In expectation for Necromunda's re-release , I thought I would indulge myself in some beautiful but fictional built environments that in my mind link in part towards a hive like setting. I started by playing The Last Guardian by Fumito Ueda
A vertical narrative journey that starts in the dark below and ends in up in the light above. The towering minarets put me in mind of Necromundas Palatine hive spyres , i came away thinking about spire warfare ,as mentioned by Bruticus as a possible scenario for the new necromunda , a few years back on this blog.
I also couldn't help thinking about how high up the spires are on the palatine , twelve miles high in places, narratives of flying spyrers gusting winds and lack of oxygen all sprang to mind along with the notion that upspire nobles must know very little of those below in the almost mythical dark. I had fantasies of builders adorning the the spires in rivalry to other houses, and how workers might live on the outside of the walls , cantilevered on gothic pinnacles clinging to the underside of massive flying buttresses.. majestic windows housing nests of workers like bats in the belfry.
The last guardian
I found artworks of Tsutomu Nihei online a few years ago , and although intrigued by his bleak architectural style i never got around to reading his manga Blame! I recently made the effort after watching a netflix animated version of it though. I was shocked at how many similar tropes to Necromunda were within Blame. A sprawling built environment with no natural light built by AI aeons ago, fragments of distopic civilization that barely remembers its own history, struggling on in a never ending battle for resources.
I felt reminded about the expansionist Terra and the dark age of technology. STC's and the war with AI.
The vast architectural scope is similar to 40k and borders on science fantasy as opposed to science ficton.
The manga style is minimalist black and white , and put me in mind of early 40k artworks by Pete Knifton,
Dave Gallagher and Gary Harrod.
Finally I found a perfect version of Fritz Langs Metropolis on you tube ,one that incorporates the 2010 missing reels , but also uses the original recreated orchestral score. along with English subs!
watching this movie in its entirety is demanding but worth it. This movie is the prototype for so much science fiction and distopian fiction . The parralels to the palatine are obvious , its class system being vertically stratified a flood in the lower most levels and the serfs toil in thankless servitude in vast factories for the greedy elite, who indulge every whim in abject luxury high above the workers.. There is even hidden religious cults in lowest most regions of the original city.
I came away reminded that for me class division is a per-eminent reason I am drawn towards the myth of Necromunda.