The Genei Ryodan is the most iniquitous and infamous assemblage of bandits that are extraordinarily powerful and skilled fighters. Kurapika has been searching for this group ever since his clan (Kuruta), who has eyes that turn scarlet whenever scared or excited, was cruelly killed by them. All the one-of-a-kind eyes were stolen and sold for a very high price. Kurapika's hunt for them has been his main reason of joining the Hunter Exam. When Kurapika learned the power of Nen, he took a job in York New City as a bodyguard for he knew that the group he has been craving for will be there.
After two years and three months of not meeting with each other, the Genei Ryodan finally decided to congregate in York New City the day before the first of September for they are planning to rob all the things that will be sold in the auctions. The group consists of thirteen members in total. Each member has a tattoo of a twelve-legged spider (which is numbered at the center) on their back and is equipped with great aptitudes. Because of their loathsomeness, high rewards await for whoever who'll catch them. But even professional Hunters don't dare fight this lot. Squabbles among the members of the Genei Ryodan often happen and are always settled with a coin toss (one side a spider and the other a web). Even though they kill and fight ruthlessly, the bond between the members is like that of a family. In a situation like having to choose between the leader and the group, the members should choose the group. The Genei Ryodan is believed to have originated from Meteor City - the place where lots of things (even beings) are abandoned.
The Genei Ryodan
The Genei Ryodan is a powerful thief group consisting of 13 powerful Nen user members, all of their individual character profiles are available in the Character Profiles Section.
Kuroro Lucifer created the Genei Ryodan about six years ago with only six members. He believes in the power of spider and hence named his Ryodan - The Genei Ryodan, with Genei meaning Spiders in Japanese. Kuroro is a person who likes to read, with the York Shin auction raid, a couple of his Ryodan members thought the objects they were going to stole were going to be books or games, since they seemed to be their leader's hobbies. Kuroro also dislikes old things, so he either destroys or sells the things the Ryodan steals very soon after they obtain them. This is one of the reason that Kurapica was unable to retrive his clan members' eyes balls stolen by the Genei Ryodan) altogether.
The Groups' Activities
As described by the Great Hisoka, the Genei Ryodan members met every couple of years to carry out a mission together. Usually their activities include murderer, robbery, stealing and assassination, although occasionally, they perform acts of charity.
How to Join the Ryodan
You may join the Genei Ryodan by defeating one of its current members (trust me, they are tough, although the Great Hisoka was able to accomplish this). Sometimes, when there are openings for new recruits, the leader (Kuroro Lucifer) can select a new member to join the Ryodan.
How to Solve Disputes
Since each and every one of the members of the Ryodan are extremely powerful, you would wonder how they solve inner disputes with in the Ryodan? Having the members fight each other to death would not be a good idea, so they use coin flips. Looks like head or tails decides fate within the Ryodans. This coin flip method, however, is only used when there are confusions about the orders given by the leader. The Ryodan started to have serious disputes within the group members when Kurapica kidnapped Kuroro.
The Ryodan Symbol
You can identify a Genei Ryodan member by a spider tattoo with a number next to it on the member's body. The spider tattoo has 13 legs and the number indicates the member ID of that particular member.