Yakuza (Japanese: ヤクザ), also known as gokudō (極道, "the extreme path"), are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団, "violent groups"), while the Yakuza call themselves ninkyō dantai (任侠団体/仁侠団体, "chivalrous organizations")
ABOUT THE ARASHI-GUMI:
Who are the Arashi-gumi?
-The Arashi-gumi are a hingan-based crime syndicate (yakuza) lead by Nohni Vhaze (Cho Kutsuki).
What are their goals?
-The Arashi-gumi’s focus is the extortion and illegal trade of rare hingan salts, minerals, and herbs from the Hingan regions of Othard to provide for the Onsen. Future goals are to grow the Arashi-gumi's influence and its criminal empire to be able to increase profits and ensure the existence of the onsen as a whole. The Arashi-gumi also believes strongly within familial and bonds with the surrounding locals; as such the family protects and watches over those within the immediate sphere of influence of the syndicate.
When were they established?
-Relatively recently. (Fall 2018)
Where are they located?
-Uranami Onsen, Mist District of La Noscea.
Why do they exist?
-When war threatened Eorzea and the Far East due Doma’s recent perceived “betrayal” to the Garlean Empire by summoning a primal; Uranami-Onsen had had their trade stifled by increased taxes from Hingashi. Darker, more personal rumors concerning the Kumicho caused more 'clean' businesses to end their contracts. Unfortunately such actions forced the Onsen to seek other less legal methods of trade. Meanwhile, Uranami-Onsen itself remains as a legitimate and working business.
How do I join them?
-By contacting Nohni Vhaze/Udesh Dotharl, Ira'to Zeerrha/Kosei Matsuo, Tsulyren I'yuurei, or Vinis Trist in game. Please note that information presented here is not common IC knowledge.
*Note: ranks overall are simplified or somewhat shifted duty wise as to work best for an FC setting. There may be some ranks that have been removed from traditional yakuza.
Kumicho- "Boss of Bosses". The top-boss of the family, the 'grandfather', in this case for the Arashi-gumi and Akabana-kai. The Kumicho may own multiple families of yakuza and multiple assets or businesses in their empire. Cho Kutsuki (Nohni Vhaze) is the current Kumicho. Nohni additionally acts overall as the Onsen’s owner.
So-Honbucho- "The Elder Circle". The Kumicho's immediate adviser(s). These individuals act as a council beneath the Kumicho; ensuring the day to day upkeep within the Kumicho's empire. Ira'to Zeerrha is the current So-Honbucho.
Oyabun- The immediate ‘father’ figure of the family, in this case for the Arashi-gumi, the matriarch of the family. Udesh "Dusk" Dotharl is the current matriarch of the Arashi-gumi.
Wakagashira- Second in Command of the Arashi-gumi & the Onsen. Kosei Matsuo currently occupies this rank. Acting as a mediator between the Oyabun and lower ranks. Between meeting out rules and disciplinary as well as the forefront of familial rituals. Kosei additionally acts over Wellness for the Onsen. *OFFICER POSITION*
Shateigashira- Third in Command of the Arashi-gumi & the Onsen. Currently no one occupies this rank. They, much in the same way as Wakagashira meets out rules and disciplinary actions. However, in addition to these tasks; the Shateigashira is the direct enforcer to the family itself. They are just above the Kyodai and often will be seen on in-field missions. *OFFICER POSITION*
Kyodai- These individuals are senior members of the Arashi-gumi known as ‘Kyodai’ or ‘Big Brothers’. Those who are within this rank have gone through their sakazuki ceremony and are the primary enforcers of the Arashi-gumi. They watch over and protect the Shatei ‘Little Brothers’ and Battei 'Youngest Brothers' during missions.
Shatei- These individuals are the soldiers of the Arashi-gumi known as 'Shatei’ or 'Little Brothers’. Those who are within this rank have gone through their sakazuki ceremony and are secondary enforcers of the Arashi-gumi.
Battei- These individuals are new members of the Arashi-gumi. Their task is to learn what it is to be Arashi-gumi from their older brothers and sisters. When the time is right they will receive their own sakazuki ceremony and become full fledged members of the family.
Kakuin- These individuals are not Arashi-gumi. This is considered to be a civilian rank which may include the following: Non-Arashi staff, Non-Arashi part time staff, investors, informants, direct clients, sponsors, etc.