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.