Pronuciation: ZOLL - boo
Species: Pine Marten
Place of Origin: Somewhere on the High Seas
Appearance: A young marten somewhere between Adolescence and adulthood. Is very lanky and thin, but wiry. Wears a poofy-sleeved white shirt under a black waistcoat and pantaloons. Has a tasseled blue sash about his waist, through which his saber is thrust. Also wears a silver medallion necklace with several small blue feathers on it, and occasionally an adderskull mask and embroidered blue cloak.
Personality: Opinionated in his mind, but not out loud unless in high-stress situations. Focuses mainly on keeping his skin intact, letting his brother do most of the talking. Is very loyal to his brother and father.
SPOILERS FROM GINGIVERIAN IN HERE!
Zalbu was the son of Dankfur Clawhook and Gribby, and the younger brother of Gatlak. Like his brother, his name was a reversal of that of a member of ancient villain royalty; their parents thought the namesakes would be good inspirations for their son's careers as corsairs and no-goods.
Gribby gave birth to Zalbu while onboard Dankfur's ship Redclaw, so he had no definite place of origin. He grew up on that ship and was rigerously trained in the ways of the pirate. He was neater and tider than his older brother, but the more subordinate personality of the two. He was fiercely devoted to his family, not so much through affection as through a sense of familial honor.
When the crew of the Redclaw willingly joined the fleet of the Ranks of the Shadow, Zalbu and Gatlak became officers in the army in charge of guarding prisoners. They accompanied their parents on a mission to take new prisoners, but when this went wrong and an escape was managed, Gribby and Dankfur left the brothers behind while they pursued the fugitive. Some time later, Gribby's remains were found in a pike stream and Dankfur seemed to vanish off the face of the map; in his absense, the Black Shade promoted the brothers to temporary seconds-in-command.
When Dankfur returned many seasons later without the prisoner he had been chasing, he fell out of favor with the Black Shade, and Gatlak and Zalbu were installed permanantly as leaders. However, their loyalty to their father caused them to secretly obey his commands while making it seem like orders of their own, thusly letting their father still run things. Gatlak and Zalbu later took Dankfur and some of their old shipmates with them when they were sent to fend off an attack by some goodbeasts. However, they ran afoul of the hare Shermy and his band, who scattered them in all directions. Both Gatlak and Zalbu stayed behind to fight, but were both slain by the hare.