|Class||20th fighter / 15th mage|
|Born||16 Hollow 1243|
|Undead||19 Bliss 1290|
Sarurkane Branda was a merchant master of Paradomea City before it became the capital of the Paradomea empire. He became a Syndic of the Council of Nine on 19 Bliss 1290. As part of becoming a Syndic, he gave up his mortality by embracing lichdom.
For most of his first century on the Council he achieved little. This was largely because of the cost of bribes and naval action with the pirates of the Buccaneer Archipelago. In 1388 he forged the Westerlies Agreement, a trade agreement between Paradomea and Ivory Asylum. With it, joint policing of trade routes was started between the northern coasts of Izagunbar and the southern coasts of Hells Womb. For Ivory Asylum and Paradomea, this began a period of prosperity that lasted more than seventy years. This started to decline in the Black Tide War (1465 - 1504) with trade dropping hard in 1465 when Ivory Asylum lost their colonial capital Ivory Ward.
Sarurkane gained notoriety and prominence on the Council of Nine in the Black Tide War. Rather than get involved in something he figured would burn itself out in a few years, he pushed for neutrality with the Black Tide. His plan of neutrality and growth from war production, was unanimously approved by the others. In 1466, a deal of neutrality, the Nullattîm Balance, was signed between the First Dead Council and the Council of Nine.
The Black Tide War ended up going on longer than anyone expected. The Black Tide of Thasmudyan did not run out of soldiers as the Council's Warmaster had predicted, instead they gained strength as their undead armies pushed into the Lands of Purity.
They replace their numbers on the march, raising whole armies from the field of battle. The undead armies of the Black Tide are cheap, requiring no food, drink, or even blankets. If it were not for its effect on commerce and public opinion, Paradomea's walls would be manned by skeletal archers and our sewers patrolled by packs of ghouls.
- Sarurkane, from an internal memo stolen from the Palace of Nine - "Undead Soldiers"