Chandler is at once the safest and most dangerous part of Metrodome. It's no secret that Chandler is the home of the organized crime families of
the city, but these are no mere syndicates, they are actual families - even
those who aren't literally blood relation are as close as family - and they run
the organized crime syndicates which reside in the other parts of Metrodome. The rest of the populace knows the heads of the crime families live here as
well as anyone, and for the most part, they wouldn't have it any other way. The
way they see it, they would rather live with the drug dealers than the drug
The police and the crime syndicates have a pretty easy alliance; for the most
part, they leave one another alone, and that's that. The mobsters tend not to
prey on locals (that isn't very neighborly) and keep other criminals and
criminal elements from doing the same. Because this makes the cops' jobs
easier, they tend to turn a blind eye to the gangsters' other goings-on.
Greater Metrodome, not surprisingly, often has a problem with this - especially
since almost no suspected syndicate head living in Chandler has ever been
brought to justice... the police can never seem to locate them when it comes
time to serve or apprehend them. Of course, the moment said criminal runs afoul
of the Chandler cops or somehow breaches their trust, that person suddenly
becomes ubiquitous. But Chandler plays by its own rules; almost none have ever
stood trial, as most of these "bad eggs" are found dead long before
they can be arrested. Chandler takes care of its own.
As noted, Chandlerans are proud of their clean roads, their working
streetlights, their lit sidewalks - and regardless of their individual careers
or lifestyles, they all agree on that much.
It isn't always smooth-sailing, as one might guess. Criminal factions squabble
with one another and amongst themselves; one gets on a cop's bad side, or
vice-versa; inner politics occasionally erupt into power struggles; the list
goes on. While these instances bear mentioning, they don't (as a general rule)
happen that often. Both sides see the benefits to keeping the peace - as does
the rest of the population!
To some extent, the police run protection between the syndicates and small-time
criminals - most specifically, the hookers. While prostitution and drug
trafficking comprise the largest portion of Chandler's open crime, organized
crime is largely limited to extortion and similar, less readily-apparent, acts.
Prostitutes and drug traffickers are a common sight, especially on Chandler's
nicer thoroughfares, and most residents simply overlook this fact. The truth is
that these vices bring a lot of tourist dollars and while they are still
technically illegal, you have to be one mean, aggressive, drugged-out hooker to
get arrested for either. On the other hand, non-residents are constantly being
fined and detained for these minor crimes.
Minion Activity and the Resistance
Minion activity is fairly low in Chandler for one, big reason: the police force
is trained to deal with The Dark. It's true; it's damn true.
The reasons for this - how, when, why it came about - conflict, according to
whom you speak (assuming you can even find anyone who will speak openly about it), but whether it had to do with a spate of riots barely
shrouded by history (and shrewd, archival "clean-up" efforts) or an
erstwhile, former mayor whose present whereabouts are still unknown, the fact
remains that Chandler's police corps is an ever-ready force intent on pushing
back The Dark - well, back out of Chandler, at the very least. Technically
speaking, that is as much as their service requires of them - though many are
also members of the Resistance on their own time. On that note, though, it must
also be said that not all Chandler cops are Aware. Why and how this is is also shrouded in mystery.
Chandler does support several boltholes and Resistance "common
areas." Strangely, this is common knowledge amongst the Resistance; it is
often said that, "If you can't find help anywhere else, make your way to
Chandler." This speaks to the power which Chandler's police force and
Resistance cells hold, as few Minions dare enter the area unless specifically
directed or on a mission. However, outside of its residential members, Chandler
does not support a large Resistance community - after all, why attract unwanted
attention? More than anything, Chandler supports the Resistance with trained
manpower and equipment.