Remembrance in the Shadows
Corporate Slogan: "One Step Ahead"
World HQ: Essen, Allied German States
Saeder-Krupp Heavy Industries can be summed up in one word: Lofwyr. The great dragon owns nearly 100% of the German-based megacorp, and he rules it with the kind of attention to detail that only one of his kind can maintain. It's not impossible to put one over on Lofwyr, but it's very difficult — and usually fatal. The wyrm doesn't suffer fools gladly, and shadowrunners who go against him (or fail in one of his jobs) might just find themselves on his list — which is probably his lunch menu. S-K is primarily involved in heavy industry, chemicals, finance, and aerospace with a presence in many other areas, which is just what you'd expect from the largest company in the world.
Corporate Slogan: "Tomorrow Runs on NeoNET"
World HQ: Boston, UCAS
CEO: Richard Villiers
NeoNET is the primary power behind the Grid Overwatch Division, and they practically invented the wireless Matrix. Needless to say, they're heavily invested in Matrix infrastructure, along with cyberware, electronics, software, biotech, aerospace, small arms, and many others. As a corporation, NeoNET is pretty fractured, with the major factions controlled by a long-time corporate raider, a reclusive dwarf, and the great dragon Celedyr. Runs for or against NeoNET are a grab-bag, all the time. Randomness can be fun, until that time you end up reaching in the bag and grabbing a scorpion.
Corporate Slogan: "The Future is Mitsuhama"
World HQ: Kyoto, Japanese Imperial State
CEO: Toshiro Mitsuhama
This Japancorp is all about the computers. Robotics, heavy industry, you name it — but it's less well known that they're one of the biggest manufacturers of magical goods around. There's a rumor going around that they're in bed with the Yakuza (who am I kidding, they're all over each other). In any case, they've established quite a presence in North America over the last few years. The corp pays very well for success in shadowruns, but when you fail they… disapprove. Be extra careful when you're running against them, because their "zero-zone" policy of shooting first and shooting more later usually means failed runners get geeked.
Corporate Slogan: "The Way to a Better Tomorrow"
World HQ: Tenochtitlán, Aztlan
President/CEO: Flavia de la Rosa
If you've bought any kind of consumer goods recently, chances are you've contributed to Aztechnology's bottom line. Sixty percent of the goodies you find at your local Stuffer Shack (ninety percent if you count the Stuffer Shack itself) come from the Big A. They make everything from chemicals to trideo-game software to military goods and magical supplies. They've got their fingers in more pies than just about any other mega, and their public relations campaigns are second to none. Which is good, because they're also all about blood magic and evil conspiracies. Allegedly. Just don't say anything about that within earshot of the Big A's ferocious legal team.
Corporate Slogan: "Today's Solutions to Today's Problems"
World HQ: Chiba, Japanese Imperial State
CEO: Inazo Aneki (Honorary)
Renraku controls the world's largest data repository and they own almost all of Asia's local grids. And when nobody knows what kind of useful (or incriminating) information you've got squirreled away in your datastores, it's going to take some strong motivation to risk messing with you. They've got a seriously traditional Japanese culture, and their Red Samurai military units are universally feared. Not respected, feared.
Corporate Slogan: "Changing Life"
World HQ: Vladivostok, Russia
CEO: Yuri Shibanokuji
"EVOlve," they say in all their ads. Let's be fair, they are a megacorp that looks to the future. Their CEO is an ork and their largest stockholder is a free spirit. They focus a lot on transhumanist projects ranging from bioware cybernetics, ant-aging experiments, and other even more out-there projects designed to take metahumanity to the next stage of evolution. On top of that, they're the first megacorp to successfully set up a base on Mars. Evo leads the megas in goods and services designed with orks, trolls, elves, dwarfs, changelings, and other nonhuman people in mind. Their corporate culture is pretty touchy-feely, but don't freak — they can be as cold and calculating as any other mega.
Corporate Slogan: "Making the World a Safer Place"
World HQ: Detroit, UCAS
CEO: Damien Knight
Most shadowrunners know Ares from their Ares Arms division, and with good reason. The Ares Predator is the staple sidearm for the discerning runner. Run by wealthy playboy Damien Knight, the corp has a reputation as a very "American" outfit: gung-ho, militaristic, patriotic, and individualistic — Mom and apply pie, in other words. Don't let that fool you — sure, they're one of the better megas to work shadow ops for, but keep your eyes open, because they can be as underhanded as the rest. Ares specializes in law enforcement, military hardware and arms, aerospace (they have five orbital habitats), entertainment, automotive (the former General Motors is also part of the Ares family), and smaller divisions in many other areas.
Corporate Slogan: "Advancing Life"
World HQ: Osaka, Japanese Imperial State
CEO: Korin Yamana
The oldest of the megas, Shiawase was the first corp to claim extraterritorial status. A classic Japanese zaibatsu, Shiawase is run in a traditional "family" style, with most employees signing lifetime contracts and even marrying within the corp. Families, however, tend to squabble, and plenty of runners have made good cash in the course of these quarrels. As for what they do, what don't they do? Either directly or through subsidiaries, Shiawase has its hands in nucelar power, environmental engineering, biotech, heavy industry, technical service, minerals, military goods, and a whole lot more.
Corporate Slogan: "We're Behind Everything You Do"
World HQ: Hong Kong, Free Enterprise Enclave
President: Wu Lung-Wei
The only Chinese player on the megacorp scene, Wuxing owns a sizeable chunk of the Pacific rim. The corporation is quiet and conservative, the stealthiest of the Big Ten. Their employees are steeped in Chinese culture, even those who've never been within a thousand clicks of Asia. Traditionally focused on finance and shipping concerns, Wuxing also specializes in magical services and goods, vying for the top spot of most mystic megacorp. Wuxing has also expanded heavily into other markets, including agriculture, engineering, consumer goods, and chemicals.
Corporate Slogan: "We Know What You Think"
World HQ: Los Angeles, Pueblo Corporate Council
President/CEO: Gary Cline
Horizon is based in the midst of media wonderland Los Angeles, and they've managed to score many exclusive contracts for dealing with the development of California. With charismatic ex-simstar Gary Cline at the helm, Horizon specializes in anything that can be used to manipulate opinion (media, advertising, entertainment, social networking, etc.), along with consumer goods and services, real estate and development, and pharmaceuticals. Its corporate culture is "people-centered," and employees are well taken care of and encouraged to develop their talents and pursue their interests on company time — as long as the corp reaps the profits. They had been renowned as being technomancer friendly, but a series of events culminating in a massacre in Las Vegas helped people understand that even the nicest of megacorps can spin out of control.
Geographical Regions and Governments
Capital: Atlanta, Georgia
President: Cheryl Cundiff
Currency: CAS Dollar (C$)
The Confederation of American States, abbreviated as the CAS, and sometimes referred to as the Confederated American States, is a republic in eastern North America, stretching from the Atlantic in the east to the beginning of the Sierra Madre. It shares land borders with UCAS, Pueblo, Aztlan, and South Florida. The country has 13 states, which have a level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. A CAS citizen may be referred simply as an American, a Confederationist, or a CASer. Calling a CAS citizen a "Confederate" (referring back to the moniker used in the American Civil War) is often considered an insult (albeit an unintended one).
Capital: Washington FDC
President: Angela Colloton
Currency: UCAS Dollar (U$)
The United Canadian and American States, also referred to as the UCAS, is a federal republic in eastern North America, stretching from the Atlantic in the east to the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. It is the successor state to both the United States of America and the Dominion of Canada. It shares land borders with Quebec, Algonkian-Manitou, Sioux, Pueblo and CAS. The state of Seattle on the West Coast of North America is enclaved in the Salish-Shidhe territory.
The country has 31 states, which have a level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism, and a special district, the Federal District of Columbia, encompassing the capital Washington DC. The state of Seattle is sometimes designated as the metroplex of Seattle, though it possesses all the attributes of a Union State. A UCAS citizen may be referred as an American or a Canadian, UCASer or Canadian-American.