He arrived in Camelot to form an alliance with Arthur Pendragon. Arthur was warned by Gaius of Sarrum's reputation as a ruthless killer of friend and foe, however, the alliance was to ensure a certain battle against sorcery as Sarrum and Arthur were both enemies of Morgana Pendragon and Sarrum had even captured her for two years with Aithusa, her dragon.
While feasting with Arthur, Sarrum talked of his accomplishment of capturing Morgana. After being asked how he managed to do this, he explained that he tortured Aithusa, which caused Morgana much pain and sorrow. This allowed him to find a weakness within her and so he captured her, however, he confessed that a lapse allowed her to escape his grasp.
While practising combat, Arthur was defeated by Albin. Sarrum, having personally trained Albin, promised to maybe train him one day, when the alliance was fulfilled.
Secretly, Guinevere Pendragon wanted Sarrum to kill Arthur and asked him to meet her outside the court room. She requested him to shoot Arthur using his best man and she would reward him handsomely. Sarrum agreed to this and chose Albin for the job.
However, while signing the alliance pledges, he was mortally shot by Albin. Albin was supposed to assassinate Arthur; however, he lost his aim and shot Sarrum when Merlin threw a dagger at him using magic. Sarrum died there, and the now deceased Albin was blamed (The Hollow Queen).
Sarrum appears to be quite similar to Uther in terms of tolerance to sorcery, except Sarrum is more ruthless and more cruel than Uther was even at his worst . He seemed to be a sadist, and was described as enjoying impaling men, women and children. He emotionally tortured Morgana by tortuing her beloved Aithusa, as he has stated that she was Morgana's greatest weakness. He was also highly inteligent, and deceptive.
When Gwen asked him to assassinate Arthur, he was confused at first, but when an offer was offered that he could not refuse, he happily agreed to have Arthur killed. He smiled in a sinister way at Gwen whenever their paths crossed, and he also planned to have Gwen killed once Arthur was dead, therefore showing him to be ambitious, greedy and treacherous.
Despite his cruelty, his men were fiercely loyal to him, and obeyed his every command without question. His weaknesses seemed to be his arrogance and his greed, both traits he heavily possessed.
Little is know about the relationship between Uther Pendragon and Sarrum. As confirmed by Arthur, his father feared Sarrum who was known to be ruthless, dishonest, dishonourable and not to be tusted, which indicates that there was no friendship but rather a truce and probably a common interest in fighting sorcery.
Skills and Abilities
When Arthur was defeated by Albin, whom Sarrum personally trained, in combat, Sarrum promised to maybe train him one day. This shows that he is highly skilled in combat.
- Series 5
- The Hollow Queen
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s53/merlin/news/a435370/merlin-new-image-gladiator-star-john-shrapnel-in-bbc-fantasy-drama.html
- Sarrum was the man who held Morgana and Aithusa captive for two years. He seemed to delight in the fact that Aithusa was deformed.