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Join the most infamous organization in Faerûn, using the secrets within this book to run a campaign featuring the Zhentarim and their stronghold of Darkhold itself.

For centuries, the Zhentarim have been expanding their influence throughout Faerûn. Known as the "Black Network” to outsiders, those within consider themselves part of an extended family that affords them immense opportunities and generously rewards ability and ambition. The great stronghold of the Zhentarim is called Darkhold, a high-spired keep of black stone built to gigantic proportions. There are few places in Faerûn with a more notorious—and nefarious—reputation.

This full-color, 112-page supplement includes:

  • A comprehensive history and guide to the Black Network, including never-before-revealed lore from Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms
  • New subclasses, spells, and other player options
  • New magic items of the Zhentarim
  • Expanded rules for thieves’ cant for integration in your game
  • A guide to the history, operations, and locations within Darkhold, infamous headquarters of the Zhentarim
  • A stunning cutaway map of Darkhold Castle
  • A gazetteer for Sunset Vale including a beautiful map of the region
  • Advice for playing evil characters and running evil campaigns, whether with the Zhentarim or in any other setting
  • Dozens of adventure seeds
  • New creatures and villains, including stunning art of key Zhentarim leaders
  • And much, much more...

Join the Zhentarim... if you dare!

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Joseph A July 20, 2021 6:23 pm UTC
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Is there a way to get a print copy?
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Anthony J July 21, 2021 12:41 am UTC
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Unfortunately this title isn’t supported for POD. We tried, but alas we failed to get it approved!
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Cameron P April 12, 2021 2:59 pm UTC
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Honestly loving this, it's so delightfully devious. Quick question to clarify the Spellthief's 9th-level "Mark the Prey" feature:

The Insight check, would that presumably be opposed by the creature's Deception check?
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Anthony J April 12, 2021 3:37 pm UTC
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It should be a Wisdom (Insight) check contested against the creatures Charisma (Deception) check.
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February 11, 2021 11:50 pm UTC
I too am curious if you plan to do this for the other factions, this sounds like such a great idea. Can't wait to read it.
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Hunter M January 03, 2021 9:17 pm UTC
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Would it be possible for all of the stat blocks and art for the various items and characters to be separated into another file or folder?

I feel like this would make it easier to find this information, as well as giving the DM a way to share each individual item with the players for reference. Honestly, I'd pay extra for a compendium like this.
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Tudor S December 02, 2020 1:51 am UTC
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I have binged the whole book, and it's great stuff! I'm trying to incorporate Darkhold into a campaign that I'm already running for roll20 and I'm bumping into two problems I'm trying to suss out.

The first is that I'm not sure which maps I can actually show my players. Even the ones without notes seem like they contain massive spoilers.

The other is about how to go about doing something in terms of folding it into my campaign, but I'm not sure if this is the place to ask these questions.
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Italo I October 22, 2020 3:05 pm UTC
I was almost going to buy this book but then I read the foreword and I saw you arbitrarily politically correct story and characters like Ashemmi. You should have more respect for those who came before you and the stories they wrote. Lore is lore and it should stay how it was written, you can change it in your house games but when you release something for the public you must keep things as they were written by their original authors and not deciding for us what's ok and what's not.
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Sterling O November 23, 2020 3:33 am UTC
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'lol'
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Aleksander P November 27, 2020 9:55 am UTC
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You do realise that Ed Greenwood, the very creator of Forgotten Realms setting, is one of the authors of this?
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Tony F May 14, 2021 10:01 pm UTC
He's attributed as one, but the synopsis also quite clearly states that Ed's contributions amounted to "never-before-revealed" information and not retcons of established material. Besides that, Ed Greenwood isn't exactly an unbiased source; it would be really hypocritical of the man to rewrite the Zhentarim's history in order to make it more PC when he's resisted nearly all modifications (tooth and nail, you might say) to the drow.
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Boaz K September 28, 2020 4:28 pm UTC
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Hello,
I wanted to let you know this product is absolutely amazing and I love it. My players are really into their factions and try to pick up faction missions as often as they can. I do have one question for you. Are you planning on making a book for each of the factions? I would easily pay for every single one of these for each faction. The faction spells are amazing and I love awarding faction equipment for ranking up and a job well done. Please make more of these for the other factions. I love how this came out. I have printed off and laminated my own copy and would love for more.
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Miles M September 22, 2020 2:44 am UTC
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Dear DM's Guild.

Please let me buy a physical copy of this. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Someone who wants to give you additional moneys
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Michael M September 16, 2020 7:20 pm UTC
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Just got this and wow I'm blown away!

One question, is Velya the Allsight supposed to get Sneak Attack? I don't see it in her stat block, yet she has the Assassinate feature and without it her damage output seems very limited.
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M.T. B September 29, 2020 8:13 am UTC
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I think you are probably right, but I will check
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SP S September 12, 2020 10:31 pm UTC
when is the print version of this going to be available for purchase?
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Anthony J September 12, 2020 10:59 pm UTC
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This product is no accepted into the DMSGUILD print on demand program. So it will not be available in print.
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Logan B September 17, 2020 12:16 pm UTC
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Such a shame, it's such a nice looking book.
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Jacob C August 27, 2020 7:01 am UTC
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I'm excited to use this in my current campaign. It's a great resource to add on to the Zhentarim in my game. Thanks for this! (Also, might want to check the full-size preview file. It's a bit complete.) I can't wait to hit my players with more Black Network shenanigans!
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M.T. B August 27, 2020 8:54 am UTC
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Thank you, Jacob! Hope you and your players have a great time!
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Badger B August 24, 2020 11:56 pm UTC
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not read this yet but frustratingly I got an intrusive email begging me to rate this.

Please guys that is unbecoming!
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M.T. B August 25, 2020 3:54 am UTC
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Hi Badger, our apologies for the excessive emails - it's hard to get the balance right, sometimes.

We hope you really enjoy the book!
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Badger B August 25, 2020 11:21 pm UTC
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Thanks

I think if you set the alert for like a fortnight/month after purchase.

I love a bunch of the contributors [you included] and its become safe to purchase immediately when I see such names in order to show my support. This despite the fact I might not read the document for some time. An example is that I have only skimmed the Calimshan Adventurer's Guide.


It just felt in my face a bit. So thank you for the apology.
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John C August 22, 2020 6:31 pm UTC
Any plans to offer a print edition?
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Anthony J August 22, 2020 7:30 pm UTC
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Unfortunately this product was not accepted into DMSGUILD’s print on demand program. It will unfortunately only be available as a PDF.
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Ronald J August 20, 2020 6:38 pm UTC
Any plans for a Fantasy Grounds version of this title?
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Anthony J August 20, 2020 8:12 pm UTC
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Yes. We are working with someone on this.
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Trevor A September 23, 2020 5:33 pm UTC
Hi Ronald,

This supplement has been adapted for Fantasy Grounds. You can find it here:

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/329260/Darkhold-Secrets-of-the-Zhentarim-Fantasy-Grounds?affiliate_id=1549348
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Todd W August 20, 2020 12:42 am UTC
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Hey there, I see another offering called THE SECRET MAPS... are these included WITH the Darkhold: Secrets of the Zhentarim, or an additional purchase? OR, it's just a better quality map than what comes with it? Thank you!
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Anthony J August 20, 2020 2:01 am UTC
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When you purchase this product you get both maps as seen above in 600 dpi for Sunset Vale and 300 dpi for Darkhold. Marco is selling his maps separately, both at 600 dpi and slightly different fonts on them. Plus his comes with a personal use license that allows you to get them blown up and printed at stores that require licenses.
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Hiten D August 19, 2020 11:01 pm UTC
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I shouldn't rate this since I was a consultant for portions of it, but congratulations everyone! 5 stars for all the lore material! Good stuff to borrow for my Waterdeep campaign.

Small suggestion: It'd be great if you made a separate document containing just the player-facing guidelines for playing evil characters. Something Dungeon Masters can print/save and distribute to their players at the table without having to chop up the document in Adobe Acrobat themselves. It'd be a good handout to have for session 0s.
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M.T. B August 22, 2020 12:19 am UTC
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Thanks for all your help on this, Hiten. I'm glad you are pleased with the finished book!
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