When the Energetic Crisis began in 1975, the governments decided to cut the electric supply in the farms and villages that were in the periphery of the big and medium cities, creating the first Dark Zones. These places were characterized before to have many polluted areas and fauna and flora spices that had mutated because of the pollution, becoming toxic and poisonous. Due to this reason, these areas were almost abandoned, and the farms and villages were already needy. But, when the governments decided to cut the electricity supply, that was a point of non-return. The inhabitants of the now call Dark Zones created their army and started a civil war that they called The Right Fight. First, they attacked the closest Gray Zones (the ones that still had supplies from the government). However, instead of use violence from the beginning, they sent women and men to try to convince the inhabitants of these areas of their inevitable fate. These people were called The Dark Clouds. They used worn clothing as a way to show how poor they already were when the government took everything from them. They managed to convince many that join them into the fight. Together, they attacked the White Zones and started a blood bath.
However, after only one month, the government offered the Gray Zones more medic and food supplies if they left the fight. They accepted the proposal, letting the army of the Dark Zones without soldiers and ending the civil war just three months since its beginning.
In June of 1975, the government built The Wall that separated the Gray and White Zones from the Dark Zones, isolating the survivors of the civil war.
After this, the Dark Zones was forgotten, but not for so long. Only two years after, in 1977, The Wall moved back, letting behind many medium and small cities that conformed the Gray Zones, just like the Dark Clouds warned. No much time after, some of the smaller cities reported to the bigger ones, that some unknown enemies attacked them and found some civilians dead. These reports happened in different cities, in different Dark Zones and what the inhabitants found after the attacks were completely different. Some found corpses without the organs, other found items, like dolls, other just found symbols painted with blood… The leaders decided to send recognition parties. But many of them never came back, and the ones that did it told stories about awful places full of weird icons and strange objects. This situation forced the survivors to gather in the same city and fortify it. The solution that was for the worse, producing more attacks that left behind more and more victims.
A year after these events, in 1978, more Gray Zones join the Dark Zones, and the government’s army started to explore them searching for resources of any kind. However, what they found were the Rites. A bunch of people that the darkness, the hunger, the thirst, the cold, the illness… all that kind of bad things ended up driving them crazy. Cities and village abandoned, covered in blood, symbols and strange icons. Forests protected by warriors that spoke in weird languages. Towns built on lakes’ surfaces. Trained crows and bears were wearing gas masks… Those places weren’t any more part of the world that the White Zones’ army usually knew. That was a new world. One wild and weird.
Nobody knows with accuracy how many Rites are, what their beliefs are, or how many members have each one. The only thing that is known for sure is that if you enter any Dark Zone, prepare to face them.
NOTE: The soldiers were in charge of putting the name to the Rites. So in this case, it is Judas who gives a name to the Rites of the game.