It hadn't always been this way. Back then, about thirteen or so years ago, they were all friends. My father, Sollux's father, Aradia's father, and Tavros' father too. The best of friends, actually. It's through them that I became friends with the other three, and it was also through them that we were all ripped apart. I'm not sure how the dispute started, but me and the others knew that our fathers weren't good men. That isn't to say that they were bad men, but they did things. Mafia things.
Naturally, we got roped into it. My elder brother Kankri got lucky though. He's ten years older than I am, so when everything fell to hell, he got out of dodge. When I was nine, the arguments between the four intensified. Skaia lost it's strongest mafia force, but gained four different factions in the process.
My father's faction is called Tridentes. It means Spades in some language or another, and he had always loved the sound of his own name. Skaia was separated into four different pieces, and my father got the Prospit sector. Aradia's father formed Adamas, in the Derse section of Skaia. Adamas means Diamonds, which is also what he calls himself.
Our father's are definitely some self-righteous and greedy bastards. Tavros' father formed Animus within the Veilium* section. Animus, as you can guess, means Hearts. Diamonds and Hearts have gone at it more times than I can count because their own faction names sound so similar. Finally, Sollux's father formed Ramus within the Alternia sector of Skaia. Ramus means Clubs, much like his name.
Most days I think that our father's are doing this on purpose. If you really think about it, what do the letters form? A. R. A. T. And what does a Mafia member hate the most? A rat. Cheeky bastards. Sollux and I still talk over the web, when we can. Unfortunately, we can't meet up as often as I would like. Sollux has a certain member in his own mafia that I try to avoid at all costs. For some reason, Gamzee Makara has taken an unhealthy interest in wanting to see my blood spilled and my corpse thrown in a dumpster for the maggots. I haven't done shit to him, but then again, Kankri always said that he was 'trigger warning crazy, avoid at all costs, and insane juggalo.' His words, not mine.
I try to run interference for Sollux and Aradia because they both have death wishes and choose to meet up time and time again. I won't turn my back on them, even though we're supposed to be enemies. I grew up with those fuckers, and there isn't any way that's gonna change. Seeing Tav, however, is difficult. A drive-by gone wrong when we were younger robbed him of the use of his legs, so he wheels around as best as he can. I'm forever grateful to the girl who helps him around, Jade, even though she'll never know. I'm twenty-two now, going on twenty-three, and this shit is getting old. But as my father tells me 'when you're in you're in, and when you're out, you're dead.' And then I met her.
Diamonds - Adamas
-Droog [Boss] Ring
-Aradia Droog[Consigliere] Earrings
-Jane Crocker[Underboss] Bracelet
-Feferi Peixes[Capo] Necklace
-Vriska Serket[Capo] Belt
-Eridan Ampora[Capo] Cufflinks
Hearts - Animus
-Boxcars [Boss] Ring
-Tavros Boxcars[Capo] Necklace
-John Egbert[Underboss] Belt
-Dave Harley[Consigliere] Cufflinks
-Jade Harley[Capo] Earrings
-Nepeta Leijon[Capo] Bracelet
Clubs - Ramus
-Deuce [Boss] Ring
-Sollux Deuce[Consigliere] Cufflinks
-Terezi Pyrope[Underboss] Earrings
-Gamzee Makara[Capo] Belt
-Equius Zahhak[Capo] Bracelet
-Roxy Lalonde[Capo] Necklace
Spades - Tridentes
-Slick [Boss] Ring
-Karkat Slick[Underboss] Necklace
-Rose Lalonde[Consigliere] Bracelet
-Dirk Strider[Capo] Cufflinks
-Kanaya Maryam[Capo] Earrings
-Jake English[Capo] Belt
*Even though Dave and Dirk look similar, people never draw the conclusion that they could be related. They are actually twins, separated at birth by each of their parents.
*Everyone knows that Rose and Roxy are distant cousins, but that’s where the similarities stop.
*Karkat has the Cancer symbol branded into his back shoulder just in case he ends up beaten beyond all recognition. Everyone in his ‘family’ should be able to identify him through the scar if they find his body.
*All the mafia members have a tattoo of a shape on the underside of their wrist. For example, Karkat has a small Spade tattoo while Sollux has a Gemini one.