From Dark City

Crime Overview

The seedy underbelly of New York City teems with opportunity for a wide variety of criminals, ranging from the lowliest and most obvious misfits to the equally meticulous and unlikely of overlords. Although the glory days of organized crime are decades in the rearview mirror, the bold bravado and open-air nature of some of the the Big Apple's most notorious criminal organizations has not decayed one bit.

But it's not just the underworld that seethes with criminal enterprise; it's everywhere. In handshakes between the moneyed and the connected, behind closed doors at city halls. Where there are people in New York, you can bet that something criminal is happening, including but not limited to broad daylight muggings, narcotics and cash changing hands on the street corner, shipments of grey and black market weapons, bookies lousy with 'the best odds in town', thieves, scam artists, and would-be kingpins galore.

Theme and Society

Crime infiltrates every walk of life, but not every aspect of crime is violent in the City that Never Sleeps. Plenty of people are trying to get by anyway they can, even if it's on the wrong side of the law. Maybe they're selling knock off items, after all everyone wants the latest Guccii, or working under the table, but people do what they have to do to survive.

Of course not every act of crime is related to the struggle, the wealthy are just as guilty, with money laundering, tax evasion, illegal hiring practices, bribery and more.

....and then there is the criminal underbelly that you've come to expect from New York City. The movies, historians, books, and public trials have painted the picture of a city where the Italian mafia is still very active.

They aren't the only sources of violent crime in the city though, The Crips, Latin Kings, Nietas and many more have a strong presence in the city, and in Manhattan's Chinatown you can find Chinese gangs such as the Ghost Shadows and Flying Dragons.

Maybe you're over your head in criminal element, maybe the extent of it's presence is walking past stalls of knock off purses on your way to work, but there is no denying it's presence in the city.

Crime Entities

Mafia Families


The Genovese Crime Family is one of "Five Families" that dominate organized crime in New York City. Originally known as the Luciano Crime Family, it was renamed after Vito Genovese in 1957. Unique in today's Mafia, the family has benefited greatly from members following "Omertà," a code of conduct emphasizing secrecy and non-cooperation with law enforcement and the justice system. While many mobsters from across the country have testified against their crime families since the 1980s, the Genovese family has had only ten members turn state's evidence in its history.

West side of Manhattan waterfront and the Fulton Fish Market. Some areas of Brooklyn Piers.


  • Gambling
  • Loan Sharking
  • Labor Union Infiltration
  • Real Estate



A.K.A. the "brotherhood", is a small but powerful organization within New York City. Once considered very tightly knit, the world of enterprise and capitalization has caused an 'every man for himself' approach. While connections are in place, there is constant overturn of power through devastatingly violent means. Joining or associating with the Bratva means choosing your allegiances inside of it carefully.

Brighton Beach and parts of Manhattan.


  • Money Laundering
  • Political Corruption
  • Fraud
  • Private Security



Barely large enough to be considered a gang, there was a long period of time where the Irish numbers were next to nothing. Since 2001 those have begun to grow once more. The tightest knit of the Families, even if not the largest or most deadly, fucking with one is typically fucking with all of them. Bitter rivals of the Italians, many years ago they nearly wiped them out. Today, they keep their distance, happy to co-exist in separate spheres. A new generation has bred tolerance, though that's about as thin as the line goes.



  • Drug Trafficking
  • Prostitution
  • Contract Killing
  • Gambling


  • Oisín O'Rorke
  • Tess Coghlan - Tess Coughlin is a matriarchal figure head of the Westies. Most often referred to as "Mum" among those in the family, she's the heart, the conscience, the wisdom. Not much is done without her blessing.


Yakuza presence in New York seems to come and go. Or perhaps that's only for those who aren't clever enough to detect their members. Their criminal activities are clean and quiet, and they'll go to great lengths to keep it this way. The new generation of members have brought Street Racing under their umbrella, in turn linking law enforcement into their influences. Members range further in skill and connections than they currently do in Japanese heritage.

East Brooklyn


  • Street Racing
  • Law Enforcement Corruption
  • Big Business



The Triads are in the town since the 1800s and always shifting and adapting to what is needed to survive in the urban jungle. They had really sting periods from 1900 to 1930 and 1970 to 1990 where they also controlled Chinatown. The top dogs are the Sun Yee On and they rivals are the 14K

But due to focus on reducing crime and the raise of the Mexican cartels. They lost Chinatown and the control over Heroin.

Now they control Queens and their centum is Flushing. They rarely initiate people without any Chinese heritage might it just as small.

They have ties to the Flying Dragons and Tongs.

Flushing, Queens


  • Loan Sharking
  • Prostitution
  • Contract Killing
  • Smuggling
  • Hong Kong Movies and Music Industries



Flying Dragons

The Chinese American street gang was formed in 1967 and have had a bloody raging turf war with the Ghost Shadows ever since. These nights they seem to have the upper hand but there is no end in sight. Their connections back to Hong Kong run deep and they are heavily associated with heroin and other drug trafficking. There are no members outside of Chinese ethnicity within the gang, though they will often work with others if in need of a certain skill set.


  • China Town


  • Heroin Trafficking
  • Robberies
  • Hired Hits


Solo Entities

Joining the Sphere

Status in Crime is available at character creation as well as in play. At character creation, it is capped at 3. Your Status must reflect the criminal organization with which you have clout, and your benefits and social bonuses will only apply with and as a function of that organization.

You can have Status in multiple criminal organizations provided they are allies. If you'd like to add a criminal organization that is not already reflected on the wiki, talk to Staff.

While not necessarily required, it's strongly recommended that someone hoping to acquire or maintain Status in the Crime sphere possess some or all of the following qualities.

  • Wits, Manipulation, Resolve
  • Larceny, Brawl, Firearms, Streetwise, Subterfuge, Weaponry, Stealth
  • Allies, Contacts, Safe Place, Resources, Fighting Merits

Examples of Contacts and Allies in the Crime sphere:

  • Street Dealers
  • Forgers
  • Wheel-men
  • Pickpockets
  • Street Thugs
  • Escorts

Rules and System

Status in Crime represents your influence within a designated criminal outfit; it's your clout, it's how much pull you have, the resources and perks you have access to. Consider what your character has done to earn their Status, and how it plays a role in their larger story.

Status has several functions. First, it can apply to a Social roll with those over whom you have some sway. Second, it can grant you access to relevant resources or facilities. Third, it can be used to block a single instance of Mentor, Resources, Retainer, Contacts, or Allies once per chapter if it's of a lower dot rating than your Status, and makes sense. But consider the drawback: Status requires maintenance, and you're likely to be called on for favors, deeds, or tribute to keep your foothold.

  • Status 1: Bookie, complicit business owner, street thug, informant
  • Status 2: Made men, soldiers, mob members, smuggler
  • Status 3: Capos, block captains, crooked accountant
  • Status 4: Underbosses, gang leader, the consigliere
  • Status 5: The Boss

Current Plots

  • There's a new gambling den in Chinatown, the Red Library.


  • All Storytellers participate in Civil Society plots. Any might be relevant to one, but if you're unsure, just open up a venue ticket for your character.