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Sic semper tyrannis.

—THE MOTTO OF THE SYNDICATE, MEANING "THUS ALWAYS TO TYRANTS" IN LATIN.


The Syndicate is an underground organization started by Technoblade and Philza on January 18, 2021.[1][2] Members of the Syndicate promote anarchy and wish to diminish tyranny in all its forms. The Syndicate's base is located in the arctic north near the homes of Technoblade, Philza, and Ranboo. Its meeting room is in a stronghold and features immovable end portal frames, although the members of the Syndicate are unaware of their true nature (though Ranboo has some suspicions), and use it as their meeting table.

Syndicate members

Members

  • Technoblade: One of the founders of the Syndicate, codenamed "Protesilaus."[3] He is given the task of recruiting members for the Syndicate.[4]
  • Philza: One of the founders of the Syndicate, codenamed "Zephyrus."[3]
  • "Harpocrates": An unknown member who was not present for the first meeting of the Syndicate. Technoblade has stated that he would rather not reveal his name until he feels comfortable.[3]
  • Nihachu: Joined just before the first meeting, codenamed "Nemesis."[5]
  • ConnorEatsPants: Joined after the prison break, no codename yet.[6]

Former members

  • Ranboo: Joined just before the first meeting, codenamed "Lethe."[3] Was killed by Awesamdude on November 28, 2021.
  • Apollo: Technoblade said that one of his dogs that teleported to him just before the prison break was part of The Syndicate. The dog was codenamed "Apollo."[7] Died to Awesamdude.[8]

Codenames

Each member of The Syndicate is expected to choose a codename for themselves. As a callback to the end of the Manberg vs Pogtopia War and Techno's speech on Theseus, the codenames generally are characters from Greek mythology.

Codenames
Member Codename Notes
Protesilaus

(Pro-tisa-le-is)

A Greek hero in the Trojan War - Despite knowing an oracle had foretold his death at Troy, he was the first Greek warrior to step ashore and consequently the first to fall. He was able to kill a number of Trojans beforehand. This name is also important due to Protesilaus's cult of worshippers after his death.[9]
Zephyrus

(Zeh-fr-uhs)

God of the West Wind, and one of the four seasonal Anemoi (wind gods). Often depicted with a pair of wings.[10]
Ranbooskin.png Ranboo (deceased)
Lethe

(Lee-thee)

Greek spirit of forgetfulness, oblivion, and concealment. The River Lethe was a river in the Underworld that caused you to lose all memory upon touching it. According to myth, this river flowed through Hypnos (the God of sleep)'s cave and induced drowsiness.[11]
Nemesis

(Neh-muh-suhs)

Goddess of divine retribution and revenge. She showed her wrath to any human that would commit hubris, arrogance, and selfishness, and was considered a remorseless goddess. She would often lead mortals to their doom as pay for the bad things they had done.[12]
Unknown Harpocrates

(Har-poc-ra-teez)

God of silence and secrets; the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian god Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child).[13]
WolfFace.png Apollo (dog, deceased) Apollo

(Ah-poh-low)

God of music, poetry, art, prophecy, truth, archery, plague, healing, sun, and light. Although it is said he is the God of more than that, not everything was recorded.[14]
N/A N/A

History

Recruiting

Technoblade was tasked with finding members for their new faction. He began searching the ruins of L'Manberg when he received a message from Niki, inviting him to her city as she had heard he wanted to talk.[15] Upon meeting, the two spoke about anarchy, and Technoblade talked about how impressed he was because she burned L'Mantree. Niki said that the offer to join him in anarchy was tempting, but declined his offer because her goals were currently different from anarchist ideals.[16] Technoblade left her and said that he wasn't going to ask people for a while, as he thought Niki would be great and that he probably couldn't convince anyone else if he couldn't convince her.

First meeting

The first meeting was held on March 6, 2021, and was attended by Technoblade, Philza, Ranboo, and Niki.[17] During this meeting, Philza revealed the meeting room and its features like the meeting table (made out of an end portal that cannot be activated), the secret entrances and exits, the qualities of the room, and the ender pearl stasis chambers. The meeting room is located in the stronghold under the ocean near Technoblade, Philza, and Ranboo's bases. They discussed the following:

  • The Egg and the Eggpire: Brought up by Phil, they discussed their preference against the Eggpire and their personal experiences with the egg. Technoblade suggested talking to people not directly involved with the egg. Phil said that there is the possibility that the Syndicate would have to make an "omelette," referencing the new sub-faction "Pro-Omelette."[18]
  • Snowchester: Technoblade brought up rumors of a new nation forming in the snowy forest to the west of L'Manberg. Niki confirmed his suspicions, and the members agreed that they would have to investigate if it was a government.[19]
  • Tommy's death: This fact was brought up by Ranboo. All members (except for Ranboo) agreed that it was virtually impossible for him to die and that they were not convinced he was dead.[20] This suspicion turned out to be correct; Tommy had been revived by the time the meeting took place, but the Syndicate was unaware of this until Tommy left Pandora's Vault six days later.

Investigating Snowchester

After the events of the first meeting, the Syndicate set out to investigate Snowchester. Upon arriving at Snowchester, the group met up with Tubbo, who gave them a tour of Snowchester. Tubbo told them that Snowchester was not a country, but simply an isolationist and militaristic colony. Tubbo also showed the members of the Syndicate the nukes, and when the group asked why Tubbo would need nukes, Tubbo cited that it is simply for self-defense. This made the Syndicate extremely suspicious of Snowchester. However, since Snowchester had not done anything with the nukes, the Syndicate accepted the self-defense excuse.[21]

Techno's birthday

On June 1, 2021, the members of the Syndicate met up at Technoblade's cabin to celebrate his birthday. They set off a few fireworks, joked around, and ate some cake.[22] Philza then decided to tell the members about Wilbur's revival which surprised both Techno and Niki, as well as upsetting the latter. The four of them talked about how Schlatt's return would be even worse. They also brought up Ghostbur, which caused Niki to freak out, but the others managed to calm her down. They then started to talk about the new risks of governments popping up.[23]

Whilst Technoblade left to talk to Quackity, Phil told Ranboo about "her," a woman that allegedly helped grow a forest that had recently sprouted near the cabin, although the contents of this conversation are unknown.[24] When Techno returned to the others, the group continued celebrating his birthday. Phil then showed the other Syndicate members the training area under the cabin. After Phil asked who Techno spoke to, Techno briefly talked about it, although he didn't mention who he talked to or what they were talking about in great detail. Most of them didn't persist, although Niki asked if it was Wilbur because the person "sounded like someone with empty promises." The members then decided to just party and forget about it for the time being.[25]

Niki started to distrust the members of the Syndicate for not telling her of Ghostbur or of Wilbur's potential revival sooner. She wondered if everything she had done with them had been for nothing because now Wilbur would retake the spotlight and manipulate her again.[26]

Jailbreak

On November 28, 2021, Technoblade gathered the members of the Syndicate that were not imprisoned. Philza and Niki showed up to the meeting, and Techno discussed the plans to break Dream out of Pandora's Vault and how Sam had imprisoned Ranboo. With the development of Ranboo being imprisoned, the rest of the Syndicate joined Technoblade in his plan to break Dream and Ranboo out of Pandora's Vault. During the meeting, Techno also discovered his dog at this meeting and named it Apollo, recruiting Apollo into the Syndicate.[27]

After the other members of the Syndicate agreed to join in on the jailbreak, the group discussed the plans and roles of each member while gathering supplies and navigating towards the prison. Techno would break into the prison with Apollo by his side, and Niki and Phil would stay outside to create a distraction and activate Techno's ender pearl stasis chamber if he was unable to escape. Since Niki did not reveal her membership to the Syndicate and affiliation with the anarchists to outsiders, she could talk and mislead the crowd while also secretly spawning withers nearby.[28]

Techno succeeded in breaking Dream and Ranboo out. Connor, who was imprisoned for "stolen valor," was also broken out at the same time. However, the Syndicate also faced some issues during the jailbreak and escape. Apollo was killed by Sam while breaking Ranboo and Connor out, and Sapnap saw Niki spawn withers during the chaos. Ranboo was also killed by Sam during the escape and lost his final canon life during the group's escape. Nonetheless, the Syndicate and Dream managed to regroup at Technoblade's cabin without any other losses.[29]

Post-jailbreak

After the Syndicate and Dream reconvened at Technoblade's cabin, Dream gave the netherite supplies back to Technoblade and left. Connor, now with the Syndicate, agreed to join the anarchist organization after Techno offered him the chance. Connor began building his new house with dirt in the mountains near Techno's cabin.[30]

During an argument between Niki and Jack, Niki accidentally revealed the Syndicate to him. When he left, Jack pondered about the Syndicate and his relationship with Niki, but showed no hatred towards them and merely wondered if it was what Niki needed in her current position.[31]

On April 15, 2022, CaptainPuffy left a book at Techno's house asking to join the Syndicate before leaving for the new world. In the book, Puffy explained that while everyone had their own agenda and could not be trusted, Techno was the most trustworthy due to his honesty.[32]

Manifesto

Technoblade wrote and signed a manifesto during the creation of the Syndicate;[33] copies of a copy (done to prevent cloning of books) are distributed to each member, who is expected to keep it secret. It reads:

Page 1

This Syndicate is formed to serve as a network for fellow Anarchists to meet, exchange information and cooperate in the mutual pursuit of Anarchy and the fight against Tyranny.

We shall have no Leader; no Member shall be compelled to act against their will.

Page 2

No Member shall reveal information about the Syndicate to outsiders.

Technoblade shall serve as the Recruiter to induce new Members into the Syndicate with Approval from a majority of Members.

Armory

  • Enchanted netherite armor and weapons - The members of the Syndicate are known for their resilience and dedication to mining; they've achieved much from grinding levels at experience farms and are some of the most efficient netherite miners on the server. Each member has full enchanted netherite armor and weapons.
  • Withers - Technoblade provides the Syndicate with a large arsenal of 40 withers, as he had been grinding wither skulls before L'Manberg's annihilation and still possesses a large reserve in his ender chest.
  • Tridents - Each member of the Syndicate is equipped with a riptide trident for mobility, and some members have an impaling trident as well.
  • Totems of Undying - The Syndicate holds several totems of undying obtained from woodland mansions.
  • Miscellaneous - The Syndicate has many potions, bows, crossbows, enchanted golden apples, ores, and more that makes them one of the most powerful factions on the SMP.
  • Hound Army - Technoblade has an army of hounds that he had developed prior to the Doomsday War.

Foreign relations

Foreign relations
Faction Notes
Dream SMP
Relationship SlightlyNegative LargePixelArt.png Neutral/negative
Whilst the founders of the Syndicate have had good relations with Dream in the past, the Syndicate is a separate organization that does not share any goals with the SMP. It's also worth noting that Technoblade mentions a "kingdom" when talking about his reasons to form the Syndicate, most likely referring to Dream SMP.
Eggpire.v2.png Eggpire
RelationshipExtremelyNegative LargePixelArt.png Very negative
After seeing a poster with the message, "Answer its call, join the Eggpire," Techno said that it sounded a lot like a government.[34] On February 13, 2021, Bad introduced Techno and Ranboo to the Egg while also attempting to get CaptainPuffy on its side. The Egg attempted to convince them to join it, but the three were able to resist its call. The two members of the Syndicate sided with Puffy against the egg in a group they called the "Pro-Omelette" side.[35] Ranboo also later returned to the Egg and vowed to destroy it.[36]


At the first meeting of the Syndicate, Phil brought up the issue of the Eggpire, and the members agreed that it sounded tyrannical and would need further investigation.[18] Technoblade later joined Quackity in attacking the egg and Eggpire at the Red Banquet, as the members deemed the Eggpire against their goals of anarchy.[37]

Relationship SlightlyPositive LargePixelArt.png Neutral/positive
Mentioned in the first meeting, Technoblade and Phil heard rumors of the mysterious colony that had formed after the Doomsday War, founded by L'Manberg's former leader Tubbo.[19] They met with Tubbo on the same day, questioning their beliefs and organization. The Syndicate members seemed quite impressed with the community, as they were a "colony" formed only as a safe haven to protect themselves from outside threats. Technoblade later voiced his concerns of Snowchester based on their use of nuclear weapons, but decided to just keep his eye on the faction as it didn't seem as if it was doing anything exceedingly tyrannical. Following the prison breakout, Techno and Tubbo agreed to work together to help save MICHAEL after Technoblade reaffirmed Snowchester's lack of government.[21]

Trivia

  • The motto of the Syndicate, "sic semper tyrannis," is also the Virginia state motto which means "Thus always to tyrants" and was shouted by John Wilkes Booth after he shot Abraham Lincoln and jumped off the president's box to the stage. The phrase's origin is sometimes attributed to Brutus, one of the participants in the assassination of Julius Caesar.[38]
    • It suggests that bad yet just outcomes should - or eventually will - befall tyrants.
  • The Syndicate HQ was designed by lujoBoy.[39]
  • Wilbur has heard of the Syndicate, as indicated when he briefly mentioned it after his revival.[40] However, he never explained how he had heard of the Syndicate.
  • There are Syndicate outfits for each member made by carrot_gardens on Twitter (formerly carrot_sprouts).[41] These skins were requested by Technoblade himself.[42] Whether or not these skins will be used is still unknown.
    The Syndicate Outfits, made by carrot_gardens on Twitter

References

  1. Technoblade (January 18, 2021). "forming a secret organization" (VOD).
  2. Philza (February 2, 2021). " *Archive* Jan 18, 2021 pt 2" (VOD).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 39:01 (VOD).
  4. Technoblade (January 18, 2021). "forming a secret organization [Dream SMP]" at 1:11:17 (VOD).
  5. songofecho [Nihachu] (March 18, 2021). "Niki's Syndicate codename" (Clip).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 1:25:37 - 1:29:22 (VOD).
  7. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 12:51 - 15:25 (VOD).
  8. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 1:01:17 (VOD).
  9. wikipedia.org - Protesilaus
  10. theoi.com - Zephyrus
  11. wikipedia.org - Lethe
  12. wikipedia.org - Nemesis
  13. wikipedia.org - Harpocrates
  14. Apollo - Wikipedia.
  15. Technoblade (January 19, 2021). "Developing the Syndicate [Dream SMP]" at 59:02 (VOD).
  16. Technoblade (January 19, 2021). "Developing the Syndicate [Dream SMP]" at 1:01:55 - 1:09:06 (VOD).
  17. Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 36:40 (VOD).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 41:10 - 43:22 (VOD).
  19. 19.0 19.1 Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 43:36 - 46:15 (VOD).
  20. Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 47:16 - 49:45 (VOD).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 1:04:10 - 1:19:42 (VOD).
  22. Technoblade (June 1, 2021). "The Favor [Dream SMP]" at 3:29 - 9:58 (VOD).
  23. Technoblade (June 1, 2021). "The Favor [Dream SMP]" at 9:57 - 20:32 (VOD).
  24. Technoblade (June 1, 2021). "The Favor [Dream SMP]" at 20:32 (VOD).
  25. Technoblade (June 1, 2021). "The Favor [Dream SMP]" at 32:10 - 42:28 (VOD).
  26. Novarleeir [Nihachu Vods] (June 4, 2021). "[Dream SMP] He's back" (VOD).
  27. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 12:04 - 15:25 (VOD).
  28. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 18:12 - 49:02 (VOD).
  29. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 50:29 - 1:18:40 (VOD).
  30. Technoblade (November 28, 2021). "JAILBREAK [DREAM SMP FINALE]" at 1:18:40 - 1:29:21 (VOD).
  31. geksource [JackManifoldVODS] (November 30, 2021). "The Darkest Day | Jack Manifold DSMP Lore" at 24:33 - 53:01 (VOD).
  32. CaptainPuffy (April 15, 2022). "Dream SMP : WE WERE ATTACKED! ¬ !Gfuel" at 1:01:29 - 1:03:48 (Twitch VOD). VOD expired
  33. Technoblade (March 6, 2021). "First Meeting [Dream SMP]" at 9:14 (VOD).
  34. Technoblade (January 19, 2021). "Developing the Syndicate [Dream SMP]" at 55:15 (VOD).
  35. Technoblade (February 13, 2021). "egg [Dream SMP]" at 18:56 - 1:29:00 (VOD).
  36. RanbooVODS (March 24, 2021). "Ranboo Egg lore - DreamSMP - (02-13-2021) VOD" at 0:00 - 1:07:32 (VOD).
  37. Captain Puffy (June 11, 2021). "Red Banquet Lore - The Movie | Dream SMP" at 21:48 - 23:34 (Video).
  38. Sic semper tyrannis - Wikipedia.
  39. lujoBoy (January 19, 2021). "I built The Syndicate secret meeting room" (Video).
  40. itskassa [WilburSoot] (May 5, 2021). "Syndicate?" (Clip).
  41. carrots [@carrot_sprouts] via Twitter (March 9, 2021): "🎵 the syndicate is looking for a couple new friends🎵 (all of these were inspired by @/TheElliPelli 's wonderful art!) @Technothepig @Ph1LzA @Ranboosaysstuff @Nihaachu @niartchu #technofanart #ranboofanart #nihachufanart #philzafanart #dsmpfanart (skin links below!)"
  42. carrots [@carrot_sprouts] via Twitter (March 8, 2021): "LMAO he figured it out. it was a skin making question thing"
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