The year is 2089. Earth, as everyone knew it, is no longer. Dust covers the planet; the plants have been scorched. But, to combat the harsh sahara-like environment, green cities have popped up among the desert landscape. These cities were established in order to help humans survive, help them advance their society. Each city is its own self-sustaining biome. Well, self-sustaining now. It took centuries for these green cities to become what they are. Currently, they are sprawling metropolises built over manmade forests. These forests had to be genetically modified, of course. Normal trees wouldn’t survive in the new warmer, harsher environment. An environment that came to be because human’s destroyed the atmosphere, allowing the heat from the sun to radiate fiercer than it ever had before. The cities themselves are pristine, a paradise even. In order for these cities to function, different foundations needed to be formed. Each foundation has a specific job with people hired for their talent in each vocation. The Agricultural Foundation was there to keep the forest thriving, figure out if old Earth could ever make a comeback. They helped with the Green House Domes that grew fruits and produce. There was the Architectural Foundation that was responsible to keep the buildings repaired, and keeping the air rails running smoothly. These were just a few examples of the foundations that sprung up. Laying around the outskirts of the lush green is a sparse, dry environment. This new scenery did lend many great discoveries and advancements in technology. Plants that once covered great temples now showed their hidden treasure. Water dried up from the soil only leaving dust and sand that would get cleared away by great sand storms. Nature revealed hidden temples. Temples left by a civilization prior. A civilization that had boundless success in technology. Technology that captured the energy in the world to make it run. This desert held the key to advancing technology. So far, the bits of technology and temples they already found had help these cities becoming the sprawling spots of culture that they are. Little is known about this ancient technology. Only a handful of archaeologists, researchers, and scientists have been able to crack the language and complicated systems of these temples. There is still much to learn and many more uses to be found for this ancient tech. This is where Piper comes in. Since the discovery of these ancient ruins, she has dedicated her life to cracking every code they have to offer. She, and her partner in crime, have made many breakthroughs with this ancient tech. They’ve learned that it draws energy from a dimension that is not their own. How? That is still a question looking to be solved. Piper even theorizes that they could create a pseudo-atmosphere and regrow the Earth to its former glory! Already, she is on the forefront of creating artificial weather that mimics the weather of Old Earth. With the help of her “Mother Nature 2.0”, as Piper likes to call it, weather should soon be normalized, promoting a healthier environment for natural plant growth. Piper, her friend, and the team they’re on has been honored by the government, commended for their intelligence and encouraged to continue. The team is expected to further unlock the secrets of the ancients, get the rest of the technology working, and find ways to once again bring Earth back to the way it used to be… but no pressure, right? “Nothing like sand in your nostrils and windburn to wake you up in the morning!” Shouts Piper over the motor of the Sandcrawler. Her work boots up on the dash, hands clasped behind her bobbed brown hair that was tied back into two small pigtails. “Today is the day for a great discovery. I feel it!” Then she went silent, closing her amber eyes behind clear goggles for just a moment before they arrived at the freshly discovered temple. It was hard for her to contain her excitement, though. A new temple! There were new things to find out. Maybe something to help unlock other devices they couldn’t start or new ones all together. Or, there could be more of hint on how to unlock more untapped energy. Or even bigger find would be to find exactly who, and what, this ancient civilization was. There were so many questions to be answered! The Sandcrawler pulled up in front of the temple and Piper jumped out, her weight making her boots sink into the loose sand. Picking up her feet, she stomped her way to the other side of the vehicle, eyeing the new temple as she did. It was a wonder that so much sand could have covered this temple. It was huge! The first order of business would be clearing sand from the entrance and inside, a task she feared would take longer than today. Whipping her bright pink bandana from the pocket of her tan shorts, she wrapped it around her head and knotted it at the base of her neck. “Glad I wore all brown today,” Piper said matter-of-factly, hoisting a shovel over her shoulder. “Or else my bandana would just look silly.” A playful grin spread over her face as she glanced around at her team then turned to trudge towards the partially exposed entrance. “This is going to be a good day!” She shouted back over her shoulder.