The Hooks, along with their rivals the Fish, are one of the major unofficial waterfront gangs in Altdorf.[1b]


The Hooks had their origin in 2051, when Vlad von Carstein ravaged the Empire. Refugees from across the country spilled into Altdorf. Many settled in the Docklands, but the official Guild of Stevedores did not allow a large quantity of new workers to join. Meanwhile, as von Carstein's army neared Altdorf, smugglers brought boatloads of goods into the city, intending to sell them at inflated prices once the siege began. The Guild refused to take on such work, but there were plenty of unemployed refugees in the docklands willing to do the job. Thus the unofficial waterfront gangs, the Hooks and the Fish, were born.[1b]

The Hooks got their name from their use of cargo hooks as weapons.[1b]

In the late 2400's, tensions between the Hooks and Fish broke out into an outright gang war. The Waterfront War lasted for five years, and died down only when the war chiefs of both gangs mysteriously disappeared. However, it did not end completely, and continues on a smaller scale to this day.[33d]


The Hooks and Fish have similar structures: The basic unit of the gang is the work crew, about a dozen men led by a foreman. The most powerful foremen are war chiefs. There are only a handful of war chiefs in the gang at a time. When a single leader must make a decision for the entire gang, it usually falls to the strongest war chief.[1d]


Most of the Hooks are stevedores. They pay a portion of their wages to the gang, which in turn promises them a minimum amount of work. The Hooks compete with the Guild of Stevedores for legitimate business, but also move cargo for smugglers and other criminals.[1b] The Hooks are also known for having some of the toughest thugs in Altdorf. Other gang activities include bribery and blackmail.[1c]

The Hooks also see them selves as vigilantes upholding justice. Whenever some perceived wrong is committed against the common Altdorfer, the Hooks attack whichever group is blamed for it.[1d]


The Hooks have an under-the-table alliance with the Dock Watch, allowing them to perform criminal actions unmolested. In return, the Hooks must restrict their activities to the Docklands. The Dock Watch also enlists Hooks to rough up any of their enemies who would be politically inconvenient to deal with overtly. These actions are often aimed at the various revolutionary organizations allied with the Fish.[1e]


The Hooks' activity is restricted to Altdorf's Docklands,[1e] a territory that they compete with the Fish for control of.[1a]


  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Shades of Empire
    • 1a: pg. 4
    • 1b: pg. 5
    • 1c: pg. 6
    • 1d: pg. 7
    • 1e: pg. 11

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