The misty island, as it’s called, lies in front of the north coast of Faegirlund. Although the island is officially part of Faegirlund, it has never been touched by modern civilization, despite some minor visits. This is simply because it was never of any political nor industrial interest throughout the centuries, which is a unique situation for the island, looking at the tremendous imperial expansion of Faegirlund throughout history. The natives of that island although never showed much interest in the developments of their imperial neighbors and kept mostly to themselves and their ancient traditions. Syn, the father of Tala and Jarl, was born on the misty island. His parents were fishermen from Faegirlund who had small landing docks on both sides of the channel between the continent and the island. They were fishing the channel with just a few boats at the times before the massive vessels of the fishing industry started emptying the waters. As a child, Syn went to school at the mainland, but stayed most of his time at the beach house of his parents on the misty island. From time to time, his father did some trading with the natives for rare plants and animal pelts, which could only be found on this island due to its isolated vegetation. Syn very quickly became friends with some native children, and as his childhood years went on he visited them more often on its own and became familiar with their way of living. He always felt this way to be much more tangible then anything he experienced in Faegirlund. Nowadays, as he has kids on his own, as often as possible, he takes them back over the channel with his father’s old fishing boat and shows them the beauty of a life in balance with the misty nature of the island and the traditions of the natives. This is a life so very different from everything his children know on mainland Faegirlund.
However, something is changing on the island over the last two decades, which does rise anger in the heart of Syn. The misty island was always a place of mystery and fear to the mainland people due to its spooky appearance. Most of the year, the island cover in dense fog, which doesn’t allow seeing far ahead. The vegetation is as rich as the animal population with smells, sound and dangers seen nowhere else. Nevertheless, the culture of the natives is very unfamiliar to the Faegirlund people. Although nothing of all this really means any harm to them, it gave more than enough food for tales, horror stories and lies which shaped the daunting image of the island.
Over the last two decades, the gaming industry made commercial use of this daunting image of the island and the fact that it is not yet claimed by any other industrial or governmental institution. They develop a new business, next to their massively successful virtual reality branch, called reactive reality. This new reactive-drone based hype in the gaming world allows the gamer to step into reality while still playing with any kind of unreal creature, like monsters, giants or any other fantasy figure. For that purpose, the gaming companies started positioning reactive-drones in the shape of large monsters and other autonomous-controlled creatures all over the misty island. This reactive-drones usually only come alive and interact when a gamer approach with an artificial weapon or device in hand bought from the gaming company. The gamers mostly play ego-shooter games in the daunting atmosphere of the island by running around in increasing numbers hunting down those reactive monster drones with their noisy and expensive gaming weapons.
This of course doesn’t really go well along with the life of the natives and the natural habitat of the island. The government of Faegirlund doesn’t care about the island. Further, the natives are getting injured while trying to destroy the huge drones with their primitives weapons, because the drones have a self-defense mechanism against any interaction different from those with the official corporate gaming devices.
Over the last couple of years, Syn started to dismantle vital and expensive parts of these drones when ever he can, with the objective the gaming companies might lose interest on the island and relocate due to increasing maintenance cost. Whenever Syn comes across a reactive drone on the island, he uses an EMP to put them to sleep before their self-defense mechanism becomes active. As Syn holds a technical profession in his life in Faegirlund, it wasn’t very hard for him to locate and destroy vital parts within those drones, like the central control system and the energy supply. Of course It is unclear to him if this is a hopeless venture, it all depends on the amount of money the game industry makes with these reactive-drone reality games. But recently he also started to distribute EMP’s between the natives and teaches them how to maim and dismantle the drones.