The Zhentarim is an unscrupulous shadow network
that seeks to expand its influence and power throughout
Faerûn. The organization is ambitious, opportunistic,
and meritocratic. Rogues and warlocks of neutral and/or
evil alignments are commonly drawn to the Zhentarim.

• Amass wealth.
• Look for opportunities to seize power.
• Gain influence over important people and
• Dominate Faerûn.

• The Zhentarim is your family. You watch out for it, and
it watches out for you.
• You are the master of your own destiny. Never be less
than what you deserve to be.
• Everything—and everyone—has a price.

Member Traits
A member of the Zhentarim thinks of himself or herself
as a member of a large family, and relies on the Black
Network for resources and security. However, members
are granted enough autonomy to pursue their own
interests and gain some measure of personal power
or influence. The Black Network is a meritocracy. As
a whole, it promises “the best of the best,” although in
truth, the Zhentarim is more interested in spreading
its own propaganda and influence than investing in the
improvement of its individual members.

• Fang (rank 1)
• Wolf (rank 2)
• Viper (rank 3)
• Ardragon (rank 4)
• Dread Lord (rank 5)

General Alignment: Neutral or Lawful Evil

Enemies: Cult of the Dragon

Faction Insignia: Gold Coin (stamped symbol)


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