White lotus society
A semi-legitimate organization of game operators, drug trafficking and pleasure house operators. The group is one of the most militant and violent of the crime syndicates in Asteriápolis.
Overall OrganisationThe white lotus society is a highly structured and hierarchical group with the afentikó (boss) at the top and symmorías (μέλος συμμορίας, or gang members) at the bottom. This hierarchy resembles a structure similar to the family - the afentikó was often regarded as a surrogate father, and the symmorías as surrogate children. The afentikó-symmorías relationship is formalized by ceremonial sharing of spirits from a single cup. This ritual is not exclusive to the Peddler's guild, it is also commonly performed in traditional weddings, and other sworn brotherhood relationships.
Current OrganisationThe head afentikó, or Archigós, is suspected to be a member of the Aérasopoulos Family (Astériapólis), but it has not been proven. It is suspected that they operate with the implicit approval of the archons. The guild has three underbosses covering gambling, sex trade and drug-trafficking across Astériapólis.
In times of disaster (disease, war, famine) the peddler's guild mobilizes to provide relief services including disaster management and coordination with the city's archons. The white lotus society has no public stance on drug trafficking.
Ggamblers have had a much lower social standing even than traders, as gambling is, technically, illegal. Many small gambling houses have cropped up in abandoned shrines at the edges of towns and villages all over the Dragonshome Islands. Most of these gambling houses ran loan-sharking businesses for clients, and they usually maintained their own security personnel. Society at large regarded the gambling houses themselves, as well as the gamblers, with disdain. Much of the undesirable image of the Aérasopoulos Family (Astériapólis) originates from bakuto.