Bane

Bane is the Faerunian God of Tyranny. He is also known as the Black Hand and the Lord of Darkness.

Bane has a simple ethos: the strong have not just the right but the duty to rule over the weak. A tyrant who is able to seize power msut do so, for not only does the tyrant benefit, but so do those under the tyrant’s rule. When a ruler succumbs to decadence, corruption, or decrepitude, a stronger and more suitable ruler will rise.

Bane is vilified in many legends. Throughout history, those who favor him have committeed dark deeds in his name, but most people don’t worship Bane out of malice. Bane represents ambition and control, and those who have the former but lack the latter pray to him to give them strength. It is said that Bane favours those who exhibit drive and courage, and that he aids those who seek to become conquerors, carving kingdoms from teh wilderness, and bringing order to the lawless.

At many times and in many places in Faerun, the faithful of Bane have been seen as saviours for their efforts in slaughtering raiders, throwning down corrupt rulers, or saving armies on the brink of defeath. But in just as many other places, the worship of Bane has created or supported cruel dictatorships, aided mercantile monopolies, or brought about the practice of slavery where before it didn’t exist.

In Phlan

Historically, the Cult of the Dragon included followers of Bane.

The Black Fist were originally created as a clerical order of Bane, but now have much looser ties to the god and are largely secular.

The Zhentarim have long historical ties with Bane.

During the time of the Lord Protectors, the worship of Bane was common throughout Phlan, organised through the priesthood in the Lyceum of the Black Lord.