Predators preying on the naive
Well now look here, I have something here that I bet you've never thought about, realized, understood, appreciated or presumed to need! But I, Helweather Stainsburg, am here to set you straight! I'm here spreading the truth, and providing the answer to questions you never even had! What am I selling you ask? Why, anti-scaling cream! With this cream, rubbed on your skin twice daily, you too can join the growing number of people who never again have to worry about growing scales!
With rapid advancements in technology and science comes rapidly expanding gaps in public understanding of how these things work -- and Snakes exist to exploit those gaps. These people are an extremely modern problem, coming into the picture gradually over the past decade as the planet pushes its scientific understanding of how things work. Snakes are found all over Cathedris as well -- wherever bad people exist and inventions are made, Snakes will come slithering out. The reception to these Snakes has been negative, to put it lightly. Public citizens for the most part carry an intense distrust of new products, which makes both legitimate and illegitimate salespeople's lives much harder. In addition, governmental crackdown has been swift and heavy handed, particular in the authoritarian country of Artazia, where they brand any apprehended Snakes with a Mark of the Snake. Other countries have begun to follow suit, though with less extreme measures -- instead of branding, they will paint, hang signs, or occasionally tattoo the mark onto the culprits.
Honor among SnakesWith the modern climate shifting so as to make their lives and sales far more difficult, some Snakes have begun to band together into Nests. These groups of like-minded individuals group together in what seems like an inefficient attempt to help each other -- however the benefits from the teamwork far outweigh the forced cooperation with competitors.
Techniques and TechnologyMost Snakes in a nest will keep their main "proprietary" technology to themselves -- the smoke and mirrors, secret levers, and well crafted lies that are synonymous with their "brand". The rest however, they will share among their fellow nest members to help each other put on a better sales show. Specific techniques might be work-shopped as well, such as how to work a crowd, pinpoint the gullible idiots, or turn a shrewd attendee's focus elsewhere. Some of the more successful Snakes will put on seminars for their nest-mates, on topics such as "How to Flee From the Police 101".
Easy MarksThe main piece of knowledge shared between members of the same nest is locations of "easy marks" -- towns where information trickles in slowly, or specific neighbourhoods known for buying anything a Snake sells. During nest meetings, maps will often be handed out with updated locations of these settlements and simpletons, with red circles and red crosses to denote changes. These locations of guaranteed product sales never last long though, as eventually the victims will begin to wise-up to the game being played, and the Snakes will have to move on.
Totally Legitimate Testimonials
The salesman was entirely right! Just one application of the cream, and I didn't have any more warts! Hurt worse than you can imagine, but it was worth it. ...Mind you, never had any warts to start.
Don't listen to the others! I too have a closet full of DiamondGlass pens, and I couldn't be happier! They make writing sharp witted and cutting criticism far easier, and I don't even mind quadrupling my paper usage.
What do you want me to say? ...No! No w- oh that's a lot of money... I'll say whatever the hell you want! This product is great! Once again I am full of energy and vigor in all parts of life, particularly within the bedroom!