First, it was the reincarnation of the Lord of Darkness, Bane, God of War and Tyranny. Those who maintained his faith felt his summons and have been rewarded. The ranks of his followers are growing and the Zhentarim, thought to have been crushed as well, are reclaiming their power.
Now comes word that an ancient ally to the ranks of evil has returned. Leaders of various factions within the Zhentarim are looking for emissaries to send to Ravenloft, to reunite these two great powers and expand their influence throughout all of Faerun.