808 Ohana – An example of the ubiquitous low level street gangs that form in Madripoor and see the majority its members dead within a few years. These groups are used as disposable assets by the real criminals in Madripoor – cannon fodder to be thrown at their enemies.
Kalilimoku formed 808 Ohana for the purpose of rolling military personnel who come into Madirpoor’s red light district, and they have progressed to working for the syndicates and better gangs as enforcers and occasionally as hitters.
Kalilimoku claims that his gang doesn’t use guns because they are dishonorable, but in truth they can’t afford them. They have attempted to steal enough guns and ammo to equip themselves several times but have failed thus far.
808 is open to any race or nationality, members shave their heads which they then cover with crude “tattoos” carved into their scalps with blades.
(Ela’s thoughts – a Hawaiian gang? I thought they were a friendly and laid back people. I guess that’s a stereotype.)
Lason – Guo Shu Xian was a junior air traffic controller at numerous major airports and cities around the Pacific Rim until she ran afoul of a smuggling operating run by Kenran-kai. Initially willing to participate for promises of money, she was eventually wracked with guilt and decided that she would turn the smugglers in to the authorities. When they caught wind of this, rather than kill her outright they sold her to a GEACPS research cell where she was subjected to experiments in human enhancement.
One of only two survivors of these experiments, Lason was granted the ability to secrete an odorless pheromone that makes men extremely submissive and open to her commands. Initial contact with the pheromone and subsequent reinforcement over a period of a few months is sufficient to keep most men in her power almost permanently. These pheromones are highly addictive and if removed from her presence after the initial contact, the subject will go through period of painful withdrawal.
(Ela’s thoughts – ugh, not only does she dress like a hooker, but her power is controlling men with sex sweat? What horny teenager came up with this crap?)
Gōngjī – Lim Boon Keng always felt that he was born in the wrong time. He delighted in tales of old with brave honorable warriors slaying deadly beasts for the hands of demure maidens. While he dreamed himself a defender of the weak, the reality of life in Madripoor was much different.
After being savagely beaten for standing up to a local gang, his parents sent him to live with relatives on the mainland, fearing he would get himself killed with his attempts at heroism. His dreams were fulfilled when a mystical jungle being granted him agility, balance, reaction speed, and bodily coordination beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
Although he has had no formal training, his superior physical abilities make him a formidable hand to hand combatant. He uses a freestyle type of fighting that allows him to make full use of his agility.
(Ela’s thoughts – He told me specifically the “mystical being” was a giant chicken. I kind of hope he’s crazy instead.)
The Crimson Cardinal – Mark DeFalco worked on various tramp freighters operating out of Port of Brisbane before he was left behind in Madripoor after being drunk on duty one time too many. Originally able to scrape by on the docks as a mechanic and day laborer, he spiraled steadily downwards as his problems with drugs and alcohol have worsened.
Being on the streets of Madripoor for five years teaches you one thing – how to scavenge. When a ship went down in the harbor carrying goods from North America, he hoped to find something he could sell for a few bucks. What he found instead was a prototype Strategic Armor Military Assault Suit. His new friend Sam was surprisingly easy to use, it seemed to fit him like a glove.
He’s going to prove to everyone he’s a hero now, especially his mother – who’s worthless now, mom?!
(Ela’s thoughts – Even if he didn’t know they were being mind-raped by Lady Boobs-out, this guy murdered two kids over some cash money. Ass. Hole.)
Patron Patriot – Travis Willingham III loves the United States of America. He loves it so much that when he was deemed mentally unfit for military duty and tested negative for the genetic makeup needed for application the super-soldier program, he wouldn’t take no, please god no, or “ah god it hurts please stop” for an answer. He formed his own band of vigilantes with fellow military rejects and angry young men to clean up the streets of his beloved USA.
When they stumbled onto an actual plot by actual bad guys, everyone died horribly in a hail of bullets. Except Travis. But that’s okay because he came out of it with some sweet alien technology (which he insists is actually advanced tech made by the US army for totally justified black ops in South America – god bless the USA!) that makes him more than a match for any enemy of the state.
(Ela’s thoughts – Turns out this guy was just on vacation here and saw some shit he could stick his nose into. I wish I knew about the alien tech, we should have robbed him too.)
The Four – The mysterious foursome in control of “the Shipyard”, one of Madripoor’s many quasi-legal open air markets. This abandoned soccer stadium on the outskirts of downtown has been turned into a parody of a department store, with each low-life opening his own “store” and selling whatever goods or services they have to offer.
Nightwitch – Leader of the Four, rumored to be a “voodoo priestess” from the Arkansas Republic.
Yihetuan – An outcast from the Heavenly Kingdom, Yihetuan looks like a humanoid komodo dragon. His appearance and powers seem to be the result of bionic engineering and cellular augmentation. Has exhibited superhuman strength, endurance, and acute senses; particularly hearing and smell. Mouth emits a foaming chemical poison, which can induce paralysis and possibly death if it enters a victim’s bloodstream.
Kezi – The daughter of a Yakuza kobun trying to establish operations in southeast China, Kezi wields the mystical Shadow Sword that allows her to walk unseen and drives her to commit acts of sadistic violence.
“Jolly” Red Rogers – A former member of one of Madripoor’s many pirate groups, Red decided there would be more chances to shoot people on land than on the high seas. And he really likes shooting people. No powers here, just guns.
(Ela’s thoughts – I haven’t even met these people yet but I’m sure they’re going to try and kill me or kidnap me or something. The leader is a woman and she only gets one line that tells you nothing? Typical. Also Kezi is mentioned as being the daughter of a Yakuza guy? Why? How is that relevant? Neither of the male characters have anything about their parents. Her entry isn’t even about her, it’s about the sword. Who writes this chauvinistic crap?
They have a lizard guy too, and the pirate guy is a disgruntled Canadian military washout like Martialla, I’m told. Is this a mirror universe thing? Does that make Nightwitch the evil me? Does she have a Top 40 hit? I doubt it.)
If Ella doesn’t understand the significance of someone being the daughter of a Yakuza underboss, I hope she survives finding out.
Did any of the assorted american countries ever try Prohibition? Without Mafia history, she may not have an analogue in public consciousness for her or draw on.
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Good question, I’m led to believe that anti-German sentiment from WW1 is what got prohibition over the hump so in this alternate history probably not.
The Lusitania ran between Liverpool and New York, firmly in US territory.
Without a map of your Europe, I couldn’t even speculate on the web of alliances that would have been set of by the assasination of Archduke Ferdinand.
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