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Any idea how many attacks from behind the Blackwall we neutralised? If the Voodoo Boys breach the Blackwall, we'll all be fucked.

The Voodoo Boys are one of the many gangs in Night City in Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077.

History

2020

In the 2000s, the Voodoo Boys started as a terrorist gang of drug dealers. They were engaged in weird magic rituals, and deal non-synthetic drugs to students near the University. Sadistic and pitiless, they will kill, torture, and rape for any or no reason at all. Victims would sometimes be warned with chicken blood and feathers on their doorstep. Their motives and practices were inconstant. Mutilating and maiming victims was common, as was dissecting their body parts for rituals or to inspire terror.

Their nihilism and drug use was attractive to some university students. These students were sometimes let into the gang, but they are never considered real members. The gang exploited them as cannon fodder for low level crimes, or milked them for funds from their family at home.

No outsider had ever successfully infiltrated the gang. They had no fixed headquarters or crash pads. The location and time for the next meeting was chosen at the end of each meeting. At least two high profile medias died while trying to cover the gang for a news story. They were considered a priority for the NCPD, violent and dangerous. The terror they inspired was successful in keeping the local merchants quiet and uncooperative with the police.

They were most often found at Hababas, an ex-biker bar. This was where most of their drugs were dealt. Despite the biosculpting, tattoos, feather implants, and bones through their noses and ears, most members of the gang started as average white boys. Most were male, though female members existed as well. The females were often much worse, as they had twice as much to prove as the males.[1]

2040s - 2060s

The Voodoo Boys started as a terrorist gang with ritual magic overtones, feeding their bizarre tastes by dealing primarily non-synthetic drugs. However over the decades the gang saw major changes, as real Haitians and other refugees from the decimated Dominican Republic started to move into Night City. These refugees had taken offense with the Voodoo Boys and the started maiming victims and dissecting the dead with machetes, leaving body parts as warnings to others who challenged them. In 2045, the Voodoo Boys began a reorganization of the gang. The gang became comprised of voodoo priests and priestesses, the prominent caste in the Creole culture of the Haitian diaspora.

In 2062, climate change wiped Haiti off the face of the earth and initiated a new chapter of the Voodoo Boys' history. The gang became the self-appointed guardians of Haitian refugees' interests and safety in the Pacifica combat zone. The Voodoo Boys became more focused on netrunning and began probing the Blackwall in hope of making contact the rogue intelligent systems beyond the barrier.

2077

In 2077, the Voodoo Boys are an enigmatic gang from Pacifica, aren't just netrunners devoted to uncovering the secrets of the Old Net and behind the Blackwall. They're also edgerunners: breaking every rule there is to break, and programming viruses that can freeze neural networks.[2]

In contrast to their previous iteration, the Voodoo Boys appear to be a Haitian gang that is heavily involved with the large Haitian community in Pacifica that settled the district in the 2060s, after a natural disaster decimated their home country.

They are led by Brigitte and her second in-command, Placide. They have formed a rivalry with a Boostergang known as the Animals.

Overview

A mysterious gang from Pacifica with a dark reputation for their netrunning skills and their mystical voodoo flavor. Presumed to be entirely consist of members with Haitian blood, the Voodoo Boys are are exclusive, secretive, and distrustful of outsiders. The gang was originally comprised of voodoo priests and priestesses, the prominent caste in the Creole culture of the Haitian diaspora. In 2062, climate change wiped Haiti off the face of the earth and initiated a new chapter of the Voodoo Boys' history. The gang became the self-appointed guardians of Haitian refugees' interests and safety in the Pacifica combat zone.

Most Voodoo Boys are netrunners, so cooling suits and neural implants are common elements of a member's outfit complemented with "voodoo-flavored" elements like dreadlocks, tattoos, and the bones and skulls of small birds and rodents worn as charms. Cyberware used by the gang include cyberdecks and neural links.[3]

Philosophy and structure

For them, Pacifica's just Haiti 2.0. Their own island, cut off from the rest of the city.

Due to the homogenous nature of the Creole diaspora in the Pacifica, coupled with the lack of police forces in the district, it is difficult to determine the Voodoo Boys' numbers, structure, or even goals. It is widely known that the gang is determined to uncover the secrets of the Old Net, and it's commonly believed that they probe the Blackwall in hope of making contact the rogue intelligent systems beyond the barrier. These attempts have drawn the attention and enmity of NetWatch, who are interested tracking and dispatching rogue netrunners and self aware ISs.

It is unknown to what extent, if any, the Voodoo Boys are connected with actual voodoo religious practices in the Haitian diaspora of Pacifica.[3]

Source of income

The gang's primary source of income involves hacking databanks and accounts within various corporations in search of restricted and top-secret data. They persistently violate NetWatch laws and regulations, especially in regard to contact with ISs. The Voodoo Boys also hire themselves out as mercenary netrunners for private contractors who are interested in hit-and-run netrunning operations or exploring any ruined parts of the Old Net.

Other sources of income are hard to verify, but theft of virtual currency and information brokering are probably among them.[3]

Notable Members

Main article: Voodoo Boys Members

Behind the scenes

When investors abandoned the Pacifica redevelopment project, the predominantly Haitian workers they had brought in to construct it defiantly remained, turning the half-built hotels and spas into their new home. The collective known as the Voodoo Boys emerged as the community's leaders. They earned this role through their fierce resistance to attempts at eviction and their fervent devotion to their own interpretation of Haitian culture and religion. In the latter, they have replaced old notions of heaven and the supernatural with the Net's promise of eternal life and all-knowing AIs; their vodou priests are elite netrunners, masters of the digital realm able to probe its darkest secrets and wreak havoc on enemies. Though surrounded by this quasi-mystic aura and mostly absorbed in their long-term passion projects on the Net, Voodoo Boys still need to eat. So much of their day-to-day business looks like that of other gangs: carrying out hits (usually based around hacking and netrunning) for cash and enforcing sovereignty on their turf with machetes and other implements of physical violence. They do, however, have an aversion to firearms, preferring instead needles wielded by "shadows," skilled assassins with hologram skulls on their faces.

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References

  1. FISK, C. Night City Sourcebook. 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R.Talsorian Games, 1991 (pg.53, 54)
  2. Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 BATYLDA, M. The World of Cyberpunk 2077. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR; Dark Horse Comics, 2020. (pg. 165)
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