Early on in his life, Sarkhan was a soldier, but sought something more than the life of an expendable pawn. He quickly rose in position and power in the Mardu Horde until he came to claim the title of general to his warlord’s army. Growing sick of the endless blood, he set aside his spear and traveled away from the tents. Up into the Qal Sisma mountains he joined the Whisperers, a clan of shamans. He found some level of peace, but quickly grew bitter because of the futility of worshiping a nigh-extinct beast. When he returned to his warrior life, the Helmsmasher grudgingly sent him forth with a wing of riders to challenge the Sultai. Upon this first expedition, he was touched by an ancient dragon spirit in a trance after having slain the opposing commander. Sacrificing his own men, he unleashed a massive spell that wiped the battlefield clean as he ascended, channeling the power of the spirit he’d connected to. This was to be his first and last battle as a general, as he was stripped of his position, leaving no connection left to bind him to that plane.