Teshin is the enigmatic leader of the Conclave Syndicate, where Tenno can hone their skills against adversaries of equal capability: their fellow Tenno. He is adamant that the Conclave is necessary to prepare the Tenno for the enemies plotting against them.
Teshin can be found at his retreat in the Relays. The Conclave Syndicate is described thusly:
A warrior only grows if they face the ultimate enemy: themselves.
Standing with the Conclave is earned much like Standing with the factional Syndicates – namely, by wearing a matching sigil (obtained from Teshin) during Conclave missions. Conclave Standing cannot be earned outside of Conclave game modes. Standing can also be gained by completing daily and weekly challenges. The Syndicate ranks, from least to most favoured, are: Neutral, Mistral, Whirlwind, Tempest, Hurricane, and Typhoon. The names of their sigils, in ascending order of importance, Awakening, Perception, Awareness, Revelation, Vigilance, Prudence, Discretion, Ambition, Volition, Freedom, Enlightenment, Discovery, Accord, Insight, Empathy, and Unity. Teshin sells Conclave-specific mods, including weapon stances and warframe augments. Teshin also sells various cosmetics, including Lunaro-themed armour sets, the Celestia syandana, and a wide array of Conclave-themed weapon skins. He also sells Captura scenes for his Refuge in the Relays, as well as a Lunaro arena.
Greeting the Tenno
(if the Tenno is Neutral rank) “We were led astray. We forgot the Conclave, so when that new evil came, we were not prepared. This is how we failed the Orokin. You went into stasis, but not me. I searched the long path for redemption, for the kind of balance only the Conclave can create. Now I return, only to find the Tenno still herded like livestock. Horrors from beyond the Outer Terminus are coming. You must prepare. You must accept the Conclave. Let it be your teacher, and I its humble guide. For true balance can only be found in the face of the ultimate enemy: yourself.”
(if the Tenno is Neutral rank) “The Lotus seduced the Tenno. Led them on a complacent path like oxen. I failed the Orokin, but I will preserve their legacy – the Tenno. Now is the time for action. Cast off your harness and become a pupil of the Conclave. Through trial combat, I will prepare you for the evils beyond the Outer Terminus. A warrior only grows if they face the ultimate enemy: themselves.”
(if the Tenno is rank Tempest or higher) “Well met, Master! You bring honour… and fear to the Conclave.”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “Surprise is a weapon best countered with preparation. Prepare for what you least expect.”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “Hesitation makes one vulnerable. When the unexpected happens, do not hesitate. Remember this.”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “The river nurtures. Along its banks, life flourishes. And yet, when the storm swells, the river kills. You need the river, but don’t ever trust it.”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “Pupil, if your warframe becomes a useless husk without you, then what do you become without it?”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “Consider the sword. Protect or kill; it chooses not, for it only obeys the will of its master.”
(during the leadup to the War Within quest) “Even the most principled must bow to their nature when forced. Please remember this.”
“My pupil, the next summit awaits. Are you ready to make the climb?”
(after a successful sacrifice) “Your growth honours the Conclave. But be warned, pupil: the biggest fish attracts the hungriest predators.”
“You seek power, you pay in blood.”
“Those who brave the thorn may eat the rare fruit.”
“These offerings honour your suffering and practice.”
There are four kinds of game modes that Teshin offers in the Conclave: Annihilation, Team Annihilation, Cephalon Capture, and a non-combat game called Lunaro.
- Team Annihilation
- Cephalon Capture
On all Conclave games, Teshin will inform the Tenno when the time for the match is almost up.
“One minute remains.”
“Thirty seconds remain.”
“Ten seconds remain.”
“Five, four, three, two, one.”
Once the Tenno has completed every node on the Starchart (making them eligible for Arbitration), Teshin will contact them in their Orbiter.
(variant) “Tenno – you must seek me out to walk THE STEEL PATH. I will be waiting.”
(variant) “The Origin System is ever-changing. Our enemies grow more powerful – only the Tenno with true mastery of their arsenal will overcome what awaits us. It is time to take on a new challenge. “
The Tenno must travel to a Relay and find Teshin. He will have a new dialogue option.
(if the Tenno says “Steel Path?”) “The enemy has learned your measure. The lessons you taught have made them wise, their hatred for you making them strong. You are a blade forged and honed, true. But even the sharpest of blades can break. And they must break you, lest you lay them low – now and forever. Show me what you have learned. Survive. To the victor, my esteem… and the spoils.”
When the Tenno returns to their Orbiter, the Steel Path will now be available as a toggle on the Starchart. The Steel Path consists of the normal Starchart nodes, but with drastically higher enemy levels and stats. In addition, the Acolytes from Operation: Shadow Debt (including Misery) can spawn during missions.
On Steel Path mission start
“Your weapons make music, and the enemy calls for a song.”
“Accept your death and you may yet avoid it. Trust in your training.”
“Each enemy is more powerful than before. Only with true mastery of the Tenno arsenal will you succeed.”
“The art of combat must be practised to truly master the canvas of war.”
“Their rage is vehement, their focus impressive. Give them a warrior’s death.”
“These foes deserve your respect. Honour them with quick deaths, and I with your victory.”
“These are worthy foes. Underestimate them at your peril.”
“Your enemies have grown fierce – use all that you have learned.”
On Steel Path mission end
“A valuable lesson.”
“And so we learn the importance of clarity and purpose.”
“As you conquer the foe, so you conquer yourself.”
“It is done, Tenno.”
“They fought well. Good deaths, all.”
“What you have learned here will serve you well.”
“You are a blade. You exist to strike. You strike to win. The lesson ends.”
“Your will was greater. This is good.”
Once the Tenno completes all nodes of a planet on the Steel Path, they will receive an inbox message from Teshin containing an Orbiter decoration of the planet, a unique emote, and 25 Steel Essence.
A Forged Path
You have done well, Tenno. As a signifier for your dominance over [planet], accept these items to show other Tenno that you are ready for whatever comes next on your path.
Steel Essence is a resource that drops from Acolytes on the Steel Path and can also be rewarded from daily Alert missions, and is used to purchase Steel Path Honours from Teshin in the Relay.
As the Tenno progresses in their journey, Teshin appears in the quests Natah and the War Within. He also gave instructions for the Tactical Alert One Thousand Cuts. Teshin is mentioned by Little Duck during Operation: Scarlet Spear, and his Conclave mode Cephalon Capture is briefly mentioned by Cephalon Cordylon.