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The Bozos are one of the many gangs in Night City.

History[]

2020s[]

When the Bozos first appeared, they were simply considered a prankster gang. Their bodies were not mere costumes though, which had been biosculpted to look like clowns — complete with permanent frowns and long floppy feet. Their turf was mainly the artist's colony next to Night City University.

While they began as somewhat benign (if annoying), they developed over the years into something much darker, becoming the ultimate killer clown gang. Unlike the Julliard, Bozos were malevolent and predatory. To some degree or another, all of them were insane, with about a third of them firmly in the grip of cyberpsychosis. They would think nothing of torturing or murdering people for their own entertainment. They especially enjoyed playing on people's fears and anxieties — lurking in apartments in the dark, locking victims in small spaces filled with rats, stopping elevators midway and filling them with water, etc. The Bozos do not choose victims from the artist's colony where they live (unlike the Voodoo Boys), but will target victims anywhere in the city. It is not uncommon for them to pick on a single individual over and over to try to drive them insane.[2]

Though unconfirmed, it was rumoured that their leader is a man known as the Great Bozo,[1] whom some believe is an insane former Arasaka engineer fire kicked out of the company for unethical surgical procedures.[3]

2040s[]

By 2045, the Bozos were in a massive internal power struggle which climaxed with Big Top, one of the most powerful faction leaders, had several people kidnapped to be brainwashed and bodysculpted and used them in an attack against the Forlorn Hope. Since then, the Bozos have split into several different "tents" all trying to out-prank eachother, and gift-wrapped boxes containing exploding parcels of SynthCoke have been popping up around Night City.[4]

2070s[]

The Bozos vanished from Night City a few decades back, though they were still talked about by 2077. Maximum Mike, host of Morro Rock Radio, mentioned them when talking about Ozob Bozo, who he theorized could be related to the Bozos based on his appearance.[5]

Colors[]

They're Bozos, Jim.[2]

Tag[]

Frowning clown face with slogan "Let's have some fun!"[2]

Average Stats[]

INT REF TECH COOL ATTR LUCK MA BODY EMP
7 7 5 ? ? 8 6 8 2
SKILLS: Intimidate 6, Juggling 7, Hide/Evade 7, Handgun 6, Melee 7,

Brawling 7, Basic Tech 7, Awareness 6, Electronics 5, Pharmaceuticals 4[2]

Cyberware[]

Any body-enhancing cyberware.[2]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk RED Corebook. 1st ed., Kenmore, WA, R. Talsorian Games, 2020. (p.308)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 PONDSMITH, M. Night City Sourcebook. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1991. (pp.53–3)
  3. Countdown to the Dark Future (#105)
  4. GRAY, J. et al. Danger Gal Dossier. Kenmore, WA, R. Talsorian Games, 2023. (p.15)
  5. 107.3 Morro Rock Radio - Mike's radio show
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