Many years ago, the Beholder Varresh descended upon the kingdom of Prosterra. He was forced underground below the city streets of Neverwinter, setting up a stronghold in the sewer systems. Slowly Varresh spread out his crime empire across Prosterra and into neighbouring Daffur. Eventually the threat of the Beholder’s eye lead to the then prince of Daffur, Zelphiel, joining forces with the head of government in Prosterra, Kataro, and Marinè, a powerful cleric of Torm. Marinè gave her life for the other two in order to kill Varresh. The Beholder’s eye then fell into chaos, filled with power struggles and people competing to lead it. The current leader is Arkal Carter, a human who killed the previous leader and executed a large number of his followers. She took power in a bloody battle against the previous leader Vark, a dragonborn, which caused many civilian deaths. This has made her a strong but unpopular leader for most criminals of the city. The organisation specialises in smuggling and assassination, and is made up of mostly halflings, humans, and dwarves, with other races in small minorities.
The symbol of the beholder’s eye