Guns and drugs have long gone hand in hand with crime, and no gang of criminals exemplifies this fact more than the Freakshow. Started as a typical street gang over a decade ago, the Freakshow has evolved (or devolved, if you prefer) into one of the most feared and hated criminal organizations in Paragon City.
The Freakshow is no ordinary street gang; although it operates much like any other pack of hoodlums, it has one advantage other gangs would (and have tried to) kill for: super powers.
Normally a group like the Freakshow would never have access to the kind of power enhancing chemicals that have today become a staple of their daily diet nor the hardware and weaponry with which they festoon their bodies.
Unfortunately for the rest of the city, fortune decided to smile upon the Freakshow one fateful night. The gang hijacked an armored truck transporting experimental drugs for Crey Industries. Never ones to shy away from trying new and potentially lethal drugs, some of the members decided to try out the truck's contents on themselves.
The drug in question was an experimental physical booster program developed for the military.
The compound warped and expanded their bodies over the period of just a few hours, giving them superhuman physical attributes, incredible pain tolerance and a powerful narcotic buzz.
It also allowed them to expand their own abilities beyond the physical boost the serum provides. Cybernetic enhancements are a relatively new and untested innovation, and few people's bodies can handle the experimental limb and organ replacements. The regenerative properties the super serum provides allow Freakshow members' bodies to handle the implants with relative ease.
Once the Freakshow realized this they wasted no time in "cybering up."
It was at this point that a true leader stepped forward from the Freakshow's ranks. One of its founders, who calls himself simply Dreck, had long been the brains behind the operation and decided it was time his rank of President became official.
He had to beat down two dozen other challengers to seize the position, but once he'd established supremacy Dreck finally gave the Freakshow the vision it needed to press forward.
Dreck and the Freakshow began to preach a philosophy of rage unleashed. They tapped into feelings of impotence; particularly among young twenty-something men who had "good jobs" that offered no hope or joy.
Young men who wanted to lash out at the world because they couldn't find it within themselves to find meaning. They were looking for someone, anyone to provide that meaning and, unfortunately, a number of them turned to a man named Dreck.
While they seem to have no central base of operations, their activities recently are more organized than previously. In some dangerous parts of the city, they have a dread influence over whole neighborhoods.
They also seem to have access to new and more deadly cyberware enhancements, making them a more dangerous threat than ever.