|Type||Massive criminal corporation|
|Goals|| Profit and power,|
no matter the cost
Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 495
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The Aspis Consortium is a criminal corporation with official recognition by the Pact Worlds, but it performs most of its nefarious acts — including genocide, extortion, and android slave manufacturing — outside of the Pact Worlds system.
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The Aspis Consortium has always pursued profit at any cost, and without regard for the law. While much of its wealth comes from pursuing and selling distant artifacts and resources, its expeditions also provide plausible cover for more egregious acts, such as piracy, gunrunning, and slavery. One notable example was the Consortium's involvement in the early conflicts between the Veskarium and the Pact Worlds, where the Consortium sold weapons to the Pact Worlds early on, then to both sides as they grew more even in power.
Despite this (or because of it), the Aspis Consortium brokered the alliance between the Pact Worlds and Veskarium in response to invasions by the Swarm, and also "donated" arms, resources, and aid. In return, the Pact Worlds government recognized it as a non-voting but autonomous, self-governing entity and granted diplomatic immunity to its agents, making the organization even more difficult to investigate.