Pathfinder

Glommed onto one wall of Gusev Crater 40 klicks to the north of the gate, Pathfinder City has plenty of room to grow. The initial dome constructed for the city is already nearly filled, and so the groundwork for a secondary dome is being laid. New construction towers in every direction, from crater-wall-hugging settlements to new skyscrapers.

Many have remarked that the growing city is taking on the color and vibrance of old-Earth cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Las Vegas. Much of the burgeoning infrastructure has little to do with the gate itself and everything to do with making Pathfinder City a Place To Be. Casinos, gambling and gaming dens, dollhouses, and petal pods draw the desperate and unlucky, priming them for a future with no option but to sell themselves for gatecrashing or colonial efforts. Sports activity is also on the rise, spurred by the wave of gamblers eager to take risks on low-g air racing, canyon parkour, and more traditional sporting outlets. Media icons and metacelebrities are drawn here in increasing numbers, and even the hypercorp glitterati are starting to view Pathfinder City as a worthy stopover on their hedonistic tours.

The action and nightlife is most concentrated in the central part of the dome, an area called the Hub, where credits flow like water. The areas near the crater wall remain mostly residential, though a significant portion of these homes are transitional. Pathfinder pulls in heavy numbers of potential colonists, barracking them here until they can be shipped out to homestead a new life on a distant exoplanet. North of the Hub is the corporate sector, where most of the corps involved in gate missions of various stripes have physical offices, depots, or facilities.

Pathfinder

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