Shadows of the Moon
The Dark Hold
West of Cormyr in the Far Hills is a high-spired keep rising from a bare rocky spur on the side of Gray Watcher Mountain. This echoing stronghold was a fortress under the control of the Zhentarim and remains so to this day, despite Zhentil Keep’s failed fortunes. Darkhold’s massive doorways, corridors, and ceilings of black stone were constructed for giants. Legends variously ascribe the keep’s construction to the days when giants ruled Faerûn or to elder elementals serving as slaves for the kingdom of Netheril. At present, the citadel houses a force of Zhent mercenaries available for any task, no matter the perfidy required to undertake it.