:: TECHNOIR ::
Cypher is a small bar and “techno-fetish” club run by Kadin Black, a highly successful fence and fixer, independent from the Syndicates. It is located down a narrow alley in Mid-Town and is a surprisingly upscale place on the inside.
It is widely known that almost anything can be bought or sold for a price. Security is high and very little trouble happens inside of the bar. As such, most patrons come in to relax from the high-stress environment of the criminal underworld or the constant grind of corporate life. The security team is a highly competent group of men and women with completely zeroed backgrounds. It is rumored that they are the reason why the Syndicates, Metro-Police and CorpSec stay out of the bar’s business.
Exterior: Cypher is near the dead end of a narrow, trash-strewn, graffiti covered alley. The alley is off of the 23500 block of Edison Street, Mid-Town. A small neon sign that says “CYPHER” in big red letters, and “Techno-Fetish” underneath that in smaller blue letters, is the alley’s only real illumination. A thick, rusting and dented steel automatically sliding door is underneath the sign, down a half flight of stairs.
Interior: There is a small entryway where patrons have their weapons electronically deactivated as they pass through.
Beyond the entryway is the club, divided into three sections. The entire place has been painted black with one meter thick red neon strips running horizontally along all of the walls, making up the majority of the lighting. There are thin red neon strips along the top of each wall as well. In augmented reality, the black walls above the meter wide strips is awash with waves of blue light that run horizontally from right to left along the surface. As the wave passes, blue circuit patterns can be seen illuminated by each wave. The circuit patterns fade from view as the wave passes. Within the circuit patterns, there are also subtle hints of female dancing forms. They also intensify and fade from view as the wave passes. Scrolling augmented reality signs are near the top of every wall with a variety of warnings not to touch the gynoids without cash, to remember that all weapons have been deactivated, and to not cause unnecessary trouble.
The main section is a large, fifteen meter (deep) by twenty meter (wide) rectangular area. It is the first room that one walks into. The center is recessed one meter into the floor and surrounded by comfortable memory foam and leather surround sofas. The entry to the recessed area is a simple set of four stairs to the left side. In the middle of the recessed area are three dance poles that appear to be nothing but translucent light beams when viewed in augmented reality. In reality, they’re plexiglass, shot through with blue light. Gynoid dancers work the poles 24/7, in shifts.
To the left of the main area, is a bar with a smooth black counter top. The counter’s edge is lined by red neon. There are fifteen black swivel bar stools with red cushions bolted to the floor in front of the bar. Behind the bar is a series of shelves, bathed in blue and white light with an assortment of more than one hundred beers, and an incredible variety of hard liquor, to include more than forty makes of whiskey.
A small, five (deep) by four (wide) meter VIP room is across from the bar where a series of red cushioned memory foam sofas and chairs have been placed around a long, low black table. The wall separating that area from the main room is black smoked plexiglass that also has the augmented reality wave effects. It allows for patrons sitting inside of that room to see the dancers on the main floor. The room has been constructed to dampen noise into and out of it, making conversations taking place there easy and discreet. Patrons in the VIP room can have a custom virtual girl dance or do a sex show for them on the table while they talk.
Restrooms are down a six meter long hallway off of the back of the main room, next to the VIP room. The swinging doors to the restrooms are on the left side of the hallway, while a door to the storage area is to the right, near the middle of the hall. Each restroom has two stalls and two sinks. The male restroom also has a urinal. Both have augmented reality warnings that tell people not to fist android girls with a cartoon hand that gets caught between a pair of rolling gears.