The Undertow

Organised crime on Sinophia is widespread, pervasive, and organised, with its main practitioners known in local parlance as the Undertow. The Undertow is as ubiquitous as the rain in Sinophia Magna, and has grown steadily down the years like a gorged maggot in the spreading rot of this benighted world. The Undertow’s members are made up largely of the destitute and abused underclass into which many of Sinophia’s workers, soldiers, and ordinary citizens have long slid. Together, they steal off-world shipments, trade in narcotics, and loot Sinophia’s rotting carcass for gleaned morsels to sell to those who will pay. In the slums of Magna, they are the true masters.

Comprising a shifting quagmire of territories that make up Sinophia’s remaining settlements and cities, the Undertow’s shadowy domains are overseen by so called Rag-Kings and Queens, barons and lords whose titles mock the hated nobles of the Quorum. They control the black market (which thrives on avoidance of Sinophia’s many taxes), gambling, narcotics, and prostitution, as well as offering murder for hire if the price is high enough. Many are also in league with off-world smugglers, corrupt enforcers, or are even secretly sponsored by decadent nobles. The worst are rumoured to have links to the dreaded scrapers and cannibalistic wrecker-gangs that haunt Sinophia’s all but empty (and utterly lawless) outer reaches.

The Undertow

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