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- "Everyone has a price. Perhaps not something counted in credits—though it usually is—but something they prize highly enough to trade everything else for. My organization finds these prices and markets them as commodities. A few laws are broken here and there and yes, sometimes a few people need to be made examples of, but in the end almost everyone's happy. Is that really such a terrible thing?"
- ―Helen Powell
The Syndicate was a sprawling criminal organization that rose to power in the years following the end of the Helen Powell, the Syndicate grew to the point that it was not only the single most powerful crime group in human space but also held footholds within the territory of the former Covenant as well.. The organization originated as a local operation on the colony of Iskander and used the war's chaos to expand its influence to other worlds within the system. Through a combination of petty crime, drug trafficking, racketeering, extortion, blackmail, and murder, the Syndicate ruthlessly did away with any competing criminal organizations and managed to keep enough corrupt planetary governors in power in order to avoid excessive attention from the UNSC. By the end of the Human-Covenant War, the Syndicate had footholds on nearly every remaining planet in the Inner Colonies and used the subsequent period of reconstruction to continue its aggressive expansion. Led by the ambitions