Marinics 2C Vimba
A vessel for safely traversing the open ocean between subcities.
Standard features for the 2C include a synthetic leather interior and 3D HUD control interface.
The year was 2104.
Her name was Apophis II.
When she chose to grace the Earth with her presence, rather than rejoice at the
heavenly visit, the inhabitants of Earth did exactly the opposite.
Some cursed God, some found themselves only able to pray for mercy, and some died instantly in the impact of the asteroid, which months before had been classed as a 4 on the Torino scale. After unexplained changes in her trajectory as she passed through the orbit of Mars, and many grim calculations later, Apophis II took her rightful place as a 10 on the scale.
Impact was imminent.
Fear was inevitable.
Solutions were not to be found.
For the first time since its birth, humanity was without options. The only choice was to wait for her arrival.
Life as we had come to know it had been given a deadline.
As this knowledge spread, people ceased to show up at their jobs, crime increased, and for the nine months before her arrival, daily life was all but normal.
Some sought out their friends and family to spend their last fleeting moments together. Others ventured out to do the many things they had always dreamed of doing in their lifetime. All knew, deep down, that whatever was about to unfold would mark the end of an era.
When Apophis II finally did make her mark, the Earth was thrown into chaos.
Impacting in southern China, one of the most populous regions in the world, the death toll was high. Tsunamis born from the violent rupturing of land wrought havoc across the sea. To make matters worse, China, which had become one of the strongest nuclear powers in the world, lost its largest store of nuclear weapons that day to the impact.
Many died weeks after the impact, but unlike we had expected, humanity as a whole was still mostly intact, at least for the time being. Scientists knew, however, that we would not last long. Dust clouds and radiation thrown up from the force of the impact had both taken to the skies, slowly blocking out light from the Sun. Temperatures gradually dropped into a state of perpetual winter. Not just winter, but nuclear winter. Plants were dying, and farms continued to yield less and less food. Radiation levels rose around the globe as the nuclear waste was spread by the wind.
Humanity faced starvation, radiation, and cold the likes of which they had never dreamed of. The only thing the masses could do was turn to the brightest minds in science and engineering for help.
The surface was quickly becoming an uninhabitable wasteland, and the only place to go was down. Drilling through the Earth's crust was too laborous and time consuming, they reasoned. And thus, humanity as a whole headed for the ocean.
Probes were sent down to the ocean floor to scout out the flattest areas, suitable for building structures upon.
And then, possibly the greatest feat of human engineering occurred. Leonard Vostev, or as he is known by most, the Dome Father, conceived the means with which to build component-based air-tight geodesic domes on the sea floor, each large enough to contain an entire city.
As these plans were carried into action, the era of Subcities was born.