The Grey Wolves are both a hyper-nationalist Turkish mercenary and a crime syndicate group known for their extreme violence to keep peace in the regions they police and in their criminal operations.
The Grey Wolves descended from nationalist militias supported by the secular and military regimes of 20th century Turkey. During the Second EuroWar as the Alliance for Allah took over Turkey, the Grey Wolves where forced out of the country and moved to Greece where they helped the Greek Resistance and became allies of the Alta Commissione syndicates. The Grey Wolves smuggled grey and black market goods into occupied Greece and Islamist Turkey.
After the fall of the Islamists following their defeats in the Second EuroWar and the assassination of their leader the Mullah Sayid Jazrir in 2037, the Grey Wolves returned to Turkey. With their support a secularist government was established, which has resulted in the syndicate receiving "good will" from the state.
Leading the Grey Wolves is the "Commander", a title given to the head of the syndicate whose real name is unknown. They are organized along paramilitary lines, consisting of "packs" each of 10-15 members led by the strongest among them. Some of the packs are stationary and have a specific territory, and other packs are nomadic. The Grey Wolves accept both men and women, the Awakened, metahumans, and changelings. Members are mostly Sunni Muslims but they are very casual about their faith.
The Grey Wolves are involved in many criminal activities. Smuggling of goods, weapons, people, and drugs is their biggest source of revenue. They are also involved in the street sale of drugs, prostitution, gambling, theft, and piracy. Despite being a secularist organization that is opposed to religious fundamentalism, they will do business with religious fundamentalists.
The Grey Wolves dominate the underworld in both western Turkey (the Secular Republic of Turkey]} and in Greece. In the Aegean port of Izmir (Turkey), they are the defacto law enforcemet and patrol the streets with military heavy weaponry and body armor. Athens is their base of operations in Greece. The island of Cyprus is virtually their fiefdom. Smuggling operations reach across all the Black Sea. In addition they have lesser operations in other parts of Europe and the Middle East, including in the insurgent filled eastern part of Turkey (East Anatolia). One nation that has now has Grey Wolves, due to the influx of refugees of Turkey is Ukraine. As of 2077 AD, after the conclusion of a civil war, the Grey Wolves provide security in the Free City of Constantinople.
The Grey Wolves live a delicate balance between east and west. While operating in Europe they often act very secular. While those that operate in Anatolia, or Kurdistan seem to take of those countries cultural mores.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Vice p.98
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Vice p.100
- ↑ Vice p.99
- ↑ Vice p.99-100
- ↑ Sprawl Survival Guide p.77
- ↑ Cutting Aces p.48-84
- Cutting Aces
- Feral Cities, 125
- Ghost Cartels
- Runner Havens, 132, 133
- Shadows of Asia, 113, 115
- Shadows of Europe, 31, 33-34, 36
- Sprawl Survival Guide, 77
- Vice, 98-101