The Fire Knives were a band of assassins that operated out of the city of Westgate, under the approval of the thieves guild known as the Night Masks. The group was led by Lord Tagreth Cormaeril, also referred to as the Grandfather of Assassins. Agents of the guild operated within all the major cities in Cormyr, as well as Chessenta, the Dalelands and Sembia. They were particularly dangerous because of their ability to blend in with high society along with their eagerness to accept almost any job, if only to hone their skills.
Originally based in Cormyr, the Fire Knives were driven from that nation in 1341 DR when it was discovered they were involved with the assassination of a local lord and the death of a scullery maid. Forced to flee with only what they could carry, many of the remaining members that once operated in Cormyr still possessed some heirlooms from the realm. After this routing it was revealed that many of the members in the guild were members of the Bleth and Cormaeril families. They re-founded the organization at its current base of operations in Castle Cormaeril in 1357 DR.
Most agents of the Fire Knives were born into nobility and thus were well versed in diplomacy, disguise and other hallmarks of high society.
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