Regent of Thay
Szass Tam was Thay’s zulkir of necromancy, one of several powerful wizards who once ruled the country, before he seized the title of “Regent,” becoming the country’s sole ruler. He is an ancient and powerful lich, one of the most powerful beings in Faerûn today. Nearly a century ago, Szass Tam constructed a series of “dread rings” — huge, fortress-like structures intended to channel the magical energy of a massive atrocity into a ritual intended to make him a god. He bargained with Bane, the god of tyranny, to accomplish this task, expecting that once he gained his divinity he would be able to escape the deal. However, his plan was thwarted. The ground beneath the entire country of Thay rose high up into the air, stranding it on a massive plateau. So far, no one knows how to reuse a dread ring, so Szass Tam must set his sights on conquering a neighboring country like Rashemen or Aglarond if he would like to try again. His pact with Bane has secured the position of his church in Thay as the only legal religion.