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Red Wizards of Thay

The most infamous group of wizards in the Realms are the Red Wizards of Thay. Garbed in their distinctive Red Robes, the Red Wizards have sought to expand their power and to extend Thay’s influence across the Realms, particularly in lands in the East. They shave their heads and wear complex tattoos reflecting their ambitions and achievements and their favored school of magic.

In Thay, the Red Wizards have ultimate power, although they give governance of day-to-day affairs to those without skill in the Art. Every Red Wizard devotes study to one of the eight schools of magic and serves that school’s zulkir, the leader and ultimate master of that style of magic. The zulkirs and their underlings constantly vie with one another for power and influence, and this competition frequently sends Red Wizard far from Thay to seek new spells, recover lost artifacts, and create wealth that can flow back to Thay. The power that the Red Wizards hold in Thay gives them a measure of diplomatic legitimacy in the lands of the Sword Coast and the North, but their presence is rarely welcome and is universally viewed with suspicion.

The Magnificent 7 first encountered a Red Wizard at Old Owl Well. His name was Kost. Azbara Jos has the same identifying tattoos and shaved head.

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