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"You think this hyper-populated island on this miserable waterworld is bad? The crime? The corruption? The lack of privacy and housing? The rationing and queues? You hate it because its all you know ... Me? I've got another six month tour on the seabed starting tomorrow. Six months almost two miles down, breathing stale air, no sun, no freedom, no free-time, and just the same twelve people to talk to. Now, how bad is this island again?"  - Crawler driver Hilton Varez, Clan Bakar

A supplement for the Hostile RPG and Cepheus Engine.

Abyss is an overcrowded world, a world where the most prized possession is land and real estate. It is a waterworld, a single planet covered by a single shallow ocean, the only land available for settlement is the tiny island of Vasundhara as well as a scatter of small island chains. Life can be hard on the planet, poverty and squalor are commonplace, wealth and living space is held as a privilege by a few, whilst the millions compete for survival inside the noisy, crowded, trash-filled, dirty, cramped and crime-ridden ‘Warrens’. Much of the island is intensely urbanised, skyscrapers and apartment blocks jostle with factories and sky-high shopping centres. 

Rich seabed mineral deposits are the reason for the colony, resulting in hundreds of surface rigs, seabed mining stations and production facilities being established. This underwater mining industry ships millions of tons of refined metals back to Earth. If the Warrens are too much … try the cramped confines of a seabed harvester! 

A submarine war between the corporations has recently begun.

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Andrew C May 17, 2023 1:58 pm UTC
How similar is this to your Korinthea world book for Cepheus?
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Paul E May 17, 2023 7:39 pm UTC
It is a retelling, rewriting and massive expansion of that book. Korinthea, along with the other Planetary Tool Kits wont be on sale for much longer.
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Jonathan B February 01, 2023 12:12 pm UTC
Looks great. Will this and similar books (i.e. Cyclops, Tau Ceti) be added to Lulu so that paperback copies are available to buy? Thank you.
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Paul E February 02, 2023 3:54 pm UTC
Yes, the colony books will feature in a colour, compiled softback book.
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Colin B February 04, 2023 2:05 pm UTC
Looking forward to it. Any idea of when its likely to appear as a physical book.
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Paul E February 04, 2023 2:09 pm UTC
I will be completing Cyclops soon, and there will be a final colony book, Leviticus, so a print compilation will be in the early summer,
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STEVE M January 04, 2023 8:57 pm UTC
I can't write a review because I'm a publisher I think, but I love this setting. If I could I would give it 5 stars. I especially love that it's more of a sandbox setting, with lots of factions and a really fleshed out interesting world with a rich history. The artwork is great too.
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