Vlad Zuan was a chieftain on the island of Skadi. He married Princess Elena Stirling to secure an alliance between Skadi and Wallachia. Their union produced a son, Nicholas Zuan, who became king of Wallachia. However, Elena hated Vlad, and killed herself not long after their son was born.
Nicholas was raised on Skadi by Vlad, who encouraged him to seize the throne of Wallachia. He hoped his family would replace the Stirlings in power.