Taking a walk in the ruins at night while having music play and lights fly around you is not recommended. It would much safer to go around while holding a sign that says, “Please ambush me.” After all, most gang members can’t read. Fortunately, I have many defenses. My first line of defense is my choice of route.
Some parts of the ruins still have working streetlights. Those areas are the most dangerous, because gangs like to hang out in them after dark. (The streetlights run on high-tech solar-charged batteries which were made right before the Advent. They could be destroyed easily enough, and sometimes they are, but everyone knows they can’t be replaced, so even the gangs will leave them alone). My preferred routes are ones that only mages can use. As it happens, there is a large section of freeway overpass still