Escape from Dregs Island

It is six years after President Gray's Prison Reform Act of 2026. Prisons have been shut down across the United States, and all felons must serve life sentences on isolated prison islands where escape is impossible, and rules of civility are obsolete. The prisoners on Dregs Island must rely on sharp intuition to survive, as nobody can be trusted.

Dregs Island has been segregated into four factions after the first prisoners arrived six years ago. The Quay is the northernmost part of the island with the most vegetation and resources. The merciless leader Tobias and the Junk Rats, who are all confessed murderers, reside there behind a chain-link fence. The Compound is a fortified complex where the white-collared criminals live. The Battlefield is where the worst of the worst reside and where the trash of the island is sent. Purgatory is the largest sector where the misfits live in a disorganized village of huts and cabins.

Under fire from the American public, President Gray has acknowledged innocent people may have been banished for life to a prison island – especially with the newly-formed expedited trials. In a show of good faith, President Gray has asked the island to select one prisoner who is most worthy of a release. The prisoners are set to meet in Purgatory for the big vote of who to liberate from the island. Even though the murderous residents of The Quay will be ineligible for release, Tobias has made it mandatory for the Junk Rats to attend the gathering. This indeed will be a problem, as the Junk Rats terrorize the island population. This is where your story begins.

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RESIDENTS OF PURGATORY- CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

ALEX CARDIN

From Odessa Texas, this recent high school graduate witnessed a hit and run accident that led to the death of an elderly woman. After an expedited trial, Alex was transported to Dregs Island – one of the self-regulating prison islands formed after President Gray’s Prison Reform Act of 2026. With human-hungry sharks infesting the water and government sniper towers surrounding the island – there is no possibility of escape. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: MURDER - HIT AND RUN OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN.  Alex maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

 

MILA COOPER

With a beautiful face, bobbed hair, and a leather vest – this former thief looks like she stepped out of an adventurous video game.  She speaks with the confidence of a seasoned politician and has been a prisoner on Dregs Island for three years. With a sprightly manner, this resourceful girl knows the ins and outs of the island and can help you survive – if you’re worthy. A former forager for The Compound, she’s now a fugitive among outlaws. Mila’s burned a few bridges with folks, so she lingers in the shadows and steals whatever she needs.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: NON VIOLENT THEFT - MILA ATTEMPTED TO STEAL BACK A STOLEN FAMILY HEIRLOOM FOR A FRIEND.  Mila confessed to the crime.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tomb Raider style island attire with a leather vest. Prosthetic left hand as an optional prop (or wear a glove) for the mark of a thief.

 

GABBI HARRIS

Looking like a fashion magazine cover, this island resident’s appearance is always on point with perfect features as if drawn by an artist. Gabbi is a natural mediator, and virtue seeps through his/her skin.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: MURDER – INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER FROM A BOATING ACCIDENT. Gabbi maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts.  Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

 

LARRY BATEMAN

Larry Bateman was running a rescue service on the shore for the newcomers to the island, but it certainly isn’t for altruistic reasons.  Larry hopes to one day be the first non-murderous Junk Rat. Larry believes if he brings enough Red Stripe recruits to Tobias and helps build Tobias’s army, that Tobias will allow Larry to be an honorary member. Larry is the least trustworthy person on the island and would sell his soul to get under Tobias’s wing of protection. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: NON VIOLENT THEFT – CAT BURGLARY. Larry confessed to the crimes.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts.  Missing left hand is optional (wear a black glove to signify) for the mark of a thief.

 

TONY CARDIN

Tony is the youngest sibling of the Cardin family and ended up on Dregs Island after an attempt at proving Alex’s innocence by implicating the judge who sped up Alex’s trial to throw him on the island. Raised by a single mother, Tony is a strong backbone of the family. Stabbed in the back on the first night on the island, Tony has endured more than most could stand.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: MURDER – UNEXPLAINED MURDER OF AN ELDERLY HOMELESS MAN (NO OTHER DETAILS KNOWN). Tony maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):   Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

 

DIRTY PETE

Dirty Pete is a scarred man who wears filthy clothes and spends the day fishing for sharks to hand over to The Quay in exchange for Tobias’s protection.  A fearless island resident, Pete is unhinged crazy and recently burned the middle forest of the island down to ash.  Dirty Pete is always armed and sometimes travels with a stocky minion named Stinky Sam. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: ARSON – BURNED APARTMENT BUILDING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND. Dirty Pete confessed to the crimes, and was caught in the act.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Very dirty and Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts. Right arm is ‘mottled’ as if burned – use makeup (optional) for the mark of an arson.

 

MARK ITO

Mark has one of the nicest huts in Purgatory – the largest part of the island where the misfits live. Mark dabbles in many areas and will make trades for various items including clothing made from the silk harvested from his silkworm colony.  The island residents are typically seen with their prison orange jumpsuits or one of Mark’s rudimentary fashions.  Mark also takes care of a family of tigers and is working on a secret formulation that is rumored to be able to take down Tobias and the Junk Rats.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: NON VIOLENT THEFT – BURGLARY OF A HABITAT.  Mark maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts.  Your clothing should look best, as you are the tailor on the island.  Missing left hand is optional (wear a black glove to signify) for the mark of a thief.

 

HERMAN ARNOLD

A long-time resident of Purgatory, Herman has one of the most beautiful huts in the village that smells of cedar and is surrounded by beautiful flowers. Herman’s wife was kidnapped by the Junk Rats during a routine patrol of Purgatory three years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. After that day, Herman became a recluse and trusts no one. It is best to stay clear of this disturbed man, as Herman will do absolutely anything to get information about his missing wife.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: GRAND THEFT AUTO.  Herman confessed to the crimes and was caught in the act.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):   Tattered, handmade-looking silk (or rayon/linen) shirt/shorts.  Missing right (dominant) hand is optional (wear a black glove to signify) for the mark of a violent thief.

 

MARV BELL

Marv Bell is a Yellow Stripe from Houston Texas. After a bully broke Marv’s femur, Marv exacted revenge after recovering from the injury and hit the bully, the son of a cop, with a brick. Marv hasn’t learned the ropes of the island and is entrusting some of the wrong people. Alex has tried to intervene to save Marv’s life, but Marv’s fate is proving to be in jeopardy.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. Marv confessed to the crimes – there was video of the assault.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes): Orange prison jumpsuit. Two yellow stripes on right cheek below eye (use makeup) for the mark of an assault crime.

 

RESIDENTS OF THE QUAY- CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 

JUNK RAT JO

Jo admittedly has murdered many ‘bad people’ and lacks remorse for all previous crimes.  Jo speaks like a pirate and is only concerned with making new friends on the island. Jo became a Junk Rat upon arrival because of the Red Stripe mark bestowed upon Jo on the transport ship. Red Stripes are the marks of murder and most of the Red Stripes end up being followers of Tobias – at least the ones who proudly admit to their crimes. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: SERIAL MURDERS OF WANTED, VIOLENT CRIMINALS. Jo confessed to the crimes.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Orange prison jumpsuit. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

 

TOBIAS

Tobias is the supreme ruler of The Quay and leader of the Junk Rats. Once known as the I-35 Killer, Tobias is considered the most dangerous killer who ever lived. As a free citizen, Tobias murdered over two-hundred people in the span of a decade.  A cult leader, Tobias directed many followers to kill as directed. Tobias only accepts murderers as followers, and they are referred to as Junk Rats by the rest of the island. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: SERIAL MURDERS OF INNOCENT VICTIMS, ASSAULT, ROBBERY, RACKETEERING, FRAUD. Tobias confessed to the crimes.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Island native/warrior attire. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

 

MANSON

Manson is Tobias’s right hand. Manson is ruthless and has taught Tobias everything about leading a cult and establishing control of followers. Manson led a sect named The Family back in Texas. Members of the cult were implicated in many violent crimes in the area, but only a few were ever proven in court. However, Manson was eventually brought down by the police while taking part in an organized bank robbery.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: MURDER – TRIPLE HOMICIDE DURING A BANK ROBBERY. Manson confessed to the crimes and was caught in the act.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):   Island native/warrior attire. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

RESIDENTS OF THE COMPOUND- CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

NURSE NATALIE

Nurse Natalie lives in The Compound and was sent to the island after she was caught collecting a meager cost-of-living salary from her charitable organization that was providing free medical aid to low-income neighborhoods. Nurse Natalie contends she had taken a 50% pay-cut after quitting her lucrative job in the ER to run the charity and didn’t realize President Gray had passed a law forbidding people to be paid from charities – even if it was their full-time job.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – MISAPPROPRIATION OF CHARITABLE FUNDS. Nurse Natalie confessed to the crime.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered medical scrubs. (White collar criminals are not marked.)

 

DR. V

Dr. V leads The Compound, which is the armed, reinforced complex that houses the white-collar criminals of the island. A scientist back on the mainland that was nabbed for tax evasion, Dr. V claims the crime was the accountant’s fault.  Dr. V employs non-violent thieves to work as foragers for The Compound to retrieve things needed to create medications. Dr. V refuses to allow patients of The Compound’s hospital to lie around in beds and everyone must work their fair share – even if sick or injured! Dr. V and Tobias currently have a truce, but nobody knows how long this will be in play.

CRIMINAL CHARGE: WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – TAX EVASION. Dr. V maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered medical scrubs. (White collar criminals are not marked.) 

 

DR. ROSE

Dr. Rose is Dr. Volkmann’s right hand. Nobody speaks directly to Dr. V – they go through Dr. Rose.  A surgeon, Dr. Rose is a valuable inhabitant of Dregs Island.  Dr. Rose was accused of the creation of a Ponzi scheme that attracted investors to put down large sums of money for promised above-average returns on an investigational medical technique that eventually was not approved by the FDA. However, when the pyramid unraveled, Dr. Rose was left holding the golden ticket to prison. Dr. Rose maintains the investors were aware the technique was a trial and knew the risks, but the investors’ testimony put Dr. Rose on the transport ship to Dregs Island. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – PONZI SCHEME. Dr. Rose maintains innocence.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Tattered medical scrubs. (White collar criminals are not marked.)

 

RESIDENTS OF THE BATTLEFIELD - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

 

JUDGE GLASGOW

Judge Glasgow framed Alex Cardin for the murder of the woman the judge hit with a Lincoln Town Car. When Tony Cardin found out who owned the car that killed the lady and reported the issue to the police, Judge Glasgow framed Tony for a murder of an indigent that had died of old age.  Judge Glasgow is a terrible person and the most recent island inhabitant. 

CRIMINAL CHARGE: MURDER VIA HIT & RUN, FRAMING INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR MURDER. Judge Glasgow confessed to the crimes.

Suggested attire and mark (prisoners are marked during transport to the island to distinguish their crimes):  Orange prison jumpsuit. Black-rimmed glasses. Two red stripes on cheek below right eye (use makeup) for the mark of a murderer.

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