Detroit Heart of Darkness
Called “Garbage Eaters” for their habit of dumpster diving. A seemingly loose religious collective of homeless men and women who espouse material things and familial connections. The movement’s members shun material things and family, living essentially as vagrants and doing odd jobs to pay their expenses. The Brethren practice an unusual and secretive version of Christianity. They are egalitarian and there is no leadership but there are ranks based on levels of reflection and time spend as a Brethren. It is difficult to determine the number of Brethren in Detroit as it is rare to see the same individual more than a few times. There are reports of sightings of a single Brethren minutes apart and yet miles away.
A large chemical processing plant on the Eastside. Blackwell has been embedded in Detroit since 1941. Variously criticized for it’s employment practices, lax waste management and stench the company is also lauded for sticking with the city when most others have fled. The large high security compound is well guarded against protesters. Locals say the chemical manufacturing processes sometimes sound like inhuman screams to passerby.
No one is quite sure if the “Artisanal Weapons” sign above the door is supposed to be a joke. Detroit Munitions makes and sells ammunition even customizing bullets with inscriptions and insignia. They don’t make weapons but have a small selection of hard to find guns on hand. The owner Drew will sell to anyone with cash and several street gangs buy from him using the bullets to mark their territory or send a message.