Black Empire Facts: The Black Block, Grimholme Gangs
The Black Block
The Emperor does not believe capital punishment will have any detriment on crime but he does believe that a population requires vengeance. The most heinous of crimes make a people cry for blood and for their leaders to take action, which he does. He construct a great cube of obsidian and carved into mighty magic of transmaterial movement so that it may fly to him and him to where he was needed. By tradition, only upon it may he, and only he, carry out murder, as this is not a power he cares to give to anyone else and he is not shy to call execution murder.
Notably, with even magic and psionics and artifice bent to the task of determining guilt, there have been innocent men sent to the Black Block but in death there can be no lies. Hrod pulls out the convicted's soul and reads upon it the extent of their guilt. If they are innocent, he cannot undo the deed for now body and spirit are separate for good and he must cast them off into the Afterlife.
Of note there was the Jamarik Priest who murdered a dozen children of abused homes by poison. The Terrestrial God attended the execution, where the Black Block had settled upon the Iropian capital of Jamarik worship, and was informed of the rogue priest's sincere belief and delusion that he had killed no child but made them go to sleep so that Jamar may sweep down and carry them off to a better life. The god then took the soul from Hrod to free him from his insanity himself.
Within the city of Grimholme, as well as spreading their influence beyond, there are four major gangs that split the city among themselves with all lesser gangs paying tribute to one or the other. The first is the Chaukuku Mafia, headed by the Garl'gezmond Crime Family, whose history was already elucidated upon.
After that is the youngest group being only a century old established, the Orcish Racket, made from disenfranchised immigrants bonded together by a myriad of clan ties that are closely aligned by a feelings of beings outsiders, struggling to survive. Third is eldest, the Beast Mob, upon the edge of the Empire where Hrod's influence wanes, his creations may be ill-regarded by the once conquered and segregated in all but name. Last is the White Syndicate, based originally as the rebel group that fell apart into the current political factions of Egalitarian and Libertarian from those who instead of taking sides used there organization to go underground and eventually transformed into a criminal enterprise.
Each group is known to have a 'standard
' by which they limit there deeds. The Beast Mob will not conduct prostitution or any humanoid trafficking according to their views on slavery instilled into their culture by Hrod. He wanted them not to view themselves as his slaves but his people, to be treated with dignity and respect as all people should be. The White Syndicate will not practice protection rackets or extortion, stemming from the ideals of the original founders who viewed Hrod as the ultimate extortionist. They are, however, terrible xenophobes to all 'outsider' races, including the orcs, the beast-folk and the chaukuku sylvan.
The Orcish Racket will not sell drugs in part due to a pervasive, although somewhat inaccurate, view of themselves as coming from a shamanistic culture which used mind-altering substances as sacred tools, not a recreational pass-time. It also stems from a history of drugs being used to control them in the New Lands by foreigners seeking a new market and ending up crippling many populations with rapid addiction.
The Chaukuku Mafia has no strict ban upon any activity but traditionally attempted to limit the very worst excesses of the vices they peddled whereas other gangs used the standard they lived by as an excuse to go all out in what they will do. However, under the leadership of the current Godmother, the Chaukuku Mafia has grown steadily worst.