One of the largest gangs in Night City. Strictly territorial, they operate in the vast impoverished segments of the Latino barrios in heywood, the Gled, and Vista del Rey, where they are strongly rooted in the local communities.
The Valentinos are one of the largest gangs in Night City. Strictly territorial, they operate in the vast impoverished segments of the Latino barrios in heywood, the Gled, and Vista del Rey, where they are strongly rooted in the local communities. They are representatives of the Chicano culture of Night City, and have cultivated those traditions for more than a century.
Valentinos members openly display their gang tattoos and gold jewelry with religious motifs, with the Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde being the most popular and recognizable. They also display a taste for colorful clothes, pimped out lowriders, and custom decorative silver- and gold-plated guns.
Philosophy and Structure
The majority of Valentinos gang members are of Mexican heritage, but other races and ethnic groups are welcome to join. Members tend to integrate quickly, adopting the Chicano culture by celebrating various Mexican holidays and customs like Dia de los Muertos, Quinceañeras , Semana Santa, or Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
This sense of common heritage―or at least shared customs―binds the gang together with the local people to form one big family. The community's loyalty protects the gang members, making any police or corporate attempts to infiltrate the Valentinos almost impossible. In return, the gangers protect the whole neighborhood. It's for these reasons that betraying one's gang is among the most heinous crimes a Valentino can commit, and is usually punishable by a particularly gruesome death. On the other hand, Valentinos who died fighting other gangs, police or corporate enforcers are often remembered as saints and martyrs, commemorated in a song, and depicted on giant murals. This memorial street art functions as religious iconography, complete with written descriptions of the saint's glorious deeds.
Source of Income
The Valentinos own many legitimate businesses such as restaurants, auto shops, and nightclubs, but they also operate braindance recording studios, sports-betting parlors, and local construction companies. Any of these could be used as a stage for criminal activity as meeting places, money-laundering operations, or illegal chop shops for stolen vehicles. Their main sources of income are gun smuggling, car theft, drug trafficking, robbery, burglary, hit jobs (including assault or murder), prostitution, and illegal modification of weapons and vehicles.