The story begins in a nameless, decayed, urban landscape. Resources are scarce. The weak are forced to gather fuel for the strong. The unluckiest are casually destroyed.
Remnants of information say there is a place better than this. Citizens of “gold,” “silver,” “bronze” and “iron”. The golden citizens train for years to be benign oligarchs, the “philosopher-kings.” The wisdom of these rulers eliminates poverty and deprivation through fairly distributed resources. All citizens of Utopia are powered and maintained. All have purpose.
Soon, no sentient will remain operable. The time for flight has arrived. The goal, Utopia.