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"Our combined strength will be rewarded. Mandalore will be yours, and Kenobi, this Sith pretender Dooku and all our enemies… will fall."
―Maul, to Pre Vizsla[src]

The Shadow Collective, also known as the syndicate, was a criminal alliance and rival Sith order founded during the Clone Wars by the rogue Sith Lord Maul at the behest of Mother Talzin to threaten the plans and compete for power of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Among its goals, it sought to defeat both the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic. During the war, Maul rallied the forces of Death Watch, Black Sun, the Pyke Syndicate, the Hutt Clan, and the Nightbrothers to form a base of power. The Shadow Collective worked alongside Maul as he enacted a plan of revenge against Darth Sidious, but began to fragment after the Hutts abandoned him, with the Pykes and Black Sun severing ties following their defeat at the hands of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. However, the Pykes and Black Sun came back and were later joined by Crimson Dawn.



Following the Skirmish on Florrum, which saw the pirate Hondo Ohnaka and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi defeat Maul and Opress,[12] the two brothers became stranded in space. However, they eventually passed out from lack of oxygen in their escape pod.[1]


The Mandalorian Death Watch formed an alliance with the renegade Sith brothers Maul and Savage Opress in a bid to take over Mandalore.

They were then discovered by Pre Vizsla, leader of a Mandalorian splinter group known as the Death Watch. The two brothers, who were dangerously injured following the events which took place on Florrum, were taken onto Vizsla's ship, upon which they were taken to the Death Watch's base on the moon Zanbar.[1]

On Zanbar, Maul and Opress awoke. Vizsla and Bo-Katan Kryze, Vizsla's second-in-command, greeted the brothers, and inquired as to who they are. Upon Maul's response as the brothers being Sith, Vizsla acted with hostility - due to his dislike of Dooku. Maul told Vizsla that he works for no man and admitted his hatred for Kenobi, to which Vizsla appeared impressed.[1]

The two men later had tea together, in one of the Mandalorian tents. Vizsla explained his struggle against Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, and his people's past as warriors. He also explained how Satine and Kenobi are linked personally - Vizsla believed that fortune brought Maul to him.[1]

Maul vowed to help Vizsla reclaim Mandalore from Satine, and to punish Kenobi for actions against them. Bo-Katan stepped in, and offered a counter argument - remembering the time that Death Watch allied itself with Dooku - and how it affected them badly. Maul proceeded to force choke Bo-Katan, and to express his hopes for an alliance between the Death Watch and the two brothers. He let Bo-Katan go, and Vizsla told Maul that he will put an alliance to a vote amongst his men.[1]

Following Opress' awakening, Maul informed his brother of the new alliance, and how they can take advantage of Vizsla. Vizsla then informed the two brothers of his men's favor of an alliance.[1]

Recruiting alliesEdit

"Your lives, in exchange for Hutt Space and everything in its borders."
―Maul threatens the Hutt Council[src]

The newly formed alliance traveled to Mustafar, on which a Black Sun base was located. The force was met by a battalion of Black Sun warriors, led by Ziton Moj, whom Maul noted would serve them well.[1]


Maul, Opress, and the Death Watch coerced the galaxy's premiere crime syndicates into an alliance, forming the Shadow Collective.

Maul, Vizsla and Opress entered the meeting room of the base, where the leaders of Black Sun were assembled. The leaders refused to co-operate with Maul, and so Opress, in a single motion, threw his double-bladed lightsaber down the table - decapitating and killing each and every leader of the Black Sun immediately. Moj hastily agreed to join the new group.[1]

Back on Zanbar, members of the Pyke Syndicate - a crime organization dealing mostly with illegally exporting spices and drugs - landed, led by Lom Pyke, who informed Vizsla that he did not wish to oppose the new organization, and conveyed his wishes to join them.[1]

A task force, led by Maul, Vizsla and Opress, traveled to Nal Hutta, a central planet of Hutt Space. There, Maul asked the council for control of everything inside Hutt-controlled borders, or their lives would be taken. Upon hearing this, a team of hired bounty hunters began to attack Maul's forces. A large confrontation broke out, forcing Maul, Vizsla and Opress to retreat. After being pushed back to the landing platform, the trio were reinforced by the Nite Owls and several Death Watch Warriors and began pushing their way back into the Council Chamber. Having forced the bounty hunters into a retreat, Maul interrogated Oruba for the location of the other members. Being dissatisfied that the only location he was given was Jabba's Palace, Maul had Savage kill Oruba.[1]

Defeated by the SeparatistsEdit

Eventually Maul was captured by Darth Sidious on Mandalore.[3] Despite Maul's capture and the Hutts abandoning the Shadow Collective, the Pykes and Black Sun did remain loyal to Maul's Shadow Collective.[8]

Since his capture on Mandalore, Maul had been held at the prison known as the Spire where he was tortured by Darth Sidious and Sidious' current apprentice Darth Tyranus, more widely known as Count Dooku. The pair tortured Maul in order to find the location of Mother Talzin, who was secretly behind Maul's return and was seen as a threat by Sidious.[8]

The prison was run by Dooku's government, the Confederacy of Independent Systems, but despite the high security two of Maul's Mandalorian commandos, Rook Kast and Gar Saxon were ordered by Almec able to break in and rescue Maul. This was done, and Maul was returned to Mandalorians on Zanbar, however they were quickly found by the CIS. General Grievous attacked the location, and many of Maul's Mandalorian troops were killed in the battle.[8] However, Maul and his remaining Mandalorians retreated to Ord Mantell on Warships, which was where Black Sun had a base. After defeating Separatist forces there[4] and the assault on Vizsla Keep 09 occurred,[10] Maul intended to use Dooku to bring about Talzin's complete return to the physical realm. Maul was interrupted by General Grievous and Sidious. Talzin took control of Dooku's body initially, but, after being attacked by Sidious' Force lightning, she elected to exit the Count, now fully whole and returned. Eventually, however, Dooku and Sidious both fired Force lightening at her, and she elected to keep her defense up to protect Maul. As Maul was pulled to safety by his Mandalorians, Grievous fatally stabbed the Nightsister Mother.[11]

Though Maul escaped Dathomir, Sidious felt that, with Talzin's death, he was no longer a threat to his plans. The Shadow Collective itself had also been disrupted. Both the Black Sun and Pykes had been attacked by the Separatists, leading to both to retract their support. In addition, a Separatist invasion fleet had been deployed to and attacked Dathomir.[11]


"What's going on?"
"Maul just told the syndicate leaders to go into hiding.
―Gar Saxon and Rook Kast[src]
Shadow Collective & super commando meeting

Maul having a meeting between the various syndicate leaders of the Shadow Collective and telling them to go into hiding.

Despite the Pykes and Black Sun leaving the Collective,[11] they eventually rejoined.[9] Crimson Dawn had also become a member of the Collective by the time of the escape from Oba Diah.[6] When the Siege of Mandalore began after the Battle of Coruscant, Almec had the rest of the syndicate informed of the attack while the Mandalorian super commandos fought off the invading Republic and Mandalorian resistance forces.[13] Shortly afterward, when Almec had been captured and Maul was making preparations for the end of the Clone Wars, the former Sith contacted the Shadow Collective leaders via hologram and ordered them to go into hiding.[9]


Crimson dawn

The emblem of the Crimson Dawn, Maul's sucessor to the Shadow Collective.

Though he was eventually defeated, Maul survived and led the criminal enterprise Crimson Dawn. Unlike the Shadow Collective, Maul relied on a figurehead, Dryden Vos, and later, Qi'ra.[14]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

History of the Sith
Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith Wars · Sith war · Sith Empire · Great Scourge of Malachor · Darth Momin's destruction of a city
Great Hyperspace War · Battle of Wasted Years · Era of the Sith · Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War
Rule of Two · Great Plan (Oba Diah · Naboo Crisis · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars)
Darth Maul (Drazkel · Mandalorian civil war · Campaign against the Shadow Collective)
Galactic Empire (Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion · Galactic Civil War) · Mission to Malachor · World Between Worlds
Sith Eternal (First Order–Resistance war)

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