After Kingpin's death, the leaders of the Crimson Marauders put his brain in the body of a Terminator in the hopes of bringing him back to life. The Black Legion's technologies did save Kingpin's life, but, having found himself in the body of a machine and analyzed his defeat at the hands of the Commander, Kingpin reevaluated his views on the events that had transpired and his role in them. He ended up leaving the Crimson Marauders to join the Commander and fight the Dominion with him. He eventually made a deal with the Dominion, agreeing to become Hegemon-05 and lead its army in exchange for sparing the Commander's life.
After he left the Crimson Marauders, a power struggle broke out that was won by one of the most cruel and bloodthirsty bandits, a man known as the Nutcracker. He got this nickname after losing his lower jaw in battle, which was replaced with a disproportionately massive and clumsily made iron prosthesis. He is one of the main enemies in the game. He is particularly dangerous due to his skill at using Psi Power and his use of a Black Legion serum that allows him to regenerate in battle.
The Crimson Marauders are one of the weakest factions on Utopia. Their primary weakness lies in their primitive technologies, which are maintained only by a handful of Adam Cruise's engineers who survived the cataclysm.
Historically speaking, the Crimson Marauders appeared immediately after the cataclysm. The group was founded by a handful of thugs who joined forces to terrorize and prey upon the survivors of the cataclysm. In order to instill fear in their victims, the bandits painted their faces with blood, which is why they began to be called the Crimson Marauders. After the gang ran into Vincent Gold, its original leaders were eliminated by the magnate's bodyguards. Vincent took charge of the group and become Kingpin, and his bodyguards become an elite subdivision known as the Vipers. The gang then started to amass power and influence. It was even joined by some of Cruise's former engineers with whom he built the Mechanarium and Citadel. This was also when they lost their barbarous habits, including painting their faces with blood. However, in order to avoid losing their most distinguishing feature, the Crimson Marauders began to wear red masks or headbands.