Airboys: A East Coast based gang that specializes in hoverbykes
and skimmers. They also freelance industrial espionage agents, couriers
Anima: A religion that believes all creatures have a soul and those
souls can be communicated with, and can communicate with each other.
Austin Biolabs: A megacorporation with offices in Athens, Berlin,
Helsinki, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Moscow, Munich, New York, Rome, Stockholm,
Tokyo, Toronto, Washington and Stuttgart. The deal in medication computer
programing and wetware. They own Ashe Pharmochemicals, Intellistoft Wetware
and Genes Gaming. ø
Bang: A revolutionary style of music that descends from rock and
roll, but used techno music. The biggest change is how the lyrics are
blended through a sound machine to go with the music. Typically a DJ does
the sound mixing and a live concert is a special event because the mixings
is custom made to that performance. Band members and DJs often take "mind
enhancing" drugs to improve their performance. The audience also
often indulges in "mind expanding" drugs as they dance to the
beat. The music has been accused of being warmed over disco, but the subharmonics
are different, the music is made to be felt as well as heard. The techno
beat is only one aspect of the music. The lyrics is another and the music
itself is another layer. Layering the songs is a hallmark of Bang.
Bauhaus: Megacorportion based out of Athens, Barcelona, Berlin,
Cairo, Chicago, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan,
Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Prague, San Francisco, Stockholm,
Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington and Zurich. They deal in design
build projects specializing in infrastructure and hotels. They own the
Bauhaus Hoteld chaing, Kraftwerk, Olivertti-Braun, Space Fittings and
Ergonomics Inc. µ
Black Hawks: A gang based in Chicago that specializes in infiltration
of other organizations and assassinations. Most are martial art experts.
Blue Circle: The terror of downtown Sydney's on-street parking.
Blue Circle is a thrill gang specializing in vehicular theft. Few of the
members are serious criminals in the violent sense; their top priorities
are excitement and fast credits. Most Blue Circles have a couple of points
invested in Devices, representing either their B&E (Breaking &
Entering) tools or their personal vehicles and at least one Contact in
the form of a chop shop.
Carstead, Maximillian (Computer Prodigy): Considered by many to
be the next Albert Einstein he lives and breathes computers.
Ceberus Complex: Based out of San Francisco, but with offices world
wide. They specialize in industrial and commercial espionage. They have
their hooks in WolrdComp, and InterComp. µ
Chain Gang: A group of former prison guards centered around Sand
Quentin. Known for murder, extortion, running protection rackets, bodyguarding,
rape and general vandalism; all learned from inmates under their "care."
Chinese Orbital Marines: The elite of the Chinese fleet, the Orbital
Marines are trained as boarding parties and as internal security for stations
such as Liaowangta and Lulong. They were also the core of Chinese contingents
of the re-contact missions sent to the extrasolar colonies in 2120. Most
Orbital Marines tend to be specialists in one field such as infantry or
Church Channel: A megachurch organized world wide. They specialize
in Christian based business and organizations as well as fund raising
and charaties. They own Frock-in-a-Box, Clergy-on-Call, Creation Science
inc. the Faith Shopping Network and the Church Channel.
Church of Immanent Escheation: A religious organization devoted
to Nova Cults. It has been publicly abandoned and worshipers have gone
into hiding. µ
Condomble' Religion: Believes that everyone has a patron called
an Orixa. They use something like zodiac signs; except they only have
eight. A pattern has been drawn to the 8 proxies, who are considered to
be embodiments of the Orixa. Candomble' practices magic and are all African
based. That means the magic would have some elements of vodoo in them.
Corp Cops: A security company that manufactors its own armor, small
automatic weapons, and shotguns. Headquartered in New York
Corporate Groups: Most metacorporations, many megacorportaion and
a few normal corporations have psionic staff. µ
Cyberpunks: A gang based in Massachusetts that are drug runners,
extortions, assassins, thieves and engage in random acts of Street Terrorism.
They recently franchised into Europe. µ
Dick Van Dykes: A prostitution and drug trafficking ladies gang
first organized to complete with the Balkans. µ
The Directive: An organization made up of Intelligence assests
from The US., Britian, Russia and Japan that kept track of Nova's and
Aberrants. It was rumored to be connected with some conspiracy theories
about Novas, but that was never proven. The countries involved deny the
organization even existed, but reliable Novas reported it did. ø
The Divisians: Believed by many to have survived its official disbanding
in 2061, this offshoot of the 2030--era Divis Mal fan club may be the
universe's largest Aberrant cult. Urban legend states that the Divisians
are behind many seemingly innocent social organizations--charity soup
kitchens, your sports leagues, receational roleplaying groups. Under the
veneer of respectability, however lurk shadowy conspiracies dedicated
to converting every day folk to the blasphemous worship of Divis Mal and
his fellow Aberrants. µ
Doc's Merry Men: This small pirate fleet is one of the more prosperous
and professional ones in near space. They primarily prey on ore carrier
destined for the orbital refineries around Luna and Mars, but the Merry
Men have been known to hit the occasional military transport as well--and
every successful raid on a weapons shipment makes them even more effective
in their chosen occupation. Unconfirmed rumors state that the Merry Men
receive corporate backing from one or more FSA--held dummy corporations
and are, in fact, privateers targeted at Chinese and Nihojin interests.
The degree of truth that these rumors hold is up to the Storyteller, but
should determine the levels of Devices and Requisitions available to them.
Fusers: Based in San Francisco a gang known for cyberrunning, intelligence
and acting as fences. They have franchised to Europe. µ
Futzmann, Arnorld: Wanted for slave trading in Europe and Aisa.
Gang Green: A London and Belgium based gang who work a political
strongarms, cyber terrorists and protesters. µ
Ginos: A Chicago based gang of drug dealers the specialize in pizza
franchises, weight training and freelance murder.
Glaciere Internacionale: A Canadian based metacorporation organized
out of Canada with offices in Bejing, Berlin, Bombay, Calais, Cairo, Hong
Kong, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal,
Moscow, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Diego, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto
and Washington. They own Frigidaire, Iceberg Delivery Service, Cryotherm
Inc and Frozen Indusitres. µ
Hamhal, Muhammad Abu: International Terrorist, he must have a holoface
or possibly is a Norca because he is only seen when he wants to be seen.
Harrington, Thompson: A trillionare with his fingers in to many
'pies' to name.
Heaven's Thunder Triad: A very powerful Chinese criminal group
with world wide connections. They specialize in black tech and illegal
technology, but they handle almost anything.
IIS (Field Divison): The British Integrated Intelligence Service is
the 22nd century's answer to the legendary MI-6 and its sister agencies.
The IIS performs the same roles as most other national intelligence agencies:
gathering data on other countries that those nations like to keep secret.
The Field Division is the portion of the IIS responsible for the classic
"spy" operations: deep cover operation in other nations to dig
up information. As such, it's usually the most interesting choice for
a character; IIS agents in the Analysis Division don't get out of their
offices much. ø
Jacinto, Don: a famous Anima Shaman in Peru. He tries to combine
elements from the Condomble' religion with Anima.
Kamisama Buddhism: A form of Shinto Buddhism that sees Novas as
a higher form of being. Most Aberrant Cults started with this organization
or its offshoots.
Kostbarr: a French metastar big on rebuilding Desire'e French.
He is considered an honorary Norca, but almost ignores the group, at least
publicly. He has many entertainment and political connections and gives
big contributions to the rebuild Europe programs.
Kumar-Nehru: Based in Adias Ababa, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Brazilla,
Cairo, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Madrid,
Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Minks, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Osaka,
Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tel Aviv, The hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington
and Zurich. They specialize in commercial agriculture including genetic
design. They own Brookside Farm Foods, Viable Nutrient Cooperative and
Ethopian Gardens. µ
Medellin Cartel: The original criminal drug dealing organization
in South America that became the Norca.
Mid Knights: Out of San Francisco this gang specializes in assassination,
modeling, espionage and drug dealing.
Mikua Biolabs: Specializing in wetware, smart medication, implants
and medical diagnositic equipment. Major shareholders in Nippon Investors,
Becker & Becker and based world wide with offices in Berlin, Bombay,
Brazilia, Cairo, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Koshimiru, London, Los
Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, San Francisco,
Sydney, The Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington. They own Intelligence
International Inc, having branched out from biochemicals and machines
to intelligence. µ
Mugubwi, Channa (Cultuist): The face of the New Gods religion that
consider Aberrants to be gods. She is very careful to remain clean of
any illegal activity and is a media darling. She is the public face of
the Aberrant Cultists.
N!: Entertainment channel that covers all Nova activities. After
the Aberrant War it became a Nova History channel, but with the return
of Aberrants it now covers their activies.
Nemo Marine Systems: Headquartered in Montego Bay they are a metacorporation
with offices in Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Honolulu,
Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow,
New York, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto
and Washingthon. Specializing in Nautilus Submarines with controlling
interest in many major restaurant chains. µ
Netheads: A group of cyber hackers who specialize in intrusion
and theft of industrial and commercial databases.
New Edison: An Aerospace metacorportion that deals with communication
technology and energy supply systems. Holder of the patent for the fusion
reactor. With offices in Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin,
Bombay, Brazilia, Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Leningrad,
London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Montreal,
Moscow, Munich, Osaka, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm,
Sydney, Tel Aviv, The Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, Zurich,
Mare Imbrium (Luna) and Yorktown Canyon (Mars). It specializes in big
finance, power generators and is a major stockholder in the Bank of Luna.
New Hitler Youth: A brutal racist gang of nazis based in Germany.
Newsday: on of the most respected new providers in the Solar System.
Newsday has been on top of current events since Australia-based Genman
Enterprises founded it in 2078. Newsday investigative news crews are generally
cross-trained in both technical and presentation aspects of their jobs,
though individuals do specialize. µ
Nippon Industrial Products: A Osaka based metacorporation with
offices in Barcelona, Beijin, Berlin, Bombay, Brazilia, Chicago, Hong
Kong, Koshimiru, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal,
Moscow, Munich, New York, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo Toronto, Warsaw, Washington,
Zurich and through-out Nippon. It owns US Machines, Virtual Robotics,
and ServoMotors Inc. It specializes in personal and industrial robot constructionµ?
Okira Materials: A metacorporation that specializes in power generation,
metal production and mining, fissionables, satellites and aerospace. It
is headquartered in Tokyo with offices in Athens, Barcelona, Beijing,
Berlin, Brazilia, Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul,
Koshimiru, Lenigrad, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico
City, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Prague, Rome,
San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, The Hague, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington,
Zurich, Mare Tranquilits (Luna) and Nagasaki Canyon (Mars). It owns Matsuyama
Rocket Systems and Petroline Petroleum Products.µ
Oskovska: A megacorportion based in Lenigrad with offices in Beijin,
Berlin, Bombay, Brazilia, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Munich,
New York, Prague, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington and Zurich.
It owns Kernow Medical Equipment and Coherent. ø
P!: Entertainment channel devoted to covering Psions and their
Patel, Bhupendrha: Insurance Agent for Mega National, an international
Project Proteus: A select arm of Project Utopia that was later
absorbed by Aeon Trinity. It was designed to organization groups of Nova
heroes like Team Tomorrow. With the Aberrant War it had very few members
and eventually became no longer relevant. ø
Punk in Heads: Known for their green hair this gang specializes
in sabotage and commercial intelligence as well as rioting.
Road Kills: A biker gang with franchises throughout the Western
United States and in Europe. The deal drugs and weapons and stolen motorcycles
and hover bikes.
Saldivar, Angelica: an artist who is opposed to the Norca. She
is actually seen by the Norca as their moral compass. What Angelica finds
objectionable would therefore be considered suspect.
Serendipity: A software production company that deals with personal
entertainment systems, satellite imaging, computer core hardware. It is
a metacorportion based in the Crystal Palace Orbital Station and Los Angeles
with offices in Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijin, Berlin, Bombay, Brazilia,
Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Koshimiru, Lenigrad,
Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan,
Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Prague, Rome, San Francisco,
Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv, The Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw,
Washington, and Zurich. It owns Real Life Entertainment Pentacle CP's
Shades: A drug dealing gang of prostitutes organized on the Western
Coast of the United States.
Skateboys: A gang that acts as couriers for drugs and confidential
documents who sponsor prostitution. They have franchised into New York,
Los Angeles, Berlin, Munich and Potsdam. µ
Stalines: A Russian gang that specializes in prostitution, bodyguarding,
smuggling and propaganda. µ
Syzestemics: A Genetic Research and Computer Software and Memory
company. It is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Athens, Auckland,
Barcelona, Berlin, Heliskinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lenigrad, London,
Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Nilan, Montreal,
Moscow, Munich, New York, Prague, Rome, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, The
Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington D.C., Zurich, Orbital Labs Apollo
and Athena. µ
Takeshi, Markia (Mercenary Broker): A free-lance broker who is
famous for the billion dollar deals and mergers that she has organized.
Team Tomorrow: Organization of Nova superheroes that tried to help
the world. With the Aberrant War it was disbanded. µ
Tegan: Informal Aberrant organization active during the time of
the Novas, it was designed to support Novas. It fell into disrepute during
the Aberrant war. It is suspected that any active members would be either
Aberrants or members of an Aberrant Cult; thus it has gone underground.
It supported the case that Novas were a higher form of being. µ
Texas Rangers: Scattered across the FSA are dozens of paramilitary
forces who ostensibly stand opposed to the current American government.
The Rangers, a band of self-proclaimed freedom fighters based in the Tex-Mex
District, are one such group. The Rangers mainly operate as a highly mobile
mechanized infantry force, living off the charity of small settlements
and what they can capture from FSM convoys. They tend to have high Cipher
ratings, as many of them were born in unregulated areas of the country,
but not much in the way of Resources. They are expected to have mysterious
backers capable of providing them with high-level hardware--in this case
the Fifth Legion. The original law enforcement organization in Texas were
absorbed by the American CSA.
Thrashers: A gang centered in Hollywood and Berlin they specialize
in drug dealing, extortion, robbery and small time crime.
Trans-Orbital: Commercial and Industrial Transportation, headquartered
in New York with offices in all major airports and space ports as well
as in Olympus, Luna and several orbital colonies.µ
The United Nations: have their own Psi teams similar to Aeon Trinity,
as does the Swiss Guard, the Vatican, most governments, the Mormon Neotic
Brotherhood and the Middle East Terrorists. Even though psionics are illegal
in most of the Middle East and heavily regulated in the FSA. The recent
decision by the Pope to not allow Jesuits to become members of the Ministry
has not helped things. The best staffed UN unit is the Xenorelations Divison.
"Xenos" are curious blends of scientists and diplomats, able
to relate (at least on some level) to the enigmatic extraterrestrials
and to act as observers as well as negotiators. They take their work seriously,
knowing that their work represents the foundation upon which all future
human--alien relations will be built. The next best staffed group is the
UAN Ambassadorial Corp; representative of most national governments' diplomatic
divisions. The UANAC is unique, however, in that it manages both external
relations with other Earth nations and internal relations among the UAN's
member states. It is rare UANAC employee who is not at least trilingual;
even the most sophisticated vocoder isn't capable of capturing all the
subtle nuances of diplomatic negations. ø
Universal Products: A company that specializes in finished goods,
prepared foods, metals, heavy equipment, electronics, pharmochemicals,
clothing and textile. Headquartered in Tokyo with offices in Athens, Auckland,
Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Hong Kong, London,
Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Rome,
San Franscisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Washington DC, Zurich
with stores in thousands of locations; including departments in many supermarkets.
Untouchables: An criminal organization, they don't take to be called
a gang very well, organized for assassination, blackmail and extortion
out of New York.
Utopia: A UN affiliated organization that supported the heroic
activities of Novas. It gained an advisory position on the UN Security
Council. With the Aberrant War it was largely abandoned and eventually
absorbed by Aeon Trinity. µø
VARG Cavalry: The 1st, 7th and 5th Legions have the vast majority
of the order's VARG troopers. Legions policy states that only sergeants
and above may undergo VARG training (Status [Legions] 2 or higher). Additionally
a VARG pilot must invest 3 points in Device to represent his assigned
hardware. The VARG isn't a unique prototype; this expenditure represents
the time commitment and amount of responsibility investing in a battle
suit (most VARG troopers do the majority of their own maintenance for
jobs that don't require a depot overhaul). Storyteller should only allow
VARG pilot characters in certain circumstances, as the firepower controlled
by even a lightweight unit can radically unbalance most teams--and blow
big holes in the story. øµ
Vor V Zakone: More commonly recognized as the Russian Mafia, the
collection of organized criminal groups known as the Vor V Zakone is a
significant presence in eastern Europe and Luna's Downside. VVZ groups
tend to go for pretensions of gentility and white-collar crime, though
they're not above enforcing their decrees with force if necessary. There's
a definite spit in this organization between-the-street-level thugs and
the businessman (though some of the latter are hired muscle who made good
through sheer luck and chutzpah). µ
Wasps: A small time gang that specializes in vandalism, prostitution,
yachting and murder. They run out of a New York Yacht club.
XWF: The Extreme Warfare Federation--an organization that promoted
combat between Novas and Aberrants as a public show (much like the World
Wrestling Federation). With the Aberrant War it went our of business.
Now there are talks about putting it back into action using Psions.
Yakuzza: Japanese Criminal Gangs, many deal with Soma, Red 7, Spike,
and Mite all illegal drugs. The Yakuzza have been active in Japan for
centuries (most of its history), they started as a family clan and evolved
into a criminal organization.