- "On the night of the red moon, the snake will slither and strike bearing its venomous fangs..."
- ―Van Member[src]
In 2071, the Van agreed to end hostilities with the White Tiger crime syndicate and had Mao Yenrai sign a truce with them. They learned later that the White Tiger ship had been destroyed and Mao was killed. With existing concerns about Vicious' ambitions and intentions in the Syndicate, they openly suspected he had killed Mao, but Vicious denied it. 
The Van consulted a fortune-teller later in 2071, who would advise that Vicious would attempt a coup. They staged an ambush in their chamber and allowed Vicious and the New Guard into their trap. Simultaneously, they sent men to kill those connected to Vicious – including Annie, Julia and Spike Spiegel. The Old Guard successfully trapped Vicious and imprisoned him to be executed at a later date, claiming he had to learn humility and his pride had to be broken first.
Unbeknownst to the Old Guard, there were still members of Vicious' men in their ranks. Just before their execution, they assisted Vicious in escaping and The Van were quickly executed by Vicious himself, stating that the syndicate didn't need "corpses who can't fight" as leaders. Vicious then claimed absolute power over the Red Dragon for himself.