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District Prain

Few know the true identity of the Arch Daecon of Prain, fewer still know his face and even the ruling body of Prain know little about their shadowy overlord whom acts through intermediaries in all things.


Few know the true identity of the Arch Daecon of Prain, fewer still know his face and even the ruling body of Prain know little about their shadowy overlord whom acts through intermediaries in all things.

What is known is those that receive the Arch Daecon's orders do so indirectly, and all forms of communication are received through a network of heralds, missives and emissaries and virtually never directly from the Arch Daecon himself. Many think that the Arch Daecon itself is just a title, a faceless moniker that is used by the Prainian nobility to veil their own selfish ends.


Prain's populace are forever vigilant, and it is said that nothing happens within Prain's walls that the Arch Daecon or his heralds don't hear or know about. Children of Prain are taught that information is the key to survival and therefore information is tightly guarded, even within families and it is treated as a precious commodity to be traded as readily and easily as grains of food to those who can pay the most.


Information is as valuable as precious ores within the walls of Prain, and it is perhaps their greatest import and also their greatest export. Their network of spies is notoriously able to infiltrate areas others thought unthinkable and as such, they are able to gather information nobody else can.

Many Districts are willing to pay handsomely for useful information about their direct rivals. This could be information about from anything from military strength to mining output quotas and areas of key interest.

Law Enforcement

Criminal activity is quiet rare amongst the nobility because of the general paranoid mind-set amongst the citizenry. Eyes are everywhere, listening devices are ever present and because of that, none dare slip out of line for fear of losing face and facing severe punishments from Prain enforcement officials.

When someone does anything illegal, it is often found out quiet rapidly and the criminal dealt with little to no court hearings and the guilty individuals often just disappear without a trace - where to is anybodies guess.

There are times when a very public execution is needed and when that happens, the Prainian government makes sure to make such executions are public as possible by broadcasting them live across the District on large pict-screens.

Industrial Infrastructure

Prain keeps a small manufacturing presence within its armoured walls, although they are there to keep the standing army in munitions and the populace in food. What little does go into the trading emporiums and merchant houses are often pre-vetted wares, approved by the Prain heralds (and ultimately approved by the Arch Daecon himself).

Prain's main export is information, of which it demands a premium for its services and those of its network of spies and informants. To this extent Prain has gotten far richer by providing information then from material exports.


The Prainian Heralds are high ranking individuals whose status in society is assured by the secrets they know. Each Herald keeps their position through a mixture of subtle manipulation and outright subterfuge.

Each Herald directly reports to the Arch Daecon and him alone. They act as his eyes and ears and also his hands in times of necessity. They are also his direct messengers to the outside world.

In times of war, the current standing Heralds also form a council of war, acting as generals and leaders for the Prainian army should the need arise.

The Price of Information

Everything has a price, especially information. Whether that be the price paid to discover an ugly truth such as a cheating lover or more grander such as the movements of an enemy army, all information has a price to someone. Conversely, there are also those that seek to keep information secret, and will pay handsomely to keep it that way.

The District of Prain is eternally steeped in the information of others - it is not too much of a stretch to say that nothing of import happens on Techniconica without someone in District Prain knowing about it and filing it away for later retrieval for the purposes of extortion, black mail or simply to be auctioned off to those that need the information and are willing to pay the price for it.

How the citizens of Prain come to know this information, nobody truly knows and District Prain takes great pains to keep it that way for a very good reason as they have cornered the information market.

Some have the hypothesis that they have spies everywhere, watching everyone of import whilst others know that Prain's network of satellites are eternally vigilant, watching from above. It is widely known that Prain also have one of the most highly developed and extensive network of informants that stretch across Techniconica, no doubt passing information back to their masters in exchange for credits.


Just as those that seek to buy information, there are those that seek to furnish their opponents with misinformation. Companies may "leak" non-working prototypes to their rivals, throwing them off for months whilst the original company continue their research into whatever they are developing.

Misinformation like this will no doubt be sold to the rival companies in the guise of an "honest" piece of espionage, and for this, Prain, takes a cut from everybody involved as information is never offered for free.

District Statistics

Current Population172,290
Population Growth Ratio20.511 (1951.1% increase)
Settlement Land Area5,026.5482km2
Population Density34.2760 pop/km
Male/Female Ratio0.9624 m/f ratio

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