Darkness in the Delimbiyr
The Zhentarim are a society intent on exploiting every resource of Faerûn to its own ends. Also known as the Black Network, their goal is to dominate the lands from the Moonsea to the Sword Coast North. Originally a secret society, the Zhentarim have operated openly in the area of the Moonsea, particularly around Zhentil Keep, their greatest base of operations. It is currently led by Fzoul Chembryl, Chosen of Bane and High Lord of the Zhentarim.
Although they have an evil reputation, many Zhentarim are simply opportunistic merchants. However, some members have been known to resort to illicit acts in the name of making a coin; attacking rival caravans, extorting villages for food, or stirring up local monster populations are the typical offences for some of the more brazen members. Bandits are hired by the Zhentarim to attack other caravans and towns. Wizards are also hired to conjure up or enrage foul monsters. While nearly anyone can join, those gifted in the Art are most likely to flock to this organization, as well as most who revere the fell god Bane.
Recently, the Zhentarim have been sending some older members of their organization to frontier nations such as the Silver Marches, where they buy land and become peaceable homesteaders, raising their own families and biding their time until they are called upon again.