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

Most older firearms—ones that were in Kurtow prior to the earthquake—are likely at the point of failing, due to lack of maintenance and overall wear. Functional firearms would be scarce and valuable commodities in the ruins, while a general shortage of ammunition is another consideration. More importantly, only non-BID chipped firearms would still be usable; all smart gun technology within Kurtow had been remote-locked days after the initial earthquake in what city officials claimed was “an effort to preserve order.”

GunRiot. Story by Midnight. Art by Kuraikabe1990.