Page 3Atomic Highway - Black Market
The White Lions
Affiliated to the KKK, the White Lions are a Gangcultspecialising in snatching African-Americans and forcingthem into Indentured Servitude. While based in theSegregation States of Kentucky and Missouri, theyillegally snatch most of their victims from the urbanisedNoGo regions around Chicago and Detroit. The WhiteLions dress is typical HoodHead uniforms, with largeshoulder badges advertising their allegiance.
The truck tracks leading from the Bootlegger Camp leadto the southeast, where a group of White Lions havehidden the camp from which they process prisonerssnatched from the NoGo areas surrounding the MichiganSalt Flat. The White Lions dispatched their lastshipment of slaves two days ago, so currently only fiveWhite Lions remain in the Salt Flat, and two of thoseare not currently present at the base (See the AmbushEncounter, above). Being in the middle of no-where, thelast thing these slavers expect is an assault. They arelounging around, listening to Christian Heavy MetalMusic-chips on their chip-players, and generallyunaware of their predicament. If the PCs capture any ofthem alive, they will confess that the ‘coloureds’ theytook have been shipped to a plantation at Scuffletown,Kentucky. An old-fashioned ledger also contains thisinformation, also recording descriptions of those taken(this includes a male and female bootlegger, takenaround a week ago). None of the White Lions has acurrent Bounty on them, although there is enoughevidence for the Government to authorise a $1,000bounty if the PCs take it to the Chicago, Milwaukee orDetroit authorities.
While Slavery is illegal, the United States maintains asystem of Indentured Servitude, where criminals andvolunteers forgo certain constitutional freedoms. Thispractice is far more common in the fifteen SegregatedStates than elsewhere. Not all Indentured Servants areAfrican-American, but they are by far the most commongrouping.
Kentucky is one of the few states that receives areasonable amount of rainfall, and isolated farms arecommonplace, often specialising in cash crops such astobacco. The White Lion plantation is located atScuffletown on the banks of the marshy Ohio River,which serves as Kentucky’s northern boarder. The WhiteLions chose the location for its isolation, and none ofthe roads going anywhere near it are more than poorlymaintained patches of tarmac. The plantation itselfconsists of a small ‘manor house’ and several sheds,enclosed within a corrugated iron fence with a singlewatchtower rising from the centre of the compound.Aside from the foreman (Sentinel, page 104), there areten guards here (HoodHeads, see Sidebar), of which fourwill be patrolling, three sleeping and the other threerelaxing in the manor’s poolroom and bar. The patrollingcultists will carry their double-barrelled Shotguns, whilethe watchtower mounts a Light Machinegun on a pivotmount. Around a dozen Indentured Servants are houseshere, sleeping in the sheds and toiling in the fields. Allare African-American males and one is Marquis. TheWhite Lions keep these slaves in check by weldingExplosive Collars around their necks. These detonateautomatically if they stray for more than a mile,although the Foreman can also trigger them manually.Asking the White Lions to return Shanice nicely is futileand PCs trying this will be assaulted, as the White Lionsdo not want word of this plantation getting out.Assaulting the plantation is the best tactic here, andassuming the PCs capture the Foreman’s office, theyfind enough paperwork to authorise a $10,000 bounty ifthey file the paperwork in a state free of segregation. Ifthey are unwise enough to file the Bounty is aSegregated State, it drops to $3,000 instead.
Growing up in the most notorious of America’s NoGoregions was hard, and Marquis quickly resolved toget out by any means possible. When he metCarlos, that became possible, and the twoinvesting in a truck and started shipping water tothe people. If the PCs rescue Marquis from theScuffletown plantation, he will be eager to helprescue Shanice, although he accepts that his skincolour will make difficulties if the plan involvesconning HoodHead guards.
: Bartertowner (Chicago Cabrini–GreenNoGo)
: Road Warrior
Muscle 3Understanding 2Tenacity 2Appeal 2Nimbleness 2Toughness 3Senses 2Skills
: Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Drive 3, Lore 1, Melee 3,Notice 3, Persuade 2, Shoot 3, Stealth 2, Survive2, Tech 3
: As Weapon /
: 2 /
: Light (Metal reinforced jacket)
: Medium Handgun, Knife
: Small metal toolbox, essential mechanic’stools