The Eight Ball

A Nomad bar in the Night City combat zone. Built in what used to be an actual bar, the basement caved in years ago and now serves as a kind of central arena for mostly-amicable fistfights. Angus is the doorman, and the nomad pack of which Emparo Teach’s family are members frequent it from time to time. Most notably Zeb.

The thing about the Zone and everything around it is, if it hasn’t been wasted it doesn’t get wasted. To illustrate: the Eight Ball is a bar. Back in the day the Eight Ball had been a bar, and then it collapsed into the street. Straight down to the sewers. So what it is now is three wrecked brownstone walls standing around a crater, which has taken a bite out of a hundred-year-old brick-walled subterranean shit river. There’s a shattered ten-by-ten foot pipe jutting from the north and south walls of the crater, on the bottom. Halfway down between street level and the bottom there’s the remains of the Eight Ball’s basement. Now it’s a kind of jagged ferrocrete mezzanine looking over the bottom of the pit itself – a shallow-curve bowl with the remains of a bricked channel running through it. Sometimes it’s used as a dance floor but more often is a combat arena. Entrants enter from the north and south pipe and fight for beer money. No one’s been killed – it’s not that kind of place, fists only, and generally the combatants spend the rest of the night drinking together – but management doesn’t clean off the blood. That’s kind of the whole point. The blood’s history, just as much as the graffiti and the one-eyed septuagenarian who has her own stool at the bar and has hit on everyone in the place at least three times and wont stop making the same joke about how being toothless has its benefits.

Sheets of cast-off iron and steel have been riveted together and laid across tops of the remaining walls as a kind of roof. The entrance is through the missing wall, which has been fronted off with cyclone fencing, an old truck body, a couple of vending machines and more riveted-together plating. When it rains the central channel of the bottom floor tends to fill, and the dirt bowl get a bit slippery, but generally the patrons stay dry once they know where to sit.

The Eight Ball

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