Wellington Wells is a fictional city occupying the land southwest of England and is also the setting of We Happy Few. The city is based on a man called John Wellington Wells. The city is set in a futuristic 1960's England.
Wellington Wells is sprawling habitat, built on a small archipelago located in the Severn Estuary/Bristol Channel, in the south-west United Kingdom. Each island is a "holm" (an old English word meaning an island in a river). As of Full Release v.1.3, the currently accessible islands are Barrow Holm, Eel Pie Holm, Lud's Holm, Ravensholm, Maidenholm, St George's Holm, the Holm of Usglass and Apple Holm.
Each island is connected to the others via bridges, some of which are heavily guarded. The bridges are is the only way to traverse between islands, as the waters are treacherous, and you cannot swim.
In happier times, the city was linked by an underground metro system called the Wellington Underground. However, the metro has since fallen into disuse and severe disrepair, and the trains no longer run. Some stations (like Eel Pie Holm) have been re-purposed to serve as Motilene pumping stations.
Wellington Wells is administratively divided into three districts so far; the Garden District (where Wastrels live), the Village of Hamlyn (where Wellies live), and the Parade District, aka "The City" (where richer Wellies and the government lives).
As Wellington Wells sits in the middle of the Bristol Channel, the player can observe vast expanses of land to the north (Wales) and the south (England). This is the fated "Mainland" (i.e. the mainland United Kingdom), to which player characters will try to escape.
Wellington Wells is inhabited by humans. St. George's holm and Maidenholm are populated by Wellies and the main police force of the island, the Bobbies. Lud's Holm and Eel Pie Holm are populated by the Wastrels. Diseases including the unicurable "Plague" is rife in Lud's Holm, but is contained.
The city hall of Wellington wells is based in the parade district (as seen by looking out of the window in Arthur's office) and provides services such as utility staff and police officers. One of the most influental(and infamous) figure of the government and the island itself was General Byng and the one who taking care of the batch of Joys by supplying it and mass produce it in his laboratory is Doctor Verloc.
The city hall is in a state of extreme disrepair, with broken pneumatic tubes and lots of unfiled paperwork present in the offices. The dwellers do not see it, though.
Wellington Wells is a city haunted by the ghosts of its recent past. In 1943, this world deviated from our own, and the Germans successfully invaded and occupied England during World War II. Most of England is in ruins, as is a fair part of Wellington Wells.
However, during the Occupation, the people of Wellington Wells all had to do A Very Bad Thing, which was to give all children thirteen and under to the Germans (and all were unknowingly later killed). To calm their anguish and guilt - and forget what they’d done - the "Wellies," as they came to be known as, invented Joy, the miracle happiness drug, but had serious side effects including hallucinations, memory loss (the goal of the drug), and dehydration.
They set about rebuilding their town, and along the way, got into serious technological research and development.
The motto of the city is "In Posterum Cum Gaudio" which translates roughly from Latin as "Into The Future With Joy", which could be taken temporally.
The city of Wellington Wells is made up of several islands, divided into several districts and separated by bridges. Each of these bridges are heavily secured to restrict movement, with some bridges even being deliberately kept closed under the guise that they are "broken."
A train system known as the Wellington Underground used to connect all the islands, but it has been boarded up. The tracks can still be used by the player to quickly move about the city if they can find the access hatches.
The Garden District was the rural part of Wellington Wells, nearing the Victory gardens. The place suffered heavy bombing and was left in ruins while the rest of the city redeveloped itself. Now overgrown and run-down, the Garden District is used to cast away the Wastrels, former Wellies who react badly to Joy. Those survivors took over whichever houses were still standing and installed traps to defend themselves. The Garden District is made up of three islands.
Eel Pie Holm Edit
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The second island of the Garden District, which the government has locked down for the purpose of quarantining (or dumping) victims of a plague that has been spreading through Luds Holm. These plague-infected Wastrels mostly appear at night.
Barrow Holm Edit
The first island that Arthur Hastings finds himself in after escaping from City Hall.
Victory Memorial Camp Edit
The old German military camp, now taken over by General Byng and the military of the island, the Home Army. It is made up of one Island.
The site of the Victory Memorial Camp, where the Home Army unwittingly guards a dreadful secret about General Byng, his men at the Military Camp, and what are those tanks that placed all over the Camp, guarded by Byng's men.
Both Arthur and Ollie went here to infiltrate the Military Camp of Ravensholm only to find out what's right on the truth about the secret. After both of them get away with everything, the secret about Byng and his men, Arthur and Ollie then soon discovers that the tanks in the camp were nothing but fake papier-mache tanks placed there by the Germans to deter any sort of rebellion during the occupation.
Hamlyn Village is one of the "sane" districts of Wellington Wells. This is where the lower and middle-class Wellies live, protected by Bobbies and security systems. It has the appearance of a quaint small town, with old buildings painted in bright colors, and rainbows paving the roads. However, it has also been upgraded with motilene pipes running between many of the houses, and has large gaunt buildings, which serve as important points of interest. Hamlyn Village is made up of three islands.
The first island of Hamlyn, and the first area that is Wellington Wells proper. The St. Genesis Church is found here. There is a pub and Doctor Faraday's lab is located on the island.
Located next to Maidenholm. Nick Lightbearer's Pad is located here as is the Thomasia House. The island has a chemist and a Downer-free park.
Holm of Uskglass Edit
This small island is occupied solely by the Haworth Labs, where the city's supply of Joy is manufactured. The purple fumes produced by the Lab can be seen from almost anywhere in Wellington Wells.
The Parade District is the final main area visited by Arthur after Hamlyn Village and is where the wealthy Wellies live. This is where the administration of Wellington Wells is performed, and it is under extreme security measures to prevent anyone from entering. The Broadcasting Tower is there, where the Executive Committee meets and where Uncle Jack's show is filmed. Unlike the Garden or Hamlyn, the Parade is only made up of one island.
Apple Holm Edit
The island on which the Parade District sits. It contains Apple Holm Train Station, the Broadcasting Tower, the Wellington Wells Hospital, and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, to name a few. Due to the risk of the plague, many of the streets around the island have been sealed off. This is the only island connected through the mainland, by the Britannia Bridge.
Rat Holm Edit
An island not connected to any of the others by bridge, it can only be reached by using the old train tunnels. Anton Verloc once had a laboratory there, but it was abandoned due to the high number of plague wastrels on the island, with many of the workers having been killed. It is currently being used as a dumping ground for Haworth Laboratory's chemical waste, which has made the island extremely toxic.
- As revealed during each of the characters' journey through the city, Wellington Wells is on the brink of total collapse largely due to the use of Joy and the actions of Robert Byng.
- Food production in the city has completely stopped, and the city no longer trades with any of the local farmers on the other side of Britannia Bridge. Citizens are beginning to starve to death due to scarcity of the food which, to the point that butchers like Reg Cutty in Maidenholm are scavenging human cadavers for meat , but the Joy makes the wellies completely unaware of the fact.
- All of the underground maintenance facilities are either in dire need of repair, or have completely collapsed. The workers who keep things running have become so drugged to work from taking too much Joy and too incompetent to fix anything and many have died from their own negligence.
- A Plague has begun to spread around the city, affecting the Garden District, and later even the Parade District. The medical professionals in the city have no idea how to stop it and think simply taking more Joy and ignoring the problem will help.
- Joy is becoming less effective, and some of the newer batches are either making people far too loopy or making them become immune to the effects of Joy altogether. The newer type of Joy in production makes people go insane and the only permanent solution in the works is to lobotomize the citizens into a permanent state of happiness using an electric shock.
- The Executive Committee, the governing body in charge of all that goes on in the city, have simply chosen to take more Joy, as looking at how dire the situation in Wellington Wells has become is just too depressing for them to handle.
- There also seems to be a brewing power struggle between Anton Verloc and General Byng, primarily over one person, Sally Boyle, in addition to control over the entire region. Whoever controls Sally controls the Bobbies, as she makes her special Blackberry Joy for them, which keeps them in line. Currently, Byng has control over her but Verloc controls the Joy Doctors and is trying to push back with stronger Joy and a permanent solution in order to run Sally out of business (for personal reasons). Should she lose her job or die, the Bobbies will riot.
- The defenses of Wellington Wells are very weak. The soldiers are all old and out of shape, their guns have almost had no ammo and are out of date. In addition, they lack heavy fire power and the only military mind they have is Robert Byng. If someone actually tried to invade Wellington Wells, they'd have almost no trouble doing so.
- The town is overrun with crime. In addition to street criminals like the Plough Boys in Hamlyn Village and the Headboys in the Garden District, there are at least two serial killers plaguing the town. One is the aforementioned Reg Cutty, who kills people and butchers them to make Victory Meat, which he feeds to the populace. The other is the mysterious copy-cat of the already popular Uncle Jack, Foggy Jack, who kills people in the fog (which is often toxic), something even the Bobbies can't seem to handle. While Cutty is eventually caught thanks to Arthur's efforts, Foggy Jack remains at large.
- In the quest "Moon Juice Leech" one of the bobbies say that half of the Wellington Wells Fire Brigade are gone on ’’holiday’’ (they’re all dead or missing) therefore if a major fire breaks out in Wellington Wells it could have a heavy impact on the city.
- As to the above, there appear to be no emergency services in town, meaning there is absolutely nothing to aid people in the event of an emergency, such as an earthquake.
- The population of the city is expected to be around 65.000 inhabitants.
- The town also shares its name with John Wellington Wells, a character from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Sorcerer. Wells is the eponymous sorcerer who doses an entire English village with a love potion.