Dam Big Problems
The former Lake Mead is now called the Silt Sea. Years of pollution caused a layer of silt at the bottom of the lake. When the Big Whoops happened, radioactive fallout and active biological and chemical agents stained the sky; whenever it rains a little more of the poisons filter down in the water. Since the water collects in the Lake, that’s where the poisons collect also. They’ve become a thick layer of sludge and silt at the bottom of the lake, periodically releasing a bubbling explosion of poisonous gasses and mutagenic microbes, making the lake a dangerous place the hang out. Nevertheless, a hardy breed of Skimmers make a living fishing the “safe layer” of water for whatever they can get.
While many consider it somewhat risky to go out in the rain, everyone at Dam Big thinks it’s suicide to actually go swimming in the lake. If you go swimming in the Silt Sea, roll+cool. On a success, nothing special happens. If you fail, roll+hard immediately. On a 10+, you stir up the sediments; take 1-harm and -1ongoing from burning skin irritation. On a 7-9, you swallow some of the water; you suffer 2-harm puking the poisons out and -1ongoing from complications. If you fail, pick 2 of the following.
- you suffer 4-harm and -2ongoing.
- you check off the Broken(-1 cool) impairment; this is a permanent effect.
- you check off the Crippled(-1 hard) impairment; this is a permanent effect.