In exchange for the survival of the Syndicate and their families when the colonization occurred, they agreed to be turned into alien/human hybrids and to prepare the world for the eventual invasion. The date for recolonization was firmly established for December 22, 2012, so that both sides could work on creating an alien/human hybrid before the arrival of the Colonist fleet. These hybrids, if successful, would serve as a slave race for the Colonists; the Syndicate and other chosen humans would receive the hybrid genes and be spared. The Syndicate’s assigned tasks were to create an alien/human hybrid through gene therapy and to find an effective way to spread the Black Oil virus on the day of colonization. In exchange for the Syndicate’s cooperation, the Colonists handed over alien embryos as a source of genetic material for the hybrid experiments, as well as allowing limited military use of their technology and resources (such as the Alien Bounty Hunters), and promising that the heirs of the Syndicate members, who were turned over to the Colonists as an act of good faith, would survive the takeover.