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The Shroud Syndicate is the premiere criminal organization operating in Dark Brotherhood space. It involves many smaller gangs, crews, and criminal combines within its area of operation, it is lead by the Herald, and operates from the Shroud Nebula where their massive ship, the Godless Matron, makes berth. The organization is involved in almost every major black market deal that happens in Dark Brotherhood space.
- 1 Fiction
- 2 Rank System
- 3 Society Points Chart
- 4 Rank Elevations
- 5 Rewards
- 6 Current Roster of the Shroud Syndicate
History of the Shroud Syndicate
The Shroud Syndicate was created in 34 ABY by the Herald at the time, Morgan B. Sorenn, and her associates. Its inception predates its creation by several years, to a previous attempt by the wayward pirate captain to create a wide-spread conglomerate of criminals, cutthroats, and bounty hunters. She failed then, but her opportunity came in the form of financial backing from the Dark Council, and their leader Grand Master Pravus. Under the Dark Council's wing and jurisdiction, the Herald set off to consolidate and re-organize the disparate criminal groups, first withing and around the Shroud Nebula, and then on into wider Brotherhood space.
Through various influences and deals, she managed to acquire a large ship, the Godless Matron, and sent it to Arx Space Yards for retrofitting and repair. With no time to lose, and only after a month of repairs, the ship flew out of drydock and headed for places unknown. It reemerged from the Shroud Nebula months later, several thousand crew members strong. The herald finally had an army at her disposal and her domination of the criminal underworld began.
- Main article: Godless Matron
The Shroud Syndicate operates as any syndicate should. Its integrity is based on cooperation between the strongest crews and gangs who control the trade of spice, illegal commodities from the vastness of the galaxy, and artifacts from the now desolate Antei system. Their influence spreads throughout known space and even into Unknown regions where Dark Brotherhood Clans hold sway. Many bounty hunters, mercenaries, pirates, smugglers, and other less-than-civilized individuals work within the syndicate, either as crews or as individuals, the Syndicate itself providing services to them in return.
However, even the crews that seem to lead the organization, answer to the Herald, who inadvertently answers directly to the Grand Master. Most of the profits from trade deals that the Herald acquires across the Syndicate, end up in the Dark Council's coffers and fuel its war machine and never-ending need for recruits and technology. Despite this, however, the Shroud Syndicate is adverse to control and is often left to its own dealings and machinations, internal struggles and politics, if only to avoid any further instability or outright revolt in the system. The criminals themselves are mostly unruly, or free-thinkers who don't stand for some over-bearing power that controls their destiny, and as long as the Dark Council's coffers are full, they tend to leave the low-lives to themselves.
The fact that the Dark Council still holds sway over all of it is kept a complete secret from the common folk, and the Herald subdues any rumors that crop up with extreme prejudice. Most simply dismiss the fact that "some lightning-shooting crazies" dominate the leadership, though conspiracies have been known to exist, and at times they have been rampant.
To become a member of the Shroud Syndicate, you must first pass this Course which covers the basics of the Society. Once passed, you will be added to the roster of the Shroud Syndicate as one of its many members. Through contributions to the goals of the Brotherhood or their Clans, or acts of service or skill, members will find themselves climbing through the ranks of the society. You will be able to advance in the Syndicate by participating in, or winning, competitions and acquiring Clusters of Graphite through other contributions. For more information check Cluster of Graphite. Additional advancement is available for shows of skill with placements in these activities, or through service to the Brotherhood by running these competitions to provide the opportunities, or by holding different positions in the Herald’s office. The Society Points Chart below covers all the different ways to earn points.
Shroud Syndicate Ranks
The Syndicate is organized into five tiers comprising twelve different ranks. As a member advances through the ranks they will find different perks become available both fictionally and for show. The Rank Chart below covers the points required for each rank and associated perks.
Womp rat (Ranks I through IV)
Everyone starts from somewhere and in the Shroud Syndicate that usually means from the bottom. Womp rats, the first tier of membership in the society, are given menial tasks, such as stealing, scouting probable targets for theri gangs, or selling the most basic contraband on the streets. They are the basic thugs no organization can live without. Usually found as part of pirate crews, smuggling rings, or street gangs.
Rook (Ranks V through VIII)
Sometimes Womp rats can become trusted members of their gang or crew once they prove themselves to their boss. These newly christened Rooks are tough enough to become lower ranking officers on their ships or gangs. They can also become individual professionals in the Syndicate’s employ, striking out to chase their own means of profit.
Enforcer (Rank IX and X)
Enforcers are the leaders of smaller gangs, lieutenants or officers of pirate ships, well known bounty hunters or smugglers, or other famous individuals within the Syndicate. Trusted among their peers and superiors as competent individuals, many Enforcers are tasked with leading criminal operations on whole planets. Many of them become top level bounty hunters or smugglers that only the wealthiest clients can afford.
Underboss (Rank XI)
Just one rank removed from glory, the Underboss is a rare breed of criminal, often taking control of Syndicate operations in one or multiple star systems or controlling multiple ships or crews. Underbosses are trusted and often feared personas in the Syndicate, more often than not seen as the voice of the boss they serve. They are respected and adored in equal measure, as they are the bridge between the boss and the henchmen.
Boss (Rank XII)
The highest rank an individual can achieve without being the overall leader of the syndicate. These individuals are feared for their cunning and brutality - after all it takes a special kind of person to reach the heights they have. Often leading multiple ships or small armadas, or controlling whole sectors of criminal operation, Bosses demand respect from their crews and companions. These individuals hold the most power and move the various pieces in the proverbial chess game that is the Shroud Syndicate.
Society Points Chart
The following table shows the different ways that a member can earn points, through different activities, services, or skills. How many points are required for each rank are explained below.
|Cluster of Graphite||6 Points|
|First Place||10 Points x Multiplier|
|Second Place||5 Points x Multiplier|
|Third Place||2.5 Points x Multiplier|
|Difficulty class (modifies all Skill points)||
|Organize a Herald Approved Competition||30 Points|
|Co-Organize a Herald Approved Competition||15 Points|
|90 days as Herald||100 Points (per 90 day period)|
|90 days as P:Herald||80 Points (per 90 day period)|
|90 days as M:Herald||50 Points (per 90 day period)|
The following table shows the point total requirements for each rank of the Shroud Syndicate society. How to earn points is explained above.
|Points Required for Ranks|
|Shroud Syndicate History||60||120||180||300||480||660||900||1,200||1,500||1,860||2,580|
The following table shows the different rewards given to members who achieve certain ranks. What rewards are available and each rank and details on that reward are listed for each.
Current Roster of the Shroud Syndicate
For a current roster showing all members of the Shroud Syndicate and their ranks, please refer to the Shroud Syndicate Roster.