Stationed on the coastline of modern Western Australia.
Housing 35 million people, this cosmopolitan city was built to accommodate the mass migration of refugees whose coastal cities and towns were destroyed by rising sea levels—and the famine that ensued.
One of the most multicultural cities in the world, Rio is a bedlam of art, music, innovation, and anarchy, its communities are governed by technological capital and brute force.
Blockchain, a networking solution invented in 1984 , is a driving force for innovation in this migrant city, despite being unpopular across the global economy due to the strict regulations imposed by the People’s Republic of Earth (PRoE).
Ten years later after the creation of the blockchain, a faction of underground computer scientists, called Enjin, invented a way to utilize a robust decentralised framework to network across parallel universes.
Astonishingly, this allowed the people of Earth to venture into innumerable alternate realities.
Most of those that adopted Enjin’s technology were primarily interested in the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow, while gathering resources to help their communities back on their homeworld—people quickly started calling those explorers wanderers.
In their initial travels, the first wanderers quickly discovered that there were alternate timelines that were decades ahead in cross-universe exploration.
In fact, their homeworld was already mapped out as part of a multiversal directory called EnjinX.io.
Their universe even had a name: Verse 3377.
As they studied the histories within these alternate timelines, they found that, in most cases, the early invention and adoption of blockchain technology had subverted the rise of authoritarianism.
In these worlds, decentralized governance of global economies had left no space for autocrats like the PRoE to grow in power and influence.
Meanwhile, back on their homeworld, Verse 3377, an insidious arm of the People’s Republic of Earth, called The Dark Triad, had brazenly announced their plans to invade and subjugate the less technologically advanced parallel worlds they now had access to, openly stating that they would strip them of their resources to bolster the power of the PRoE.
The operations arm of Rio City knew that if they stood by and did nothing, they too would find themselves in the cross-hairs of The Dark Triad.
In response, they ordered a secret cross-universe guerrilla warfare campaign, founding a faction called the Hunters of Rio and tasking them with an ongoing mission to track The Dark Triad off-world and annihilate them anonymously.
This became known as the first-ever multiverse quest.