While not hostile, it is evident that the Synod are also zealous with their works and have severe tensions with the College of Winterhold, with members accusing the school for sabotaging their research and their council.
The only appearance the Synod makes in the game is in the quest Revealing the Unseen, for the College of Winterhold, which involves the dwarven ruins of Mzulft. Inside, you meet a dying Synod member, who informs you that the Synod made an expedition to Mzulft for a secret purpose. Among the scattered dead of the Synod, there is one of two living Synod members in the quest and entire game, who meet you at the end of the ruins and desperately hopes that you have the focusing crystal his fellow comrades were trying to bring to him. Once the crystal is handed over, he reveals a special dwarven device known as the Oculory that can harness the powers of the stars to create a map showing the locations of all magical levels of Tamriel.
- For more information on the Synod, see the lore article.