The Church of Kossuth
No one questions the authority of the Red Wizards over Thay, but the red-robed mages are not the only power in that guarded realm. The faith of Kossuth, the Firelord, is preva- lent throughout Thay. The clerics of Kossuth defer to the Red Wizards—as all in Thay must—but for generations, many who would check the wizards’ power have turned to the Church of Kossuth. The clerics of Kossuth have come to stand for law, justice, and a fierce national pride that is, in its own way, every bit as dangerous to the neighboring lands as the naked ambition of the Red Wizards. Thay’s millions are cowed by the Red Wizards and obey their commands out of fear— but should the Church of Kossuth ever supplant that power, Faerûn might face the threat of a Thay whose people served with courageous and selfless devotion.
The Church of Kossuth has little reach outside of Thay, although priests of the Firelord often accompany Red Wizards abroad. Clergy of Kossuth obey the Red Wizards, but unlike most Thayans, they are reasonably protected against the whims of the ruling mages. The zulkirs know that in a contest for the hearts and minds of the Thayan people, the Firelord’s clerics would most likely win—and therefore they harshly discipline any of their underlings who threaten the Church or its agents without sound reason. The Church sponsors several prominent orders or societies. The Order of the Fire Drake is a militant arm of the faith, whose knights guard its holiest locations and are bodyguards to important Kossuthans abroad. The [[Order of the Black Flame]] is a secret society of holy assassins who strike at the en- emies of the faith wherever they may lurk. Finally, the Society of the Illuminating Flame is a monastic order that schemes to seize mastery of Thay.