The Shadow Collective, also simply called the Collective or the syndicate, was a criminal organization that was created by Darth Maul for his plot of revenge and domination. He formed the group first by enlisting the splinter group, Death Watch with a faction of the Black Sun and spice traders of the Pyke Family soon following. In addition to these, a group of Hutt enforcers, provided by Jabba the Hutt, were also rallied into the cause.
It was soon fragmented when the Hutts abandoned Maul following his capture by Darth Sidious on Mandalore. The Black Sun and the Pykes seceded as well to protect their own interests during the second battle of Dathomir. Despite this, Maul kept the remnants of the Collective together, such Marg Krim's operation, while folding other resources into his new crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn.
The Death Watch found Darth Maul and Savage Opress nearly dead, so they brought them in to interrogate them. After brief negotiations, they allied together to take over Mandalore, and they were going to build an army to help them.
The Black Sun was one of the biggest criminal organizations run by Xomit Grunseit and a council of his species. When Maul met with the council to recruit them, Grunseit refused to affiliate the Black Sun with the Collective as though they were average mercenaries. Savage proceeded to kill all of the council, and left it to the Captain of the guard, Ziton Moj, to decide: Moj agreed.
The Pyke Family
The Pyke Family were Spice dealers connected to all the crime families. The leader was Lom Pyke, who came to Death Watch's hideout and happily joined Maul's army. Upon coming under attack by Separatist fleets during the second battle of Dathomir, Fife argued that they needed support more than the better-equipped Black Sun. Both groups were left to fend for themselves and summarily left the Shadow Collective. However, the Pykes apparently rejoined sometime later and continued to report to Maul.
Maul met the council on Nal Hutta, and asked to be an ally, which they laughed, ordering Bounty Hunters to kill them. Pre Vizsla then set the room ablaze, and all the Hutts escaped except for one, Oruba the Hutt. Maul asked him where they went, and Oruba told him where Jabba lived, Jabba's Palace on Tatooine, shortly before his execution. Maul then made his way to Jabba's Palace and quickly they allied with Maul, admiring the Sith's ambition. However, after Maul's capture in Sundari, the Hutt Cartel withdrew from the Collective.
- "Shades of Reason" (First appearance)
- "The Lawless"
- Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir
- "Together Again"
- "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
- "The Phantom Apprentice"