Skye City: The Trials of Arturo (Episodes 1...
'My name is Arturo Basilides. I am a sixteen year old orphan living in the slums of Medio City - the capital of a nation ravaged by a war which was won by extremists. Offered a choice between slavery and disenfranchisement, we exist in an underclass so disconnected we effectively inhabit a different era. Daily life involves scavenging, theft and substance abuse with a bunch of misfits who are somehow still in one piece after years of abandonment. I am a natural born fighter and although I despise warfare, I must witness the downfall of those bastard elites whilst fulfilling my romantic intentions with the forever unattainable girl of my dreams.'
Skye City is a biopunk tale set in a near future alternative reality where science is indistinguishable from magic and oppression is near-inescapable. Technology has created a newer, 'superior' form of human and genetically engineered monstrosities are as terrifying as anything encountered in your nightmares. The underclass have been underestimated and as they fight back, the boundary between freedom fighter and terrorist becomes increasingly blurred. Meanwhile, the drug-induced haze of a traumatised mind places a question mark over the meaning of reality.
Episode One: The Rise of an Orphan sees our hero introduced to a remarkable new friend who will change his life forever. Trying to keep her safe, but at the same time earn a living, he is drawn into in a Rebellion he had no intention of joining. All Arturo and the gang want is to escape poverty, live for the moment and have fun, but it would appear fate has other plans.
Episode Two: The Migdols of Samaris sees Arturo and Myla fulfil a lifelong dream by finally visiting Skye City. Officially on Rebellion business, Arturo has other things on his mind. He is distracted not only by the dazzling sights and sounds, but by feelings he has harboured for years. Will he finally make progress with the girl who has been as unreachable as the location they are exploring?