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Street Gangs

Source Pact Worlds pg. 178
Street gangs look for opportunities to score credits and protect their turfs. Most claim territories in run-down neighborhoods of big settlements, particularly Absalom Station, Nightarch on Apostae, and the fringes of Verces's Ring of Nations. Akiton faces a particular proliferation of these gangs; there are few ways to make an honest living on this planet, so many of its small mining towns are overrun by criminals. The most successful street gangs often work for far-reaching employers such as the Golden League.
Street gangs usually get involved in all manner of illegal activities: engaging in petty theft, making and selling drugs, fencing stolen goods, and running protection rackets, to name a few. A respectable-looking member of the gang or an individual connected to the gang might operate a front for these criminal enterprises, giving the gang a veneer of legitimacy within the community.
Though they operate on opposite sides of the law, street gangs and security forces are usually found in close proximity. The presence of a street gang in a neighborhood is sometimes answered by an increase in security, but if the street gang is too tough, officers of the law looking after their own safety will refuse to tread on the gang's turf. Alternatively, members of a crooked security force might be working hand-in-hand with a street gang to cover up evidence of crimes in exchange for a handful of credits or other favors. Sometimes an officer of the law works with a criminal organization out of a fear for his life or the lives of his family. In either case, when a street gang is able to set down roots, it can rot the morality of a community from within.

Example Gang Members

Three example gang members are presented below, along with advice on how to use them in similar NPC roles. Adaptation: Street gangs can represent wasteland marauders on Akiton, aspiring space pirates in ports among the asteroids of the Diaspora, or smugglers flying between any parts of the Pact Worlds or beyond. However, by changing their alignment or circumstances, members of a street gang can also be used as a force fighting for freedom on an oppressed world.

Encounters

Gang members normally favor encounters where they can overwhelm their enemies with intimidating displays of numbers.
Troublemakers (CR 4): Three gang toughs, one gang pusher.
Hit Squad (CR 5): Five gang toughs, one gang machinist.
Rumble (CR 7): Six gang toughs, one gang pusher, two gang machinists.

Aliens in the "Street Gangs" Family

NameCR
Gang Machinist3
Gang Pusher2
Gang Tough1/2

Street Gangs, Gang Tough

Source Pact Worlds pg. 178

Gang Tough CR 1/2

XP 200
CN Medium humanoid (human)
Init +2; Perception +4

Defense

HP 13
EAC 10; KAC 12
Fort +4; Ref +2; Will +0

Offense

Speed 30 ft.
Melee survival knife +5 (1d4+3 P) or cestus battleglove +5 (1d4+3 B)
Ranged tactical semi-auto pistol +4 (1d6 P)

Statistics

STR +3; DEX +2; CON +1; INT +0; WIS +0; CHA -1
Feats Deadly Aim, Quick Draw
Skills Athletics +9, Culture +4, Intimidate +4, Stealth +4
Languages Common
Gear flight suit stationwear, cestus battleglove, survival knife, tactical semi-auto pistol with 27 small arm rounds

Ecology

Description

Gang toughs might be desperate survivors or violent individuals who thrive when their strength is rewarded. Many just want a quick path to money, no matter who they have to hurt to get it, but others work for gangs to simply keep themselves and their families safe. Regardless of their motives, they usually present themselves as unstoppable and utterly ruthless, fearing that any other type of behavior could be seen as weak. They brag and taunt in combat, hoping to scare foes into surrendering or simply fleeing.
On Akiton, toughs are usually crimson-skinned Akitonian humans (known as the Hylki), androids, or ysoki. In Nightarch on Apostae, they tend to be half-orcs. On Absalom Station, a gang tough is equally likely to be of almost any race. On other planets, a tough is usually one of the dominant race of the world.
Adaptation: A gang tough can be a rough-and-tumble street vigilante or hired security at any business on Absalom Station or across the Pact Worlds.