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The Lower Marcage lies at the eastern part of the city, east of Soindres, Brumaire and Marusine. The district’s boundaries also includes a part of The Fens, similarly to its sister-districts, Upper Marcage and Central Marcage.
The Lower Marcage was not a discrete district until after the fall of the eastern portion of the city wall, seperating Montmarais from the Fens, in A602, when the Cien-Tet raided the area and claimed it as their own. Prior to this, the area was considered to be part of Marusine. The area was, like most of the eastern districts, a heavily industrialised zone, containing factories and mills that were built during the industrial boom on the run-up to A600. Due in part to annual flooding and its proximity to the Fens, the ground of the Lower Marcage is largely unstable, which can result in spontaneous earth sinkage, formerly solid ground becoming pliable due to excess moisture, and so on; this factor was not recognised during the rapid development in the area, and within two decades the zone had become completely uninhabitable, with the buildings no longer in use – there was a huge loss of life in the district due to the shifting ground causing buildings and structures to collapse, though none moreso than in the mines of the Montmarais Quarry, where in A595, several thousand workers were killed due to sections of the mine collapsing and closing up, and one of the nearby factories partially sinking into the ground.
The Lower Marcage consists largely of industrial buildings, such as factories, logging mills, a mine/quarry, and a shipyard. The buildings are in very poor repair, crumbling and splitting apart quickly due to the unstable ground, and it is not unheard of for streets in the Marcages to suddenly sink into a muddy quagmire overnight.
The Lower Marcage, like its sister districts, is part of the turf for the Cien-Tet. Trespass from other gangs or organisations from other districts are not permitted; the Cien-Tet only very rarely allow people to access the Fens via the Marcages. The principal holding for the gang in the Lower Marcage is the Altermill, a large logging mill built atop the Montmarais Quarry.