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Background

"The Kyrgyz people of Haqqislam are a rough, tempestuous bunch who never obeyed any law but their own. They live on the Tien Shan mountains, where they control numerous drug labs, rudimentary guns factories, counterfeit money printers and well-stocked repair shops. Kyrgyz nomads have an appreciation for alcohol, loud motorbikes and beautiful women above all else. They are a turbulent people, prone to confrontation and revolt. The Haqqislamite army recruits the most famed among them for its Kum motorized units, where they can indulge their aggressive impulses. Riding a thunderous motorbike, these vicious fighters dash into close range to destroy the enemies of Haqqislam. They uphold the age-old Kyrgyz response to the challenges of their enemies: ‘North, South, East or West, where to find the Kyrgyz? By the silver hand of Alexander, look for them around their enemies!’ Zooming around the battlefield on their roaring bikes, Kums have forged a terrible reputation as intrepid, audacious riders… or absolute psychopaths, depending on who you ask. Some say all members of the Kyrgyz biker tribes are a bit unhinged, all we know is these are the most savage, stubborn and daring guys to ever kick and slash their way out of Tien Shan!"


North, South, East, or West, where to find the Kyrgyz? By the silver hand of Alexander, look for them around their enemies!”

For the Kum, this age-old Kyrgyz battle shout is as much a way of life as it is a rallying cry. Of course, to a Kum Ganger, the definition of enemy can include foreign militaries, rival gangs, local police, or a best friend, depending on the day. While the Sword of Allah recruits from these ruthless biker gangs for their Kum Motorized Troops, most Kum Gangers are preoccupied with dealings far less savoury or essential to the continued well-being of Haqqislam. The Kum Gangers few rules include: ride hard, fight harder, and keep what you kill. Possession is the whole of the law. If you’re not strong enough to stop something being taken, it was never truly yours to begin with.


Kum Motorized Troops are a truly unique addition to the Sword of Allah. Recruited from the lawless Kyrgyz people of the Gabqar Khanate, they roar into battle on their motorcycles with a bluster that seems completely at odds with the usual Haqqislamite discipline.

The Kum troops still wear their generic patch, the silver fist of Alexander the Great, the wings for freedom and victory, and the blade for the fighter.

Criminal motorcycle gangs, the Kum take advantage of the harsh terrain in the Tien Shan Mountains to skim profits off the Silk trade. They operate illegal drug labs and counterfeiting operations, run guns, brawl and bluster, and race. Theirs is a macho and competitive sub-culture of heightened passions, deep loyalties and rivalries (until they aren’t), and almost superhuman skills in the saddle. The Sword of Allah recruits the best Kum bikers to join their armies, giving them a useful outlet for their aggression. The bikers go partly for bragging rights, partly out of loyalty to Haqqislam, and partly to keep the authorities from digging too deeply into their operations. It’s an uneasy alliance.[1]

The Khan of Gabqar can press the Kum into service in the Sword of Allah by appealing to their history and sense of honour. Service is something embraced by the Kum-bikers, and a majority of the high-ranking gang members have previous military experience. Kums are a strange element in civilized Haqqislamite society, and they can only exist in a frontier area like Gabqar. As long as that region stays wild, the Kyrgyz riders will be king of the hill in the Tien Shan range, no matter what Khanate forces may do. The roads belong to the Kums, and the roar of their bikes may be the last sound you hear!

Kum-Dag

Kum bikers live in the ramshackle city of Kum-Dag. Martial law reigns in the Gabqar Khanate, but the biker gangs of Kum-dag regularly descend from the Tien Shan mountains, and the mighty Kyrgyz who call this town home know no law but their own. Historically the Kum were light mounted troops with a long and proud heritage. Although the most famous and visible outlaws of the Gabqar region and Kum- dag particularly, the Kum Bikers are actually the strong arm for the Kyrgyz mafias. The bikers are road warriors and drug and weapons dealers. They also play a key role in protecting the illegal Silk production of the mafias, as well as take a hand in the manufacture and sale of a large range of silk-derived drugs.

Some concerted attempts to deal with the gangs and outlaws of Kum-dag have been attempted. Some were even moderately successful—gangers killed, bikes milled, drug labs incinerated. But, the cost in lives has been high, and deals to broker some level of peace have proved more effective than direct intervention. The Kum-Biker gangs and Kyrgyz mafias are extremely territorial, offering protection to those settlements in their area of influence. The Kum are turbulent. They love brawls, alcohol, beautiful women (and men), and noisy motorcycles. Gang fights and turf wars are common, and an alcohol-fuelled celebration of a deal struck between gangs can suddenly erupt into bloody violence and retribution as easily as to a hungover morning after.

Most of the town of Kum-Dag is below-ground. Buildings are haphazard. Construction is poor. Strong winds blow over buildings that aren't properly secured. Much of the town is dug-in to avoid the wind.

Kum-dag isn't entirely lawless. Yeah, there's violence and debauchery and drugs, but the town has a thriving economy. Mining in the foothills brings in metals which are manufactured into local alloys for bikes and tools.

The bikes and roadsters built in Kum-dag are famous for their connection to the Kyrgyz gangs, so they're very prestigious for playboys and racing teams. Local factories also make custom Remotes and the general joints used in the Murafeq model remotes.

Kum-dag also has a massive mercenary market. TAG pilots, drivers, soldiers, doctors, representatives, warmongers; they all make their way to Kum-dag. When an in-person meeting is requred or an off-the-books job is needed, Kum-dag is a reliable place to hire a little violence.

Kum Heraldry

Kum gangs take great pride in their bikes, and the best are all custom parts put together to specifically suit the rider. Given that the bikes hold such a central place in the culture of the Kum gangs, it is unsurprising that so much energy is put into keeping them clean and well maintained. Every paint job is custom, with some patterns and colours gaining popularity among certain groups or used to denote specific gangs. An experienced Kum biker will be able to tell who is coming long before they see them by the specific roar of the engine, but even more obvious is the paint scheme. Some gangs like to mock the law by spraying their bikes in what has been referred to as the Bluestreak paint job, a mockery of the O-12 official colour pattern. Many of the paint schemes and patterns make striking use of vivid reds, a colour deeply loved by the Kums. Full red schemes are usually reserved for the most-fierce warriors, the gang leaders and toughest fighters. Not only does it make the rank and power of the individual obvious, it also helps to hide the blood.

Known Kum Gangs

  • Orzubek's Karakci (Outlaws) - holds territory west of Kum-Dag. Had an agreement with the late Kasym Beg and ride out to protect him. Large, wealthy, have brothels and fighting rings. Uneasy truce with the law ever since a shootout led to the deaths of a dozen Karakci. Distinctive large belt buckles and brass knuckles.
  • Irfaz Satanists - lost a gang war against the Outlaws when their leader, Radbuk Beg, was killed.
  • Kuyundar (Tornadoes) - Led by feared female fighter Bübüsara. Consumers and sellers of the drug Tornado. Bübüsara was inspired by the Nazarova Sisters. Extremely violent.

Equipment

Kirguiz bikers, and the Kum Motorized Troops drawn from their ranks, take great pride in the power and endurance of their motorcycles, covering engine cowlings and chassis with nano-painted imagery and defiant mottos each Thronging. In conflict, they rely on smoke cover and daredevil speed to overwhelm defenders and escape pursuit.[2]

Quotes

"Forward, Forward Kum! Go to meet the enemy! The sun illuminates the hawk and the prey! Hiuu-ey! It’s a good day to kill and be killed!" Heard in the Kum lines before the front of Halil was broken. NeoColonial Wars.

Profile

N4

ISC: Kum Motorized Troops Line Troop Warband
Fury: Impetuous Training: Irregular Back-Up: No Cube
STATUS MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
Mounted 8-6 22 11 13 14 1 0 1 4
Skills and Equipment: Motorcycle, Smoke Grenade Launcher, Courage, Dodge (+2"), Dogged, Impetuous
Dismounted 4-4 22 11 13 14 1 0 1 4
Skills and Equipment: Courage, Dogged, Impetuous
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
1 Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades Pistol, Shock CC Weapon 6 0
2 Light Shotgun, Smoke Grenades Pistol, DA CC Weapon 7 0
3 Boarding Shotgun, Smoke Grenades Pistol, E/M CC Weapon 12 0
4 Rifle, Light Shotgun, Smoke Grenades Pistol, E/M CC Weapon 11 0

N3

Retired
ISC: Kum Warband
Fury: Extremely Impetuous Training: Irregular Back-Up: None
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
8-6/4-4 20 11 13 14 1 0 1 4/2
Skills and Equipment: Motorcycle(Kinematika L2, Smoke Light Grenade Launcher), V: Dogged
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
Rifle Smoke Grenades, Rifle, Light Shotgun Pistol, Shock CCW 19 0
Chain Rifle Smoke Grenades, Chain Rifle Pistol, AP CCW 10 0
E/M CCW Smoke Grenades, Light Shotgun Pistol, E/M CCW 14 0

Dossiers

Current Miniatures

Out of Production Miniatures

Navigation

  1. Haqqislam Modiphius 4
  2. Haqqislam p. 69