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The Story of Cali, An enhanced blog of my time here
Cali
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September 2084.
My name is Cali. I was just a ganger on a trade run of out Somerset. First time I had ever left the walls. And we barely left the walls. I was driving the van with Maura beside me. Maura was gang leader, she was a older lady who had pleny of experience in other gangs. Not sure what made her join up with us - we were so wet beind the ears we could shower without a stall. Charlene and Barbie were in the escort car - a nice Phoenix that had been loaned to us by The Crayons - a nice gesture to help us get established.
Barely half an hour our of Somerset they hit us. No subtlety, they just came straight at us. We might have been OK, but a loose bullet came through the windscreen and Maura ate it. None of us knew what to do after that. They first ran across the front of the Phoenix and Charlene just naturally followed to try and give Barbie a decent shot. Before they knew it, the other 2 cars were hot on her tail and shredding the rear armour. They were gone before the first car could even swing around and join in.
I still don't know how I got back to Somerset. Dodging behind dunes for cover...on road, off road...anything to keep the bullets away. It all looks so easy when you see the Arena fights, the Deathraces. Surely I would be a natural? It would be all so easy to go out and be an instant success.
I woke up in Somerset Hospital. The last thing I remembered from the chase was the walls in the distance and dust clouds as some other cars came into range. Who, what or why I have no idea. All I know is that I have a collection of bullet wounds and a large and angry emotional hole inside of me.
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*Posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:44 am Last edited Jun 5, 2017, 9:01 am by Cali
Cali
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October 2084.
A month in the hospital. I feel so helpless. Apparently Neville went out to try and salvage what was left of the van. He didn't come back. Danielle got t-boned at the figure 8 at the rally circuit. And Tommy and Hermine were obviously affected by the same overconfidence and tried their hand at arena combat.
The rest of the guys came to visit yesterday, and to stop them doing anything stupid I told them I was going to start my own gang, and membership was not a matter of choice for them. Hopefully they will wait for me to heal up.
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Posted Jun 5, 2017, 9:19 am
Cali
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November 2084.
Ronald is convinced the reason I am starting a gang is for revenge. He's already playing detective to try and find out who the gang was who ambushed me, and maybe also Neville out beyond the gates.
The hospital stay is now behind me and we had a meeting. They're are only the 4 of us left. Drew and Dudly and the best drivers, and have been pressed into service even though they weren't really part of the school group. But Ronald say that our skills are more with guns, and that we need the drivers.
We've started race events, and very cautious attempts at deathracing. The money is coming is slowly. With the proceeds we've got ourselves a nice Phoenix chassis, a 4L engine as well as a machine gun and a minedropper. We're not the greatest machanics, but with help from the garage I think we can put something together. Ron wants to go out immediately and start scouring the desert for clues, but we're still a group of very inexperienced amateurs. Before we go out I want 3 cars and a team for each one.
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Posted Jun 5, 2017, 9:28 am
Cali
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December 2084.
Maybe I do want revenge. The tought has been nagging at me for a few weeks now. Was there any reason? Was it just a random attack? I have been asking around and people just calm up when I mention things. Friends of my father are especially reticent to talk. "Let it go", they say. But they also don't deny that there could be a reason for the attack. Was my father involved in something? His death is still recent in my memory - he died soon after my birthday in August - apparently doing a trade run far to the south. Nobody is willing to give me details. The only real piece of evidence that I have is the memory of one of the pursing cars on the day we were ambushed. The distinctive 'V' motif on the bonnet is something that I will never forget.

But we've been doing well. We now have 5 cars between the 4 of us. Two are weaponless for racing, and three have various weapons that we've picked up in the marketplace. All we need now are a couple more trusted people, and probably a lot more weaponry. The cars are OK for deathraces, but we're still untried in any combat events. And to go out into the wilderness, we'll need every bit of training that we can get.
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Posted Jun 5, 2017, 10:34 am
Cali
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January 2085.
We're being distracted from our task. Not by anyone else, but by ourselves. Ronald and Fred went into an amateur night combat event and by some fluke - since I can't imagine it was skill - came out alive and with a pickup as the prize. As we don't have a mechanic, we sold it and went and had ourselves built a small 1.6L Cadrona for racing. And since we got the car, and could actually enter more events, the guys went all out. As a result, we have a shed with 6 cars and we've got a reputation in Somerset. Enought that we're getting people coming out and wanting to join the gang. So far I'm saying no, I need to get the guys back on track as to why we're doing this - it's not to become race famous or rich.

We've just lost 2 guys. Fred took Harry into a Deathrace at the rally circuit, and then they won't be coming out. A pal of mine in the Celts then came over and pulled me aside. In a quiet whisper, he told me that Pearl Harris is a new member and has been asking about us ever since she joined. Taking an unnatural interest in us. And it's interesting that she was the one in the deathrace who seemed to deliberately maneuver into position to attack Fred and Harry. Someone is setting themselves against us. Or me.
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Posted Jun 12, 2017, 2:22 am
Cali
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February 2085
Ronald took matters into his own hands, and while on one hand we've whittled the Celts numbers down by 3, his actions in shooting after they had resigned hasn't done our reputation any good at all. We're getting boo'd when we race now. But, it also means that recruits aren't rushing to push me to let them join, so it's probably good for our focus. Our focus on the real task. Currently we're at 5 members and 7 cars, but where I wanted to be was 6 members and 3 cars. Dean though looks like a handy driver. One race, one victory, and he did it easily. The rest of us are slowly getting our skills up. I'm still not about to allow them into the arena though, we can't afford any more deaths.
But I am slowly getting together tidbits of information. Apparently I have something - something that someone else, someone important, deperately wants. I only wish that I knew what it was. There are people being paid to watch me hoping I will lead them to it. I've only identified one, but I've been told that there are more. So I've got a spy watching their spy. And at every opportunity, the Fighting Celts are being made to pay - whether they know she's a spy or not - they're going to pay for allowing her to be in their gang.
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Posted Jun 18, 2017, 9:51 am
Cali
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March 2085
Dean's gone, but Angelina looks even better. All her schoolyard games playing chaser have certainly turned her into a great driver coming from behind the pack. Up to 8 cars now. No idea why, we just seem be be aquiring them without trying.
I was going through some of my parents things the other night. They went on a road trip about 2 years ago and vanished. My father was a mechanic, and my mother a research scientist - how you get to be one of those in this day and age I have no idea - and I still can't find out where she worked, or who for. Their car was found, burnt out and riddled with bulletholes. I presume that their bodies were in there somewhere, but it was near one of the old cities and nobody has the time to do foresnic analysis when the threat of being attacked is high.
What I found though is that they think that they had discovered something. Something big. Something that could change this damaged world of ours. There were some notes, some maps and some technical schematics, which I am still trying to puzzle out. Is this what I am supposed to have? It's all hidden away now, I'll need time on this. And maybe it's time to start looking into getting some information out of someone so I can work out what I am in the middle of here.
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Posted Jun 30, 2017, 11:07 pm Last edited Jul 8, 2017, 11:58 pm by Cali
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April 2085
I haven't done much racing or combat this month, I've been puzzling out clues. I know Ronald has got his two brothers to join the gang, so we're up to 6 of us. I think we'll need 2 more, drivers and gunners won't be enough. We'll need a machanic, and a scout, as everything I have found points me to going outside of Somerset.
All the notes and maps I found were old, from years before. Early notes on engines and power, maps that mainly seem to be showing where NOT to find something - it's all local places and known cities, all crossed out. The schematics are way too advanced for me, I can't even guess at what they are.
But there was one thing. A small cryptic note in a pair of driving gloves. A pair of gloves that I had coveted and my father said I could have when I was ready. A note that had been left for me. "Morgan. NW45. Phoenix".
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Posted Jul 9, 2017, 12:17 am
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May 2085
Have put together three decent cars, 2 Windsors and a Flail. I like the Flail. So we divided into teams and went for our first team scout outside of Somerset. Success. Came back with two extra chassis to sell, and a much better idea of what we are doing and hwo to do it. And then Katie goes and gets killed in a deathrace, along with a new member we were training. That's put us back a few months - she was our 2nd best driver.
Having never been a good student, I've now had to do a lot of catchup on Evan history. The solar intensity and why the world is how it is. Why am I doing that? Because my parents notes indicate that there is something more somewhere. Something that could even fix the world. And some cryptic notes that there are people who don't want it fixed.
I think a month's training and we're going to explore down towards Morgan to see what's there. If we can survive that long. As our profile goes up so does our safety, but there is still a gang that loves to keep shooting after the finish of a deathrace, but until I know more, the guys are all under instruction to keep their heads down.
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Posted Jul 16, 2017, 12:39 am Last edited Jul 21, 2017, 8:33 am by Cali
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June 2085
Katie last month, Angelina this month. Our driver numbers are dropping, and we're losing all the best ones. Since we have some cash behind us now, decided it was time to get a bit more proactive. Since it's not really my specialty, and I didn't want the gang doing that sort of work, I contracted some locals to chase up Pearl Harris from the Celts. She's been asking a lot of questions, and following us both in the events and around the streets of Somerset. They kidnapped, questioned and ran her out of town.
Harris was a plant from a political group from Firelight. She had been told to keep an eye on us, and watch for any unusual trips that we might make out of town. And to cull numbers - but I was off limits. She didn't know details, but she seemed to think that I knew something that they couldn't afford to let anyone else know, but they needed to know. I don't know what I am suposed to know, but I'm starting to think that my parents did, and that they have left clues behind for me to follow. I need to get this gang sorted so we can start to head out and follow the one clue that I do have.
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Posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:41 am
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