Young, confident and deadly best describes the most recent addition to London's underworld. This mainly Pakistani gang first appeared in 1995, when they were just some mouthy little kids. It wasn't long before one of them, Asif Rashid, started to organise them well enough to take over the local drug and vice scenes. The Brothers are well-known for their love of fast cars and for quick-drawing their firearms.
A well-known tale of the Brothers is of the time when Asif's mum stayed in London for a fortnight. He made it quite clear that if anything happened to her, people will talk about what he did to those responsible for the next twenty years! The Zakharov Organisation turned up, thinking that they'd hit Asif through his mother. Turned out that she was just as dangerous as the Brothers.
The area north of Oxford Street has most of their properties.
Water Dragon Triad
Formed in Hong Kong, more than 50 years ago, the Water Dragon Triad is one of the most powerful Asian gangs operating in the UK. Shan Chu Yang eventually rose to leadership of the London enclave. Since then, he has expanded their operations in every direction, from human trafficking to extortion. Their sharp red suits, meat cleavers and pistols are their trademark.
One story told about the Water Dragon Triad is about the time that two of them got kidnapped. One was sent back in pieces, and it was clearly the work of the Snowman, an infamous albino psycho-for-hire, who got his name for committng his atrocities in a meat locker. The Water Dragons kicked his door in and buried the bastard in a blizzard of bullets for the offence. They managed to find the other Triad soldier still alive, minus an arm. They were able to get it reattached.
The Triad effectively owns the underworld around Hyde Park and Mayfair.
Vladislav Zakharov was one of the "Thieves in Law" in what is commonly referred to as the Russian Mafia. Posing as an international entrepreneur, he moved to London in the early 90's, building up a profitable, legitimate shipping business in the UK. Vladislav then encouraged other Russians to come to London, where they assisted in the formation of the criminal side of his organisation. A military-style operation combining the latest technology with old-country ruthlessness, the Zakharov Organisation benefits from Russian military contacts with access to high-tech weaponry, and a shipping firm to smuggle contraband with.
The Organisation's most well-known act was when they finally caught a Water Dragon who was smashing up shops that were under their protection. Before he got started with the steel pipe, Zakharov told the tied-up Triad "I am going to hit you once for each item you broke in those shops. If you are still alive by then, I will let you go. But trust me comrade, you won't be!"
The Organisation considers the area around Westminster and Lambeth to be their territory.
The Andy Steele Associates used to be a major gang, but every other gang in London declared open war on them and their allies after a rumour spread of their leadership being in bed with a faction of Overthrow. It's one thing to have a gang conquer all of London's underworld, but quite another to make it easier for a global terrorist group to take over and spread chaos. That would simply mean too much heat for everyone.
A rumour that was proven true after the ASA's HQ was raided in the first and only instance of the Gangs of London ever working together. There was enough correspondence from Overthrow to convince the other gangs that the Associates were just a front. Ever since then, every gang within the M25 has made it quite clear that the only possible penalty for being a member of Overthrow or any other sort of terrorist, independent or organised, is death.
There are only two things that the Gangs of London agree on. The first is that you NEVER support terrorism. Too much heat for anyone to handle if discovered.
The second is that only an idiot conducts anything illegal within a half-mile radius of The Time in a Bottle. Mainly as a pissed-off cape can do a lot more damage than what the police can get away with. If they're lucky, the Knight will just knock them out. If they're very unlucky, it might be the likes of Faceoff who decide to blast them!