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Symbol of Tåget.
Members of the Conductor tribe harvesting slaves during the early building phase of the Artery. Artwork by Milek Jakubiec (EthicallyChallenged).

A great feat of engineering, constructed despite grim odds in the face of logistical and military challenges that required all the wit, grit and might of Tåget to overcome. The Artery is a pump system in Rälsa-Krylbo, with pipes that leads out into the ruins of Avesta. This drainage system saved Rälsa-Krylbo from a slow drowning, yet doomed the barbarians of Avesta to live in a hallucinogenic swamp. The pipes were laid on the ground, covered with thick earth, and guarded by defensive towers joined together by catwalks constructed on top of the pipes.

The first completed wonder project of Tåget, brainchild of the Locomotive Engineer Tribe, pride of labour of the Navvy Tribe and military accomplishment of the Conductor Tribe. The confidence earned by finishing it led to the utter delueded megalomania of the Thundering Grand Train project.

Section of the Artery, the fortified drain pump system between subterranean Rälsa-Krylbo and the ruins of Avesta, which turned the latter into a hallucinogenic swamp. Pride of Tåget.
Konduktör Én, of the Conductor Tribe

Tåget's Consolidation of Power (2079-2138)

And so a lenghty period of rebuilding and population growth ensued as Tåget built, repaired, planted and harvested, and created a home for themselves in the underground fortress of Rälsa-Krylbo. Yet a growing problem for these fanatical denizens was the large water leakage experienced by many sections of the Metrohalls, which threatened to drown their home. The arduous work with pumping and damming seemed a hopeless struggle. As time went by, the leaders of Tåget decided to open the shelter gates and venture outside. There they found a devastated landscape in what had once been the municipality of Avesta, inhabited by often mutated wildlife and likewise twisted barbarians dwelling in small settlements on easily defended locations. Over this primitive scene of the mutilated age, rose the rusting ruins of ancient times, with vast amounts of machine equipment and materials lying scattered about, ready for the taking.

The three tribes of Rälsa-Krylbo soon learnt to fear the bushwacking nomads on the surface world, yet necessity pressured them to perform a bold undertaking, involving a stunning degree of mastery over engineering in this rotten age. For amidst raids and ambushes, Tåget managed to construct a pump system, with fortified pipes leading out into the ruins of Avesta township (sporting raised catwalks between defensive towers overlooking the armoured pipes which were covered in protecting earth on the ground). Slave labour captured from wasteland barbarians was crucial to accomplish this great work. The Artery, as this engineering feat became known, would prove the salvation of Rälsa-Krylbo and the utter disaster of the raider clans of ruined Avesta. For Tåget activated the pumps, and have since managed to keep them churning enough to dry out the beleaguered underground halls of Rälsa-Krylbo, all the while emptying their waters into the ruins of Avesta. As such this drenched wasteland turned into not only a swamp, but a hallucinogenic swamp at that.

All the issues encountered in constructing and defending this marvel of engineering and fortification (and keeping the Navvies fed and supplied, and salvaging the materials, and scavenging the tools, and deceiving the Gävlejävlarna, and fighting off the Kartongkannibaler of Fors, and beating the Jernverkskanonjärerna and double-crossing the Roadburner Hornedalingar...) would in themselves detail a saga of struggles and travails, against grim odds. Yet the fanatical Cult of The Locomotive Force kept the tribesfolk of Tåget motivated and cohesive at all times, and the small steps of success emboldened them to press further on, in spite of the daunting labours and dangers ahead. It was a great labour, and it became the stuff of legends.

And so Tåget was forged in the fires of hardship, and emerged as a force with iron will and boundless confidence in its abilities.

And this confidence would propel the union of three tribes into their unfolding madness of the present day...