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I figured it would be handy if we put together a list of professionals and not-so professionals for anyone who's looking to contract out work. Include as much or little detail as you like, but keep in mind some people might not appreciate unsolicited advertising from strangers on Ubiq. Then again, a lot of people probably would.

First up is, obviously, my current crew. We call ourselves Blacklight and we operate in the greater Sacramento and Central Valley area of California. There's me, Rufio, Galavant, on and off part-timer Mongoose, and we just picked up some rookie carbait from a DHQS settlement named Gutshot. We have a solid track record so far and we're reasonably liked in our community even though we've only been operating about half a year. Among our accomplishments: negotiating with a clan of Latent cultists for military hard drives, securing a motherload of pre-Crash MREs from an alligator, successfully escorting a gaggle of Black Math kids on a Casualty-killing field trip, and killing a goddamn Aberrant. I have the footage from that last one if you're about to call bullshit, but you should think twice before watching if you enjoy sleep. [Link]

We haven't yet had any encounters with other local Taker crews but we know of a few by word of mouth: the Hawks love their drones and tech, the Lost Boys are a goddamn mini cult of personality (Rufio used to run with them, never ask her about it), and then there's the Neuromancers and Apex; the former are all transhumanists with 3D-printed limbs, the latter are Detox crossfit nuts, and both share an enclave.

Jumping across the Loss, back in Iowa I had a couple of brushes with a gnarly group who called themselves Los Muertos. You can laugh at the name, but these motherfuckers will cut your tongue out and make you eat it. They're not so much Takers as they are narcocultists who happen to hire themselves out when they aren't running dope across the Mississippi. They're also all Latents--initiation requires a shot of Supressin, don't ask me where they get their supply--so watch your itchy trigger fingers around them. If you absolutely have to just deal with them straight, don't ask too many questions, and don't shake their hands.

On the other end of the sociopathic spectrum is a group in Nevada who calls themselves the Rat Queens. They're an all-ladies, all-military diaspora crew led by a woman named Honey Badger. They're some of the most professional Takers I've encountered out here, but I saw and heard some signs of undiagnosed PTSD and heavy Soma use among their vets. Honey Badger probably keeps a tight lid on any issues they've got, and if they're Operation Utility alumni like they claim to be then they've probably got some heavy baggage.

There's plenty of smaller crews, gangs, and outfits but those are the big ones that come to mind for me.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 10:26:26 PM by Silver »
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 11:30:48 PM »
I know of a taker crew in Salem, Oregon part of a monarchy, they have make light on theocracy despite having no primary religion, new or otherwise. They call themselves Spanish Inquisition their leader is against the monarchy, something about they use slaves of war, or from wars, I don't know the full details he doesn't like talking about it, and honestly not why I talk to him, but his crew is solid.
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 10:16:06 PM »
I know 'cult' is enough to tip me off not to check em out, but whats the deal with that latent cult?  They worship not-dying or something?
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 06:56:05 AM »
I ran with a crew for a while out of Malmstrom AFB (goes by Maelstrom now) up in Grand Rapids, Montana. Called themselves 3E--I never really asked why. Anyway, they're a good group and still active as far as I know. If you're ever up that direction, give 'em a holler for me.

There's another crew up there out of Fort Benton called the Burnt Aces, now I'm not gonna say they're unreasonable, but they do tend to attract thrill-seekers--they seem to go through a new Ace once every couple months. They're also pretty quick to solve every kind of problem with a bullet.
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2017, 05:00:13 PM »
Achieve has a glut of Taker crews. I might do a rundown someday, but for now just hit up the Gettersburg part of the orgchart in my signature below and browse.

For closure or clearing, I can recommend AMOS - or "A Moment Of Silence". They're Math who kept running short on bullets and decided that suppressin and blades was the best way to clear that hurdle. They do frequent runs into town, take on actual jobs (tends to prefer closure) and come back to the enclave with stuff to trade in whenever they need to rest, resupply and heal up, which is a good sign of sensible Math. If you need infiltration done, they might be your crew - I wish I could sneak around with the ease that they do. They're not military - one of them used to be a butcher - but they're a solid group. Down to five now, from eight, so hire them while they're still around.

Primary downside is that they barely talk or emote anymore. But their UFit logs speak for them.
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 06:05:42 AM »
They're Math who kept running short on bullets and decided that suppressin and blades was the best way to clear that hurdle.

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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2017, 04:35:51 PM »
Anybody mind if I advertise?  Who cares, I'm going to anyway.  I'm fixer for a crew out of Big Rock near Flagstaff, they have been running the rim for a year, we have a solid record and know the territory.  We have run a bunch of scouting jobs as well as salvage and clearing.

Need a crew that knows the Mogollon rim?  Call the Vaqueros.  Need a crew of solid shooters? Call the Vaqueros.

I'll boost a couple of other outfits that have proven solid up here.  Jomax is an Archivist outfit that is absolutely solid on the technical skills, they are top notch at recovering pre-crash tech and parts, but if you send them to recover data they are going to keep a copy.  Archivists, what can you do.

Aventurine is a crew that operates out of Karma Code, near Sedona.  It's a Detoxin enclave but I've never heard of them letting that get in the way of a job. They run light so they can bid on jobs where other crews find the margin too thin.  Contact Quartzite to hire them, my boys worked along side them for a clearance job last winter and they are professionals.

Last, avoid Razorwire.  These assholes are out of Fort Goodhope and they will abandon a job the second it looks too hot.  They have a million excuses and a string of failed jobs longer than your arm.  Total amateur hour.  Their negotiator talks a good game but don't buy the hype.
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 04:14:32 AM »
Razorwire flaked on a job I gave them, get some papers, get them too me via scans or Ubiq pics. They call back saying they can't do the job, because there were more casualties then them. They tried to get me to pay the hazard pay for going out there, and I asked them, "You haven't done anything hazardous, what makes you think I'll pay you?" So they just hung up and I haven't heard from them since. Wish I knew about the archivists, when I have them get information, sure they copy it, but most of the time they keep it to themselves.
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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 10:14:58 AM »
Jomax is a solid outfit.  Just sent them a ping, contact Selene to get a hold of them.  As far as I know, they have never sold out a client, I think they have some sort of solid state drive that is supposed to keep the data safe for something like 3000 years.  I don't judge, if they think that internet metadata will be valuable to the aliens that come after more power to them.

And glad to see somebody else spreading the word about Razorwire, these jokers burned our enclave last winter and my boys had to scramble to cover them. Don't hire these assholes.

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Re: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Taker Crews and where to find them
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 04:16:07 AM »
Once knew this taker crew for an enclave up in Colorado. They did good work. They were called the Pipe Cleaners they had a hell of negotiator. unfortunately they took a risk in fighting in some kinda cage match or some such shit that was broadcasted out on Ubiq. Well things went south, and they a shoot out occurred and zombies got in. Two of them died in ensuing gun fight, one during the match. Two of them ran into the wild. The last one. Though, their sniper, called herself 1994, some stupid reference I guess. But she apparently got a chunk taken out of her arm. So she opts for the bullet, since there was no suppressant on hand. She fucking blew her head off on fucking camera. She was already losing her shit, but holy shit. Some people followed suit soon after watching that.

I GM the game for friends, and well, they opted for a thunder dome mission, Should have been fine, until one guy let slip he was immune in a roomful of bandits and scoundrels. 1 person died in a match, he lit it slip, huge gun fight. 2 more die. 2 run away insane. Last one got bit and wasn't latent or immune so she said she wanted to go out in style, found the recording equipment and BANG

What I'm trying to say is TPK TPK TPK TPK TPK TPK!
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2017, 05:53:34 AM »
There's a group I know in Kansas who go by the Dead Weathermen. They're a bunch of yahoos who joined all the other Mad Max fans during the crash and outfitted their truck with spikes and flamethrowers. They must be smarter than they look, because they're still here. They started using that truck to lure casualty hordes away from enclaves, and now I think they run three or four crews out of their own motor pool. I don't know where all their gasoline comes from, but they make a killing keeping the dead weather manageable out here.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 01:27:00 AM »
I would advertise myself, but a freelancer working the routes around the Southwest ain't a Taker crew, so I might as well toss a bone out to the folks I have pulled jobs with.

So right, might as well start with the newest crew I rolled with and go back two deep for now.

Worked with some guys called the Dog-Legs, it's an in-joke apparently, I wasn't clued in. They're all right, for Bait. Well mostly Bait. They're pretty tame, the boss Logos I am pretty sure is a out of work philosophy professor or something. Obviously got a high end degree, and she's pretty good working deals from what I can tell. Though they're really safety oriented, ain't too risky. Was with them for four jobs, and they got scared off or undercut on seven. They're not struggling, but it's obvious that they're probably going to be at this longer then others. Probably more often than not because everyone else is walking into the meat grinder. Not too well kitted, mostly surplus Mosins and knock-off generic revolvers, but they do got some technical expertise. I figure they're all ex-facility from some school somewhere. They're gear on that front is better, new laptops, fresh production tools. Hope it doesn't get them killed, cause most of the freelancers they worked with, including me, were there as muscle.

Before them I worked with the Artisanals. Your usual New Age-Dark Age freaky come out of the Crash chic types, about two steps removed from Detoxin level crazy, but still pretty weird. They run by two latents, Chevalier and Yeoman. Don't know if they're married, or if they're related, or if they're just friends, but they've more than close and that was worrying, but I didn't get too busted by it. They're low to the ground types, from what I can tell most of them have traditional martial arts of one spark or another. They were more kitted than the Dog Legs, silenced pistol carbines and shottys, but they still tended to be more niche. Fencemen spears, halberds, swords, shields, crossbows and longbows. Chevalier and Yeoman I am guessing were hardcore HEMA freaks, because they got some real world use Repo armor from before the Crash. I felt really out of place working with them, they made me prove my worth and do some weird sparring and shit. I'm lucky I was a club rat in university, because I took some BJJ. In any case, they ran their group smooth and nice, everyone knew what they were doing. Specialized in breaking work, because someone taught them how to use Firefighter Irons like pros. Wouldn't mind them going in for a clearance job. Same with the Dog-Legs, they hire freelancers to handle more gun shooty bits.

Last group is Nazario, they say it means from Nazareth. Pretty new group, like started in the last few months new. They're Taker crew working out of an old Jesuit mission in Texas, across from the burning oil fields. They're good people, but they're getting bent and they're subsidized to their Mission. Mostly lay people, but the Jesuits send some of their surviving world missionaries out with them. People that got hard core experience, ministering in conflict zones. Boss I worked under is called Father Busa, he is one of those hard core missionaries I talked about. Worked a Somali mission before the Blight. Frankly they're better people then the crew I worked before them. In any case, they've got one of the old historical Spanish missions back up and running, and have a well in the desert. Besides not having a lot of food growing around, they're near enough to some highways that they've got regular Taker work. Note, they expect Sundays off. They're kitted and well meaning, but they're not soldiers. They got AKs and they got a secure Enclave, but they're rough. I was more of an instructor than a field guy for a little bit, had to sharpen their basics of marksmanship. Really nice folks in any case.

Beware though, because they share territory/border and have a deal with a Black Math Narco-Cult, and those guys are more crazy. Did some meets with them, and man, some of the most fucked up shit you can't believe. Like if you thought the Narcos are still brutal and monsters, you should see their Black Math mixed with business and religious fanaticism. They don't have a official name. They worship something called El Abridor del Ata├║d, The Coffin Miser. From what I can understand, he was some OG Sicario during the Crash. Crazy Tony Montana chainsaw war crimes stuff you see in adult only documentaries, don't know the full story but he got turned into a Narco-Saint a few years back. They do Taker work in Mexico usually from what I understand, and they facilitate the drug trade during Market Season. Though they make you do some cult stuff, make you venerate their Saint. It's in this reliquary Crusader Medieval alter they got on the back of this Mad Max narco-tank thing.

Imagine, sitting in the Lost, with overwatch and your boys, and just waiting for your contact, and they appear. Not in some normal thing, no, it's a Narco Tank painted like a reliquary and there are technical gun trucks painted the same. Men and women with skull face paint, gangland tattoos, and the will to hurt you for nothing, and the religious extremism to go any distance.

The deal is on, and you need what they have. Opium, Cocaine, hell, sugar and peppers if you've got change. Hard to keep a clinic stocked, or men and women alive, when all you got is a hack saw and some moonshine. They want what you have, so they're coming in. Talking about their saints and their purpose, and all too willing to throw their weight around, but they're still businessmen to a point.

And to seal the deal, they want you to pray, and give offering to their blessed leader, their founder, who watches over them. Or perhaps it is one of their new exalted martyrs? But it's still a skeleton, dressed in silk and gold, with a diamond grill just smiling at you over a collection plate of bullets and knives. So you do, and you did, and they laugh and smile and the Casualties will come soon, and they want them to come...it is time for some blessed work, don't think about the gagged man begging for you to look at him, to save him, it doesn't matter.

It doesn't matter.

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I wrote this last bit a long while back on Reddit. Hope you folks enjoy.
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