Alacrity The Tired RDI Staff Karma: 291/33 6347 Posts
well now, this is the picture
Where there are Chinese, there are tongs — sometimes several. Those tongs that comprise the current Chinese gangs are splintered remnants of the old Earth-That-Was Tong 14K Triad, which became decentralized when the arks began sailing the black. The mass Exodus posed logistical and organizational nightmares for the 14K Triads.
They couldn’t disperse the higher-ups without risking losing communication as each person’s ship sailed for the different corners of no and where. On the other hand, if the heads of a 14K Triad stayed together on one ship, they would lose control over the members who were in other ships. Or the ship carrying the powerful leaders might end up on the drift, never to be heard from again. They decided to divide up the leadership among various ships, keeping the organization in tact. Once they finally settled on solid ground, the 14K Triads were back in business. Many of them infiltrated independent tongs, drawing them into criminal activity.
The criminal tongs continue to proliferate among Chinese communities, particularly on the farther reaches of the ‘Verse, engaging in the usual lawless enterprises: smuggling, racketeering, gambling and opium trafficking—when they’re not feuding with other tongs. Grudges often last forever, to the point that everyone has forgotten why they’re fighting in the first place. On worlds where tongs exert sufficient control, such as New Kasmir and Lazarus, the battles take to the heavens, with ships exchanging gunfire in nearspace.
The authorities are well paid to sit back and watch.
Tongs tend to be tight-knit. Loyalty is the best currency for upward mobility. If you’re willing to take a bullet or two for the da gher (“big brother”), you just might find yourself at his right hand (assuming you survived). Betrayals and coups do happen, but not nearly as much as Alliance’s antigang propaganda would like you to think. What usually happens when a leader retires is that he selects his most trusted second as the successor.
All others have the choice of pledging allegiance to the new big brother or being corpse-ified.
Tongs seldom solicit outside help; members are expected to be self-sufficient and take care of their own. They normally recruit specialists only for the highly technical jobs (such as piloting or security hacking), though they will sometime seek extra muscles to bolster their ranks in anticipation of a coming gang war. They fully expect the hired hands to show the same loyalty as a brother while in employment. Given their lavish pay scale, they have very little problem keeping a mercenary’s fealty.
All criminal tongs, as they say, “do business.” Guns, in particular. The bigger, the better. And grenades, by the dozens. Ain’t no sense bringing knives to a firefight, less so when the other tong boys are aiming to end you any which way. Every buck a gang makes, bet on fifty cents going to weapons. Shooters to sell and a good price in mind will get you a shiny in with any tong.
Nearly all tongs restrict their activities, keeping business within a city or other manageable area. This has more to do with a tong’s limited resources than ambition, as most gangs operate in low-income or undesirable places and are essentially small packs of greenhorn punks. Only large, prominent tongs can afford to expand into other cities. Every once in a while, a ser toh may remove the opposition and proclaim himself the “warlord” of a world (the Ming Brothers of Victoria out in Kawalsa come immediately to Mind). Especially out on the Rim, spacers know that even if you don’t respect the ser toh’s claim, you respect his arsenal.
The Alliance worked hard to eradicate the tongs from the Core worlds, with the result that most simply packed their bags and moved out to the Rim. However, it may be premature to pronounce the death of the 14K Triads. There is talk of a movement to restore the 14K Triad system to its former glory in the Core worlds. This tone is led by a mysterious figure known solely as Shiung Tzu, or “Master of the Mountain,” the traditional title for the 14K Triad’s grand boss.
Evidence suggests that Shiung Tzu has friends within the Parliament.
If folks don't get posts in or bring out information in Q&A there isn't a lot to work with. The group was agree to avoid the encounter.
Getting out of Dodge doesn't need to be full burn, Tess's fancy flying would serve the same message and I left that open for her. And trap still smells like a trap, I saw no real gain putting the team a risk or delaying the flight.
I had asked for and would have liked to have input about the Tong at the party but that didn't happen.
I had asked that same question and didn't much of a response other than the guest list looks like a "who's who" of Alliance, Fed, and Tong....I've asked for more info and will relate it as soon as I get it....I'd just like to make sure that we're not going to cause ourselves even more grief before we arrive.
I have a funny feeling our client may be sleeping with the fish
If my theory is correct, Howard is working for the Tong. Which would explain why Norm was so terrified when he spotted Howard and tried to hide his deal making for 'trying his luck with the ladies.' I bet he made Norm talk, then sent a note to his buddies hoping for a reward. The fact that Norm isn't answering our call doesn't help with disproving my theory.
Well it has brought to my attention that some of the group feels we need to investigate Chungs offer. If the majority wants to land and talk then I'll edit my post. Although it would be an interesting encounter, I still feel it's a trap and won't give us anything good.
So I vote "no".
Tell me what you think and why.
Posted on 2012-01-01 at 01:53:10.
Edited on 2012-01-01 at 01:55:00 by Odyson
Hey just cause my character mentions checking it out doesnt mean we should do it. I prefer meetings on our own footing. To meet someone on their timing and setting is usually not a good idea.
Ken just likes to look at the possibilities. He would wish we maybe find out how to contact them later and then do so and see if they are serious about meeting, at a time and place of our choosing; Less chance of an ambush that way.
But in the end it is your decision Captain; Ken might complain but he will go with the flow.