The Ludgonian Industrial Union, in a move to create more tourism, has decided to show off parts of its capital city, Ludgonia. Occasionally, we'll post a part of this planet wide mega-city. The first part of the series was part of Ludgonia's Red Light District. We are now proud to present the Last Sea Boardwalk.
The planet/city of Ludgonia once sported eight great seas, but over the course of hundreds of years, these seas have slowly disappeared. Some were drained to make more land and others were piped into the city's water supplies to support it's 3.8 trillion residents. The Last Sea (if the name doesn't give it away) is the last remaining sea on the planet.
The Last Sea, formerly known as the Marmor Sea, did not go untouched. It was reduced to half its original size and it was close to suffering the same fate as it's fallen brethren. That is, until the LIU Governor's stepped in and voted to protect the sea.
The city quickly engulfed the regions around the protected sea and the Boardwalk was born. Shops, restaurants, and other tourist traps set up shop all around the last remaining sea. (God, that was boring, let's see it in action.)
Only a small section of the Boardwalk is shown. The actual Boardwalk extends for hundreds of miles around the Last Sea.
Pollution and dumping have made the Last Sea toxic. Signs like this are spread around the boardwalk warning visitors. A hose attached to the sign draws up water and tests it's level of toxicity. Today's water forecast, mostly deadly with a chance of partly deadly later this afternoon.
Tim, in a attempt to impress his girlfriend, ignored the sign and did a cannonball into the toxic water. By the time he was pulled out, most of his flesh and organs had been removed. His girlfriend called for a doctor, but when he arrived, he only smiled and said, "Ever hear of cyborg racing?"
The toxic sea water has killed off nearly 98% of the sea's original sea creatures, but has created new species, such as the Tentacled Sea Blob. Despite the shot with it holding a skeleton, its a pretty harmless creature. They feed on decaying corpses, which are pretty common in the waters near the Boardwalk (Stupid tourists!)
Why is the Last Sea so toxic? Because companies continue to pour industrial waste and sewage into the water. The LIU refuses to pass laws to stop the dumping as they are afraid it will slow production. Besides, the sea is ruined anyway.
Two tourist look at a mounted map to determine where on the Boardwalk they are. You are here. To the right, a man lifts weights in an attempt to impress the two ladies sun bathing.
Two small businesses make their home on this section of the Boardwalk. Here's the Cafe. Have a coffee and some snacks.
The Cafe's interior.
The Cafe has an outdoor seating area where you can sit, eat, and enjoy the toxic smells. Have some mutant crab legs while you're at it.
Next door to the Cafe is Scuba Steve's Equipment Shop.
Purchase all your scuba gear, including protective suits that resist the toxic water.
Note the red harpoon kept in the glass case. Steve wouldn't risk placing this rare harpoon anywhere a customer could touch it.
A viewing platform sits on top of the scuba shop.
Wife: The view sure is beautiful.
Husband: Yes they are!
Wife: They? What!
Husband: Uh...the waves, yeah the waves are beautiful.
Fishing is an important profession for residents of the Boardwalk area. Here, two fishermen drag a large tentacle up to the open air market on the Boardwalk's second level.
An overview of the second level. To the right, the Coast Guard HQ. The open air market is to the left.
A street vendor sells fried tentacle tips from his cart, while impressing the young kids with his sailor stories. "Aye, she took me hand but I took her arm. Har har. The best tentacle I ever had!"
Here's the open air seafood market. Purchase fresh sea critters that were caught right here in the Last Sea. This includes the tentacles of the Tentacled Sea Blob, a delicacy here on the Boardwalk. Please wash all items prior to eating.
This shop buys and sells the largest tentacles on the Boardwalk. A large crane lifts the catch to determine its weight. (You can have your picture taken with your catch if you are lucky enough to snag a big one.
A strange starfish man sells smaller tentacles next door.
This is hilarious! I loved the husband looking down at the girls and the stupid tourists who try to go into the water. Great details and a great story to with the pictures - thanks so much for posting this!
Yes, hails are in order for the Emperor on this one. One of your best IMO (but I seem to be saying that more and more with you lately). The humour is matched only by the details. Gotta love that Tim! Very enjoyable!
Oh it does get better, Jonathan! We've even got Gungan delicacies. Yep, nothin' satisfies me more than to see Jar Jar's head on a stick!...well, there are a few things...but, hey, it's up there. Say, Emperor, it looks to me like there might be a booming business for the use of toxic sea water to eliminate those pesky mortal enemies of the LIU. Perhaps someday you'll give us a tour of the LIU's chemical labs!
"Ever hear of Cyborg racing?" That made me laugh out loud! That is some funny stuff! I just sent you an E-mail asking when the next one was coming out and *POOF*. What are you, psychic? All hail the Mighty Emperor Ludgonious! Later ~ Chris.