In these posts, we’d like to go a little more in-depth on the daily life and the setting of the comic, rather than in-depth plot details. While we carefully guard our secrets under the adage “show, don’t tell”, you are free to read these posts as a supplemental – or, you can ignore them altogether! We leave this to your wisdom and discretion.


The world of the Waterfront is one much like our own during the experimental heights of the nineteenth century, with one major, world-spanning difference: the water-level on this world is much, much higher than our own, and has been for centuries. As a result, land, especially fertile land, is at a premium – and given that life on land is now only for the extremely wealthy, the very bulk of humanity has adapted to the rugged life on the free seas, by means of rafts, houseboats, and makeshift, here-today, gone-tomorrow flotilla-cities. Now a true seafaring species, humans have uncovered other regions of the world far earlier than anticipated, and trade on the seas has flourished accordingly.

Unfortunately, the relation between land and sea is frayed at best. While the people who own and work the land (or those who simply own the workers) have a relative abundance of natural resources, they don’t have the same access to the trade-routes unless they employ smugglers – which bitterly cuts into the land’s desire for orderly conduct. At the same time, while the seadwellers seem to manage things on their own just fine, they are bereft of the comforts and exciting innovations that the landdwellers freely enjoy, which leads to further jealousy and strife.

This is a world where mankind had to learn to farm on salt water, and where fruit might be more valuable than gold.