Ok, got some time to work on Jungle:
Take me down to the Paradise City
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
- “Paradise City” G’n’R
Paradise City is the playground of the galaxy’s elite. The rich and famous flock to its spas, casinos, restaurants, hotels, stages, and clubs. It is said that anything can be had in Paradise City, for the right price. More importantly, privacy and silence can be bought cheap. Of course, this is the façade presented to the public. Beneath the surface, at the fringes, is something quite different . . .
Welcome to the Jungle
We got fun and games
We got everything you want . . .
We are the people that can find whatever you may need
If you got no money, honey, we got your disease
- “Welcome to the Jungle” G’n’R
The part of Paradise City commonly referred to as The Jungle is home to everything that has been cast out of the rest of the city. The poor, the downtrodden, two-bit whores, and those who prey upon them call the Jungle their home. The public law and government end where the Jungle begins. Taking their place is a collection of crime lords, gangs, self-proclaimed warlords, pimps, and dataminers. The dregs of a thousand worlds end up in the Jungle, the result of broken dreams of working in the great city and becoming a star.
There’s a new governor in place in Paradise City - Bern Evsli - who is determined to clean up the Jungle and, ultimately, get rid of it. He’s already sent agents into the region to scope out potential targets and figure out how best to surgically decimate the power structure. Some of these agents have been eliminated as a message to the new governor, but this seems only to have strengthened his resolve. It is only a matter of time before stronger measures are taken against the area that calls itself the lifeblood of Paradise City.
While Evsli is attacking the Jungle from the outside, there is apparently someone on a matching crusade attacking it from within. Over the last month a couple mid-range gang leaders and bosses have been found murdered, with no one taking credit, as would be normal in one of the constant faction wars. Current rumors switch between a vigilante and some monster running unchecked through the Jungle.
In the face of both internal and external threats, Jaen “Spider” Seill, a local dataminer and fixer, has determined that the region needs to be unified under one leader. If that leader happens to be her, so much the better. To that end, she has called in favors from every mercenary, enforcer, assassin, and bodyguard who has ever worked for her. As they gather, she’s been approaching other major leaders in an attempt to verbally convince them to join her, ostensibly to combat both Evsli and the shadowy internal threat.
And while politics and aggressive negotiations go on everywhere throughout the region, the majority try to get on with their daily lives and the business of survival without getting caught up in firefights.
As an addendum, I'd already decided on allowing psionics (telepathy and ESP only), but also decided to add sorcery/magic because the supernatural SF stuff has been appealing to me a lot lately.