Welcome to Thay & My First Evil Campaign

 

Disclaimer: This page discusses one view of Thay, an infamously evil, slave-keeping, magocratic country in the Forgotten Realms. This vision is offered for entertainment purposes for adults only. I do not condone anything described; quite the opposite. Please read with discretion, and feel free to stop anytime. Before you use any ideas herein, please gain your group's full consent to engage the material.

 

 

Conan Hyborian Adventures

Conan Hyborian Adventures, fantasyartdesign.com

 

My first exposure to Thay was in the figure of Edwin, an arrogant character in the Baldur's Gate video game series. He was very far from his homeland, but he brought a distinctive accent and attitude with him. Edwin's portrait was serious, his lines were sarcastic and amusing, and he was the best damned arcane caster in the game. He made such a first impression that I quickly thought of Thay when the time came to run my first evil campaign. When I turned to the published materials, though, I couldn't find enough to satisfy my curiosity. For such a large and populous country, Thay seemed like a place meant to be visited, and I wanted the PCs to live there. So I fell back on an old motto: if you want something done right (read as: your way), do it yourself.

I want to encourage others to give Thay a chance as the setting for a whole campaign, and not just a one-shot raid into bad-guy territory. I also want to share the things that I've done to give Thay definition, in the hopes that someone else will be able to benefit from it. I started with the official supplements, which are very entertaining and useful, and worked outward from there. I didn't try to stay in line with the supplements or the novels, so please keep in mind that I depart from the canon. If you're looking for more details on the regions and peoples of Thay, or for an idea of how one DM set up an evil game, I hope you will find what you are looking for here.

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Evil Campaigns

Advice on Running an Evil Campaign

Things I learned throughout my first evil campaign

Slavery in D&D

If you use slavery in an evil campaign, consider these aspects

Kismet's Guide to Slave Costs

If you need some ideas for costs of humanoid characters, I have some

My Setup

What I considered at the start of my first evil campaign

 

Thayan Characters

Thay Character Creation

A guide to common character races, classes, and more

Thayan Character Names

A thematic list of names for Thayan characters

Thayan Name Generator

A random name generator comprised of thematic sounds

NPC Generator

Get quick details about Thayan citizens and prisoners

House Valgon in Eltabbar

The family tree of the player characters based in Eltabbar

House Valgon in Tyraturos

The family tree of the player characters based in Tyraturos

 

Thayan Setting Details

Thay By Region

Demographics of the tharchs of Thay

The City of Eltabbar

An organized breakdown of Thay's capital city

The City of Tyraturos

A breakdown of Thay's crossroads metropolis

A Thayan Timeline

Events that greatly affected Thay and House Valgon

Thayan Enclaves

A review of known embassies, with a timeline and new additions

Religion in Thay

Religions and holidays common in Thay

The Goddess Samora

An evil deity I created for use in our game

Thayan Noble Houses

The 91 noble houses I created for our Thayan campaign

Kismet's Guide to Thay

A blog dedicated to exploring the everyday details of Thay

 

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