A dangerous, violent gang from Night City's industrial zone. Members are fascinated by the Net and cybertechnologies, and frequently undergo extensive illegal body modifications. Many of the gang's members are on the verge of developing cyberpyschosis, or already suffer from the condition. Maelstrom's physical appearance is distinguished by the gang's dehumanizing heavy augmentation and occult-inspired black metal tattoos. Cyberoptical implants, cyberlimbs with built-in combat modifications, and subdermal body plating are especially common.
Philosphy and Structure
Maelstrom philosophy is dictated by an obsession with cybertechnologies, the urge to improve the "weak flesh," a fascination with the occult, and pursuit of otherwordly sensations. These ideals are connected, as many believe that over-augmenting with cyberimplants may lead to cyberpsychosis and other mental disorders. Nevertheless, Maelstromers don't seem to be bothered by that, as they clearly enjoy sliding on the edge of madness.
On their home turf of the industrial part of the Watson District, the gang is split into smaller groups that are each responsibile for a different part of ther criminal enterprise. Depending on the task, those groups can be as large as thirty members-for raids, hit jobs, or protecting valuable cargo-or as few as four or five bodies if simply patrolling their turf.
Criminal Activity and Sources of Income
Maelstrom's main revenue stream comes from smuggling illegal meds and drugs, such as tri-phet. They are also known for taking hit jobs, which they execute in brutal and bizarre fashions. Many of their victims are found dismembered, skinned alive, or drowned in wet concrete. They also have a history of well planned and executed heists performed on heavily-guarded corporate transports.
Another significant source of Maelstrom income is the Totentanz Club-the most popular gangsters' club and "drink&riot" vanue in Night City. Located in an abandoned factory, Totentantz is a place where the members of other gangs come to party hard and listen to neo-death metal music-as long as they respect Maelstrom's authority and customs. Any night at TTC with a body count of less than a dozen is considered crappy and boring. There are also unconfirmed rumors that gang is somehow involved in the production of black market braindance records-especially bizarre, disturbing, and extremely violent BD's. NCPD has found no evidence connecting the Maelstrom gang to the production and distribution of black market braindance.