Hekseville (ヘキサヴィル, Hekisavuiru) is the primary setting of Gravity Rush, and is a featured location in Another Story - Raven's Choice and Gravity Rush 2. It is a city supported by the World Pillar and located somewhere between Eto and Boutoume, and it serves as Kat's home in Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2.
Hekseville comprises four districts:
- Auldnoir — the Old Town, a primarily residential area where Kat lives in a Pipe House, which Raven later also adopts as her home in the sequel.
- Pleajeune — the Entertainment District, home to numerous bars and shops, as well as Arquebus Academy.
- Endestria — the Factory District, which serves as the city's industrial hub. It fell into ruin during Kat's three year absence. Only criminals and the homeless occupy this area.
- Vendecentre — Downtown, home to the city's financial and government sector.
The districts are connected to one another via railway loop, as well as by numerous manholes that Kat can utilize. Additionally, each district features a particular colour scheme, as indicated by the colour of the sky in each: Auldnoir is red, Pleajeune is purple, Endestria is yellow, and Vendecentre is green.
The central base for government operations in Hekseville used to be Neu Hiraleon, which was seen briefly in the first game, but never visited. It was dragged through a gravity storm, and ended up in a candle lit rift plane. The city itself became sentient in Gravity Rush 2, and was destroyed by Kat and Raven.
Upon Kat's return to Hekseville in Gravity Rush 2, police chief Bulbosa explains that D'nelica stepped down after the events that happened at Neu Hiraleon. Since that time, there have been a few interim mayors, but Bulbosa states that the upcoming mayor is "the first viable candidate to emerge from the chaos after what happened." This is eventually revealed to be Dr. Brahman.
When Dr. Brahman rose to power, the Hekseville Defense System was created to keep the citizens of Hekseville safe from Nevi attacks. Meanwhile, the city's Police HQ was moved to the clock tower in Vendecentre due to the old location, Neu Hiraleon, disappearing in a gravity storm. Grigos, which are harmless, floating robots, have since become a common sight in Hekseville once the defense network was established. The system also requires all citizens to register their citizenship, mostly as a measure to possibly reduce crime rates. Bubs are also seen on rare occasions to absorb the remains of a gravity storm.
Within each district is a specific point of interest that sticks out more than anything else:
- Auldnoir - Auldnoir doesn't have a particular stand-out landmark, but the factories, Karuwari Church grounds, and the lifts are among the district's more notable points of interest.
- Pleajeune - the giant Ferris Wheel in the central hub that was previously taken by a Gravity Storm.
- Endestria - also taken by a Gravity Storm is the Storm Shield Tower, which was the main means of defense against these storms in the district. The tower collapsed some time after Endestria was abandoned.
- Vendecentre - the giant clock tower that lies smack-dab in the centre of the district. It stands as the tallest building in the entire city of Hekseville.
Name Origins Edit
- Hekseville - at first glance, the name could be interpreted as a combination of "Hex" and "Ville", the latter being a synonym for town. Could also be derived from "What the heck's this town [ville]?"
- Auldnoir - a combination of "old" and "Noir", which is the French word for "black", referring to the district's old, tired infrastructure.
- Pleajeune - a combination of "Pleasure" and "Jeune", the latter being French for "young" or "youth". Reinforced by the presence of Arquebus Academy, and the district as a whole being a popular hotspot for students.
- Endestria - an obvious play on the word "Industry" or "Industrial", establishing the district's nature as the city's industrial hub, until it was soon abandoned years into the series' timeline.
- Vendecentre - a portmanteau of "Vending" and "Centre", likely referring to the district's infrastructure as the Hekseville capital, as well as the heart of the city's business and government operations.