Points of Interest and Interesting Points

Points of Interest and Interesting Points

Project SAURON. An umbrella name for the collective government projects that had been aimed at making Super Humans. The projects spanned the period from about 1970 until the last one was closed in 1998. something on the order of thirty companies in Crescent City were involved in some or all of the projects.

In total the SAURON file mentions about 60 people as test subjects. 15 are named, of those 12 died in accidents and 3 of natural causes. The rest are simply referred to by code numbers.

Strouss Cryogenics is one of the companies that was involved, and they were apparently the lead on something called Project Equinox. The notes suggest it’s the same sort of thing that the team encountered at the company facility downtown. Some sort of vampire-like creature.
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Straw Man. Back in the hey-day of the Masks in Crescent City organized crime was their most popular target. As a means of dealing with Masks and minimizing the damage each organized crime family chose a Straw Man. The Straw Man’s job was to meet face to face with the Masks and help negotiate truces, and when needed convey messages to the higher ups in the family. When a Mask was after a particular member of the organization the Straw Man would often broker the deal, “The family is willing to make sure the person you are hunting is made available to you, in exchange for your leaving the 5th Street Casino alone for the next three months.”

The Straw Man was usually chosen by drawing straws, short straws got stuck with the job. The pool of candidates were any newly Made Men. The job was dangerous, as it usually meant meeting Masks on their terms, alone. It was a hard job, since betraying either side could cost you your life. As the years went by Straw Man became a prestigious position, and commanded a great deal of respect as the men who held the positions for any length of time were generally thought of as fearless, since they routinely faced Masks of all stripes on a nearly daily basis.

The organizations often kept the Straw Man well informed to limit the time it took them to find something out and sometimes they were given considerable latitude to negotiate with the Masks so long as the larger operations continued.

The position became mostly honorary after the Masks began to retire. A few of the more traditional families maintain one, and these men often negotiate truces between the families themselves or arrange for high level meetings between organized crime groups.

Points of Interest and Interesting Points

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