Saracens

Saracens
SaracensLogo.jpg

The logo of the Saracens.
General information
Leaders
  • Edge
  • Notable members Snakefingers, Arson, Petey, Big Jer
    Territory Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
    Founding Sometime before May 6, 1978
    Allies Riffs, The Warriors, Electric Eliminators
    Rivals Jones Street Boys


    The Saracens were a prominent street gang in New York City around the time of the meeting.

    The Saracens could be identified from their black vests, which had a white trim, and were led by Edge. The Saracens' territory was Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, which they shared with the Jones Street Boys. For some time, the Saracens and Jones Street Boys worked together in what was dubbed the "Northern Alliance"; however, when the Jones Street Boys began working with some local corrupt cops to cause trouble for the Saracens, the Saracens worked with the Coney Island-based gang The Warriors to get revenge on the Jones Street Boys and cops.

    The Saracens were a well-respected gang in New York, and held in high regard by the Gramercy Riffs. When a conclave was called by the Riffs' leader Cyrus, the Saracens were one of the gangs to attend the meeting in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx. At the conclave, the Saracens were stood close to the Jones Street Boys, and they witnessed the death of Cyrus at the hands of the Rogues' leader Luther.

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    [edit] History

    [edit] Formation

    The Saracens were formed sometime before May 6, 1978, and adopted Bensonhurst, Brooklyn as their territory.[1]

    [edit] King of the Hill contest

    See also: The Best

    On May 6, 1978, two members of the Saracens participated in a King of the Hill contest in the Gunhill Junkyard, competing against gangs such as The Warriors, Moonrunners and Electric Eliminators. However, the Saracens lost the contest, as it was won by the unaffiliated Swan and Cowboy.[2]

    [edit] "Northern Alliance"

    For some time, the Saracens had a partnership with the Jones Street Boys, another Bensonhurst-based gang. The two gangs were able to co-exist in what was known as the "Northern Alliance"; the Alliance was strong throughout April 1979, although at the end of May the gangs started to have problems. Information on the Northern Alliance was often reported by the D.J. for the gang radio station.

    [edit] Framing the Jones Street Boys

    See also: Set Up

    As the Northern Alliance began to falter and a rivalry began to emerge between the Saracens and the Jones Street Boys, the Saracens' leader Edge started talking to The Warriors' Warlord Cleon. Believing that the Saracens could get The Warriors onto the Gramercy Riffs network, Cleon sent two members of the gang to Bensonhurst: Cowboy and Cochise.[3]

    Saracens with The Warriors.

    On July 3, Cowboy and Cochise arrived in Bensonhurst. A member of the Saracens met the two members of The Warriors at the train station, before leading them to Edge, who explained that the Jones Street Boys had recently been working with the local corrupt cops to cause trouble for the Saracens. Edge then explained that Cowboy and Cochise were to loot items from the Bensonhurst stores and steal car radios, before planting some of the loot in the Jones Street Boys' hangout, and the rest in the cops' car.[3]

    Cowboy and Cochise were successfully able to carry out the mission, which led to Knox, the leader of the Jones Street Boys, being arrested; Judas and his partner, two of the corrupt cops, were then arrested by the detectives Harrison and Garrison. Edge and several members of the Saracens then met up with Cowboy and Cochise; satisfied with the work carried out by the two members of The Warriors, Edge agreed to attempt to get The Warriors on the Riffs' network ahead of the meeting.[3]

    [edit] The meeting

    See also: The Warriors (film), Desperate Dudes, the meeting

    When Cyrus and the Riffs called a conclave in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the Saracens were one of the many gangs that attended the meeting. Edge and eight other delegates attended the meeting on behalf of the Saracens; at the conclave, the Saracens were stood close to the Jones Street Boys, and this was pointed out by Cyrus as an example of the unity that could be achieved when the gangs came together under a general truce. Shortly after this, the Saracens and the other gangs in attendance witnessed the death of Cyrus at the hands of the Rogues' leader Luther.[4][5]

    [edit] Members

    [edit] Behind the scenes

    The Saracens first appeared in the 1979 film The Warriors, as they were seen in the opening montage and mentioned by Cyrus during the meeting.[4] The Saracens later appeared in the 2005 video game The Warriors; in the video game, the role of the Saracens in The Warriors canon was expanded somewhat, as it was revealed that they were the gang that got The Warriors on the Gramercy Riffs' network.[1]

    [edit] Appearances

    [edit] Sources

    [edit] References

    1. 1.0 1.1 The Warriors (video game)
    2. The Warriors (video game) - "The Best"
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Warriors (video game) - "Set Up"
    4. 4.0 4.1 The Warriors (film)
    5. The Warriors (video game) - "Desperate Dudes"
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