SKY CROWN MARINA: GAROUN INVESTMENT BANK ANNEX NORTH TOWER
Rival costume enthusiasts throw candy, engage in fisticuffs.
Clouds painted by laser light wrapped a late-night melee on the 351st floor of Garoun Investment Bank’s retail plaza in New Hueromont’s Sky Crown Marina District. Only recently opened to the public, Sky Crown Marina caps development efforts by Lirsautton business interests looking to serve local Jin-Mei artists and entrepreneurs.
“Attracted by this city’s large Vherokior community, which they admire as simultaneously foreign and familiar, young JMPop, JMVid, and JMRPG professionals traded Lirsautton for New Hueromont in great numbers,” observed an analyst for the investment bank. “While intentionally leaving behind social hierarchies, these professionals retain a desire for familiar food, living amenities, and shopping experiences. The Lirsautton offices of Quafe, Egonics, and Garoun field majority ethnic Jin-Mei workforces. Task forces in those offices have therefore joined to bring their perspectives to service markets here on Luminaire.”
“They’re conspiring to take our customers through unfair competition,” groused a native breadmaker.
Last night’s festivities at One Wing Angels Host Club began with synchronized performances and bright, cheerful music common to the JMPop genre. Dancing across three terraces protected by polyglass wind domes, patrons enjoyed laser projections in the city’s mist depicting characters and scenes from famous JMRPG titles. “Our business name relates to Fantastic Finale,” said Tanagura Amoii, establishment proprietor. “Developed by Egonics Lirsautton X, the franchise is particularly beloved by our youth. However, in hindsight, the name might have also raised other associations.”
“Sang Do never think!” insisted the proprietor’s secretary. “They’ll open castle gates during a siege to get the right angle of sunlight onto their morning fruit bowls. Of course the name raised ‘other associations!’”
Believing the establishment to be one of “theirs,” members of a costume player’s association styled after the Serpentis narcotics cartel joined the party. Inside, they discovered that a rival association also believed the establishment was property of “allies.” Chanting “can-dy-Sa-bik,” Serpentis players threw hard candies at Blood cultist players.
Physical confrontation followed.
“How does narco trash even reach the 351st floor!?” Vivienne Eautaine demanded. “We don’t really bite people, you know. We might not all be Jin-Mei, but even those who aren’t still have technical and creative jobs. Narco-trash injects itself with engine solvent. That makes them cyber-gangsters? Please! Their skin is falling off, they’ve lost their teeth, their eyes don’t focus, and everything they say is nonsense. Tram med scans should have picked them out for intervention; certainly, superstructure biometrics should never have allowed them into a lift. I’m surprised those rotten bones handled the acceleration.”
“Drug addiction in and of itself is not grounds for medical intervention,” insisted Oulein Sal, Director of Superstructure and Transportation Network Biometrics.
“The mural of conscious thought is our wall,” insisted a member of the Serpentis player’s association. “Jovian sex trafficker moon base server. Caravucchi, people!”
“The candies were good,” observed Holo Jockey Iridia Palladium. “Not laced. Probably stolen from the supermarket on the 286th floor. It’s not like narco trash can even pay for engine solvent without pulling out a kidney. Any of them that tried to eat the candy lost the rest of their teeth.”
“Saan Go excel at managing details,” Amoii opined. “But the upper caste must keep its eyes on the big picture. Hei Shi’an Province depends on the hospitality business. Sometimes, guests detract from experiences of other guests. We partnered with CreoDron’s Lirsautton I facility to build a new line of incident response drones. They offer firm but effective non-lethal solutions to recalcitrants. I couldn’t be more pleased with last night’s results. Not even drug addicts received medically significant internal injuries.”
“We look forward to expanding our automated riot suppression lines,” concurred a CreoDron spokeswoman. “Pre-orders for Bugbear RS-1, 2, and 300 models have been brisk. Bugbear RS-400’s will become available in the second quarter of next year. We are working with federal authorities to ensure compliance with export regulations in an effort to serve unexpected early demand from State territory.”