I'm starting to get confused by the term "Zhent" as I read it in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and how it is used. Is it just a term for any member of the Zhentarim?
I attempted to look this up myself in the Forgotten Realms Style Guide that's part of the DMs Guild Creator Resources, and in the list of "Location Adjectives" on pages 17–18, and it lists these:
- Zhentil Keep: Zhent (people), Zhentish (stuff)
- Zentarim: Zhentarian (stuff), Zhentilar (people; soldiers)
Now I'm not sure how much to trust this, as I'm assuming "Zentarim" is a typo for "Zhentarim" (and I've seen plenty of other typos in the document), but I can't find any references to "Zhentarian" or "Zhentilar" anywhere (either in the adventure, or via those D&D Beyond searches which I believe search all officially published 5e material).
Here are some mentions of "Zhent" in Dragon Heist, with some significant spoilers:
Adventurers can't join Manshoon's cause, but they can join and receive aid from the Zhents who are opposed to him. (p. 17)
Each Zhent has a black tattoo of a winged snake on his neck or forearm. (p. 25)
Staget makes it clear that he won't send a force into the sewers in search of someone who might well be a Zhent or Xanathat Guild spy. (p. 27)
But are these just some specific members of the Zhentarim (like those from Zhentil Keep) that are called "Zhent", or is it a generic term for any member of the faction?