|"The Black Hand"|
|Symbol:||Black fist with green|
the Black Bastion
Bane is the power of tyranny and fear in the Faerûnian pantheon, but he is also worshipped in the Demiplane of Dread. He and his clergy seek to dominate all of Faerun by supporting the agents of Zhentil Keep. Although recently slain, he has returned from the dead through his own son, fostering great terror among the people of that sphere.
Bane's clergy scheme in the shadows, working to pull the strings of nobility by any means necessary. Assassinations and kidnappings are common, and the church of Bane is known for its skill at torture. Even clergy in positions of power answer to their superior in the church, and to do otherwise typically means death.
Bane's realm in Avalas, the first layer of Acheron, is called the Black Bastion. It is a towering edifice of adamantine, obsidian, ebony and jet, seeming to absorb what little light surrounds it. Soldiers from across the planes, particularly baatezu, flock to his service. Bane rules over them as an iron-fisted tyrant from his throne of skulls.