The White City refers variously to a physical city on the planet Mars that existed some 250 million years ago, to the governing theocracy that resides there, and the body of laws it has passed. Ress and Kellin resided there during the Genetics War; warriors like Jarissy and Garaka followed its dictates completely but considered it with disdain to be a "safe" place for the soft and cowardly; though it punishes all dissidence with death by flame, the apostate Petara was somehow overlooked.