Know Thy Enemy

Started by RUNE, March 01, 2019, 01:53:28 pm

RUNE

March 01, 2019, 01:53:28 pm Last Edit: March 01, 2019, 02:14:48 pm by RUNE
Out in the Verse its usually a good idea to know who you're dealing with. With that in mind, here's some info about the criminal organizations known as Tongs. This information is pulled directly from the pages of the Serenity RPG, and is reprinted without any permission under the assumptions that no one cares. If you are Jamie Chambers, Joss Whedon, or a representative of Margaret Weis Productions, please PM me because we'd love a public endorsement.

Quote from: Serenity: Role Playing Game
The Tongs

Tongs come from ancient China on Earth-That-Was. The word "tong" is innocent enough, meaning "hall", or a place to meet and talk. The original tongs began as business or social organizations for Chinese men. When the Chinese immigrated into the West, the tongs provided an measure of security for the immigrant, giving him a "family" that would protect his interests in a strange land and unfamiliar culture.

Problem is, this meant that rival tongs would often clash - a business deal gone sour, a dispute between families - and they would settle the matter with bloodshed. Traditional rivalries also caused wars to break out between the tongs, some of whom have been enemies for centuries. Many tongs got wrapped up in lawless activities - running illegal gambling concerns, brothels, and opium dens - gaining for themselves a criminal-minded reputation.

The tongs continue to operate in a not-so-different way to this day. To their credit, tongs help their own members, whether they are rich or poor; speaking up for them when they are in trouble with the community or helping out if they get into disputes with rival tongs. Still, human nature being what it is, the traditional hatreds and feuds carry on, and have even grown stronger. Some of the tongs are mightily involved in various illegal dealings throughout the system. Tongs have a strong presence on the outer worlds, where they can operate openly, as opposed to the Core worlds, where they tend to keep a low profile. It is said, though (however quietly), that their influence can be felt even in the Halls of Parliament.


So as you can see, the Moda are just one of many Tongs out there in the 'Verse and it's very likely they have some old rivals. I'll be updating this thread with a bit more information about the Moda, Salad, and any other Tongs we come across including specific members the Wushu crew interacts with so everyone can learn more about our new overlords. Feel free to contribute or ask any questions!

I know that I hung on a windy tree nine long nights, wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin, myself to myself, on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.
No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn, downwards I peered; I took up the runes, screaming I took them, then I fell back from there.
The songs I know that king's wives know not Nor men that are sons of men.
So do I write and color the runes.

RUNE

Quote from: Rolemancer on April 25, 2018, 04:36:00 pm
ANJA MODA...WUSHU'S EX-OWNER/XAVIER'S EX-LOVER




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I know that I hung on a windy tree nine long nights, wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin, myself to myself, on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.
No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn, downwards I peered; I took up the runes, screaming I took them, then I fell back from there.
The songs I know that king's wives know not Nor men that are sons of men.
So do I write and color the runes.

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