Los Angeles part 2
You'd think with so much hero worship, the city would have almost no crime problem but the reverse is true. The massive influx of money, immigrants, and weakening rule of law has lead Los Angeles to become even more violent. Warmonger's agents in the city, called The War Profiteers
, and Brotherhood Enlightenment have outfitted much of the city's criminals with high-tech material. Terrorist attacks, kidnappings, daylight robberies, public assassinations, and high speed chases are a daily part of life now. Indeed, the presence of superheroes has convinced the public things are better than they are.
The city is filled with power-players eager to get a slice of the immense LA riches. There's King Frost
, Big Dog
, The Organization
, The Octagon
, The Brotherhood of Enlightenment's satellite gangs, PHOBOS
(masquerading as a branch of the CIA), the Yakuza, the Triads (through American Tongs) supported by a renegade Taiwanese General, and the vampire-based Club Midnight
. The later being particularly ironic but who have established the city as home to the first Camarilla-like city structure. This is in addition to other local powers that make the city a cesspool of illegal money being made hand-over-fist.
It also should tell you everything you need to know about the quality of people who come to LA to become "superheroes" that many of the heists are conducted by Nexi who are recruited for their powers. Few people want to be "supervillains" but are willing to be persuaded to do unpleasant work in exchange for the cash to live in the city or equipment. A few have even been caught by the police due to their bragging of killing criminals they did while part of a gangster's drug deal.
Too dumb to live, indeed
One of the biggest criminal organizations that PCs should be wary of are The Shang-Di Corporation
that is a front for a certain Chinese scientific research group. The Shang-Di Corporation is engaged in all manner of espionage against the Brotherhood of Enlightenment, US research groups, and American corporations working on superhuman material. Sadly, the group has gotten away from them as a Earth-17 Jiang Shi
vampiress named Gong Xi
has taken over the group. It is joined by SilverCorp
's largest office and Atlas International
, that is a multimedia empire completely controlled by the Titans. ShivaCorp
and Wonder Labs
are positively saintly by comparison.
Finally, there's Honeywood
, that is a massive film studio twenty-minutes outside the city limits. Honeywood was originally a landfill but with the power of several geo-powered supers who decided to open a construction agency instead, they helped create the massive "superhero film" industry. Honeywood produces incredibly low-quality films that exist almost entirely to cash-in on the star power of superheroes or people using 'real' powers.'
Kenny Rogers has made a fortune making seventeen of these films, churned out very quickly, yet making massive success. Dark Sun's disillusionment with Hollywood is almost entirely due to the fact she could only get into these films. Films range from kiddie-fair to near-porn (with the full stuff using the same equipment and buildings rented out). Big Al Swanson
is the dubious genius behind this craptacular (and wildly successful) experiment.
Deaths are quite common in Honeywood, partially due to such a concentration of supers attracts bad guys like flies to food but they have a reasonably good security system. Still, it's the sort of place that working-class superheroes might find a good place to make money to fund their calling as security.
Martial arts enthusiasts will also note there is the Shadow Clan
of superpowered ninjas and evil martial artists headed by Anti-Ki
as well as Sun Tiger
(Shadow Lynx's archnemesis). The Shadow Clan is joined by the League of Killers
that consists of psychopaths who that must prove themselves to be theme-killers without getting caught. The latter is the archenemy of Bloodscream the Retributive
, who were actually inspired by his serial murders. Notably, Bloodscream almost never catches any of them.
Contrasting this group is the Jadepunk Group
that consists of martial arts and wuxia masters, many who are a part of the larger Jade Falcon Society
. These working class heroes deliberately avoid seeking fame for themselves but actively work to protect the communities of Los Angeles from evil-doers. All of them possess superhuman martial arts ability, many of them having been trained in the PIT by Pendulum but not joining that organization. The head of HANG is a former member and quietly approves of their actions.