The ASPECT Enigma
The Shadowmasters are a powerful criminal guild based in Telflamm and operating throughout the east of Faerûn. Servants of Shar and users of shadow power, they are the real authority in the city of Telflamm, but they allow the council and its leader to maintain the appearance of working against corruption. While the Shadowmasters strongest presence is in Telflamm they also have a noticeable presence in the surrounding towns and cities, including Phsant and Phent.
The Shadowmasters aggressively fight the Yakuza, as well as other criminal organizations for territory throughout the region of Thesk. The Shadowmasters were once a major obstacle for The BlackThorn Project, however an ASPECT informant recently witnessed major players from both organizations taking a meeting with Baella Ashenhome, a holder of a seat on the Merchants’ Council of Telflamm, long thought to be one of only three members of the council not indirectly controlled by the guild.