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Template:Infobox Groups and Teams The "Consulenza Esterna Della Famiglia" (Italian for "External Advisors of the Family", also known as CEDEF), founded by the 1st Generation Vongola Cloud Guardian, Alaude, are the external advisors for the Vongola Famiglia. The CEDEF is a secret intelligence organization independent from the Vongola. Its headquarters is disguised as an ordinary business's building.
The members of CEDEF are members of the Vongola Famiglia that remain outside the direct control of the main Famiglia. They hold very little power during times of peace; however, they become a very important part of the Famiglia during times of crisis because, at such times, the CEDEF leader becomes the Vongola Famiglia's second-in-command, and also merges with the main Vongola. The CEDEF can thus be considered the "second Vongola".
They also have as much voting power as the Vongola Boss when choosing the Famiglia's next Boss. If the Vongola Boss and the leader of the CEDEF disagree on who the heir will be, the CEDEF leader has the power to send his or her Half Vongola Rings to the candidate of their choosing and subsequently the candidate's Guardians. The next heir is chosen when the Half Vongola Rings are reunited into the Vongola Rings after a battle between the two Boss candidates.
There are over 800 members of the CEDEF, though only a few are named. The known members of the CEDEF are:
- The known CEDEF members, excluding Alaude and Iemitsu, follow a naming theme of culinary herbs:
- Basil's full name, Basilicum, is the common name for Ocimum basilicum.
- Turmeric is the common name for Curcuma longa.
- Oregano is the common name for Origanum vulgare.
- Lal Mirch (लाल मिर्च) is the Hindi name for chili pepper, or Capsicum annuum.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn manga, Chapter 92