The following is an excerpt from the book, City of Ruin, by Naria Heft. [Originally published five years ago.]

The earthquake caused such catastrophic damage to Kurtow that, even today, the full extent of destruction is unknown. Though analysts conducted assessments and inspections in the months that followed, the eventual decision to abandon and segregate Kurtow from the rest of Pallad City lead to a lack of post-earthquake investigations. Any long-term damage to structures and terrain have never been officially determined.

Experts claim that many artificial structures, such as buildings and bridges, are likely to be potentially hazardous and in danger of collapsing. Even natural environments, such as those in the Yakaros subdistrict, may have been destabilized from the quake.

GunRiot. Story by Midnight. Art by Kuraikabe1990.