The Adventures of the Kludge
The Crimson Blades
The Crimson Blades are an organized criminal group that have influence over most of the world. They focus primarily in larger cities, as that is where the most profit and pleasure are to be had, but smaller gangs working in various towns are not unheard of. The focus is primarily in gathering wealth and power, but as can be imagined, this leaves a wide area of interpretation. While various cities often have levels of organization, oftentimes differing from city to city, or even districts within the same city, there is not single leadership figure. In general, leaders of local areas, be it a city, town, or even small region, are autonomous and only cooperate during various crisis. This has caused a number of power struggles between different crime lords as one tries to expand its influence. When such conflicts arise a hidden, but invariably brutally bloody, war spreads through the affected regions. Periodically, attempts are made to crack down on the gangs, but rarely make noticeable progress, for whatever internal issues and conflicts arise between gangs, they are all bound by a common enemy, law and order.
Various governments have learned that sometimes it is best to allow the crime syndicate a small presence rather than try and eradicate it completely. While no ‘official’ agreements are ever made, a city’s police force choose several ‘unacceptable’ practices which will not be tolerated, but tend to turn a blind eye towards other activities. IE—One city might not allow smuggling, being focused on fair trade, but their tolerance of slavery/human trafficking would higher than another city, where they care mostly about murder, with less of a concern placed on drug trading.
While the Blades have learned that operating within the established acceptable areas of crime brings less attention from police organizations, they are always looking to push the boundaries to gain more power and authority in their respective regions.