The Ward Family ruled Novaville, before Skydark it was a state penitentiary. The rulers, the Wards, ran the ville for generations, decedents of the original Warden who managed to hold it together after the Skydark. The slaves were the decedents of the original prisoners and were not allowed names, only numbers. The guards, were of course, the decedents of the original guards. They built it over the years by salvaging goods from the nearby villes and a national guard armoury. They controlled the ville through fear and the use of riot gas, which only the wards and a couple of their most trusted sec men had the antidote for. The ville had been attacked by the Son's of the Knife, a biker gang. It was destroyed by a three way battle between Ryan's people, an open rebellion by the slaves, and the attack of a robotic vehicle known to them as the Beast.