The Black Star is a Neo-Anarchist group of shadowrunners.
Black Star was established in approximately 2037. It's goal is the recruitment, training, and fostering of insurrectionists. They act as the neo-anarchist movement's special forces. Consisting of a network of teams, Black Star members run shadow ops against the system. They also provide black ops training in demolitions, firearms, data gathering, self-defense, infiltration, and other topics.
It has cells in a number of cities and sprawls across the world. Black Star is known to have cells in Berlin, Seattle, Prague, Toronto, San Francisco Bay, Vladivostok, Seoul, Berlin, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Istanbul, London, Kronstadt, Montevideo, Atlanta, Chicago, Dubran, Ship City, Denver, Chicago, and Barcelona.
A significant number of their members are Awakened and the Black Star has a magical initiatory group which is jokingly called the "Triple-A Club" (Association of Awakened Anarchists). Most of their Awakened members follow the chaos magic tradition, others are Coyote shamans, hermetics, or adepts.
Black Star started out with the idea that people have to take care of each other and stand up to "The Man". Many of their operatives are Shadowrunners and like Shadowrun itself the focus of the group has changed. As the game moved into 4th edition there was a shift from Anarchy and Hoodin' to being mercs and making money. With that shift Black Star also switched to being more mercenary like and lost sight of the goal of protecting weaker regular people that are being crushed or ignored by the cooperate machine.
There has been a push behind the scenes of Shadowrun by an Old Crow to move some of the focus back to Neo-Anarchy and Hoodin'. The process has been slow, but attitudes are beginning to change. The Shadowrun Anarchy rulebook has multiple mentions of Black Star. There is a job to go to Bogota and save one of the last survivors and his cache, upon completion of the job membership could be a reward. Rose Red is listed as a Black Star Operative in her tags. Black Star is making a Comeback.
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- Bloody Business
- Feral Cities, 22, 52, 132
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