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szass_tam(1).jpgKnown to the wider Forgotten Realms® as a sinister land
of Red Wizards, slavers, and marching undead armies,
Thay is the distant—or uncomfortably close—menace that
“may become our doom if Szass Tam turns his attention
in our direction.”


And Thay is that, but it is also so much more. A truly
magical land (thanks to a secret that even the goddess
Mystra helps to keep) of rich culture, a rising middle class,
ambitious nobles and Red Wizards who fear Szass Tam
more than they hate him, but may soon be forced to defy
him, and wealth beyond the imaginings of even wealthy
and proud realms elsewhere.


This tome is your guide to the Thay of right now, a
valuable resource for Dungeon Masters and players alike.
It sets forth the people and places of the Land of Red
Wizards, what life is like, and seeds, hints, and secrets
sufficient to spur adventures for years of enjoyment at
your gaming tabToC(4).jpgle.

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Gene B September 03, 2022 11:41 pm UTC
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Did the cover get updated?
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Taisija T July 20, 2022 8:57 pm UTC
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Daft question, but I ctrl+f the entire .pdf and couldn't find the DR in which all the lore is set. Does anyone know?
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Essek T April 21, 2022 8:50 am UTC
Hello, time for an overspecific question: is Valindra Shadowmantle in this one?
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Travis B May 13, 2022 4:38 am UTC
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Yes, she is the Zulkir of Necromancy, and this book assumes that her mission in Chult in Tomb of Annihilation was a success.
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Essek T July 13, 2022 1:25 pm UTC
Sounds wonderful, thanks ! :)
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Adam B April 01, 2022 2:59 pm UTC
How much of the book is 5e content or is it mostly system agnostic? Is it meaty enough for those using different systems to get a cool setting out of?

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Benjamin H April 11, 2022 4:55 am UTC
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Haven't read it cover to cover yet but it's about 60% system agnostic lore* with the rest being a handful of character options, monsters and a short adventure. The lore portion is very detailed, with lots of specifics regarding locations and major characters in Thay. There's also a lot of info regarding different power struggles that have arisen, or might arise in your campaign. I think it would be exceptionally adaptable.

*Depending on how finicky you are about the details, there is one thing that sticks out a little bit in the lore. The highest council below the ruler of Thay are the 8 Zulkirs, which each represent a specific school of magic. These Zulkirs very blatantly reflect the 8 traditional schools of magic in the D&D system. Conceptually, of course, the schools are quite generic (conjuration, necromancy etc.) and would fit into most systems involving magic. But the specific number and names might stick out a bit as being a clear holdover from the book's D&D roots.
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Mike O March 31, 2022 10:45 pm UTC
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It is a good product. It allows you to craft an immersive campaign/adventure in Thay but leaves it wide open for you to craft the narrative. Given the high stakes and the power of a Red Wizard, I had higher hopes for the included adventure, but overall I liked the book. It gives a lot of detail about life in Thay.
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daniel R March 15, 2022 8:18 pm UTC
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My hardcover copy just arrived today and cannot express how awesome this is!!! I love lore on the Red Wizards, especially since they're the main villains in my homebrew campaign (SKT HC + AL modules that help the overall storyline). Also thank you, @Ben R for giving yet another resource to get lore/info on the origins of Red Wizards!
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Kyle M March 10, 2022 9:47 pm UTC
is there much about szass tam covered? the table of contents didn’t have a 12 page section called Szass Tam which obv has to an oversight. =p i am more interested in lore or hints about his future plans than stat blocks if that matters. i hope to purchase the pdf regardless of the Szassness of the content, but my curiosity runs amok. thx info ~
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Ben R March 11, 2022 10:24 pm UTC
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Szass Tam is certainly present, though he has no stat block. Most of the book is lore on the country of Thay itself - getting out and away from the Thaymount and telling you about the other zulkirs, the other citys, the tharchions, etc. But Tam is of course always hovering. For more Red Wizard lore from the man who knows, I recommend in addition to this getting "Tyrants in Scarlet" which is also here on the Guild and gives the secret origins of the Red Wizards.
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Jacob R March 10, 2022 6:51 pm UTC
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I've always been quite interested in Thay so this is a fantastic resource. Thank you!
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Christopher D March 06, 2022 11:30 pm UTC
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Christopher D March 06, 2022 11:30 pm UTC
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Review 8/10
This book gives a meaty serving of world building to replace the bland and unremarkable understanding of the Thayan presence in Faerun. It provides seasoned or knowledge-hungry players and DMs with a developed written world to consume. It’s only real drawback is a lack of accessibility. This is not a casual text.


Writing quality 8/10
There are some editing mistakes. I find this to be a seemingly unnecessary blemish on an otherwise well written book. It’s glaringly obvious, from the bulk of the work, that they can and did do better. So errors stand out.

Lore 10/10
An engaging telling of the Thayan way of life, from the manure-covered farmer to the Lich Ruler.
A narrative unveiling of the Red Wizards weaknesses, as individuals and as an organization.
Szass Tam’s personality is fully fleshed. Did you know that Szass Tam’s primary motivator is love?
I really like the multiple conflicting parties inside the Red Wizards. It...See more
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Brandon V March 04, 2022 8:46 pm UTC
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I accidently bought the fantasy grounds unity version instead of the PDF. can anyone from support help me out with my problem?
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Alex K March 04, 2022 8:58 pm UTC
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Ralph T March 02, 2022 6:31 pm UTC
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There is something wrong with the Full‑size Preview. It's not displaying anything from the PDF.
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Al W February 24, 2022 8:51 pm UTC
I'd love to see a Table of Contents. I don't like to purchase items like this without any idea of what's in it.
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Ben R February 24, 2022 10:51 pm UTC
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Agreed.
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Daniel M March 04, 2022 5:46 pm UTC
Agreed
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Alex K March 04, 2022 9:00 pm UTC
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Sure. We will try to add that.
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Darren E February 24, 2022 5:34 am UTC
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Did anyone else notice on the beautiful map they misnamed the "Sunrise" Mountains the "Sunset" Mountains? The Sunset Mountains are far to the west on the Sword Coast.

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Eleonora P February 24, 2022 4:49 pm UTC
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If I'm not mistaken, it's written that Thayans have been changing the mountains' name a lot in the past few centuries, swinging between Sunrise and Sunset, and that at the moment they're called Sunset Mountains instead of Sunrise.
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Jerry T February 23, 2022 12:31 pm UTC
Oh, come on! I just said that Wild Assent: Lavon Rising was going to be my last purchase for a while and I would save some money, and then this comes out? I'm going to have to buy this!
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