Can’t have Detroit without a little riot in it, yeah chum? Get it, if ya spell...ah ne'ermind...
So yer new to the D? Yer gunna find it very different from wherever ya came from, tell ya that much. Detroit was always a city amungst cities. Went through a lotta different phases and changes to get to where it is today. Then again, most of the world did I guess.
Whatever yer lookin’ for, you’ll find it in the D. Relaxation. Some top of the line cyberware. Gamblin’. Girls. Guys. Work. No matter what you do, Detroit’ll hire ya. Then ya have the common every day dregs, gutterpunks, wageslaves and corp yuppies.
The city has always been a cultural mix and that hasn’t changed. Dearborn barrens is still the highest concentration of Muslims outside Eurasia. Some parts are more friendly to metas, some ain’t. But I guess that’s standard across the board, yeah?
Hamtramck Park, that’s where most of the Euros chill. Some a’ the best soykaf can be had there chum. Anyway, you gotta be a bit more careful there, the Eagles run things down there. Mostly euros, ran by the Polish and some old school Russian KGB transplants. Plus they took a bunch’a Canucks and others. Since most’a them weren’t from here, they didn’t close their doors to outsiders like most of the others. They had a knock out, drag out battle down with the Triad for a year, finally pushed ‘em back outta the city. Was a corpse carnival there for the longest time, I’ll tell ya what. After there was a standard Lone Start heat wave, things calmed down and now things’re back to normal.
The Triad was pushed back at north a bit. They’ve ran Sterling for since I was born, don’t think they’re a’ plannin’ on going anywhere any time soon. They’re prolly the lowest on the organize crime food chain, but if you go tellin’ em I said that, yer gunna be having yerself a bio tube to breathe and eat.
Yakuza run most of downtown metro. They share a piece with the Eagles and for the most part those two haven’t come to blows. The city wants to keep it that way so Lone Star is quick to accommodate both in that area. The Yaks’re pretty respectable and low key ‘cept for the lower level bangers. They’re always struttin’ round in bright suits, like a corp yup ran into a rainbow. Yaks’n the Eagles are the two big dogs around here, try not to get pissed on by either…
Next there’s a pretty strong Mafia presence. They aren’t as strong as the Eagle’s or the Yaks, only a bit more so than the Triad, but they’re getting up there, an’ their the most wide spread. They may not have a stronghold like the others, but they are everywhere.
There’s a handful of Corps here too. Biggest a’ them is Ares obviously, know ya heard of them. They’re upscale and respectable fer the most part. They keep their noses clean an’ their hands cleaner. Trip’ A’s don’t gotta worry much about, life’s easier at the top, am I right chum?
Horizon has a small hub here too, but they’re just here here to soak in some of the gambling money though.
Platts is an AA corp. They’ve got a few places. They deal in media ‘n comm tech. Phones and matrix maintenance. Provide cable here too.
Rock Conglomerate is prolly the largest and most aggressive dub A. They started local’n never stopped. Bought out some local stuff, Faygo, Kowalski, Ford and a few casinos. They got it in really good with the Eagles too, and Loney. They also run blue cab and the local subway.
Man-Drake is another dub A that deals mainly in machining and industrial drek. They do a lotta dealings with Lone Star, maintain their facilities and vehicles.
Then there are a handful of trip A’s. Forget more than I remember. North Star. Sprint-Nextel. Shep-96. Ceasars. UCAS Axle. FedMog and Goodrich.
Here we are chummer. Hope ya enjoyed the ride. 25 nuyen. Oi, 25 nuyen? No tip choob? Slot off frag-face!
Leader: Radizlaw Wiznewski. (Rad. Shank. Big Ski. Raw.)
Founder: Thaddius Wacieski. (Thad. T Bone. Wack.)
Corporate affiliates: Rock Conglomerate (AA). WM (waste management) (AA).Caesars (A). Edison (A).
Lone Star: Lone Star leaves most of the Eagles alone because they are the least violent, least malicious gang...and they also have a significant amount of city officials on payroll along with a handful of cops being in their pocket. In downtown Detroit, they are primarily left alone so long as they don't cause too much riff raff and they tend not to take advantage of this downtown as they don't want to ruin a good thing.
Ethnic tendencies: Euro, American and Canadians. All metahuman races are allowed.
Rackets: Party drugs. Combat drugs. Chop shops (auto and cyberware). Extortion (protection) of non-European, Detroit based businesses. Rave/orgy sex parties. High class prostitution.
Tendencies: They generally do not start trouble, they prefer to keep Lone Star out of their business and in their whorehouses. However, they are the largest and most dominant crime syndicate in Detroit. When poked, they have a tendency to over react, spilling blood wherever and whenever--no one is safe. Their methods are very low key, orchestrated by ex KGB transplants and carried out by Polish paramilitary if needed.
They prefer to party hard, and stay out of trouble. They try to avoid open war with other syndicates because while they are more powerful here, the other 3 have more global ties.
History: During the mid 1930s many left Europe to avoid the Euro Wars. Many eastern Europeans came to Detroit, including many Polish paramilitary and Russian KGB members who, instead of killing one another for political crap, decided they wanted to get rich.
Unlike most other syndicates, they opened their doors to almost all other races so their numbers flourished. They went to war with both the Triad and the Mafia at different points and carved out a big portion of turf for themselves.
Turf: Hamtramck Park (HQ). Northern part of Detroit. Greenfield. Centerline. Northpointe. St Clair. Warren Barrens. Evergreen Barrens.
Leader: oyabun Itto Ichii.
Founder: oyabun Itto Ichii.
Corporate affiliates: Mandrake (AA). FedMog and Goodrich (A). Shinsho Metals (A).
Lone Star: They have the greatest hold over Lone Star, but that is limited to "accidentally" misplacing evidence and the such, they rarely are actually protected on the streets. When they Seattle Yakuza set up the cell in Detroit, they paid the Seattle Lone Star to "transfer" some units. These unit's protected the Yaks for a good deal of time while they established their base of operations and grew steadily.
Ethnic tendencies: Any high ranking person is going to be of Japanese decent or at least half Japanese. This does NOT mean the Yakuza will not associate with non-Japanese. They will most often hire out non-Japanese assets for protection or runs. They know the familiarity of the area that a street thug will have will sometimes be of benefit. The Detroti Yakuza is different from most in that they are a bit more open to metas than most, having a small group of them in various positions of power.
Rackets: A HUGE portion of their income is reselling items that "disappear" from impound and evidence rooms at Lone Star. The run illegal weapons and other techs in this manner. They also extort wherever possible and have a large amount of low/mid level whorehouses that often cater to drugs use and virtual reality pleasures. They are also known for their ability to wipe/plant data via the matrix. A few casinos are ran and "protected" by the Yakuza in downtown Detroit.
Tendencies: The higher ups are almost never seen in public and the lower level street captains are known for their ostentatious dress and hair style. The Japanese street captains are prone to violent outbursts when they even THINK their honor, or the honor of the Yakuza is being slighted.
History: Since 2050, their power has always been increasing, albeit slowly. They have had two wars with the Mafia (one unsuccessful, the other was won hands down) and a handful of smaller skirmishes with the Triad. While for the first 5 or so years of them forming they were untouchable, that changed as Lone Star officers in their pockets died, left or switched allegiances. They still have access to impounded good/evidence and crime scene (prints disappearing and DNA removed).
Turf: Rochester Hills (HQ). They run about 60% of downtown Detroit. WinDet metro. Highland Heights. Jefferson Barrens. Eastpointe Barrens.
Leader: don Carlisle Marcino.
Founder: don Don Marcino.
Corporate affiliates: Conway-Railex (AA). Dewalt (AA).
Lone Star: They have only a small number on pay roll but Lone Star always hesitates to make “big” arrests and busts because the Mafia has been known not only to have the resources to make key witnesses suddenly die of natural causes (because falling from a 3 story building would NATURALLY kill anyone) but they also have historically went after the root of the problems if need be, and always in a way that police could never make stick.
Ethnic tendencies: Similar to Yakuza, all of the highest ranking positions are held by Mafia family members but is totally free of metahumans. They allow non-italians in at higher levels though, but only after an individual has been involved with the family for many years and someone vouches for them.
Rackets: Horse and street races along with street fighting rings are some of the more prominent but lower income rackets. They also pinch pharmacies for prescriptions and resell them. The shipyards on the Detroit River are ran by Conway but are CONTROLLED by the mafia, which is lucrative for both parties since they are well protected and also Corps land and thus above local law.
Tendencies: The Mafia generally let their reputation proceed them and use that as a means to intimidate. They are also quick to openly go to war since they don’t fear Lone Star and have high ties in most prisons. However, they are the most content with what they have and not really looking to expand.
History: Not going back to what you’ll read in history books, the Mafia has changed somewhat since the Awakening. Detroit’s Mafia have some of the longest and deepest ties with their area than any other existing American Mafia. Since the early 1900s they have been around and tied into the economy and lore and everything else. That hasn’t changed. However, about the same time the Yakuza showed up, 2050 or so, the Detroit Mafia declared independence from the main family and some agreement was reached that had them safe from reproach. While the new Marcino family didn’t have to answer to the Italian Dons, they were and always have been respectful of them. Recently, they are involved in a snowballing turf battle with the Triads after a Triad ship coming into the Mafia controlled docks had its captain disappear and cargo allegedly taken. However cargo manifests presented to the Lone Star civilian inquiry team state that the captain was never on board upon leaving its prior port and the cargo page is oddly blank (conveniently).
Turf: Detroit Port Annex (HQ). Sterling. Chesterfield. Dirks . Portland Barrens. FlintYipsi Barrens.
Leader: Li Fu Tong
Founder: Jon So Simi
Corporate affiliates: Platts Industrial Machinery, PIM (AA). Sprint-Nextel (A).
Lone Star: The Triads are the most at ends with Lone Star, but they are also generally out of each other’s ways. A Triad would never call a Lone Star for anything, and Lone Star generally only find dead bodies that they cannot directly link to the Triad.
Ethnic tendencies: Triad’s top tier are all Chinese or Chinese Americans, but under the lower echelon, and above street level, any non-Japanese but Asian member can make it.
Rackets: They run a lot of cyber crimes. They are also known to “clean” various electronics and machines that were stolen. They are heavily into low level drugs, extortion and human trafficking. Their main source of income is money laundering.
Tendencies: They are the lowest on the totem pole so they are the most aggressive and confrontational.
History: The Triad have been at war the most of the 4 big syndicates of Detroit and because of that they have always been struggling in numbers and have had Lone Star breathing down their next the most. At one point they were second only to the Eagles but they have steadily declined in numbers, influence and territory. Even now they are currently at war with the Mafia over a missing cargo container.
Turf: Romulus Heights (HQ). Southgate. Redford. Lyon Barrens. Motron Barrens.
Ebon: Ebon is a Johnson who represents Lone Star. These runs are generally high risk and extremely dangerous. In the event the brass decided to actually attempt to lock up someone who works for a Corp or Syndicate, they need to generate evidence…and Lone Star sure as hell isn’t going to do that. So they resorts to the ‘runners for this, be it extracting a “witness” or retrieving data files from internal computer servers that can only be access directly. He will generally contact a team leader via vid-conference, his face hidden and give specifics. Payments are always made after and in untraceable credsticks left at a location. It’s suspected Ebon is not one person.
Li “Big Chibi” Lee – Street level, elf Johnson for the Triad. Operates out of Southgate, inside Detroit’s Best Chinese Café. His runs are generally solo or maybe 2 person runs and somewhat menial (package delivery, intimidation etc). It’s generally small stuff that the Triad wants to keep out of the their direct hands in the event something goes wrong.
Kuntu “Special K” Ik’ya – Nerubian elf who operates out of Downtown Detrtoit, the MoTown Casino. His runs are mid to high level runs and are generally given out by AA and A level corps. He’s a broker of sorts and has a more extensive list of runners and clients than most because his allegiance isn’t really owed to anyone. Although he’s not on “good” terms with anyone, he’s definitely not looked at as a threat by anyone either.
Oleg “The Red Hammer” Gustov – Russian human who works out of Hamtramck Park. He’s the main Johnson for The Eagles and handles all of their higher end runs but leave the street business to others. He’s cold, quiet and very business orientated. He operates out of a strip club most of the time and does most of his business through the mouths of strippers. Runners there to see him ask for the Red Delight.
Zarah “OD” Carter: European American elf. She’s lower level Johnson for the Eagles, and is called OD because she is known to party hard and has been pronounced dead from various over doses on somewhere between 4 and 8 occasions. She’s known to party in Downtown but when she does business, does it from the back of her limo (it’s constantly swept for bugs, secure and mobile).
Jered “Kuromaku” Koga – Jered, also sometimes just called Kuro, is a Japanese human who is deals with runs specifically geared towards the advancement of the Yakuza. This could be running a package, security or destroying enemies. He operates out of Soaring Heights Casino.
Robert Starkhart – Grayson is an American dwarf who deals with runs for the Unions of Detroit. His runs generally target Mafia operations or are in retaliation for attacks by the Mafia. The two are always at various states of conflict as organized Unions tend to affect the influence and power (and cashflow) of the Mafia. Runs include anything from personal security, extractions to open violence.
The Judge – No one knows much about The Judge and he’s somewhat of a creature of legends in the ‘runner world and a boogey man to others. It’s a rare thing that The Judge organizes a run, but when he does, it’s high profile, dangerous and going to be heard of. Somewhat of a “people’s champ” The Judge’s runs have always targeted some form of evil or social monster. The Judge’s runs have taken out the corrupt police chief (well, the MOST corrupt one), exposed and collapsed a Corp that was dumping chemicals into drinking water and even killed a governor who, after the fact was found out to have been buying and murdering local children.
Eric “Ice Berg” Bunty– Eric is a human of Italian American decent. He’s the highest ranking Mafia member who isn’t a pure Italian, but he killed his way above many others. He’s tall and well muscled which led to his Johnson name, Ice Berg. Big and cold. He is the ONLY member of the Mafia who orders Mafia sanctioned runs. This doesn’t mean others in the organization don’t hire out runners, but if they do, it’s not something the Mafia itself is pushing. He is generally found in the docks.
Franco “Sinatra” Conseco –Franco is what most people call the garbage man. He operates out of Shady Lane Barrens. He’s a tall, fierce and quick-to-anger troll. He gets most of the runs most Johnsons wouldn’t take and gives them to the runners no one else wants to hire. His success rate for filling out runs: almost flawless. The success rate of the runners he’s hired: whatever the opposite of “flawless” is. His nickname Sinatra is a facetious name given to him by his buddies as he took shrapnel to the neck and has a raspy, ugly voice.
Shady Lane Barrens This is the wild west of the Detroit area barrens. Hardly policed, many street gangs and next to no Corps presence. A lot of the lower end Johnsons can be found here, along with a whole lot of trouble. This is also where most Johnsons meet in the event there is a face to face because the various entities have little or no eyes here electronically. October 30th, every year is Devil's Night and it's particularly violent and chaotic here more than any other place on that day. Once in a blue moon, Lone Star will launch a raid here just to make their presence felt, but there hasn't been one in a while as the last few ended in what could be described as full on, warzone like shootouts that left multiple dead and countless dollars in organic damage.
Oz hasn’t been seen by any of the characters, doing all “meetings” via video conference. Never showing his face, he always appears as an avatar of a pirate with a black beard and an eye patch. He is either part of the government, former government or is fucking someone in the government. He’ll contact the group leader with work on occasion and supplied tools necessary for a successful run. On top of that, he’s available to all members for information or tools necessary for other reasons, be it life, comfort or side runs.
He’s very jovial and, while he never contacts members for anything but business, he will not rush off the phone, joking and talking about this and that if the subject is brought up. After a successful run, he’s been known to buy the runners expensive dinners or drinks to show appreciation. He has a slight Australian accent.