In a little house in Riotspolis lived De Couture. But this was no ordinary house: it had been a fashion house since 1974. At that time, the fashion designer shared his windowsill with a big and beautiful spider. Intrigued by the creature, he studied it and tamed it and in doing so developed the strongest thread known to man. Ever since, this animal, its children, and its children's children gaily weave the thread that knits together the great designer's creations. He sews his clothes like a spider spins its web, using mechanical arms and a portable spool of thread.
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.