In the 'Net of Tad Williams
series, the Inner District is the virtual reality
playground of the rich and powerful. Owning a node in this district is a major status symbol. It is a popular target for netboy
'tapping and napping' (virtual breaking and entering). Unlike the hacker node TreeHouse
, strict rules are imposed on the sims (virtual bodies) and the buildings of the inhabitants.
Renie and !Xabbu hack into the Inner District to investigate the sudden coma of her brother, Stephen. Orlando Gardiner has a node in the Inner District, his 'loft'.