State of Desolation
- Flavor music: > “People of the Land” by Lincoln Durham
Everyone is trying to live another day; to make the most of what you have and hope you live long enough to see your children prepared for the world before they bury you. This holds true from settlement to settlement, in spite of their differences on how they run things.
In addition to typical human nature, the settlements share some common culture. I’ll record my observations here about social standards and quirks that developed after the Fall.
In the days following the Fall, what you owned is what you could carry. If you didn’t have a vehicle, you had back packs and carry satchels. If you didn’t have that you stuffed your pockets. If you didn’t have enough pockets, you made more. Some traveling outfits decades ago made you look like a walking kiosk, but they worked when all you had was what was on your back.
Even nowadays when people are thankful to have a roof over their heads, the desire to have an assortment of pockets stuck in fashion. Granted, it’s not as crazy as it was and people have found creative ways to incorporate pockets into clothes designs from coats, hats, to dresses.
Heh, and yeah, women have more hiding places than men more than ever.
- Running in heels?
Ah, the never ending love/hate relationship with humans and a pair of pumps. You would think that life in a world where you’re stepping through ruins while scavenging or running for your live would put an end to this foot wear. Well, some people, and most women, are just too stubborn.
Heels made a big comeback when settlements started springing up. To deal with security folks started wrapping belts around them to bind them to their feet. As time went one, gals started replacing the stiletto rod with thicker scraps of small piping and decorated it. Then people found better ways to add cushioning, and other methods to create a practical spin on the style. Now adventuring heels are rugged enough and are two steps away from being combat boots, or rather two inches. Even so, a classic pair of pumps are still worn and sought after. If you find some out there scavenging, you have a valuable barter.
Ever since it was discovered that copper shielded one from radiation and where an effective weapon against mutants, its influence has run deep in culture nowadays.
With no government, any bills people found in the early days were useless for anything beyond sentiment and kindling. Everything was on a barter system until word spread about copper’s new properties. Everyone started scavenging for and digging up stashed pennies, among other sources of the metal. It became the new hot trade and, soon after, currency pretty quick. I’m not too keen on economics, but I hear small talk that what was worth 1 cent before is now roughly worth 10 dollars post-Fall. Pennies, coppers, lincolns, liberties, coin. One will get you a nice meal at a diner and perhaps a room. Ten will get you some new parts for your vehicle, a ride on the Silver Train, or an entire new outfit of good quality. One-hundred of those suckers and you may be shining up your new rifle, new set of wheels, or a large piece of equipment for your settlement.
Since copper protects from the horrors of radiation, folk have fancied the metal as a bringer of good luck and health. People would make jewelry out of it, embellish their favorite items with it, and make charms to hang outside to ward off mutts. Granted it’s going to take more than that, but some couldn’t help put a little magic into copper. Cute, but some that go crazy with it always smell like a bag of dirty pennies.
- Loaded six-string
Folks generally don’t look too kindly at a girl that is playing a guitar. Maybe the silliest of the negative impacts of the Falling Stars’ roaming days. A lot of the girl ‘Stars would sing and play guitar as a rallying cry, usually before they hit a small settlement or camp. So now it’s considered a threat, at best, for a gal to play guitar in the middle of town. Few exceptions are narrowed down to if their playing to entertain an indoor crowd, like at an inn or bar. Though, even then bar owners typically have a guy play guitar while the girl sings, just to play it safe.