The Samedi's in Gangs Posted January 29, 2002 Some while ago I came across a really neat idea on some CP site or other, and it started off my pet gang. Officially the Baron Samedi's, often shortened to the Baron's or Samedi's. I'm writing them up here cos I noticed someone around here actually has BaronSamedi as their nick, and I thought that was pretty cool...all coincidental like. The Samedi's are a demi-gothic gang. Not pure goth, but very much into the whole black clothes thing. In general they aren't so bad - just your average punks doing standover or drug running. Mostly they like decorating their alarming hangouts with medieval torture equipment and big red pentagrams. The scary ones hide amongst their brethren...these guys take the vampire look to a whole new level. Firstly - imagine someone with Vampire teeth, the old 1d6 damage canines. Now imagine poison injectors...nasty; biting of tongue not recommended kind've people. Now the cool bit (& this wasn't actually my idea, but I *love* whoever came up with it) what if the injectors used modified saliva glands to make an addictive drug...thus your 'victims' would become addicted to being bitten on a regular basis, thus making a very close knit, paranoid gang that would protect its leader to the death. Possibly beyond, if their name means anything other than 'we're mean'. Ole' Baron Samedi is from the Voodoo pantheon, and from various sources I've read he's the god of the Dead, keeper of the dead, the guy at the gates of death and the god of sorcery. He's rather involved in the whole zombie thing. Now, I don't use magic in my CP stuff - but to the impressionable NPC it might seem true and thus the Baron's are even more threatening. Evil PR...("besides, those pale people do look rather Zombid") They also have a sort've spec ops team in the gang called the Soul Reapers (ooh, scary) who use a version of the 'Techjager F81 "PARADACTYL" variable-geometry cyber-glider' wings to literally be able to fly about, like a bat. (Stormfront, p100). Combined with some spiky hands and feet they are quite effective at getting at high places to kill things. Like a hit on a guy in an upper floor restaurant of a Casino - they fly onto a thin balcony, blow out the window, let rip with assault rifles and fly away, before security can get there. SO...I'm hoping our friendly local PC BaronSamedi isn't offended by this. I really did come up with this months ago...then I saw the name here... If you like it or have suggestions...this is the place to put 'em.