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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 [[Skyrim:Revealing the Unseen|Revealing the Unseen]], for the [[Skyrim:College of Winterhold (faction)#Quests|College of Winterhold]], which involves the dwarven ruins of [[Skyrim:Mzulft|Mzulft]]. Inside, the player meets a dying Synod member, who informs the player that the Synod made an expedition to Mzulft for a secret purpose. Among the scattered dead of the Synod, there is [[Skyrim:Paratus Decimius|one living Synod member]] in the quest and entire game, who meets the player at the end of the ruins and desperately hopes that he/she has
a special crystal that 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.