Tearing of the Weave
Red Wizards of Thay
The Red Wizards are the masters of Thay, the conquerors of that land’s native Rashemi, and the would-be magical overlords of Faerun. They focus on a school of magic more intently than any specialist, achieving incredible mastery of magic within a very narrow focus. Seen as cruel and evil tyrants by people across Toril, a few choose to leave their region, assume secret identities, and practice magic without having to worry about political alliances and possible slave uprisings.
After a failed attempt at securing Rashemen in 1357 DR, the Red Wizards have preferred to infiltrate the nations of Faerûn legitimately—in Thayan enclaves which will publicly sell magic items and have also been known to quietly traffic drugs, wicked spells, and slaves. Whether the reasoning to ensue in economic relations rather than military conflict is born of benevolence, or utilitarianism is unknown to those outside of Thay’s ruling members. There are still many in Faerun who fear that the Thayans will eventually have enough strongholds and resulting political infiltration to make themselves indispensable and powerful, and further their hopes of world domination.