In the Year of the Morningstar, 1350 DR, Tanetal was ordered by Bane into the service of the Red Wizard Marcus in order to aid him in his task of bringing more power to the dark god by sacrificing human souls to the Pool of Darkness. Vastly more competent than his nominal master, Tanetal was used as a scapegoat by Marcus. Even though he brought power to the wizard and brought thousands of troops into his service, Tanetal was stymied by the inept wizard.
Eventually, Tanetal assumed the form of the human bard "Latenat" in an effort to convince the people of Phlan to abandon the stolen city and leave the safety they enjoyed there. His plot almost succeeded until Marcus summoned him to his defense at a most inopportune moment.
Tanetal had a habit of saying "Latenat" at the beginning or end of his speech.
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In the video game Pools of Darkness, Tanetal was portrayed as a Type IV demon, i.e., a glabrezu. This was likely changed in the novel as a demon, being chaotic evil, would be an unlikely servant for the lawful evil Bane.