Post by Tiffamu on Sept 5, 2020 2:07:31 GMT -7
Please note that these images are not a direct representation of the locations within the roleplay. These images are intended to give you an idea of how the locations may look, but the written description should be used for the details of the setting.
Although many of the settings that our roleplay takes place in are based on real places, creative liberties have been taken with the locations to fit with our roleplay. Some information has been gathered through research to make the roleplay as realistic as possible, while some information has been added by our staff to incorporate the location into the story. This website is entirely a work of fiction and has no affiliation with any of the locations described.
Latvia, Northern Europe
The Merwin Project is set in Latvia, a country in Northern Europe on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. Most of the country is composed of fertile lowland plains and moderate hills. In a typical Latvian landscape, a mosaic of vast forests alternates with fields, farmsteads, and pastures. Arable land is spotted with birch groves and wooded clusters, which afford a habitat for numerous plants and animals. Latvia has hundreds of kilometers of undeveloped seashore—lined by pine forests, dunes, and continuous white sand beaches.
Latvia has a temperate climate that has been described in various sources as either humid continental or oceanic/maritime. Latvia has four pronounced seasons of near-equal length. Winter starts in mid-December and lasts until mid-March. Winters have average temperatures of −6°C (21°F) and are characterized by stable snow cover, bright sunshine, and short days. Severe spells of winter weather with cold winds, extreme temperatures of around −30°C (−22°F), and heavy snowfalls are common. Summer starts in June and lasts until August. Summers are usually warm and sunny, with cool evenings and nights. Summers have average temperatures of around 19°C (66°F), with extremes of 35°C (95°F). Spring and autumn bring fairly mild weather.
Rāzna National Park
Rāzna National Park is a national park in the Latgale region of Latvia, a two-hour drive (about 185km or 114mi) away from Dr. Merwin's newest laboratory. Covering an area of 532km², this park is where a small community of hybrids calls home. There are many lakes in the park area. For instance, the 57.56km² large Rāzna Lake is the second largest lake in Latvia. Due to its sandy beaches, it is also called the Latgale Sea. Ever since the U.S. government purchased this national park, a large wall has been constructed to keep the hybrids in and civilians out, secluding them from the real world. At first, the hybrids lived in the park with human caretakers present, but these staff members all disappeared within the first five years of settlement.
Andrupene Village is one of the small villages within Rāzna Park and is where the hybrids call home. The small village is comprised mostly of houses, small shops, a church, and a post office. Because of its central location, and the size of the building, the church was chosen as the most suitable meeting place for the hybrids to gather when announcements need to be made, or to ration out food. The old asphalt roads are cracked and broken, and many of the houses are abandoned and run-down. The houses that the hybrids chose to live in aren't in much better shape, and many are being held together with shoddy construction and whatever materials they could find. The plumbing and power are in dire need of repair but seem to be working well enough to provide water and light to their homes. The area surrounding the village is mostly farmland and forest, with old nature walk trails leading through the trees.
The Forest makes up the majority of Rāzna Park and is mostly comprised of pine, spruce, and birch trees, with some oak, ash, aspen, black alder, and white alder. A variety of wildlife and plant life can be found within the forest, such as deer, elk, hares, lynx, and occasionally wolves. The forest serves as the best place for hunting and gathering, as well as enjoying the old nature trails or getting away from the many hybrids within Andrupene Village.
The Great Linden Hill
About 25km (15mi) northeast from the hybrids' home in Andrupene Village stands the highest wooden sightseeing tower, the Great Linden Hill (aka Lielais Liepu kalns to the Latvians). At 34m (112ft) high, it provides its visitors with a bird's eye view of Lake Rāzna and Dzerkaļi hill, one of Latvia's highest peaks. Formerly an inviting spot for tourists, it now acts as a lookout for the hybrids in search of new resources and approaching danger. Winged specimens may find a thrill in the height using as a launching point for flight practice.
About a 15km (9mi) Northeast from Andrupene lies Lake Rāzna or the "Latgalian Sea". The lake is 52km² with beautiful clear water and sandy beaches. Lush grass and dense trees surround the shore, and in some areas, the water creeps up to the tall grass during the rainy season. The lake is dotted with small islands that may completely disappear when the water reaches its highest level. Old docks still line the shores of the lake, providing the hybrids with good fishing spots or swimming areas.
The Outer Wall
The Outer Wall serves as a barrier between the hybrids and humans, protecting both populations from knowing about the other and intermingling. It stands a total of 15m (50ft) high, with 4m (15ft) of concrete making up the base, and steel fence making up the remaining 10m (35ft). The concrete base is triangular in shape, with 3m (10ft) thick concrete at the bottom and 1m (6ft) thick at the top where it meets the steel fence. The top of the steel fence is lined transmitters emitting a signal to deter hybrids from escaping, discourage animals from nesting, and scramble human surveillance outside authorized systems. At each major road into the park stands large steel doors used for deliveries and transport of hybrids in and out of the park, with surveillance cameras monitoring the Outer Wall at all times.
Dr. Merwin's Laboratory, Smiltene
After his government-funded facility in the United States was shut down, the Smiltene Red Cross Hospital in Smiltene, Latvia was purchased to serve as the new facility for the creation and testing of human-animal hybrids. The first floor of the building is the old hospital, which now serves as offices for the staff, two break rooms, a locker room, and the cafeteria in the West Wing, with the security office, the Research & Development department, and more offices in the East Wing. The main floor is locked to the public and requires Level 1 security clearance to enter the building and a guard is posted at the front desk at all times. An elevator in the East Wing leads to the basement (B1) and requires at least Level 2 security clearance. B1 houses the genetics lab, incubation chambers, computer lab, and data storage in the A-wing on the Western side of the building, and training rooms and testing areas in the B-wing on the Eastern side. Another elevator requiring at least Level 3 security clearance leads to the sub-basement (B2), which is situated in the plot of land behind the hospital two stories down. B2 contains all hybrid housing, with two levels of the main hybrid housing cells in C-wing on the Eastern side of the building, and isolation cells in the D-wing to the West. All doors in B2 are made of steel-lined concrete with heavy metal bolts at the top, middle, and bottom and can only be opened with a Level 3 security badge and a pin code that is changed daily.
Hybrid Housing Cells
The C-wing of B2 contains two levels of hybrid housing cells. The cells are constructed of steel with a thick concrete core, with the wall adjacent to the hallway made of bulletproof glass. The doors are only able to be opened with a key card by the scientists and handlers with Level 3 security access. The cells are well lit with long fluorescent lights that are only turned off at night. Inside the cells, the hybrids have a bed with a pillow and blanket, a bookcase, a sink and toilet in the opposite corner, and the few personal possessions the handlers allow them to have. Cameras line the hallway of C-wing and are monitored at all times in the C-wing security office. Adjacent to the security office is an armory that requires Level 4 security clearance. The armory is stocked with riot gear and non-lethal weapons in the event that unruly hybrids cannot be subdued by their microchip implant.
Solitary Confinement Cells
The D-wing of B2 contains the solitary confinement, also known as "isolation", cells. These cells are reserved for the most dangerous of hybrids, and may also serve as a punishment for those that have proven to be unwilling to obey their handlers. This wing requires the highest security clearance available, Level 5, which is only available to highly trained Isolation staff and Dr. Merwin himself. The cells are constructed similarly to hybrid housing cells, however the doors are steel and concrete with only a small window. Doors can only be opened with a Level 5 security clearance card, and a pin that changes by the hour. The Solitary wing has its own security office and armory, stocked with riot gear and lethal weapons in the event of a dangerous hybrid escaping or attacking a staff member. The cameras in this wing are equipped with night vision and high-quality audio in the hallway and in the isolation cells.
B-wing of B1 contains testing rooms. These rooms are sterilized rooms filled with medical equipment and are used to monitor hybrid growth and development, test different serums, and can serve as operation rooms if the need arises. Airlocks act as the only passage in and out of these rooms, and can only be opened with Level 3 security clearance badges. In the event of a hybrid attempting an escape or attacking a staff member, an alarm can be triggered that will lock down the airlock, as well as all doors leading to the first floor, and emit a signal to any microchip implants within the room. Only Level 4 security clearance can open the locked airlock and disengage the alarm.
B-wing of B1 contains rooms designed for combat and intelligence training. Each room is designed for a specific training regimen, with adjacent observation rooms with bulletproof glass for the handlers and scientists to overlook the hybrids training and progress. Some training rooms include a weight room, shooting range, parkour obstacle course, wrestling and hand-to-hand combat rings, VR simulations, and empty rooms that can be transformed into whatever training regimen is needed. Storage rooms in this wing contain anything handlers believe could be useful when training their hybrids, such as weapons, puzzles, and simulation programs.
Break Rooms & Cafeteria
In the West Wing of the first floor are two break rooms and the cafeteria. Break Room A lies just behind the security desk, across from the main entrance. This break room is outfitted with couches and chairs, a radio, TV, and bookshelves, with large windows overlooking the back yard of the hospital. The hallway to the left of the security desk leads to Break Room B and the cafeteria. Break Room B is outfitted with tables and chairs, vending machines, coffee machines, and microwaves, and serves as a place for staff to eat lunch if they don't want to use the cafeteria. A locker room sits between the two break rooms. The locker room has lockers, toilets, and showers for the staff to use to change in and out of their uniforms before and after their shift. Across the hall from Break Room B, at the front of the hospital, lies the cafeteria with a connected kitchen. The cafeteria has tables, a hot food bar, and a salad bar. The kitchen provides food for the staff, as well as meals for the hybrids below.
The Town of Valka
A 35-minute drive (about 45km or 27mi) from the laboratory in Smiltene lies the town of Valka, where most of the laboratory workers call home. Though public transportation is available within the town, such as busses and taxis, it is not allowed to be used as transportation to the laboratory itself. Valka is a town and municipality in northern Latvia, on the border with Estonia along both banks of the river Pedele. Valka and the Estonian town Valga are twins, separated by the Estonian/Latvian border but using the slogan "One Town, Two Countries". The total area of the city Valka is 14.36 km² with a population of about 5,500. Valka, and its sister town, offer restaurants, bars, shops, museums, nature walks, parks, and an open-air stage for festivals and events.