Barons of the Stonelands
Originally formed as a network of opportunistic merchants willing to perform illicit acts to increase their profits, the Black Network (as it is also called) has since become a more powerful political force in the Realms.
The Zhentarim’s principal source of income is from the smuggling of drugs, slaves, and other contraband. They are engaged in creating and maintaining a trade route from Zhentil Keep to the Sword Coast. They are also engaged in expanding the territory they openly control.
The Zhentarim are currently engaged in activities within Stonelands, hopign to extend their area of influence throughout that region.