain the cause of the interruption with a representative of the NTSB. VT vehicles also do not travel very fast, limited to 30 mph for safety concerns (except for government vehicles, such as police skimmers).
Because of these limitations, and due to the high cost of VT technology, the sky is not constantly filled with flying cars. More common are hover vehicles, which ride on a cushion of air and maneuver with small rotating thrusters. Again, this package is very expensive, multiplying the cost of the vehicle by five, making it suitable only to the wealthy.
After the “Peak Oil” crash some ten years ago, advances in electric power and miniaturization created energy cells capable of running vehicles with cheap, clean, efficient power. Almost every vehicle runs on electricity, which can be rejuiced at charging stations only, not at home (it requires a voltage not supported in home sockets—besides, that would be bad for business). Vehicles have a distance, speed, and drive time equal to their petroleum-feuled predecessors. Those few holdouts with vehicles that run on petroleum now find it hard to locate their fuel and pay 10 times as much for it (biofuel never took off, so running on corn-based diesel or other alternatives is not viable).
A few sample vehicles are provided below. They are designed to be used with the Savage V-Mods netbook, listing any V-mods in the notes section. The vehicle’s stats can be found in the below the illustration. This by no means is a comprehensive list of all available vehicles, but is given mostly to illustrate the types and popular styles found on the ground and in the skies of the Nightrun universe.
Police Skimmer Capable of VT flight as well as hovering, the Skimmer is standard issue for police in the modern city. Acc/Top Speed: 20/50; Climb: 20; Toughness: 18 (6); Crew: 1+1; Cost: Mil. Notes: Air Bags, Infrared Night Vision, Stabilizer. Weapons: 2 x M-60 MG (500 rounds)
Yumi Samurai The newest style to hit the streets, the Samurai features a state-of-the-art puncture-proof tires encased in a protective shell. Acc/Top Speed: 20/40; Toughness: 8 (2); Crew: 1+1; Cost: $5,000 Notes: Puncture-proof Tires, Improved Handling.
Akimoto Specter The Specter is noted for its hardened retractable shell, keeping the driver safe inside a climate-controlled pod. Acc/Top Speed: 20/36; Toughness: 10 (3); Crew: 1; Cost: $5,000 Notes: Internal Gyroscope, Onboard Computer, One-Way Tinting.
Yumi Chibi Personal Transport This one-person vehicle is lightweight and inexpensive, making it perfect for commuting. Acc/Top Speed: 10/20; Toughness: 6 (1); Crew: 1; Cost: $5,000 Notes: Light Frame, Onboard Computer.
Konstantine Gemini Available in personalized colors, the Gemini is a two-person commuter vehicle. Available in VT model. Acc/Top Speed: 10/20; Toughness: 7 (2); Crew: 1+1; Cost: $7,000 Notes: Onboard Computer.
Akimoto Venus The most popular family car, the Venus offers seating for four in quiet comfort. Available in VT model. Acc/Top Speed: 20/40; Toughness: 11 (3); Crew: 1+3; Cost: $17,000 Notes: Onboard Computer.
Giordano 720SR The 720SR is a modest sports car, featuring a smooth ride and leather seats. Available in VT model. Acc/Top Speed: 30/50; Toughness: 10 (3); Crew: 1+3; Cost: $50,000 Notes: Onboard Computer, Improved Handling, Sun Roof.
Petra Falcon Fast, expensive, and foreign, the Falcon is the perfect fashion statement. Available in VT model. Acc/Top Speed: 30/56; Toughness: 10 (3); Crew: 1+1; Cost: $70,000 Notes: Onboard Computer, Improved Handling, High Performance, One-Way Tinting
Akimoto Katana Akimoto’s top of the line model, the Katana is the best sports car available on the market. Acc/Top Speed: 35/70; Toughness: 12 (3); Crew: 1+1; Cost: $110,000 Notes: Onboard Computer, Improved Handling, High Performance, One-Way Tinting, Stealth.
Konstantine Pod This tiny, three-wheeled vehicle is primarily used for autocabs. Passengers state a destination, enter their credsticks, then sit back and enjoy the ride. The price runs around $5 per mile or 10 minutes. Acc/Top Speed: 10/20; Toughness: 7 (1); Crew: 1; Cost: $6,000 Notes: Onboard Computer, Autopilot.
Yumi Wasp Designed for carrying cargo or passengers, this modern van is sleek and comfortable. Acc/Top Speed: 20/40; Toughness: 14 (3); Crew: 1+7; Cost: $40,000 Notes: Onboard Computer.
Valnak Contrail Efficient and safe, the Contrail is typical of the big rigs used to haul cargo these days. Acc/Top Speed: 8/30; Toughness: Tractor 16 (4), Trailer 14 (2); Crew: 1+2; Cost: $200,000 Notes: Onboard Computer, Autopilot, Air Brakes, Puncture-Proof Tires, Satellite Tracker.