Syndic was the title of the ruler of Beryl, one of the Jewel Cities. The Syndic which hired the Black Company was the leader of the organization known as the Reds, a small man with a huge hooked nose. He had many political enemies among the opposition group known as the Blues, and needed armed protection from them. At some point the conflict between the noble factions and their mercenaries escalated to a full scale civil war in the city. Soon the Company realised that the city was right to rebel, as their ruler was an unworthy man, but they had contract to protect him nevertheless. Searching for a way to break out of contract, they had a secret meeting with a legate from the northern empire, who offered to organize a little accident for the Syndic, in order to free the Company from his employment.
During the riots the Syndic was hiding in the Paper Tower under the protection of the Company. In the last night of the riots a shape-shifting beast attacked the palace, apparently on the legate's orders. Surprisingly, the Syndic managed to hide from the monster, but was surreptitiously killed under the orders of Captain of the Black Company.