The Three Cities
Gangs exist in great number. Some are simply local dusting rings, while others are organized crime syndicates whose reach extends even into New Town. For denizens, gangs offer the illusion of power and status which would be unattainable in more legitimate circles.
The larger gangs often operate protection rackets, where businesses are extorted into paying for protection from crime. While a few of these operations, like the dwarven cabal Kara-il-Tor, offer legitimate protection in the form of guard patrols that keep lesser thugs, thieves, and criminals from operating in their territory.