Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
Mining and timber harvesting drive the economy of the Blessed Isle’s lightly populated interior. In the areas closest to the Pole of Earth, modern technology functions erratically; brownouts are common, while radio and television reception is poor. In addition, spirits and creatures from Meru’s slopes often afflict the area, necessitating military patrols and encouraging assault weapon ownership among residents.
The largest city in the region, Lord’s Crossing is small by Meruvian standards. The city’s booming economy—several major corporate headquarters are located here—stems partly from oil and valuable minerals, and partly from its central locale, which makes it an important transportation hub. The latter also attracts criminal syndicates who’re shipping drugs across the country.
One nearby site of interest is the Blessed Isle Defense Aerospace Command (BIDAC), Meruvia’s nuclear operations center, which lies buried beneath nearby Portee Mountain. Another is the Iselsi Royal Observatory, one of the largest and most sophisticated radio telescopes in Creation. Scientists there have begun deciphering cryptic messages in cosmic background radiation—messages that contain blueprints for an intricate, enigmatic machine. The device is currently under construction at an undisclosed location.