Among the evil gods, Bane’s church was among the most stable and powerful. The god’s Faithful were as likely to solve their disputes through reasonable debate as through show of force. Banite customs were often quite spartan in nature and the god’s followers celebrated no holidays in honor of their god, instead showing their gratitude to him through service and the ritual torture and sacrifice of sentient beings offensive to the god.

His clerics could be recognized by the black-enameled gauntlet worn on one fist. They were able to cast spells against undead, such as a flare of greenish phosphorescence which seared smaller undead or an even fiercer radiance that seared ghouls and phantoms.

Like many of the younger gods, Bane was once a mortal human. Little was known about the Black Hand’s past, not even precisely when it was he lived, but the adventurer became known when he forged an alliance with two other mortal beings: Bhaal and Myrkul. Together, the three forged a pact of mutual aid and ambition: together they would conquer not just the world, but the heavens, becoming gods unto themselves.

Eventually, Bane’s plots backfired against him and in one particularly overambitious gambit, he and Myrkul attempted to steal the Tablets of Fate from Ao the Overgod himself. For this, bane was banished from his astral dominion to traverse the surface as a human in an exercise of humility.

As numerable as his allies, Bane had many enemies as well- Bane’s most hated foe was the goddess of magic, Mystra, whose power he coveted.