Scales of War
Sarshan is a Shadar-Kai mercenary and arms dealer, much of his background is shrouded in mystery and heard only through rumours within the mercenary camps of Umbraforge:
“Sarshan is an outcast who made a name for himself as the leader of a legendary mercenary band known as the Black Arrow. At their height, the Arrow put so much fear in generals and kings alike that Sarshan would take payment to fight for one group, then take a bigger payment from their foe to stand down.”
“It used to be that Sarshan brokered mercenaries mostly within the Shadowfell, but that’s changing. Dark ones and shadar-kai are still his elite troops, but more and more, he brings creatures from the world to Umbraforge for training, then marches them off to places unknown.”
“Sarshan’s mercenary operations have tripled in size in months past, but it’s not the Shadowfell they’re fighting in. When his forces are bought and sent on the march, they’re bound or portals to the world. Shadar-kai, dark ones, undead, giants, ogres, trolls, gnolls, orcs Sarshan has the armies of two planes on the march. War is brewing in the world, but the forces that will fight it are moving into position in the Shadowfell, unseen.”
Sarshan was last encountered in his tower shortly after the death of Modra and the assumed destruction of Umbraforge during the events of The Shadowrift of Umbraforge. He offered the party a chance to join him in his operations after they were discovered infiltrating his tower, however, before the deal could be concluded, the shadow rift eruption cut the meeting short as it started to tear Umbraforge apart. Sarshan left with a small group of his Shadar-Kai guards to quell the chaos in the foundry and was not seen again, his current whereabouts are unknown.
The revelation of the Shadowfell portal beneath the Happy Beggar and the existence of the linked portals throughout Overlook caused concern within the city officials. Sarshan was using these to smuggling arms and other materials to the Prime Material plane and it is unknown exactly how long this operation has been going on without notice. The portals themselves have now been shutdown by Kalad and the city guard since they were brought to his attention and it is assumed that Sarshan’s operations within Overlook have been stopped.