Worldbuilding Wednesday: Sawtooth

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Yima Family internal use only. Leaks will be detected and summarily punished.

Compiled from the field reports of Yezav Chal, analyst for the Tyi Chaebol, a Yima Family subsidiary


SCALE: ~4000-7000 subordinates

REVENUE STREAMS: Hostage-taking (~30% chance of honoring ransom), bulk scrap, opiates, misc. raiding

PROFILE: ~40 local years old, has been amassing followers and influence for at least thirty. (Found no credible accounts of her rise to power.) Main recruitment tactics are extortion, charisma, peer pressure, most often wielded against wayward youths. Various sub-gangs/splinter factions(?), including the Obligate Carnivores, Ochlocrats, Bruisers, and doubtless more.

She has a number of serious romantic partners, yet often flirts(?) with recruits and subordinates. The partners do not take part in this, but seem on board with it.

Sawtooth's Clan

She’s two-three feet taller than the average gang member, and lets them know it- leaning over them,  cornering them, vague allusions to eating them, etc. (I kept a distance, but wow, the consumption undercurrent is pervasive.)

On both of my piracy trips, she came along in person- mostly staying in her quarters, but taking an active role in anything that could have blossomed into an actual raid.

I didn’t document as much as I hoped, but I’m fairly sure she has no interstellar ambitions and is largely harmless.

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