As The Chips Fall
The Shaoqiang Triad
The crime scene in Vegas these days, much like the general population of Vegas itself, is wildly diverse and internationally influenced. Just as the tourists that wander the streets are lured to the city by tales of wealth and pleasure, so originally were those groups that now directly oppose the law of Vegas itself. One such player in the criminal game are the Chinese, who operate as a single, efficient group (some would call it a mafia) referred to as the Shaoqiang Triad. Not nearly as large or encompassing as the other mafias that oppose it, the Triad is smaller, and thus more efficient and organized.
The Triad is managed and overseen by the Tseng household – a wealthy and well-respected family with strong political ties. The Tseng family operates out of, and recruits the majority of its members from, the Chinatown district. By nature the Triad has never been too lustful for territory, being able to manage their discreet, city-wide operations from a secluded location, and thus has never largely attempted to expand their immediate influence beyond Chinatown itself. A member of the triad is usually rather easy to spot if you look for an Asian wearing an expensive suit and sleek sunglasses. Their style, much like their business practices, reflects their level of professionalism, and a Triad member in frumpy or outdated clothing is a rare sight indeed.
Businessmen above all else, the Triad’s primary focus is, as it has always been, that of profit. If a venture doesn’t garuntee a large reward, the Triad has no interest. Power and notoriety directly conflict with their preference for immaculate discretion, and they are perfectly content letting the bigger players seize the glory, knowing full well that at the end of the day they truly stand atop the pile. Assasinations, political espionage, blackmail, counterfitting, document forging, loan shark and protection rackets and even the occasional act of straightforward extortion are all business practices adopted by the Triad, and each is always preformed with a level of absolutely ruthless efficiency.