WorldBent

What Bends Must Break.
Panel 40
Kale

What, you mean this? Nah, this is just a Vella.

Sol

Vell... Uh?

Kale

Holy crap, you don't even know what a Vella is? Just how sheltered are you, dude... Look, a Vella is like a satellite to a bigger city. Everybody here works their asses of cuttin' wood, or mining or whatever just so that somebody asshat higher on the food chain gets to live in luxury. That command spire in the middle of town is where the Unies keep their 'order' that you were gushing over earlier..

Sol

I wasn't 'gushing'... Anyway, this doesn't make sense. Only people in the UGSR live here?

Kale

Nah, nah. The Unies only live in the tower, like I said. The rest of the town is just regular ol' people. Sometimes when somebody in the city gets caught for a minor offense like loitering or theft they'll get shipped off to a Vella for a month or two. Everyone else here, though... They were born on the Vella, so they'll die on the Vella. Hell, I was born an' raised on one of these fuckers. Hate to break it to you, but breeding people to do one menial-ass task for their whole life ain't too cool in my book.

Sol

Wow, that's awful... But I mean, surely there's some way out. If you show promise they wouldn't just keep you forever in a place like that... Right?

Kale

Well sure, man. There's always a way out. It's called overwork. Or overexposure or, y'know, just being offed for insubordination. That's probably the quickest and easiest way right there, so I guess that'd be my recommendation. Hell, I only got out cuz' of an AIM raid. If it weren't for that... Born in it, die in it.

Sol

T-they would do all that? To real, living people!?


Kale

Jeeze, you sound so disappointed... What am I supposed to say, no? That's honestly small potatoes compared to the bullshit they pull on a daily basis, but... I'll hold off on filling you in there. You're gonna learn more about the UGSR eventually, whether you like it or not. You wanna see both sides, remember?

Sol

Y-yeah. I'm... Sure there's a perfectly good explanation for everything you told me...