I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome wizard necromancer) is a member of the Zhentarim (Halia Thornton from LMoP invited him to join).

In ToA, there is a plot hook about the Zhentarim looking for an Artus Cimber.

Would it be possible for Zhentarim agents to find this PC and order him to track Artus? Or should they act in another way to do so?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Please tag this with the appropriate rpg and edition. It's pretty clear to me which one you're talking about...but we have a site policy to never 'guess' and fill in the tags for someone else. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 24, 2019 at 12:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ I added tags of D&D 5ed \$\endgroup\$
    – Ohar
    Apr 24, 2019 at 12:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GreedyRadish A friend of mine GMed Mines of Phandelver using Pathfinder. Just to make a point. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Apr 24, 2019 at 12:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean Artus Cimber? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 24, 2019 at 17:49

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You're the DM.

If you want to roll this in as a plot hook, then go for it! A few things to keep in mind, though, based off planning I have done for this campaign.

Hunting Artus is a big deal, and the Zhents know how many people are looking for Artus. They aren't going to assign hunting him to just anyone. It would likely be only highly-trusted operatives involved in this hunt.

It may be appropriate for that PC to be assigned the mission later, once he's done some other things to build trust with the Zhentarim. He was just recruited. That would be sort of on-par with a police officer coming straight out of the academy, instantly being snatched up by the FBI, and put in charge of hunting down someone at the top of the Most Wanted list.

More likely, the PC may be given some "things to watch for" that interest the Zhents. He isn't explicitly given such a ridiculously important mission, but he's given a sketch and told "if you see this person, report to your superior." I would also, for flavor, make up a few other things that are 'of interest' to the Zhents that the player may never encounter.

Then, the 'mission' of catching Cimber can grow organically once the player encounters him, reports back to their superior, and starts being fed orders on what to do.


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