"Farewell, Master Holbytla! My body is broken. I go to my fathers. And even in their mighty company I shall not now be ashamed. I felled the black serpent. A grim morn, and a glad day, and a golden sunset!" -King Theoden of Rohan, last words.
Little more is known of his war against Gondor, or the battles he fought in, nor the real truth of his death, or its circumstances, which still remain as mysterious as the man himself.
It was no coincidence that Suladân was considered a monster, even among his own troops. However, there were no disfigurations. His head was always covered by a red-linen war mask under a snake-skull-shaped golden-brass helmet, and even his highest ranking underlings had never seen beneath the mask. Added to this, his dress was highly extravagant, with purple cape and all-red clothes, inlaid with jewels, and serpentine symbols. His sword was a crooked scimitar, angled so as to decapitate a foe with ease. His armor consisted of pauldrons, vambraces with ivory blades, tassets, greaves, foot-plates and hand-plates, as well as a cuirass... all composed of golden-brass.
Few had ever heard the name of Suladân, and indeed it was not uttered for many years after his passing, but he was briefly mentioned in The Return of the King, or at least, the "black serpent" was. Apart from this, he only appeared in a number of fairly minor battles with Gondor.
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