The Black Cloaks were a secret cabal of mages created by the archmage Manshoon in the mid–13th century DR, based out of Zhentil Keep.
Loyal to him and of like mind, they were a basis for the Zhentarim and remained a core element of the Black Network.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 282. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.