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The Human Brigade is a strictly human supremacist group that controls a large chunk of the downtown core. Two defunct groups originating from the CZ – the ‘Volk’ and the ‘Blue Boyz’ – are considered the Brigade’s ideological parents. The group patrols a twenty-four square kilometer area south of the former Midway Airport, including the towns of Bedford Park, Burbank, Bridge View, and Justice. The group’s leader, Dean ‘the Duke’ Rijkard, is a former Knight Errant officer whose records list his repeated displays of racist tendencies and contain several charges of excessive violence against metahuman offenders.
The Brigade and the civilians under its protection are mostly self-sufficient, operating farms and fields in the converted recreational areas and trading exclusively with the Humanis State, an enclave located in Downer’s Grove in the Westside. The regular transfer of Brigade-trained soldiers to the State mark them as the radical arm of the settlement. A steady influx of outside recruits implies that they maintain close ties to other human-supremacist organizations, who use the Brigade’s facilities for large-scale training. Despite its ideology, other locals in need of protection regularly approach the Brigade, and they offer basic training to other like-minded gangs or neighborhood militias, in exchange for services, goods or other payment. Many of the black market merchants rely on the Brigade’s expertise in weapon maintenance and repair, and regularly hand over shipments to them in return for refurbishing and quality checks.
Their strong anti-magic and anti-metahuman stance has put them at odds with Alexeij – the ork warlord who leads The Horde – as well as many other collectives and organizations in teh greater Chicago area. Brigade soldiers have repeatedly carried out hit and run attacks on the Aleph Society’s HQ and other small enclaves with high numbers of Awakened or metahuman civilians. Other declared enemies of the Brigade include the Chicago Anarchist Collective, The Union, and Freaktown.