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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.
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. 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.
Zstulkk, a yuan-ti abomination hailed from Hlondeth, was one of the most prominent slavers in Skullport. He realized the limitation to independent slave trade, so in 1363 DR, he founded—together with fellow slaver and priest of Loviatar, Quinan Varnaed—the Iron Ring Consortium. Zstulkk maintained a cadre of yuan-ti purebloods and half-breeds under him.
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. 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 2.0 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.
- ↑ 3.0 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.
- ↑ 4.0 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.