The Maker: Adventures in Time and Space
Hembeck is the fourth planet orbiting the sun named Nastark. The other three planets orbiting it are better known as the Packette system (the other planets being Dvorsky, Parent, and Skowronski which form a close union and orbit each other in the same path that Hembeck’s orbit takes it around the sun). Due to the large amount of swampland that covers 88% of the planet Hembeck, with its active air currents that change temperature, the planet finds its entire surface covered in a thick fog. The fog itself is harmless, but obscures vision at a distance greater than about 3 yards (2.7 meters). The result is that visibility is always reduced on the surface of the planet. The result of this is that the distances between different neighborhoods and economic zones are greatly reduced. A
wealthy area of a city on Hembeck may only be 100 yards (91.4 meters) away from a slum in the same city. As socioeconomic forces are limited by the areas in which people move, rather than how far they can see. This creates more distinct neighborhood within the cities on the planet. In general there is less travel and movement to other places.
Hembeck has recently undergone a move towards more vertical neighborhood integration (as in they are building more skyscrapers). Because of the limited surface visibility neighborhoods have been built near each other, and so they only way to expand one is to do so vertically. As a result, buildings that are higher than 30 yards tall (90
feet, or 27.4 meters) break through the top of the fog on the planet. This has given the people of Hembeck a different perspective of their culture, as those that have travelled above the fog are more conscious of how closely related their communities are. This is creating a cultural shift of politics and social attitudes on the planet.