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New Posts Matsuyama

Of Matsuyama, once the grand capital of Shikoku, now remains little more than dust. It was one of the cities hit the hardest, as a result the over half a million people that once lived there evacuated, the government put up a fence, which, of course, did nothing but encourage storm riders to gather among the ruins. Large parts of the city are submerged underwater, and even after all these years, fire's sometimes pop up from old electrical circuits. But where's the fun without some danger?


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New Posts Ozu

Ozu took at hard hit from the earthquakes, but miraculously, Ozu Castle, the symbol of the town, managed to stand almost completely unscratched. People took this as a sign, and with a great effort, the city is now well on it's way back to recovery. It helped that the rice paddies surrounding the city had survived, allowing the citizens to once more harvest and earn from that. The town still resembles the old days, houses built and recovered in a style popular around mid 1800's.


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New Posts Shikoku Pilgrimage

Long before the earthquake hit, monks and other interested would follow the pilgrimage around Shikoku, visiting 88 temples along the way. The course is 1200 km/750 miles, and is traditionally done on foot, although on Gravity Gears is becoming increasingly common, especially after the earthquake. Of the 88 temples to visit, exactly 44 survived; four being the number of death in Japan, some avoid the old road, saying the gods have cursed it.


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New Posts Blue Note Amusement Park

When the earthquake struck, not all despaired. Blue Note quickly bought up an almost unaffected amusement park for nearly no money, as well as the connecting ferry. After some repairs, they could reopen - roller coasters, carrousels, merry-go-arounds and popcorn stands, all spread over a huge arena. It has since only expanded, and is now the biggest amusement park in Japan.


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New Posts East Championship - Akashi-Kaikyo

What years ago was the longest suspension bridge in the world, two kilometers/1.2 miles long, snapped in half during the great Shikoku earthquake. It was soon re-utilized as the East Championship - the dash. It starts with a long asphalt straight, then at the sunken part continues on the thick steel wires, to end up on the rail tracks, for the end race, everything re-welded so carefully that there should be no need to slow down anywhere. The only threat is the wind and your balance.


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New Posts The Beach

Eternal summer! Or not really, Katsurahama Beach gets pretty freaking cold at winter, but the water never freezes, too tumult for that and the greenhouse effect fucked it over. Summertime though, it's a lovely beach, near-white sand and great waves! A little too great perhaps, way back while Shikoku was still active, bathing here was forbidden due to the riptide.

There used to be an aquarium here too, but after the earthquake, all the animals and fishes were either dead, relocated or lost, so now it's empty and echoing pools filled with rain water, leaves and dead rats rather than anything else.


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New Posts Umbra Colosseo

Once upon a time, the Olympic Games were held here, track, free-throw, high-jump. It was an amazing sight, the almost completely circular white arena with rows upon rows of Olympic Rings suspended from the ceiling. But the earthquake almost completely desolated the colosseum, leaving water pipes broken and almost the entire ceiling fell in, leaving just one big hole. The large amount of people that died in here made people believe it was haunted, so for a long time now, the only living souls have been birds and stray animals.

Until now. Daytime, it's still mostly quiet, but as the sun sets, music starts playing, and the races begin. The Umbra faction nests here, and should you enter while they're active, you can see them leaping across the hole in the ceiling, chilling in the Olympic rings or as for the tuners, working on the enormous metallic tree in the middle of the arena.


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New Posts Olympic Village

There's a certain irony that a village built to only survive for a season still mostly survives being hit by the rough end of an earthquake. Well, not all of it, of course, but a large portion of the houses are still habitable, much to the joy of people that don't have homes, but do have a fast way of transporting from those small, comfortable Japanese-style cottages to civilization where no public transport exists. Keys were surprisingly easy to make, and despite the lack of electricity, several Storm Riders started calling it home.

Like one big cozy Storm Riding trailer park.


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