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September 14, 2008, 3:02 pm

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Yakuza Ranking System


The standard system of ranking within a Yakuza syndicate.

Wakashu - "Young Man," the rank and file of the syndicate.

Shatei - "Younger Brother," junior bosses of individual gangs.

Kyodai - "Big Brother," senior bosses of individual gangs.

Shateigashira-hosa - underlings of the shateigashira.

Shateigashira - Number three man, the third in command of the syndicate.

Wakagashira-hosa - underlings of the wakagashira.

Fuku-honbucho - An assistant chief to the wakagashira.

Wakagashira - Number Two man, the second in command of the syndicate.

Kaikei - Accountants, subordinate to the Saiko-komon.

Kumicho Hisho - Kumicho’s secretaries, subordinate to the Saiko-komon.

Shingiin - Counselor, subordinate to the Saiko-komon.

Komon - Advisor, subordinate to the Saiko-komon.

So-honbucho - Headquarters chief, subordinate to the Saiko-komon.

Saiko-komon - Senior Advisor, the primary administrative assistant to the Oyabun.

Oyabun (or Kumicho) - Supreme Boss or Family Head, the leader of a Yakuza syndicate.

Onee-san - "Older Sister," a recognized female within the syndicate, generally the spouse of a very senior member, who, in rare instances, will fill in for their husband within the organization.

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Voted MoonHunter
September 16, 2008, 1:05
Now this is something you don't see every day. You don't use it either, but it does give you an idea for adapting to other cultures.

I did use it, as the Yakuza played a part in my Supers campaign on a regular basis.
Voted Scrasamax
September 16, 2008, 13:34
Another unlikely to be used ranking list. This should have really been a codex entry, rather than a full submission. I occassionally do use the Yakuza in my own games, but havent used anything other than the Oyabun. A mob is a mob, be it an urban street gang, a sicilian mafia, or the Yakuza. The names are too hard to remember and my players really wouldnt care.
Barbarian Horde
March 31, 2009, 13:39
Thankyou so much! This is just what I needed to make my game more accurate!
Voted valadaar
March 31, 2009, 14:39
Now, it would be interesting if there were a source cited, as this could be a reference when writing yakuza based fiction.
An RP set with the PCs within the yakuza could use this as well, describing the various members that they PCs deal with and titles that they might acquire.
August 24, 2012, 17:46
I know it is an old post so maybe you're not active around here anymore, but to prevent misunderstandings in the future I inform you that I will use this ranking system for a yakuza fiction I'm currently writing.

thank you. :)

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While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
1: While eating dinner around the fire, Ferrin gets into an argument with one of the PCs when he/she mentions the discepincies between Ferrin's stories and Preminitat's.
2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
All of these scenarios result in a battle between the parties. If Ferrin's party is defeated and still lives he swears vengance. His party may then cross paths with the adventurers again.

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