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D&D Movie Villain Revealed (And No It’s Not Vecna)

by Stewart Cole

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among ThievesThe latest trailer was released on Monday, lifting the veil on the film’s big villain. And while his fans Stranger Things the Critical role they might think they have a leg up on it, Chris Pine and company are not struggling a little with the name Vecna.

In an interview published by IGN on Monday, co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein revealed that the film will feature Red Wizards of Thay leader Szass Tam. Tam is also a treat — just like Vecna, the villain Stranger Things and Critical Role’s Vox Machina story. But Tam has a completely different story, which also appears in a number of novels Forgotten Realms: Spellbounda 2nd edition campaign published in 1995.

In D&D lore, a mage is a wizard who, through the dark arts of magic, has transcended mortal life to become a powerful undead creature. According to Forgotten Realms Wikitam finished the job by killing his mentor and using his life’s work as a springboard and then joined a nefarious group of evil-aligned magic users known as Red Wizards of Thay, a team that also stars in the D&D movie. He is also an old hand at raising armies – including armies of the dead – to try to take over areas of the material world.

Of course, don’t take it these certain red robed wizards confused with D&D’s but wizards in red robes. These ladies and gentlemen known as the Order of the Red Robes hail from the world of Krynn – and an entirely different environment known as Dragonlance.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is in theaters from March 31.

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