Dreaming in Digital
At first glance the Dark Star is one of many upstart night clubs looking to push itself to the vanguard of what’s “in”. Built in the guts of a retired warehouse in Everett, the entrance to the club at street level opens to the upper catwalks of the high warehouse ceilings. Patrons entering the club first get a glimpse of the performance stage, which is built high above the club floor, about halfway from the catwalk to the club floor out of the old rafters and chains that once cris-crossed the warehouse’s upper areas. The performance perch is a great deterrent from rowdy club goers who might get it in their meaty heads to pelt performers with bottles or rush the stage.
Patrons then look down and get a bird’s eye view of the club floor, littered mostly with standing high tables and the fully stocked bar that runs most of the length of one of the club’s walls. A full spectrum holographic system decorates the air just above the floor with ever-changing post-futurist, impressionist art. The holographic show lights the club floor in shifting hues of ambient neon glow.
The owners of the Dark Star pride themselves in their considerable beverage selection. Along with club standards, the bar sports a full range of import and microbrew beers and an impressive selection of Elven wine. Their most attractive feature, though, are several private rooms at the rear of the building, built beneath the suspended sound stage. Each room is a soundproof faraday cage with internally-controlled maglock doors and no windows. The rooms are furnished and are large enough to comfortably seat a dozen metahumans. The private rooms are available for rental by the hour. The care taken to provide total privacy within the rooms is by design: the club owners are the remaining members of the retired ‘Runner team Fianna 21- the elusive hacker RedX and the notorious street samurai Musashi. With RedX managing matrix security and Musashi doubling as the club’s cooler, dust-ups and virtual intrusions at the club are brief and rare.