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Zhentarim - faction missions and DM's resources for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

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Zhentarim

DM's resources and four faction missions for 2nd to 5th level adventurers

The handsome sun elf flashes a disarming smile as he pushes a flask of ruby-red wine across the table. He leans back and puts his legs up before raising his glass in a celebratory toast. "It's settled then! You won't regret it. I'm no seer, but I'd wager half an ancient doom's treasure that joining the Black Network will end up being the most exciting – and profitable – decision you've ever made," he says in a musical voice, before emptying his glass in a single swig. Putting his glass back on the table and his feet back on the floor, Davil Starsong leans forward and folds his hands before him. "Now, about your first job..."

In this download we explore the Zhentarim, one of the most interesting and well-detailed factions available to player characters in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Inspired by the source material, we've crafted four full-fledged faction missions for 2nd to 5th level adventurers. Each adventure offers unique challenges, dangerous encounters, flavorful descriptions and helpful DM's resources. With more than 30 pages of adventure you're guaranteed at least 10 hours of gameplay – more than enough time for the Zhentarim to make a lasting impressing on your campaign.

This download includes:

  • Additional insight into the Zhentarim and advice on how to include them in your campaign.
  • Hatred Surfacing, a faction mission that has a party of 2nd level adventurers investigating murders in the Dock Ward and confronting a fanatic dark elf.
  • Deadly Delivery, a faction mission that has a party of 3rd level adventurers facing a Xanathar Guild ambush and devious treachery to make a deadly delivery.
  • Shard Shunners, a faction mission that has a party of 4th level adventurers delving into the dark sewers of Waterdeep in search of a missing halfling noble.
  • Tyrant's Turncoat, a faction mission that has a party of 5th level adventurers risking their lives and freedom to investigate and eliminate a treacherous wizard.
  • Five unique battle maps in several different versions all primed for virtual tabletop and tailored to the faction missions – but usable for any urban encounters!
  • DM's cheatsheets and monsters stat blocks to help you quickly prepare for your party's adventures.
Note: The best-selling and top-rated faction missions included in this download can also be purchased individually (see 'Other Products' below).

Map Previews

Dock Ward

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Night Dock Ward

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Trades Ward

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Night Trades Ward

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Ilzantil Street

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Night Ilzantil Street

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Rats' Nest

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Weirdbottle's Concoctions

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Alessandro B September 12, 2019 3:19 pm UTC
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This work is very helpful indeed, it greatly enhances the Zhents missions, provides more deepness and ties them together in a smart way. Thank you!

Probably am missing something but in the 4th mission "Tyrant's Turncoat" p.1, it is mentioned that the shop is in Trade Ward, more precisely Ilzantil Street. But to my knowledge and looking on the published Waterdeep maps from Wizards, Ilzantil street is located in North Ward?
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Sean T February 22, 2019 8:27 am UTC
Loving your work and using it extensively in my Waterdeep campaign. However, having bought the first three parts of this book separately, I'm not massively happy about having to pay for them all again to have them in one handy single book, like the Grey Hands publication you previously put out.

Can you confirm whether you will be following this publication format for future Waterdeep faction releases? If so, I'll hold out for the full publication rather than buying adventures individually.
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Valeur R February 22, 2019 9:14 am UTC
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Hi Sean

Thanks for the kind words!

I understand you completely! I'd love it if the DM's Guild had a function where each purchase of a part in a bundle reduced the price on the entire bundle, so it wouldn't feel like wasted dollars if you tried out a part or had already purchased parts before buying the bundle. Unfortunately, as far as I know, this isn't possible.

In this case, each Zhentarim faction mission constitutes about two weeks of work and playtesting for us (which is also significantly more than for the Gray Hands missions), so it made sense to put each mission out as it was ready, so more people would have an opportunity to use them. I should also mention that this download is still split into four parts for ease of use (less pages to flip through for information). The only change to the document for each mission is that information about the Zhentarim has been expanded and moved to a single document by itself, so it's not repeated in each document. Right now we...See more
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Sean T February 22, 2019 9:39 am UTC
Thanks for replying so quickly!

Given that the downloads are split anyway, it makes sense for me just to buy Tyrant's Turncoat when we need it, so thanks for clarifying that.

I hope you do cover more factions in future. I'm running a greatly expanded Chapter 2, covering about 3 months of in-game time, and the party really enjoyed the murder mystery of Hatred Surfacing, so I'm looking forward to running more faction missions for them.

Keep up the good work!
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Valeur R February 22, 2019 8:36 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks – really appreciate it. Glad to hear they're enjoying the content, that's the most important part. Cheers! :)
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Aaron L March 10, 2019 12:05 am UTC
Are you able to put up the slightly expanded and consolidated Zhentarim info into a purchasable product on here so those of us who have bought all the separate modules could get it?

I’ve picked up everything of yours except Gray Hands as that’s not the path my group is taking - would be more excited to see some Harper stories if you do end up going back to write more.
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Valeur R March 10, 2019 5:25 am UTC
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I'd like for you to have it for free, since it's only slightly expanded - in fact, it's more a summary that covers all the faction missions for Zhentarim. I'll see if I can find a way to include it in previous Zhentarim documents without confusing everyone - if not, I'll put it up for free :)

I'll have to be honest, right now we don't have plans for covering more factions. If we did go back, it would be Bregan D'aerthe and the Harpers, but right now we're looking more at later chapters (the villains' lairs).

Thank you so much for your support, Aaron, really appreciate it :)
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Aaron L March 23, 2019 3:31 am UTC
That would be awesome! I've actually also ended up picking up the Gray Hands supplement as well just for inspiration should anything overlap what my players are doing. Would happily pick up any others that do get written :)
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