Like most of House Escher's gangs, the Voodoo Dolls had a reputation as ostentatious, psychotic killers. Typically still, they specialised in a wide range of exotic pharmaceuticals, from gene-hancing elixirs to luxury designer drugs. Despite being well known as a supplier of Ghast, there is another relatively unknown drug that the Voodoo Dolls specialised in, a drug that would see the Voodoo Dolls rise from the Sump Swamps to reach dizzying heights within Hive Primus but ultimately one which would lead to their downfall.....Zombie.
Zombie was initially developed as a powerful toxin for the Voodoo Dolls' Needle weapons but it was quickly found to have Psycho-hypnotic properties. Those under its influence would divulge any information and its Psycho-suggestive properties would leave the subject eager to satisfy any demand made upon them. The Voodoo Dolls' discovered that the toxin altered Serotonin within the brain, stimulating nerve cells to produce a euphoric state if the subject accomplished any task asked of them.
|Maman Brigitte, leader of the Voodoo Dolls. Armed with a Boltgun, Stiletto Sword and a Needle Pistol loaded with the Dolls' trademark toxin Zombie.|
Eager to exploit this discovery, the Voodoo Dolls trialled the drug across several factories on the unsuspecting workforce. The results were remarkable, production improved tenfold along with workers' moral. Factory Overseers began distributing the drug throughout local Manufactory Zones and it proved so popular that workers eagerly paid for it themselves. Many of the workers literally worked themselves to death, but life is cheap on Necromunda...and at least they died happy.
Thanks to its euphoria inducing properties Zombie soon found its way into the pleasure dens that litter the Hive and it was rumoured that even those above the Wall made use of it for recreational purposes.
As its popularity grew, so did the Voodoo Dolls fortunes. Their standing within House Escher grew exponentially and there were rumours that it would only be a matter of time before Queen Adina offered the Voodoo Dolls' leader a place on her court of nobles.
The Voodoo Dolls' meteoric rise would soon come crashing down however.
|The Voodoo Dolls' champion Kimaris....|
|...or Kimmy to her gang mates, has never uttered a word. Whether this is by choice or some impediment, no one but Brigitte knows.|
|Kimaris prefers to let her ancient Heavy Stubber do the talking.|
|Originally from the Ash Wastes, Longpoke Kari is the gang's tracker and guide for the Dolls' frequent excursions beyond the Hive.|
|Her Longlas provides essential support as the rest of the gang move into position.|
So confident were House Escher of Maman Brigitte's inevitable demise that a conclave was held to discuss who would take over the Voodoo Dolls' turf. It was during this meeting that Brigitte walked in declaring "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated!"
Cheers and applause greeted her unexpected arrival, even her fiercest rivals grudgingly applauded her ability to defeat a Death Cult Assassin. The revelry was soon cut short when Brigitte introduced her newest champion...Katrina, formerly known as the Scarlet Blade!
|Armed with a Power sword, Stiletto Sword and the trademark Needle Pistol of the Voodoo Dolls...|
|...Katrina's skill with a blade is second to none.|
The truth lay in the gang's exclusive drug Zombie.
Extensive tests revealed a startling property of the drug. Not only did Zombie stimulate nerve cells within the brain, it also stripped away post-hypnotic or psychic commands. More startling still was that Zombie blocked various pathways preventing Psykers from accessing their abilities and that prolonged use of the drug would make this permanent!
Despite all the possibilities that Zombie promised or maybe because of it, the Voodoo Dolls were declared Narco-Terrorists by Lord Helmawr himself.
|Calypso was distrustful of the Dolls' latest champion Katrina, but Kat won a trust when rescuing her wife from the 'tender care' of the Clean-up Crew of House Goliath.|
Many of the Voodoo Dolls fell to the Arbites and Bounty Hunters during the purge but most who broke free from the initial assaults fell as they fled through rival gang territory. The gang was reduced to less than twenty fighters before they reached their old stomping ground in the Sump Swamps.
|Jinx is a relative newcomer to the Voodoo Dolls. Hailing from the Sump Swamps the Juve is eager to prove herself to the rest of the gang...especially Sumpsnake Sully who fills her with awe and wonderment.|
Over a hundred gangers followed the Voodoo Dolls into the Sump Swamps, a mere handful made it out alive. Those that did never saw their assailants. Some spoke of leeches the size of a man's arm, others of snakes that could swallow a man whole. Many were dragged beneath the turgid 'waters' by creatures straight out of a nightmare.
|The young Juve barely escaped the purge. She was found floating in the Sump Swamp with most of her facial features burnt to a crisp. She now wears an old ballroom mask to cover her hideous face.|
When the Voodoo Dolls finally ventured out from the sanctuary of the Sump Swamp, gone were the bright ostentatious hair colours. Each ganger's hair was daubed with the reddish sediment that was prevalent throughout the swamp.
The gang was diminished, a mere ten remained, but they had survived all that the Hive could throw at them and have returned with murder in the heart!
Until next time....may Our Lady grant you her number! 😉