Dark Tide Rising
The Iron Band
The Iron Band is an organized crime syndicate that spans most of the human lands on Thorcadia. They operate to some degree in virtually every major city. The group’s name is more than just a metaphor for strength. When someone is inducted into the organization, a thick circle of iron is permanently affixed around their upper arm. In most cities, members are forced to hide this symbol in order to avoid detection by authorities. However, there are places where the group’s influence is so prevalent that it is worn openly. The Iron Band engages in just about every imaginable form of criminal enterprise; from smuggling to contract killing. Wherever they operate, the Iron Band typically controls all vice (gambling, prostitution, black market trade) in the area. They ruthlessly eliminate any competition, and answer any threat with swift and brutal violence.
Very little is known about the Iron Band’s leaders. At lower levels, the group is organized by territory. Some territories might encompass a single city or even an entire region. A large city is usually split up into multiple territories. Local bosses control all activity within their domain, and may in turn divide up their turf among subordinates. No matter what one’s position is within the group, a portion of their income is paid upwards. Respect for the hierarchy and territorial boundaries is enforced with lethal efficiency. However, rivalry between factions is common. In fact, conflict between local bosses is one of the few things keeping the Iron Band in check.