Subterranean capital of Tåget. The unfinished Dalarna Metrohalls between what was once Avesta and Hedemora. Bomb shelter during the apocalypse. Scene of anarchy and bloodshed during the gloomy aftermath. Site of unification of Tåget. Hometown of the three tribes of Tåget: The Locomotive Engineer Tribe, the Navvy Tribe and the Conductor Tribe. Fortified base of operations during Tåget's quest to drain their flooding tunnels with the Artery, and likewise underground nervecentre in Tåget's ongoing megalomaniac construction, salvage and slavehunting project that will result in the Thundering Grand Train.
Home of the ravenous Conductor warriors that enslaved Erik Asbester's fishing tribe out on their pontoon settlment in Dalälven, north of the ruins of old Krylbo.
Underground Horrors (2019-2078)
In the decades prior to the apocalypse, the nationstate of Sweden invested heavily in creating a pioneering region-wide metro network for the industrial province of Dalarna, with plans to extend it to all centres of population, mining, industry and export harbours. This initiative was propelled both by the competitive edge to be afforded by such a modern upgrading of infrastructure, and by a push to move industry and infrastructure underground for a better environment. However, political turbulence in anticipation of Kali halted these ambitions, and so the expensive public works were only partially completed in the southern section around Avesta and Hedemora. The railway town of Krylbo, which had long been a hub in the traditional Swedish railroad system, saw massive underground halls and tunnels constructed before work stalled.
With Kali incoming and global panic rising, authorities overseeing the construction of Dalarna Metrohalls invested what little funds they had left in reinforcing the existing facilities to act as a vast bombshelter for civilians. As the nuclear apocalypse hit in 2044, large parts of the local populace sought refuge in the Metrohalls. The population thus saved consisted of a disproportionately large number of railway employees, metro engineers, tunnel constructors and other railway-affiliated personnel with families. However, conditions in the sealed train bunkers rapidly deteriorated over the years as stores and equipment for sustaining life proved inadequate for the mass of humanity dwelling in these installations. Tensions and ciminality escalated, until the old order was swept away in an orgy of subterranean bloodshed, which saw a great loss of human life and the coalescing of people into small tribes for mutual protection.
The remaining population of Dalarna Metrohalls was fractured and living in constant terror of their close neighbours, and a chaotic state of tribal warfare with raiding and atrocities reigned until three tribes of railway-descended families were united by the prophetic figure known only as The Great Engine Driver. He united those kin of the train and railway, and fought a campaign of subjugation against the other gangs and tribes, until finally only the unity of Tåget remained as the sole power within the unfinished Metrohalls (henceforth christened Rälsa-Krylbo). The Great Engine Driver also left behind him sacred teachings and a grand vision to unite and drive the tribesmen of Tåget in decades and centuries to come.
This uniting legacy and vision proved crucial.