Ancients from Shadowrun Sourcebook, DMZ Downtown Militarized Zone
Ancients - Anarchy symbol
Ancients (customized map from ShadowHelix)

Ancients, Map of Chapters

The Ancients is an elf go-gang, the largest elf gang in the world, and one of the largest gangs in North America.

Membership (2072): 15,000[1]

Membership (2058): 725-925[2]

Annual Income: in the 100s of millions (nuyen)[3]


Originally an elf go-gang based in Seattle and formed from political outcasts of Tir Tairngire, the Ancients have members in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, and Miami. They also have ties overseas to England, France, Germany, and Spain. Ironically, the Ancients also have a group operating out of Tir Tairngire. The gang has exploded in size as its membership skyrocketed, rising from 725-925 in both North America and Europe (100-200 in Seattle) in the year 2058 to approximately 15,000 members in both North America and Europe (350 in Seattle) as of 2072.[4][5]


The Ancients are organized along military lines. At the top is the general and after him are the colonels (regions), the captains (the cities), lieutenants (5-10 squads) and last the squad leader. The current leader is an elf called Belial, who challenged Sting to a "Scavenger Hunt". The lieutenant for the Seattle operations was Green Lucifer, who is now working for the Ancients all over the West Coast.[6]

Currently the Ancients have nine regions spread across North America and Europe;[7][8]

North America

  • Northeast - Washington FDC, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Montreal, and several other sprawls.
  • MidWest - Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Cheyenne.
  • South - Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and New Orleans.
  • Southwest - Phoenix, Denver, and Las Vegas.
  • West - Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Portland.


  • United Kingdom - Belfast, London, Glasgow, Dublin, and Cardiff.
  • Western Europe - Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Madrid.
  • Mediterranean
  • Eastern Europe (tenuous at best)

Gang LifeEdit

The Ancients have rigid initiatory rituals that mimic the Tir Rite of Progression. New recruits participate in events such as "Razor Biking" and "Head Hurling". The recruits that survive the initiatory rites become members.

The Ancients wear black and green leather jackets with dangling chains and fingerless, studded gloves. Most also wear clothing and weapons appropriate for bike combat. Some Ancients sport green and black mohawks. The gang symbol is a modified version of the anarchy symbol (a stylized capital A with a circle around it), with the specific modification unique to each gang.

The Ancients, due to their connections, often get their hands on SOTA gear and military equipment.


Currently they have an estimated 15,000 members in 2072 AD, of which 350 are in Seattle. They are involved in arms dealing, protection rackets, smuggling, talislegging, hijacking, and drug dealing. In the Pacific Northwest they control smuggling operations between Salem, Portland and Seattle. They also specialize in pro-elven/pro-metahuman political activities.

The Ancients have developed an efficient widespread drug and BTL distribution network in the West and the MidWest.[9] Recently they gotten neck deep into the Tempo drug trade on the West Coast. They also have a lock on the Awakened drugs coming out of Tír Tairngire. The Ancients have an alliance with both the Komun'go Ring and First Nation in the Seattle sprawl, and an alliance with their enemies the Koshari in the Los Angeles sprawl. They distribute the Tempo drug throughout the California Free State and in the Seattle sprawl.[10] In Los Angeles, they also have a business relationship with the dominant Triad, the Sapphire Crane Society.[11]


The Ancients have had multiple turf wars with the Emerald Dogs (who are backed by the Yakuza) and the Meat Junkies. They also frequently butt heads with the Humanis Policlub. Feuds exist between the Ancients and the Cutters - the second large gang of Seattle - and they have an all-out war with the Spikes, an all Troll-gang of fanatical Elf-haters. The Halloweeners bear a grudge against the Ancients for being nearly exterminated in a gang war in 2069. The Ancients are in competition with the Laésa elven syndicate and many disaffected young Ancients have been leaving the gang for the syndicate.


  1. o33031982Vice p.123
  2. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.103
  3. o33031982Vice p.122
  4. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.103
  5. o33031982Vice p.123
  6. o33031982Vice p.123-124
  7. o33031982Vice p.123
  8. o51336494Shadows in Focus: City by Shadow: Cheyenne p.25
  9. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.69
  10. o33031982Vice p.123-124
  11. o61900501Ghost Cartels p.116


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