Shadowrun: A Game of Drones
Major Crime Syndicates
With the rise of the Japanacorps and the Japanese Imperial State, the Yakuza are easily one of the most economically powerful organized criminal syndicates in the Sixth World. They employ tens of thousands of street-level operatives and have hundreds of thousands of affiliated criminals, employees, and hangers-on that service millions of clients and have a global economic impact exceeding a trillion nuyen each year.
The Yakuza are split within traditional, old school elements, and a fringe or more progressive players who are willing to embrace new way to make profits. Even the most progressive elements however won’t hide their disdain for the non-japanese, and their outright hatred of metahumans.
- Shotozumi-Gumi : The major players.
- Kanaga-Gumi : The traditionalists
- Kenran Kai : The troubleshooters
Traditionally the biggest player in organized crime in North America and Europe, the Mafia has fallen on hard times in the early 21st Century. Consumed by infighting, the various Capos were too disorganized to resist encroachment from the Yakuza from the West, the Russian Vory from the East, and the Aztlan linked cartels from the South.
The formation of the Alta Commissione in 2046 proved to be the turning point in world Mafia history. United, the European Mafia have regained much of their power, if not the territory that the Vory have taken from them. In America, the cycle of mob wars has replaced the old dons with newer, more modern outfits. The Australian Mafia finally unified under the Melbourne Commissione in 2067, with the influence and support of the American and European Commissiones.
- Finnigan Family : The Corporate types – Downtown & Bellevue
- Ciarnello Family : The “numbers” – Northern Seattle
- Gianelli Family : The thugs – Southern Seattle
- Bigio Family : Minor players – Bellevue & Eastern Seattle
The TriadsChinese ethnic criminal fraternities that grew out of secret underground political groups. They spread out along with Chinese immigrants, including to the Pacific Coast, where they
were sometimes known as “tongs.” They’re organized into “lodges,” not entirely unlike Western Masons. Of the old-world syndicates, they embrace magic and mysticism the most, no surprise considering how they are steeped in mystical traditions, including a complex set
of codes and initiation rituals administered by the Incense Master of a particular lodge.
Vice is the Triads’ primary business, especially drugs, chips, and human trafficking out of the “Golden Triangle” of Asia. That includes a big share of the world opium trade, along with a brisk business in “Kong chip” BTLs and sex slaves from Southeast Asia. Their side businesses include shaking down Chinese ethnic neighborhoods, smuggling magical goods and contraband, and murder-for-hire services.
|> Triad Incense Masters ensure the loyalty oaths members take upon their initiations are magically binding. That means captured Triad soldiers can’t talk, and anyone who breaks under interrogation dies screaming before he can reveal anything.|
- Yellow Lotus Triad
- The Eighty-Eights : The technologists
- The Octagon – Seattle
- The Octagon HK – Minor Triad Hong Kong
- Red Eyes – Minor Triad Hong Kong
Vory v Zakone
The Vory v Zakone, “Thieves Who Follow the Code,” are the descendants of a Russian ethnic syndicate that has spread well beyond Mother Russia, picking up various Siberian, Steppe, and Eastern European influences along the way. In Seattle, they supplement that with some Inuit and Aleut elements, and brutal efficiency when it comes to doing business. The so-called “Tsar” of the Seattle Vory is Aleksander Bilotkiy, called “The Terminator,” a heavily cybered killer with ties to the Vory in Moscow.
The syndicate smuggles military hardware and illegal immigrants from Asia and Eastern Europe. Most of the weapons end up in the hands of gangs and shadowrunners, while most of the people wind up working in sweatshops or as prostitutes.