The Plastic Jungles west of the Rat’s Nest are plastic greenhouses that go on for acres. Inside, you find yourself in the middle of a rainforest, the plants vividly growing inside, pressing against the plastic windows, finding their way even through small cleaves, getting outside – and dying there. It’s hot, humid and there are exotic plants everywhere, from orchids to big trees. But of course people don’t just grow pretty plants here, the Plastic Jungles are a major supplier of fruits and vegetables for the Barrens. The Rat’s Nest has been doing business with them for years.
The people at the Plastic Jungles live mostly in neo-tribal societies and keep to themselves. Metahumans are a very common sight here. The height of the greenhouses is about four to over ten meters, with a couple of huge geodetic domes in the middle. Streets and access-ways find their way between the greenhouses for deliveries and logistics.
While there is a central heating system around the core of the buildings that support the inner housings with hot steam as heating system, some of the structures never were connected to the pipelines that run in service tunnels below floor level under the whole compound. So they need their own, local management. Fuel has to be organized regularly to run the heating, paid by the selling of vegetables and fruit that are grown inside.
The Jungles are frequently targeted by gangs and scavengers, raiding and stealing harvests and food supplies.
Areas at the Plastic Jungles include:
The community of the Plastic Jungles has been as good as destroyed during the Tempo war. A last tribe has held onto some land and seeds and call for help at the Nest. In the end, the whole tribe moves to the Nest with the plan to rebuilt there, helping the Nest's own gardening project.
People have started to rebuilt. Many of the old people are gone - dead or living somewhere else. But some are still around or have returned, now that the Tempo crisis has more or less ended and the first greenhouses are already repaired. The Nest has agreed to supply seeds and plants and will get a share of the harvest in return.