When society chooses to privatize, tragedy and secrecy often come together; sometimes for good, but often for the worst. Ignorance is rarely bliss as deep-seated secrets block a chance at real healing.
ARENA o6 explores the rivalry between street gangs in an alternate universe from the one you know. Fame, power, freedom and happiness aren’t just words thrown around to the inhabitants of the Haze, and questions of what makes us ‘human’ are getting harder to define.
Down here, people would die for a taste of that knowledge.
Down here, people die.
In exchange for money and a glimpse at the true meaning behind those words, those with nothing to give and nothing left to lose, sign up for experimental trials. Corporations moved from duking it out on the trading floor, and instead gamified their profit swapping by dealing in genetic engineering and pitting the test subjects in high speed races and trap matches to settle their bids. The paper pushers of old learned just how deep the rabbit hole of competitive trading could get and turned a few trade deals into a black market gamblers wet dream.
Behind the wheel of the race car, it’s stressful and it’s difficult.
Between the heat and the pressure even ordinary speedsters needed skill and stamina. But with the bio enhancements; it’s nothing like your grandmother's Nascar. Higher speeds, higher G loads than even the Astronauts were exposed to. Your heart rate will soar.
Of course, not all is glory filled for the bio-manipulated car jockeys.
Despite the fame that being a driver for even the top company crew in ARENA o6, current legislation (specifically the Human Augmentation act lobbied by a group calling themselves Bioconservatives), deems anyone with biotech enhancements to be ‘transhuman’ and therefore lose most basic human rights. Either they remain the property of the Corporation that augmented them, or they become wanted criminals just for being alive. The group argued that the enhancements were elective implant surgery that took the body well beyond ordinary baseline standards of human ability, and for any reason other than simply fixing an impairment, the procedure is therefore not protected under the International Disabilities Act.
Bioconservatives have been quoted, stating “the Human body is good enough as it is, and the use of Human-enhancement technology to meddle with its mechanisms is unethical--essentially cheating at life.” the anti-enhancement rhetoric compromised in its language of the bill when it came down to allowing enhancements for entertainment purposes (backed into a corner by the makers of ARENA o6),
Setting: present-day, (fictional) Earth. Modern city. Genre: Dystopian, Biopunk, Action. Synopsis: Lowly street racer gangs try to beat each other out to race alongside top company crews to make it out of the slums while performing as political fodder for a corrupt government agency and powerful (criminal) corporations.
Setting: present-day, (fictional) Earth. Modern city. Genre: Dystopian, Biopunk, Action. Synopsis: Legislation enacted in the 90s enables large corporations, organisations and businesses to settle conflicts and business deals by sending race crews out to determine the victor in organised matches. Matches range from pure speed, to long range navigation/stamina tests, to ARENA BATTLES
“Welcome, Gladiators, to ARENA o6!”
In this world, societal norms don’t help those not born in the top 3%. The latest advancements of biotech may give us the tools to work against the Elite, but the Law will never be on our side.
In the late ‘90s, Scientists backed by greedy corporate CEOs who wanted more control over their profit margins, were willing to perform experiments that were considered forbidden by most ‘normal’ scientist colleagues. Gone were the days of backroom deals being settled over cockfights and back alley street fights. These businessmen wanted more. While the scientist racked their brains at just how to give them the world, activists and lobbyists for Animals worked hard to push more legislation to make animal testing illegal--but the testing on human subjects remained hidden.
It was then that business owners and merchants with cash to spare, invested in manipulating the DNA of their GLADIATORS, making them stronger, faster, more resilient. It was no longer enough for brute force and fist fights. These elite wanted a better way to test their GLADIATORS skills and put them in more cerebral tests of courage, endurance and merit.
The system works. The impoverished that reside in the HAZE see their only way out of the slums and into the perceived Elite by being the best GLADIATORS and winning their way to freedom.
ARENA o6 shows the concerns about the shortcomings of modern society and explores the consequences of creating genetically engineered gladiators and what happens when the 97% ban together and attempt to carve out an existence away from or within the Corporate complex.