Animals are an aggressive street-fighting gang without permanent turf. Their members are known for eschewing the most common electronic implants in favor of custom-brewed body enhancements and modifications. They use ultratestosterone and animal supplements-including equine growth hormone-to make themselves bigger and stronger. Experienced brawlers and trained in various forms of martial arts, Animals are keen on cage fights, duels, and other displays of brute physical force. Their ferocity and toughness makes them sought-after bouncers and bodyguards.
They typically sport tattoos and hooligan hoods as well as some artificial animalistic features ranging from purely cosmetic changes like spotted or striped skin and subdermal implants to extreme plastic surgery and cybernetic modifications like bestial jaws, and vat-grown implanted muscles.
Philosophy and Structure
Animals are fascinated with the feral, primal side of human nature. They perceive this aspect of humanity as the border between man and animal, and are each on a personal quest to cross that border to establish themselves as a new dominant human subspecies. To achieve these ends, they constantly subject themselves to various brutal and violent tests of skill. They'll often take on dangerous cyberimplanted opponents, be they members of other gangs, the police, or corporate forces. They train in fighting sports not for philosophical reasons, but to sharpen their effectiveness in combat. Internal gang relations are obviously equally animalistic. On their own impermanent turf, Animals are divided into small "packs," led by the biggest and strongest gang member, the alpha male or female. Disputes are resolved through trial by combat, which is fought until one side completely submits.
Criminal Activity and Sources of Income
Animals are mostly known for their ultraviolent raids on residential districts and other gangs' home turf. They also organize illegal underground fights, and manufacture and sell drugs-mostly custom-brew anabolic steroids. A few packs specialize in robbing drugstores, chemical transport, pharmaceutical companies, and other drug dealers. Some Animals hire themselves out as bouncers at brothels and strip clubs, or as racketeers who specialize in extortion and assault.