There have been real security concerns cropping up more frequently on the moon and while that seems an obvious statement, the sharp uptick in incidents hasn’t been limited to just the Lowers. Shops on the higher levels and located in high tourist traffic areas have begun to see an overflow of violence. CarSec has been largely ineffectual according to local business owners which makes some of them openly question if the money being sent towards the Hutts for this so called service would be better spent elsewhere such as private security firms.
The idea of multiple armed independent security firms all wandering the promenade has some business owners justifiably worried about what that might do to the flow of tourists. They declare that simply shoring up the currently understaffed CarSec details should more than compensate for the surge in violent crime.
No matter what side of the fence you find yourself, it’s hard to deny that security has become much more of a concern in areas that were previously considered lower risk. A recent explosion that rocked the Corellian sector raised warning flags for some groups that said it was only a sign of things to come if steps weren’t taken. There is a movement saying screenings for those arriving to the moon should be stepped up while others argue that will hinder the free trade environment the moon is known for.
It does beg the question of what the Hutts will do next. If they begin to demand more credits from those under their protection umbrellas, it could be the final push some need to seek privatization of their security needs. It makes one wonder what firms would fill those needs. With the decline of some protection organizations on Shaddaa, it leaves consumers with few options unless a new face of security makes its appearance on the scene.
Until then, we suggest keeping one eye open when out at night and perhaps see if you can’t manage a little body armor under that cute dress you want to wear clubbing as it might make all the difference.
The lower district markets have been hard hit in the past few weeks as several vendors have had their establishments broken into with the damage sometimes being so severe, the owners have had to shutter their businesses. Food vendors and medical clinics were the most often struck and while the former suffered severe damage, it seems theft was more the motivation for the latter, in particular limb cybernetics. All attacks happened in the night hours, leaving the owners devastated when arriving in the morning to open their shops only to find them in a complete shambles.
Ergine Muntz, the proprietor of the Easy Low Diner, was quoted as saying, “I won’t let these piece of trash gangs chase me out of where I’ve been for the last twenty years. I’ll just dust myself off and keep on going. The Hutts are giving a little bit back to help the ones what want to stay”
When pressed as to why he thought this was a gang versus random crime, Mr. Muntz said that the same graffiti tag of a crossed blaster and vibroblade had been found on several of the affected stores. The local authorities also confirmed this and said that the minimal surveillance footage they had showed groups of about seven people all dressed similarly, brown pants with gray vest over a black shirt, were seen descending upon the storefronts.
Crime is certainly nothing new to the lower districts of Nar Shaddaa, nor the high rises, but how the Hutts respond has been under some scrutiny in the wake of the droid related violence some months ago. They were heavily criticized for being slow to act and it was thought they were leaving the citizenry unprotected which made some voice the opinion that perhaps the fees demanded for civil infrastructure were not being applied where it mattered. In the case of this crimewave, though, the Hutts have been quite proactive in regards to compensating vendors, aiding in clean up, and seeking a solution to the violence.
It was rumored among the security I encountered that Firaxan had been contracted to seek out the offending parties and deal with them. I approached the company which is well known on Shaddaa as being a hard line security firm with a good reputation. A statement was made though the individual preferred to remain anonymous. In regards to my asking them to confirm their involvement, I was told, "We're being paid to solve the issue and make sure they will not bother the vendors or the Hutts again. Whenever by the means of eliminating the whole gang or taking them alive and delivering them to the Hutts as live bounties."
For now, there is a lot of cleaning going on for the unfortunate few to have their places of business hit by the gangs. Some, like Mr. Muntz, have outright decided to stay while others are worried it will just happen again if they rebuild. The Hutts have a lot to prove in terms of what they are willing to do for the people of Nar Shaddaa. Here’s to hoping Firaxan is as good as they seem to be.
Deadly Haze Descends on Nar Shaddaa
By Arnie Hamcheck
Tensions are high in the lower sectors as a new drug has been sweeping the scene and pitting gangs against one another. Purple Haze is a highly addictive substance that comes in fine power form most often snorted by users though for the less hardcore, it can be cut into alcohol, cigarettes, or even food. The drug is said to grant users a heightened mental state and while some say they have experienced telepathic abilities that has not been proven. The withdrawal symptoms are so severe that those who partake find themselves heavily dependent after a short time.
The Guts In, Guts Out: Tower Twenty-Six gang or GG26 as they are better known, seem to be the main distributor of the substance though their backer is still unknown. Rumors abound that they have a Hutt behind their recent success by providing better weapons and gear, but none has claimed the gang as their own. The only real known facts about the gang are that a man named Vinkanar runs the group with a iron fist aided by a zabrak named Dullah and Tall'ahna, a twi’lek courtesan.
Local medical clinics have been swollen with those affected by the drug and are at a loss as the usual drug countermeasures don’t seem to have any affect. There have been some attempts by rival gangs to derive the formula which is based off glitterstim, but to no avail and only creating dangerous substances that are easy to overdose on or cause serious heart damage.
There seems to be no end in sight to this crisis with the GG26 gang being so well funded and constantly growing their ranks. At some point a Hutt will have to claim them as their own or at the very least take notice of the growing power base in the Brown Sector as they will inevitably grow beyond the confines of the lowers and will seek greater reward in areas higher.
The small lounge in the Golden Mogul is not the expected scene for the rough and tumble atmosphere of the usual huttball crowd. Though an arena dwells in the guts of the establishment, this part is sleek and well presented. All shapes and sizes of bottles that represent the wide selection of prime booze behind the counter fits with the classy feel of the joint. It is the perfect face of the Mogul, a blending of the upper and lowers in the Vertical City where high end or regular folks alike can enjoy a match.
This is where I meet Sereki, the star huttball player on the Golden Mogul’s team which is owned by none other than Lord Cadel Korinth who, though a long time fixture of Nar Shaddaa, has only recently made his initial foray into the huttball scene.