Zstulkk Ssarmn was a slaver of Skullport and one of the founders of the Iron Ring.[1]


Zstulkk Ssarmn's head closely resembled a human, but the rest of his body was that of a large snake with no arms or legs. He wore a magical neckband that made him appear fully human with a low-sloping forehead but with skin that did not quite conceal a pattern of scales.[1]


In order to appear human, Zstulkk had a magical neckband that altered his appearance. He was also known to wear a brooch of shielding and a ring of protection +2.[4]


The leaders of the consortium, known as the Lords of Iron, were reluctant partners at best and despised enemies at worst, but worked together enough to make a successful slave trade organization, all the while scheming to take control of the consortium for themselves.[1] In Nightal 1369 DR, Zstulkk Ssarmn threatened another Lord of Iron, Ahmaergo of the Xanathar Thieves' Guild, in front of the general populace and then later that night staged a symbolic attack on Ahmaergo's residence using yuan-ti agents. The purpose of this show of force was unknown, but Ahmaergo responded by changing and reinforcing his defenses and having two yuan-ti publicly murdered in the street.[5]


Zstulkk, a yuan-ti abomination hailed from Hlondeth[2], was one of the most prominent slavers in Skullport. He realized the limitation to independent slave trade, so in 1363 DR,[6] he founded—together with fellow slaver and priest of Loviatar, Quinan Varnaed—the Iron Ring Consortium.[1] Zstulkk maintained a cadre of yuan-ti purebloods and half-breeds under him.[4]

One of his plots was to construct a secret temple to Sseth and afterward create so many yuan-ti that they could overthrow the city.[4] This temple was completed by 1372 DR beneath his home, and the process of creating new yuan-ti servitors was begun, including the creation of tainted ones.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 147. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 142. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 95. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  5. Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  6. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.

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