- "Spice dealers connected to all the crime families of Coruscant."
- ―Pre Vizsla
The Pyke Syndicate was a small-faced group of beings with enlarged skulls, long arms and feet, and goggles covering their eyes. They hailed from the planet Oba Diah, near Kessel and its spice mines, their leader being Lom Pyke. During the Clone Wars, the Pykes decided to join Darth Maul's Shadow Collective army and helped aid attacks on Nal Hutta and Mandalore.
During the Clone Wars, they were able to keep a steady supply of the illicit substances funneling into the stores of some of the most influential crime families operating in the lower levels of Coruscant. From their well-guarded stronghold on Oba Diah, the Pykes oversaw the distribution of fresh narcotic spice harvested by slaves and other unfortunates toiling for the pampered barons living in comfort on the unspoiled side of Kessel. The Pykes relied on smugglers and unscrupulous freighter captains to pull off foolhardy Kessel Runs to deliver their prize to customers eager to pay top credit for the destructive, addictive substance.