The Syndicate is one of the largest criminal organizations functioning today. They operate mainly out of East City but have a few small footholds in North City and South City. They are thought to be planing a play to gain a foothold in Center City, the countries capital.
Their competition in East City mostly consists of The Orc Mafia. The orcs are a smaller organization that has bee trying to dethrone the Syndicate for years.
Malcolm Von Hohenheim, an agent of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Inquisitors has made it his mission to shut down the Syndicate. They have also revived a lot of interference from a group of vigilante watchmen stationed out of East City. Both the agent and the watchmen have recently boarded a overnight train to disrupt what they believe to be an attempt to smuggle liquor and other supplies to Central City.