Zhentarim

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.

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

Beliefs
• 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. 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.

Cloak, Rank 1
(0 Renown)

Faction Insignia
Gold Coin w/ insignia

Redknife, Rank 2
(3 Renown)

Faction Training (half priced and half as many downtime days)
Disguise Kt, Forgery kit, Poisoner's kit, Theives' tool

Become an Apprentice
If your mentor saves against an effect, you gain advantage.
1/short rest you can help your mentor as a bonus action.
You don't grant cover against attacks from your mentor.
You may learn any language or tool proficiency your mentor has for 125 downtime.

Viper, Rank 3
(10 Renown, 5th level, 1 secret mission)

Faction Downtime Activity
 

Item Procurement
1 weapon or shield, slippers of spiderclimb (uncommon: 50 days, 500 gp) 
+1 armor, ring of evasion (rare: 5th level, 100 days, 5,000gp)

Ardragon, Rank 4
(25 Renown, 11th level, 3 secret missions)

Become a Mentor
If your apprentice saves against an effect, you gain advantage.
1/short rest you can help your apprentice as a bonus action.
You don't grant cover against attacks from your apprentice.
Taking on apprentice counts as secret mission.
May spend 30 downtime to gain 1 renown

Dread Lord, Rank 5
(50 Renown, 17th level, 10 secret missions)

Exemplar
1/session you can grant one ally from the same faction Inspiration

Zhentarim

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