Welcome to the Shadows…

London. Once the center of a globe-spanning empire, now a globe-trotting business destination. But there’s a lot more to this old town than suits and profit margins. London’s a city with a history, and that history has a bad habit of bleeding in through the cracks in the walls. London is a modern city, a conservative city, a cosmopolitan city, and yes, a dirty city. Smog and hard rain have been a problem for years, and it doesn’t look like there’s much changing British weather these days (better keep that Mortimer coat handy).

Whether you’re here to make a quick bit of quid or just keep your ear to the ground and lay low from the Rozzers, you’re in the right place. The PM and Queen may be in charge on paper, but that doesn’t mean corporate interests don’t have clout here. London is a corporate city, through and through. The laws might be a little more lenient for britcorps, but everybody comes here for a piece of the action, whether that be finance, manatech, or even old-fashioned football betting. So what does that mean for you unsavory types? Firstly, it means there’s a lot of money to be made, if you know where to listen and who to tell it to. The city’s innumerable tunnels and alleyways make London the perfect place to lay low. But perhaps most importantly, the cosmopolitan makeup of London’s elite means that skills will only get you so far- there’s always another chav hacker from Shadowtown looking to prove himself, and the corporate Johnsons here know that they can afford to hire only the best. Ability might get your foot in the door, but if you want to sit at the high rollers’ table, you’ll need style as well.

Apart from that, the usual adage seems apt:

Watch your back.
Shoot straight.
Conserve ammunition.
And never cut a deal with a Dragon.

Dykes of London

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