Khurana

As the largest mercantile district in Saskatoon, Khurana sees an estimated 4.9 billion hands’ worth of consumer trade every single day. It stretches from Lakeshore north to sixth street, covering a total of 2.1 square kilometers; and with a tremendous 241 registered storefronts, 81 restaurants, and an estimated 500 street vendors packed in to that small space, it is the densest white market in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere.

While Khurana was zoned for business as early as 2044, it did not take recognizable shape until roughly 2080. Prior to this point, it existed as a loose collection of strip malls, ultramarkets, and offices. In 2079, mayor Jai Khurana—for whom the district is named—negotiated a 26-billion-CD land deal with Croesus Construction, giving them ownership of the recently-abandoned Lossos Steel Mill—a .75 sqk lot on the edge of the South Saskatchewan river. Croesus Co promptly bulldozed the facility, and began the construction of Khurana’s most iconic structure: the Saskatoon Subterranean Shopping Center, more commonly known as “the molemall”.

Over the next 26 years, Mayors Khurana, Caldwell, Loman, and Rommel authorized (and in some cases funded) a series of urban renovations which propelled the Khurana district to the forefront of consumer trade. Sitting comfortably in the middle of the city, it commanded an enviable position; and the construction of the Saskatoon Superhighway in 2104 solidified it as the only economically competitive area in or around the genmu.

Today, Khurana encompasses just over 20 city blocks. Most of these are crisscrossed by a series of skyways and tunnels; and the entire district is ringed in by the famous Khurana El Train. With crowds over a million strong, it can be easy to get lost—or find something you never even knew you were looking for. If you find yourself in Saskatoon, make sure to pay a visit to Khurana and do a little window-shopping…but maybe leave your wallet at home.

The Molemall

The Saskatoon Subterranean Shopping Center isn’t just a fixture of the city: for some people, it’s a way of life. In this massive underground complex, you can find everything you need to live a reasonably comfortable life. Ten generations of latchcard kids have grown up in this place, and now the Molemall Mallmoles are just as famous as the building itself. If you’re from Red Mile, you were probably on a first-name basis with the security staff when you were a teenager; and you can probably still draw a map of this place from memory. A lot of people have good memories of the SSSC—but like any mall, it’s way too expensive, and it has plenty of dark corners.

The Molemall, as previously mentioned, began construction in 2079 after Croesus Construction purchased the Lossos Steel mill. The lot itself was comparatively small—definitely too small for a conventional wide-area mall. While building down is extremely expensive, Croesus Co was able to secure a secondary contract relocating the displaced earth to the then-under-development Giants’ Rest neighborhood. The building was designed by Croesus himself, and reflects his well-known fondness for early 21st century South Korean architecture: using sharp angles, broad surfaces, and simple geometry, he created a building that is both efficient and beautiful. From above, the oubliette’s many triangular promenades resemble the petals of a lotus flower; and many tourists make a point to visit the mall for the building itself, rather than the shops within.

The building plunges down for 12 stories, and is roughly 113 meters wide at the mouth. Each of these 12 stories meets in the central plaza and fans out for just under 170 meters in 2 cardinal directions, with the wings running perpendicular to the floors immediately above and below them. Each floor is structured in roughly the same way: around the central plaza there are 4 showroom stores, each occupying a quarter of the available space. Along each wing, 11 more stores are arrayed:5 outlet stores on each side of the wing, with a department store at the end of each. Each of the 302 stores is secured by the Long/Thicke Security Co, whose controversial reputation no doubt help maintain the Molemall’s famously low shoplifting rates.

On the first 3 floors of the structure, the Northwestern plaza showrooms lead directly into the neighboring Red Mile district. Thousands of Red Mile Residents arrive on foot from this direction around dinner time every day. The central plazas, and the parallel department stores, are linked by escalators and stairs respectively, with 12 elevator banks arranged strategically throughout the complex. In the middle of the central plaza, a revolving glass elevator stands. This elevator is accessed by a different cardinal direction on each sequential floor, and carries passengers all the way up into the Molemall’s sister building…

The Tall Mall

The molemall was an unqualified success from the first day it opened, and to this very day still commands a thumping business. But, like all businesses, doing well is not enough. As long as there was money left to be made, there was still work to be done—so in 2207, Croesus Catsby returned to build a sister structure for the molemall. The Rings of Saturn Tower—which is called “the tall mall” or “the swolemall” by the locals—is a masterpiece of modern architecture, and is by many considered to be the feather in Catsby’s cap. The building itself is an array of 26 rotating disks stacked on top of each other. Each one is just under 4 meters tall and 20 meters wide. These discs are suspended above the Molemall’s central plaza by 2 crisscrossing steel arches. The disc apparatus is 110 meters tall, with the arches being 115 meters tall at their tallest point.

Each ring hosts a single store, though the floors are sometimes partitioned by their occupant. Unsurprisingly, most businesses which lease space in the tall mall are luxury goods and services: jewelry stores, fine dining, and world-class erotic comfort are Saturn Tower mainstays.

The outsides of the discs are painted with a map of Saskatoon, but each one rotates independently and at different speeds. They only align to form the complete picture from 11 PM to 1 AM on New Year’s Eve, in a well-renowned spectacle. They rotate around a single axis, which contains 8 different elevator banks and an express elevator down to the Molemall. In case of emergency, each disc also contains an analog staircase which can extend to the floors below it, as well as an emergency ramp which can stretch out as far as ground level.

Despite being constructed as a monument to excess, the tall mall is actually carbon-minimal. Each disc, as well as the support arches, are covered in solar panels which provide all of the building’s power under normal conditions; and in case of significant cloud cover, both malls revert to backup power provided by a hydroelectric battery along the Saskatchewan river.

Now let’s dispense with the pleasantry: odds are the only reason you’re interested in this place is because you plan on robbing it some day. In our capacity as a guide for the aspiring criminal, We here at electric eye must offer this piece of advice: don’t. The Saturn, like the Molemall, is protected by Long/Thicke Security co—but unlike the molemall, there are no conceivable escape routes. The building’s complete reliance on elevators means that once the alarm goes off traffic through the floors is getting completely locked down. Taking the escape ramps, or having a hovercraft meet you outside a window, will leave you wide open—and you might try base jumping into the mall below, but that will plunge you right into the jaws of an alerted security force. Even if you manage to pull it off, the take won’t be that much better than an average department store.

Don’t. Do it.

USING KHURANA

As the scene of a crime. A district full of storefronts is practically crying out for a crime spree. In a place like this, your players will have ample opportunity for thefts both grand and petty. The thick crowds are great for pickpocketing, or for losing dogged pursuers; and the numerous storefronts protect all kinds of treasures…and all kinds of secrets. This is a great setting for players who are ready to begin committing crimes large enough to warrant a police response, but not yet strong enough to survive an engagement with SWAT officers.

Sample Prompts:

It’s a fire(fight) sale! A local arms dealership has decided to demonstrate their new acquisitions by staging a simple sale: they’ll just hole up on the showfloor with a bunch of guns, and anything you can walk out of the store with is yours to keep! It’s the perfect way for your players to pick up some new weapons, as long as they don’t mind getting a few bullet wounds along with em.

Love is in the air! When an associate of the players asks them to secure his prized diamond ring in the days before his wedding, the players realize they’re not the only ones who want it: their employer’s thirteen ex-spouses are determined to stop his fourteenth marriage. An ordinary protection job turns into a madcap chase over land, sea, and air, as everyone races to reach the altar before the wedding starts!

The heist of the centur…well, heist of the decade at least. Your players hatch an audacious high-stakes scheme to rob multiple floors of the Tall Mall, simultaneously. How will they get in? How will they get out? What will they steal, and how will they deal with the security guards? This is an exceptional heist, so demand exceptional performance!