We finally gathered for a team meeting! Michelle had been busy and had already came up with a few ideas! One of which was a long story that she was quite excited to tell us about!
When I initially was trying to sketch up ideas for floating city I felt very stuck and stranded for ideas. The most common thing that kept coming to my head was the usual piece of land that had a few buildings on top floating in the sky. It’s extremely over done and I wanted to try and come up with something original with my team. But these are the few sketches I got done with some basic research behind them. (drawing not very original ideas unfortunately)
One Idea I had was to have a circular shape floating in the sea and it would dip inwards, on the walls of the dip in the way would be loads of nature covering them. Then at the centre of the circular shape there would be the city.
An Idea that I wanted to explore was Kaunas’ Environmental nature. They showed through research hat they are found of looking after their nature and I thought an Idea for a floating city could consist around that. This idea was that the city would be inside a “glass” nearly spherical container and it had a suction element that would pull in air from the atmosphere around them and filter it bringing it into the city container and then it would push it back out again through another ventilation system, the force of the air coming back out again would keep the city afloat, obviously the air would need to come out in more that one it so it would have equal distribution o air so that the city would stay balanced. Inside they would have more of the land cover in nature and no human actually lives on that part, the people actually live in these building clusters about the nature so as to keep the nature carefully looked after and that it would not get damaged by population.
There wasn’t much narrative to my idea and the team were’t too fond of it. I kind of wanted to explore a more in-depth science feel to the whole thing because it’s something that I thought could be a seed and it would give enough foundation to build a funner narrative off.
But Michelle had an idea about a Vortex appearing and the floating city was within that and we decided to go with that. We ended up expanding on how the vortex came to be, where did it come from, how do you access it? It was a fun idea and something we seemed to get a bit more excited about with in the process! To complete this Idea Michelle wrote a story.
Sweat poured from the scientists forehead as she pulled the cart towards the bridge. The roads surface was full of potholes and debris, causing the cart to shutter and dip through the streets of old kaunas. The bridge was in view now, it’s framework bent, rusted and crumbling. Only a few feet was left of the road before it stopped, revealing a gigantic crater. The scientist released the handle of the cart and straightened her back, dabbing her forehead with the sleeve of her white lab coat. The mask she wore was suffocating, but to discard it would be perilous.
A loud clank of a metal can made the scientist jump in surprise. A dog stepped out from behind an abandoned military truck, tongue licking its muzzle savouring whatever was in the can. Realising it was not alone, a growl creeped up from its throat as it’s eyes locked onto the scientist, crazed and ravenous. Foam oozed from its mouth as teeth were bared and it’s thin, flea infested body took a step forward. The scientist pitied the creature, but could do nothing for it. With slow movements she released the gun from its holder and aimed at the ravenous dog. The dog took a running leap, jaw snapping and foam spraying the ground. A loud pop and the crushing thud of a body signalled the end of a tragic life. The scientist turned from the body and continued to pull the cart towards the bridges edge.
The crater was huge and seemingly endless. Where the entrance of Kaunas city was, now held nothing. The world around it withered and died, but Kaunas did not. A ripple in the air at the entrance of the bridge was the only way of knowing.
Kaunas city survived.
With a step over the edge, the scientist felt a cool breeze replacing the suffocating heat of the earth’s atmosphere. Were was once an endless space now stood the rest of the bridge. It’s frame strong and study, with no rust or missing parts. Were her feet expected to feel only air, a smooth ground met the soles of her shoes, the carts wheels now moving effortlessly. The scientist stopped as she was approached from all sides, barrels of guns pointing in her direction. She slowly raised her arms and allowed her cart to be wheeled away for checking and her lab coat searched. This procedure was a necessity and routine for the scientist. Coming back to the floating city of Kaunas was a delicate procedure and precautions must be taken to ensure no unwanted guests intruded.
The floating city held around 299,500 residents. All of which originated from earth’s kaunas city that was once a great city in Lithuania. During the invasion and destruction of the planet, scientists and military had made a desperate attempt to protect the city using prototype weapons that had not been fully tested. What happened after the first wave of firing could not have been predicted. A scale of 157km2 of land was ripped from earth and sucked into a vortex. The whole of Kaunas city was left floating in a void, alone but safe.
That was over 10 years ago.
There are several portal like doors that the vortex is still connected to, one of which the scientist had just used. Only restricted personnel is allowed to use them, for research and gathering equipment. The floating city is completely depended. The residents have adapted to this lifestyle, growing their own crops and live stock. Power is generated from wind turbines and light. And housing have been adapted to hold future generations.