The Zhentarim seeks to become omnipresent and inescapable, more wealthy and powerful, and most importantly, untouchable. The public face of the organization appears much more benign, offering the best mercenaries money can buy. When a merchant needs an escort for his caravan, when a noble needs bodyguards to protect her holdings, or when a city needs trained soldiers to defend its honor, the Zhentarim provides the best-trained fighting men and women money can buy. However, the cost of doing business with the Black Network can be high.

The Black Network wants to make it necessary—and preferable, even—to deal with its members. It wants to secure, over time, an iron-fisted monopoly. Members must be the best—the cheapest, the fastest, and the most secure—at providing services and goods both legal and illicit, willing to lose coin if it means destroying a competitor, and securing profits from everyone they deal with, except when to do so would work against the Black Network’s ultimate goal: to make everyone dependent on it.


A member of the Zhentarim thinks of himself or herself as a member of a very 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 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.


To amass wealth, power, and influence.


A golden coin, stamped on both sides: one with the swooping dragon symbol of the Zhentarim and the other with the sigil of the bearer’s home region.


Rank Renown Other Requirements Benefit
Fang 1 None Participate in Faction Activities and Earn Renown
Wolf 3 None Secret Missions and Apprentice to a Mentor
Viper 10 5th Level, 1 Secret Mission Faction Downtime Activity
Ardragon 25 11th Level, 3 Secret Missions Become a Mentor
Dread Lord 50 17th Level, 10 Secret Missions Become Faction Leader


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