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The Nightshade Organization

Nightshade Hierarchy

The Belladonna – Founder and leader of the organization. Although she is never seen by the majority of her underlings, she is nevertheless respected and revered. Her orders are carried out by the Nightshade Admins, and she rarely deals directly with the lesser ranks. Members address their leader as “Belladonna” when speaking formally, but when talking casually amongst themselves, they often refer to her simply as “the boss.”

Admin – A small, tightly-knit group of personnel, the Nightshade Admins are the Belladonna’s right-hand men. They take orders directly from the leader and dictate all of the actions of the lower ranks in accordance with her plans. Because the means for achieving these plans are often left purposefully open-ended, the Admins are usually responsible for scheming up the syndicate’s nefarious plots. Several of the Admins have careers on the outside of the organization, quite a few being business moguls; some, on the other hand, know nothing beyond a life of crime.

Operative – Basic Nightshade members, Operatives are responsible for overseeing tasks performed by the lowly grunts. However, while they do possess authority over said grunts, they take orders from the Admins. It generally takes a couple of years for a grunt to move up to this position, although outstanding performance can lead to a more timely promotion.

Grunt – Considered an “entry-level” position, the grunt tier consists mostly of common crooks who are responsible for doing the organization’s dirty work. Quite often they are not privy to the overall goals of their nefarious deeds; they merely do their job and get their pay. Nightshade typically picks up street thugs and other ne'er-do-wells to fill its lowest rungs, but they have also been known to recruit wayward youth. Impoverished or otherwise rebellious teengaers may be lured in by the prospect of having a surrogate family – or simply because they feel they have no other lot in life.

About the Organization

Symbol & Colors The organization’s symbol is the bloom of the deadly nightshade plant (Atropa belladonna), stylized so that it resembles something like a purple star. Nightshade-related indicia typically include the colors purple and black, sometimes accented by bright yellow.

Dress Code Unlike some criminal organizations, such as Team Rocket, Nightshade does not have a uniform. However, members can be identified by the purple sashes they wear, given to them upon joining. It is typically worn tied around the right arm or leg, although it is also commonly worn as a bandana, hair tie, or scarf. Individuals who reach the rank of Operative are awarded a small pin in the shape of the Nightshade symbol which may be worn instead, often on the lapel or collar of a shirt, suit, or coat.

Signing Up It is relatively easy to become a member of Nightshade, provided one already has a criminal background. New recruits are generally scouted by an Operative (Or rarely, an Admin) who has taken notice of their abilities. Nightshade is usually the one to approach their potential members first, although occasionally interested parties come to them by contacting a current member. In either case, the recruit is put on a sort of trial membership until they prove their merit on a mission.

Breaking Ground Nightshade is the first large-scale criminal organization to come out of Eden. The region was home to a branch of Team Rocket throughout the 1990s, but operations there ceased when the Rockets disbanded following their failed efforts in the Johto region.

Criminal Methods While its members will not hesitate to resort to violence if the need arises, Nightshade prefers to operate by using intimidation. Their reputation alone is enough to dissuade most civilians from trying to interfere with their plans. Of course, retaliation is to be expected if someone stands in their way. Many Nightshade members carry firearms, but most prefer to use their pokémon as weapons, even ordering them to attack other people directly.

Playing a Nightshade Character

Realistic Personalities Although Nightshade is regarded as a villainous organization, not everyone within its ranks is necessarily “evil.” People typically have reasons for doing what they do, and not everything is black and white. That being said, try to avoid two-dimensional “bad guy” characters. Think about your character's background, motivation, and goals.

Dirty Deeds Many of Nightshade's members spend a lot of time being up to no good. Players are encouraged to RP their Nightshade characters comitting crimes and wreaking havoc; just try to keep it on a relatively minor scale for occurences outside of special site events. That means nothing that would affect an entire city (Or the entire region).

Stealing Pokémon Feel free to have your Nightshade character steal pokémon from NPCs, but check with your fellow player before having them attempt to steal their pokémon. If they would rather not participate in that type of plot-line, back down. If they are okay with it, you may proceed and can later plot out a way for the trainer to get their pokémon back, assuming the player does want them to get it back.

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