In today's world, criminal organizations tend to a thriving network of stolen merchandise, prostitution, embezzlement, gambling and a slew of blue and white collar crimes; The Crimson are a whole different kind of 'criminal'; they want your blood.
Dating back to the 1600s, The Crimson was a small band of vampires from Eastern Europe, all of whom worked together to help each other with finding viable sources of 'food' aka 'blood'. By the late 1800s, The Crimson's ranks had swollen to over a thousand vampires, all of which expanded across the globe. Most of the world's vampires held a connection in one manner or another to The Crimson, however, due to its loose associations, this gang of vampires never really panned out as a true threat, but more of a social networking system. It was during this period that vampire hunting was at its peak. Over 80% of the world's vampires were hunted down and killed by villagers and vampire hunters. By the 1900s, most of the world's vampires saw the need to use modern technology (the phone, the telegraph) to identify good 'hunting grounds' for their brethren. That is when The Crimson shifted from a social club to a blood market.
Throughout the 20th century, with the advent of world wars, 'police' actions, and uprisings, The Crimson was able to point its vampyric membership to key locations to hunt. Eventually, this became a 'service' rather than a freebie. The Crimson soon began creating strife in different parts of the world so as to provide 'feeding grounds' for covens of vampires. The more they paid, the longer the strife would ensue, allowing year round feeding on the blood of humans, or for smaller, poorer covens, off the blood of animals.
Their actions soon attracted attention when the world's blood supply for Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations began to diminish inexplicably. Once the authorities became aware of The Crimson, super groups were called in to battle them.
Over the last 10 years, super groups have done battle with the vampires of the Crimson, but for all intents and purposes, it is a losing battle for the heroes. They have lost some of their heroic ranks to either being killed by The Crimson, or had their super powered heroes 'converted' into vampirism against their will.
The Crimson is still a powerful force whose power and influence has greatly increased in the 21st century. With their dealings in regional instabilities, blood and human trafficking, Each time a regional conflict arises, The Crimson are usually the ones who have created the situation to create a 'feeding ground' for bands of vampires. All one has to do is look at such regional conflicts as those in the Middle East, Greece and Spain to know where The Crimson have struck...and where they feed.
In her first life as a human, she was born Scarlet Sentalpi in 1930. In 1949, Scarlet was attacked by a European vampire only know as "Scat". She died days later. After her funeral she was reborn a vampire simply known as "Scarlet". Within the first few years as a vampire, she discovered she was more powerful than most other vampires. She was able to fly faster, hypnotize strong willed people, go longer without feeding and most notably, allured other vampires to do her bidding without fight or provocation. Her powers exceeded one of the most powerful and oldest of The Crimson, Djork Rosnick, the leader of The Crimson at that time.
In an epic battle, Djork was killed and decapitated by Scarlet. She took over leadership of The Crimson and began traveling to remote locations where The Crimson fed. There, she 'convinced' them to follow her lead and set up a brilliant yet opportunistic system of creating regional disturbances and establishing a 'feeding ground' for the vampires of The Crimson. Of course, those that partook had to pay their way, or instead feast off the rats and animals left in the wake of battle from the Crimson-created conflicts Scarlet's 'coven' had created.
In the last 10 years, super-powered heroes and intellectuals began hunting vampires again. Rather than run and hide, Scarlet ordered The Crimson to fight back, turning battling superheroes into vampires themselves, thus bending the newly undead hero to Scarlet's will.
A few years ago, in a conflict with a Boston protection gang called the "Blood Bolts", The Crimson were severely defeated by the Blood Bolts when the Bolt's leader, Boltmaster, waged a war against The Crimson using wooden crossbow bolts and holy water. Coupled with a new hero from the Challengers super group called Ultraviolet, who could easily kill vampires with his radiant powers, The Crimson's ranks quickly dropped to hundreds instead of thousands.
Recently, The Crimson have increased their efforts in starting new regional conflicts thus creating a larger a smorgasbord of dying soldiers and civilians for the remaining vampires. Anxious to refill her ranks, she intends to 'recruit' more vampires by turning their enemies into Crimson-controlled vampires. The 'gang' war between The Crimson and the Blood Bolts has already drained the Blood Bolts of half their members. Scarlet has also invoked a death sentence to any super-powered heroes (or villains) that dare to stop The Crimson; if they don't die in battle with the Crimson the super-powered heroes or villains may be taken to be 'changed' into vampires, again, further engorging The Crimson's ranks...with super-powered vampires...all under Scarlet's command...