Aspis Consortium

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Aspis Consortium

Massive criminal corporation
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.1


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.1

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.1


The Aspis Consortium is overseen by 10 majority shareholders known as the Patrons, whose identities have long been closely guarded. Due to the difficulty of hiding such wealth in one's portfolio in modern times, any profit from the Consortium's activities get funnelled through numerous shell corporations and dummy funds; tracing such a trail to a Patron is a monumental task for forensic accountants. The Patrons discuss criminal ventures through digital holo-conferences, where they speak in coded phrases and couched language; no such transmission has been cracked. Every few years, Patrons retire with their profits or get removed through hostile takeovers; only the most ruthless and cutthroat businessmen could rise to the rank of Patron.2


The Aspis Consortium has long been a thorn in the side of law enforcement due to its use of fronts and technicalities to avoid prosecution and expert skill in manipulating the difference between what one knows and what one can prove. The Consortium cuts ties with members implicated in major offences, claiming that they support no illegal actions, and revoked membership after they became aware of any wrongdoing. This lie is obvious to investigators, who nonetheless usually only find enough evidence to give the company a slap on the wrist; pushing the issue too far usually results in the Consortium winning settlements of slander and corporate harassment cases in protracted court battles.2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paizo Inc., et al. Core Rulebook, 495. Paizo Inc., 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christopher Wasko, et al. “Corporations of the Galaxy” in Crash and Burn, 46. Paizo Inc., 2021