City of Women

The majority of biblical interpretations blame Eve for the fall of Adam and thus mankind, but in Helena, Queen Arika and her women take ownership over the original sin. By eating the forbidden fruit it was woman who opened the door to knowledge, and man who ultimately kept her down.

It was man’s oppression of woman that led to God’s departure, and the Extermination War that followed. Believing in the divine feminine, the matriarchal society of Helena rejects the notion of female inferiority, and the women rule
over the men.

Helena is a fortified Eden, built high on bluffs, overlooking the ocean, located in what was formerly the University of San Diego campus in La Jolla. The grounds are lush, green and filled with gardens that produce an ample supply of food and medicine. The citizens live, learn, and work in the surviving campus halls.

Helena is named after the plane where Arika lost her father and experienced the cathartic moment of her life; where she learned what it really takes to survive. A city rooted in strength and survival, each citizen completes basic medical and combat training. With the most renowned hospital in the Cradle, medicine exists as the foremost trade, but as the only city with access to planes and helicopters, a large proportion of Helena’s residents attend flight school. Populated by doctors, pilots and warriors, Helena is a city whose citizens are prepared to save, defend, and kill
others when necessary.

In this strictly matriarchal culture, the women are the heads of their households, property is passed through the female line, and it’s the women who participate in business and politics. The men are dedicated to siring children and manual labor. There is a ratio of four females to every male, and as a result, the tradition of marriage takes dynamic forms. Most marriages consist of two or three wives and one husband. In a three to one union, two wives may join the workforce while the third stays home with the husband to raise the children. In these family groups, sexuality is fluid, and the roles of the respective wives may fluctuate over time, depending on the needs of the partnership. To keep men from taking ownership over their offspring, and claiming power, the marriages are non-monogamous, and the women keep the paternity of their children secret.

To preserve a female-dominated population, most male children are required to leave Helena once they are of age. Queen Arika also mandates the consumption of herbal remedies and participation in an annual ocean ritual, both rumored to influence the predominately female sex of the city’s progeny.

With its abundant natural resources, elite doctors, and singular access to aviation, Helena exists as one of the most influential settlements in the Cradle, but as epic storms increasingly strike its land, spoiling its crops, and weakening its defenses, the city of women may need to abandon their home in order to survive.

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