Do not let the sweet name fool you, these Kandi Kids are a group not to be messed with. Like with most cultures, there are always going to be countercultures; and the Candy Coated are a glimpse at the brutal underbelly of the party life of Pillars. The Candy Coated was reportedly born out of a bunch of young pillars just wanting to use the transformation as a head start on their “fame train”. This tight knit group spent all of their time hosting uber elite and “in the know” parties in desolate warehouses, underground subway tunnels, and even past the walls out in club sites in the Lost Territories. What started as just popularity and social power eventually turning into into illegal synthetic non-corp drugs and an entire network of undisclosed event operators and marketers using “members only” clubs as a cover for their illicit dealings.
The network of Pillars organizing the Kandi Kids over time grew up and wanted more. More power, more control, more wealth. Things got large enough that reportedly these “club kids” were getting involved in heavy illicit activities. Sabotage jobs against Corporates, blackmailing Reps, and even as far as moving illegal arms back and forth from club to club. Sometimes these jobs were corporate paid for and kept off the books, other times they were individuals with their own agendas to push.
Despite their growth in activities, the Kandi Kids have always been successful at staying of the radar of the ISTO. Starting with their need to have privacy for their club parties, participants were always made sure to be “Candy Coated.” Candy Coated is not only the term for a popular underground club and music movement, but also code for getting your hands on anti-tracking and identification gear. Even Candy Coated fashion focuses on styles that obscure observation, derail identification tracking software, and makes the individual unable to be tracked by anything other than the naked eye.
You can always tell when a Candy Coated is in the vicinity by the color beads around their wrist or neck (aka Kandi). The more elaborate and expensive the materials that make the Kandi, the higher ranking they are. Some high-ranking members of the Kandi Kids have tech hidden in their gear that acts as shielding against cameras, tracking, and observation software. Generating digital “white noise” the Kandi Kids on a job get limited use of the ability to become ghosts in the system. The inner circle of the Candy Coated are a brightly colored and drugged out culture of hackers, thugs, masterminds and killers (if they need to be). Rumors abound that their headwear provides holographic remapping to make Pillars appear differently. (i.e. a Mortskin looking like a Wyrmborne). The makeup styles that all the Candy Coated wear (be they illicit or not) acts as a facial reconstruction for the cameras. The hardware for high end illicit activities is smuggled through their club gear.
The original leader of these Candy Coated ones was a man named Rixxy Sandchezz, who’s presumed dead after a faulty rez chamber blew up mid resurrection. Foul play was ruled out by ISTO investigation, however 6 years later the corps and ISTO are still looking for his remains.
How do you become a member of the Candy Coated? Well if you are just looking for fun slap on the Candy Coated logo, gear, and get out into the clubs. Someone knows of hidden and illegal parties... and maybe they will vouch for you. If you are looking to get deeper than the club life, well, the Kandi Kids will find you if they feel you are ready.