Jeung was always the first kid into anything new on the scene. First to dye his hair, first to get a lip piercing, first to get into (and then out of, as others picked up on the trend) a series of increasingly bewilderingly-named Euro dance trends.
He was also first to murder someone - some junkie bum that he had found in one the old warehouses down at the Waterfront, and stabbed to death with a ceremonial dagger that he bought on an internet auction site. He was fifteen at the time.
Afterwards, to commemorate the act, he took his girlfriend Charlotte down there and used the same knife to carve the outline of a flower design - a rose - into both their arms.
And that's how the Blood Roses were born.
Jeung always knew he was meant for something a lot more interesting than the safe, cosseted existence he had lived so far, growing up surrounded by the Old Money world of The Concession. He thought he was going to be a rock star, maybe. Or a DJ or fashion designer. Instead, sealed in that blood pact he had made with Charlotte, he became a criminal.
Jeung became the dark star around which like-minded souls soon orbited. Most of them were kids like him and Charlotte, from The Concession or Virginia Gardens, but looking for something different - their own scene - away from the traditional gangs that ran in those districts. They congregated together in the VIP suite of the Beltane Club, ironically converted from the warehouse building where Jeung had murdered that bum just a few short years earlier. There were plenty of drugs around in the scene down there, but that wasn't what Jeung and his crew were into, not if they wanted to stay sharp and focussed, mentally and physically. Where Jeung led, the others quickly followed.
The first job they pulled was late night club talk made real, done almost on a dare among each other. They went in scared, even Jeung, who already had blood on his hands. They came out exhilarated, on a high better than anything you could buy in any of the clubs. They money they made from it didn't hurt, either.
They pull more jobs, start getting a name for themselves. Jeung meets Tyron Sennet, recognises him for the type he is - hangs around money and success, looking to feed off any crumbs that come his way - but recognises that he has his uses. Then Michael Simeone makes his presence known and hits Jeung with a few harsh home truths.
The Blood Roses are good at what they do, and he admires professionalism in others, but if they're going to move up to the next level - out of the clubs and onto the streets of the Waterfront to make a big chunk of the city their own - then they're going to need some representation and professional management when it comes to dealing with people who have been doing this a whole lot longer than them.
Jeung thinks about it, thinks about his old teenage dreams of being a rock star, and then signs up. Simeone's management, but he's still the front man, the one the rest of the crew listen to and follow. He'll go along with Simeone's arrangement. At least for the moment.
Subject My rules
If youre working directly for me now then its best we get the rules clear. I expect you to do whatever youre told to do. The Blood Roses are a family, and the strongest families are built on loyalty and obedience. Wouldnt you agree?
So, there are expectations, but there are also rewards. The best parties, the best clubs, the best fashions, the best of everything. Thats what it means to be a Blood Rose
PS. Oni @ Banshee. After-show party in the VIP suite. Come along.
Have you met dear cousin Seung yet? Is he still sulking in Havalynd, telling everyone how he invented the Blood Roses? And the part about how hes building up his own organization I hope he didnt leave that out?
Poor Seung. Even when we were kids, he was always trying to be better than me. He never managed it, of course.
Charlotte says we should get rid of him, but family is family. Still...
One day, Im afraid well probably have to do something about Seung.
PS. Crispin Qs looking for Roses to cameo in some music video hes shooting. Interested?
DON'T save the tigers!
We lost three more Roses to the Tigers this week. Those Prentiss bores are proving greater competition than I expected.
That old fool Byeong Lee has been annoyingly effective at organizing them although I imagine being sat down in front of a blackboard while the team coach explains tactical formations must be a comforting feeling to those steroid-laden inbreds.
Ive been studying hankumdo a Korean sword-fighting art recently. Id love to show that little bitch Akiko X what Ive learned.
PS. Launch party at the Rimbaud Room for the new Elizabeth Bathory line. Be there.
Hell Night is coming...
Youre still a bit new here, so you might not know about our Hell Night celebration - it's become something of a Waterfront tradition.
I came up with the idea (so obviously cousin Seung will say it was his) as a way to reward the foot-soldiers - we let them off the leash for the night, to trash, burn down and blow up whatever they want.
It amuses them. And keeps the CSAs busy and away from whatever real jobs weve got happening.
I hear the Furies are planning something special this year. More details, nearer the time.
PS. MDK awards party next week. Join us.
These guys piss me off.
I cant decide who I hate more Simeone, or his lackey Tyron Sennet.
On reflection, probably Sennet. Simeone, at least seems to have some class about him. Well, for a nightclub entrepreneur who got lucky in property speculation anyway.
Tennet, however, is just a lower-class wharf rat with a few useful but similarly low-class criminal connections. And he thinks he can tell me and my Blood Roses what to do?
Let the two of them both think theyre controlling the Roses. The Roses are my creation. Theyll always be mine. If youve been talking to Suji, you know plans are in motion here to effect some change on this...
PS. Charlotte and I are having dinner at Fidelos. Feel free to join us.
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Subject Biography: Fourche Bank (Part 2)
The SPPD facility at Fourche Bank was reactivated as a matter of priority, the extra funding needed to finish it - funds that hadn't been available to the SPPD - coming from organisations such as the Praetorians, and from a new and unexpected source: the Federal government.
The Feds had, up until now, been maintaining a careful wait-and-watch policy on what was happening in San Paro, but San Paro was just a few stages further down the same road from many cities elsewhere in the country, all of them with a crime problem now approaching critical mass. There were those within the government who thought the San Paro experiment might be the answer to what many consider to be a rapidly-approaching national crisis, while others were fearful of the long-term consequences of surrendering city streets to armed militias, and were opposed to the CSA initiative.
Whatever the reasons for Federal involvement, whether was a sign of tacit support for the radical Derren program, or a desire to maintain some kind of central control over the training and organisation of the enforcement groups, the new CSA Facility - now unofficially rechristened 'Fort Derren' by the wags at City Hall - was soon open for business. Behind the latest anti-terrorist defences made possible by Federal funding, the place soon proved its worth as a place where Enforcer organisations could pool resources and share intel. And where, it was quietly hoped, some of the wilder and more radical groups operating under CSA licence could be monitored and subtly brought to heel. If any residents of the now not-so-quiet streets of the Bank had misgivings about the imposing fortress-like compound now looming over them at the crest of the hill, they were soon mollified by the realisation that their small district was suddenly statistically the safest in the entire city, with the constant traffic of Enforcer group members and Facility staff personnel coming and going from the compound pretty much keeping the surrounding streets crime-free.
Also based at the Bank, making use of some of the sophisticated equipment left behind by the military, is the Dispatch Net, tying the city's disparate law enforcement organisations together and uniting them in one shared and secure communications system. If they train together, R&R together and talk on the radio together, then eventually, Mayor Derren reasons, they're going to start working together.
When San Paro was first built, there was a watchtower on the hill standing guard over its citizens and protecting them from danger. Centuries later, there's still one there.
Biography: Patriot Auto-Fabrication
Segomo Defence Technologies (SDT) was as a defence contractor who diversified in the early eighties in an effort to shield themselves from the cyclical aerospace and defence markets. In 1981, SDT made various acquisitions and several new divisions were established as the company moved into securities, civilian aeronautics (designing corporate jets), and telecommunications. They also purchased the Patriot Motor Group. Patriot Auto-fabrication had been virtually hand-building Patriot muscle-cars since 1955 in Austin, Texas, combining very powerful engines with relative affordability, though fabrication was crude and lacking refinement. In a radical departure from anything Patriot had ever done before, SDT redesigned the vehicle from the ground up, applying much of their military-grade engineering to the vehicle's design. Their modifications, including a re-vamp of the Patriot "V11-Flashfire" engine, turned the Patriot from an enthusiast's collectable to a mainstream performance pinup. Recent generations of the Patriot, are widely seen as being a revolution of muscle-car design and a real competitor in world markets.
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Level Name 10 Like a Gelding Knife (15 Joker Tickets)
I want you to be the gelding knife to some Enforcers dream of being the big, swinging dick in the district. <col: Yellow>Kill a Prestige 5 Enforcer</col> for me. Send pics.
Kill <col: Yellow>1</col> Prestige five Enforcer.