For Prof Hartnell, who holds a chair at the University of Riotspolis, time is priceless and for far too long has been squandered by the Riots students. This belief has led him to create the first Copernica-fuelled clock that enables you to stabilize and fix elements in a precise space-time continuum. And from there, it was but a small leap to creating the Hartnell differential timescale so as to prolong his students’ study time.
It was during recent work on the new Clint City subway line that the underground shelter, housing Riotspolis, was drilled apart. This Utopian city, dreamt up by wise men at the turn of the century, could now wave goodbye to its tranquility and isolation. Unsurprisingly upset by this turn of events, the Riotsville Council, led by the Patriarch Pericles, decided that the time had come for them to at last emerge from their isolation and impose their “wise rulings” on this barbaric bunch of hoodlums inhabiting the surface.