Fort Lewis

The Fort Lewis Military Reservation houses the Seattle Metroplex Guard, McChord Airfield, and the UCAS Army Pacific Command under the auspices of Joint Task Force Seattle, commanded by Brigadier General Ethan Darcy. Fort Lewis serves as a major training base for the UCAS Armed Forces, encompassing thousands of acres of undeveloped forest and hills as well as the Urban Combat Simulator (UCS). The simulator is a to-scale mock-up of Seattle Center enhanced to realistic detail with AR, allowing troops to practice urban warfare and “civilian pacification” techniques in a realistic setting. The facility also features a full-VR combat simulator for other scenarios as well. Military Police, not Lone Star, have jurisdiction over this district, patrolling and manning the checkpoints and access gateways into the district.

Aside from the forest, military installations, residential tracks, and small commercial strips, Fort Lewis’s main feature is the Zoological Gardens. Originally founded by the military to research paranormal creatures, the Gardens are now a well-at-tended public zoo with a large assortment of interesting paracritters. An extensive nature trail exhibit allows visitors to see these animals roam freely in their natural environment (proximity sensors activate ultrasound screechers and pain-inducing tags to keep the wildlife away from the trails). Some heavily-guarded parts of the zoo remain off-limits; no one seems to know what experiments the military is pursuing there.

Fort Lewis is a focal point for espionage and runs spurred by internal military conflicts. It’s possible to cultivate relationships with certain corrupt quartermasters in Fort Lewis if you’re interested in obtaining “misplaced” mil spec gear or vehicle parts. The Gianelli family has their hooks all around the district, controlling vice rackets for the troops and loansharking the local businesses. Recently they’ve suffered setbacks from the MP’s Criminal Investigation Division, but the drive-by shooting of a CID warrant officer implies that they’re not backing down easily.

Fort Lewis

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