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Starrick Industries was a front-company for the British Rite of the Templar Order, that existed in London during the Industrial Revolution. Owned by the Templar Grand Master Crawford Starrick, who inherited it from his father, Starrick Industries started out as a small firm producing locomotive components.
The company grew under Crawford's control into a diverse corporate empire encompassing at least three subsidiary firms, namely; the Starrick Telegraph Company, which held a near-total monopoly on London's telegraph communications; the Starrick Brewing Company, which was behind the production of the drug concoction Starrick's Soothing Syrup sold by unscrupulous street peddlers; and an undisclosed omnibus company which entered into fierce competition with both Attaway Transport and the Millner Company.
Starrick was ruthless towards his employees, and installed Rupert Ferris as a manager in order to maximize profit and keep spending to a minimum. Despite this, following the death of Philip Twopenny and the collapse of the British economy thanks to the inflation that followed, Starrick raised the wages of his workers in order to counter the threat of inflation.