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Authors: Cole Bormuth, Steve Kenson
Storyteller Game System Designed By: Mark Rein•Hagen
Additional Material By: Kraig Blackwelder, John Chambers
Developer: Kraig Blackwelder
Editor: John Chambers
Art Director: Brian Glass
Artists: Mike Chaney, Jeff Holt and Matt Milberger
Cover Artist: Mike Chaney with Brian Glass
Layout, Typesetting and Design: Brian Glass
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: 2002
Pages: 96
Year: 2015
Publication #: WW 09232
Reference #: 1-56504-683-8

Aberrant: Underworld was the last book released for Aberrant, though it was only ever published as an eBook. It details the major criminal elements of the Trinity Universe at the end of the Nova Age.

SummaryEdit

From the book's cover:

Sometimes, crime pays...
From the depths of the triads' heroin fields to the Nakato Gumi's secret Kuro-Tek research and development facilities, the world of organized crime is at war with the forces of order. Will you side with Project Utopia against the purveyors of death and vice, or will the money they offer be enough to tempt you to their side?
Other times, it just takes your money and kills you.
Aberrant: Underworld details the dark secrets of the organized crime syndicates of the Aberrant world. The Camparelli-Zukhov Megasyndicate, the Heaven Thunder Triad, the Nakato Gumi yakuza and the Medellin cartel are all laid bare for the edification of those who want to run or play in an organized crime Aberrant series.

The Never-Ending BattleEdit

Fiction. Caestus Pax leads Team Tomorrow in a raid on a Camparelli-Zukhov Megasyndicate drug shipment in Miami.

IntroductionEdit

In a break from tradition, Aberrant: Underworld includes an introduction at the front of the book, with a summary of the book and a sidebar about ethnicity and crime.

Chapter OneEdit

Details the Camparelli-Zukhov (C-Z) Megasyndicate, the most powerful criminal organisation in the world of Aberrant, including its history in the Italian mafia and Russian crime syndicates.

Chapter TwoEdit

The workings of the Heaven Thunder Triad, perhaps the most influential Asian criminal organisation, and its ties and resources from Hong Kong to the far east.

Chapter ThreeEdit

An in-depth look at Nakato Gumi, the dominant yakuza clan in 2015 Japan.

Chapter FourEdit

Information on the Medellín Cartel, the surviving drug lords of South America, and their war against Project Utopia.

Chapter FiveEdit

The Storytelling chapter, with tips on using the criminal organisations from the book in an Aberrant series, including storylines and plot hooks.

AppendixEdit

Sample characters for use as NPCs or player character templates.

Background InformationEdit

Aberrant: Underworld was released only as an eBook; it was the last book officially released for Aberrant. Like the rest of White Wolf's early entries into eBooks, Underworld was assigned a unique product code unrelated to the rest of the Aberrant line, but similar to other eBooks released around the same time.

The book is broken into chapters, each of which contains both colour in-character and black and white out-of-character material on its subject. This is because it covers multiple organizations, whereas the other Aberrant faction books - Exposé: Aberrants, Aberrant: Project Utopia, Aberrant: Teragen and Aberrant: The Directive - only covered one.

The original eBook contains a much larger number of typographical errors than usual for a White Wolf book.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Ladies and gentlemen, as of this morning, at around 10:00 AM, a joint task-force - made up of Team Tomorrow, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers of the New York City Police Department - arrested the members of all five "families" of the New York City Mafia..." - Caestus Pax announces the seeming end of organised crime in New York on November 7, 2001 (TU)

CharactersEdit

Alexi Zukhov 
Ex-KGB agent, now one of the most feared men in Russia.
Luciano "Luc" Camparelli 
Third-generation mafioso who rose to power in the wake of Project Utopia's assault on the mafia in America.
Hugo "the Bouncer" Pinnela 
nova enforcer for the Camparelli-Zukhov Megasyndicate
Ho Kai Yuen and Ho Kai Ming 
nova brothers and members for the Heaven Thunder Triad
Yoshiro Nakamura 
Oyabun (leader) of the Nakato Gumi yakuza clan
Wilhelm Peron Lehrder 
modern leader of the Medellín Cartel

ReferencesEdit

baseline, Camparelli-Zukhov Megasyndicate, Directive, Elites, Heaven Thunder Triad, Medellín Cartel, Nakato Gumi, nova, Project Utopia, Team Tomorrow

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