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  • Rivals to Pentex

    So I’ve got a hankering for options. Just like we need more magical Martial Artists then just Akashics (I’ll get to that in another thread) we need more evil weird multi billion dollar Corporations then just Pentex!

    So yes we have Pentex.
    D.N.A
    The Giovanni and Friends spread out
    Ventrue Spread out
    SYNDICATE
    Zaibatsu


    So I want to add a company drawing on themes from Marvels Exxon Fuel Company and FF7’s Shinra Electric. I got a plan to tie in some other weird Billinaires like King Jupiter Industries, who I’ll ise for some underground entertainment, after they made it big with the Worlds first Reality TV Lifestream the Max Jupiter Show (blatant rip-off if the Truman Show).

    But the Energy company I want will, like Roxxon, make plans to Plunder Other realms ( like Dreaming, Umbra, The Underworld) for reasources, and also work to plunder the worlds sacred places, like Shinra, for power. People more knowledgeable then I can you tell me how easily will it be to cover up producing Billions of dollars worth of Energy and materials? Like camouflaging it as normal earthly mines and oil reserves or patented yet super secret zero point energy engines or something? How well can they cover up they get it from a supernatural source. I figure Syndicate knows and probably some have fingers in the pie like with Pentex. But tapping energy from the Umbra, or using SCIENCE to convert emphemera into minerals, how well can you hide producing that if you cheat ruuuuully good?


    It is a time for great deeds!

  • #2
    I do like the idea of having competing rival mule-national corporations. Its a theme that pops up very often and has great potential for gaming. Players could be working for one against the others, they could be playing them against each other, or maybe just trying to bring down the entire system.

    I also quite like the idea of a ostensibly "good guy" corporation that may be forced to make more and more compromising decisions in order to combat they opposition, maybe a Glass Walkers ran company for instance.

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    • #3
      Executive Outreach, Japanese Corporation Run by The Yama King Mikaboshi.

      The Teiai corporation-a Banking conglomerate that functions as a go between for various jaded supernatural types and the mundane. It is here you can trade in books, dross, or other supernatural favors for the "mundane" requirements to setup a secret temple underground or a gambling ring where you watch people hopelessly in debt fight to the death or whatever else your supernatural being with too much power and a bit of boredom wants to have done. Because someone has to sponsor all those underground deathgames.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by edd123 View Post
        I also quite like the idea of a ostensibly "good guy" corporation that may be forced to make more and more compromising decisions in order to combat they opposition, maybe a Glass Walkers ran company for instance.
        Mummies had one of these. But I don't remember the name.

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        • #5
          The shinzui corporation is would be easy to setup as a rival of Pentex. They work for the weaver in the same way Pentex works for the wyrm.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Killtron View Post
            The shinzui corporation is would be easy to setup as a rival of Pentex. They work for the weaver in the same way Pentex works for the wyrm.
            Oh that rings a bell was it in book of the weaver?


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
              So I want to add a company drawing on themes from Marvels Exxon Fuel Company
              I think you mean Roxxon Oil. Exxon is a real world company.

              Fun fact: Roxxon is one of the influences for PENTEX and Endron, as one of their 1970s storylines involved their Board of Directors being under the control of the Serpent Crown, the artifact which allowed primordial serpent god Set (not to be confused with the Egyptian one) an anchor into Earth's dimension after he and the other Old Ones were driven out by Demiurge the Godeater.

              Elsewhere, IIRC, there are a couple of Asian companies mentioned in some post-Hengeyokai sourcebooks for Werewolf (Book of the Weaver, IIRC, and some others.)

              There should probably be some sort of Weaver counterpart to PENTEX, one based on the recent activities of companies like Facebook, Google, and the like. The new Patriarch is not based on religion, but on social conformity.


              Added: One of the more obscure companies is Arashikage Consumer Products, a Hakken-owned company mentioned in Mage's Dragons of the East.

              Last edited by No One of Consequence; 11-24-2018, 09:58 AM.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aleph View Post

                Mummies had one of these. But I don't remember the name.
                Ashukhi, and at the time that Resurrection came out, Ashukhi were a strong company, but not powerful enough to stand against Pentex. It's reasonable to assume that they could have grown to the point of having subsidiaries on their own, but that's a logical conclusion based on the passage of time and the assumption that the Glasswalkers don't destroy them for being a company full of mummies, which makes them enemies of Gaia no matter how much good they try to do. That statement isn't out of the blue, either. Leila Veil Shredder wanted Ashukhi to ship products for her company, Omni-Med, but Ashukhi Hoshi, the head of Ashukhi, refuses to do business with her, because he picks up on her Rage and doesn't trust her. Someone like Leila would look into the company after that, and being an Elder Glasswalker, there's no way that they can hide their secrets from her. She would certainly do everything in her power to eradicate Ashukhi as a corporation. Now, if she decided against it for some unexplainable reason, yes, Ashukhi could by now have subsidiaries. I don't see ANY new player ever getting strong enough to oppose Pentex, though. Further, they'd have to find out about Pentex and what they're doing. That's a tall order of not likely.

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                • #9
                  I long ago adapted Destro and his MARS company from GIJoe into an Iteration X controlled company that had existed for several hundred years.


                  What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
                  Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lord Vil View Post
                    Ashukhi, and at the time that Resurrection came out, Ashukhi were a strong company, but not powerful enough to stand against Pentex. It's reasonable to assume that they could have grown to the point of having subsidiaries on their own, but that's a logical conclusion based on the passage of time and the assumption that the Glasswalkers don't destroy them for being a company full of mummies,which makes them enemies of Gaia no matter how much good they try to do.
                    Thanks for the name.

                    However, mummies enemies of Gaia?, the Silent Striders didn't seem to believe that when they formed part of the Osirian League. Do you think that the Glaswalkers would prove to be more close-minded and harder to approach than the Striders?.

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                    • #11
                      Hmm. A Giovanni allience of family controlled companies such textile mills, firearm manufacturers, insurance companies, hospitals, shipping companies, casinos, porn productions, private security companies, private prisons, and the like. Under the umbrella of Augustus Investments.

                      A Weaver version of PENTEX would, I think, be focused on things like public and private education, medical research and biotechnology, social media platforms and web engines, behavioral research, pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, and news media.

                      ADDED: I wonder if calling such a company ACME would be too silly.
                      Last edited by No One of Consequence; 01-14-2019, 09:32 AM.


                      What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
                      Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Aleph View Post

                        Thanks for the name.

                        However, mummies enemies of Gaia?, the Silent Striders didn't seem to believe that when they formed part of the Osirian League. Do you think that the Glaswalkers would prove to be more close-minded and harder to approach than the Striders?.
                        You should read the *revised* (aka latest) version of the Silent Strider Tribe Book. They make it very clear that mummies are an affront to Gaia, because the dead are meant to be dead, and they exist because of a perverted ritual that tricked the Wyrm of Balance into allowing what is against nature itself. Yeah, mummies are creatures of balance, but that doesn't mean that Garou have to see it that way. The same book that I mention does contract itself to a degree, but the overall thing that you get if you read the various TINY blurbs about the Undying, is that they're one of the top 4 enemies of the Tribe, but LAST on their list, because they seem to cause no harm, that SOME Silent Striders will willingly work with them, and that most Garou that become familiar with them despise them.

                        As for Glasswalkers, I think that any Glasswalker Elder who is snubbed by some pencil-neck, who is then found out to be a mummy and whose company is found to have the creatures, is going to be a serious threat to them. I see them very likely making dismantling of the company a priority, but this is all speculation off of what I read. It's logical conclusions, or at least *I* think that it's logical. You are free not to agree with that assessment.

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                        • #13
                          For amusement...
                          Augustus Investments, created in the 1950s as a financial investment firm and holding company for the intelligent and discreet investor. In truth, the bulk of their investors are from the tangled web of Giovanni families around the world and their investments are primarily into Giovanni family owned companies. However, they do like to lure in outside investors as a method of influence gathering, and will at times invest money in anything that looks like it will turn a prophet. Some of their holdings include:
                          • Schwarzstahl, nominally a German based industrial company, they're actually a weapons manufacturing concern dating back to the 18th century. Students of corporate history are still unable to figure out how they survived the war crimes tribunals after WW2, and today they make automotive and truck parts, industrial chemicals, high grade medical instruments, light military vehicles, and firearms. They were founded by and continue to be controlled by the Koenigs.
                          • The Grand Augustus, an imperial Roman themed mega casino in Las Vegas that rakes in massive amounts of money each year, both from gambling and from its wide range of entertainment venues. Strangely, the casino seems to have a higher than average staff turnover, as a number of young employees drawn to the city from small towns across the west seem to disappear without a trace. Initially funded and managed by the Rothsteins.
                          • Gardner Farms, an agribusiness based in Massachusetts specializing in high priced organic produce, including cranberries, squash, mushrooms, apples, and heirloom potatoes. Owned by a smaller branch of the Milliners, there's nothing apparently wrong with the food. But visitors to their farms describe a sense of unease, sometimes bordering on creepiness.
                          • Lacrime, an Italian fashion house famed for its original designs hip ready to wear fashions, as well as their top notch leather goods. Rumor has it that if one has enough money and the right in with the company, they can have exquisite custom made leather items crafted from "special" materials. The company is the passion project of a Giovanni ancilla.
                          • Corazon Clinics, a series of health clinics primarily based in poor urban areas and Latino neighborhoods in the US and Mexico, offering relatively low cost (and often no-questions asked) medical care. Where they really make their money is through harvesting and selling human organs on the black market. It also provides the Pisonob family with human sacrifices for their Aztec rituals.
                          • Deadline Press, a small press comic book publisher which got it's start in mid-80s Edinburgh, and currently sells books in Europe, North American and Australia. Originally heavily inspired by books like Heavy Metal, Warrior and 2000AD, much of their current work is infamous for hyper-sexualized extreme violence and main characters who could most charitably be described as sociopathic a-holes intoxicated by their own sense of hip moral superiority. Originally founded by Garp Dunsirn, a comic writer who became much more known for his obnoxious online personality (this in the days before Twitter, which is saying something) than for his actual work.
                          • Yin Gu Exchange, a San Francisco based import/export company specializing in goods from China and Southeast Asia. In addition to the usual assortment of cheep tourist bate, food products, and clothing, they also smuggle antiques, counterfeit goods and people. Run by the Li Weng.
                          • Automobili Romano SpA, makers of ultra-high-end luxury sports cars (and more recently SUVs), including armored vehicles designed for diplomats, celebrities and crime lords.
                          (I'll probably add to this from time to time as the mood strikes me. Possibly some ACME stuff too.)
                          Last edited by No One of Consequence; 01-29-2019, 11:33 PM.


                          What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
                          Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by No One of Consequence View Post
                            For amusement...
                            Augustus Investments, created in the 1950s as a financial investment firm and holding company for the intelligent and discreet investor. In truth, the bulk of their investors are from the tangled web of Giovanni families around the world and their investments are primarily into Giovanni family owned companies. However, they do like to lure in outside investors as a method of influence gathering, and will at times invest money in anything that looks like it will turn a prophet. Some of their holdings include:
                            You always have a great mind for how nasty things work in the WoD

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by No One of Consequence View Post
                              I wonder if calling such a company ACME would be too silly.
                              No, it wouldn't. One of my NPCs was a CEO of Australian Computer Manufacturing Enterprise 😉.


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