His secret weapon is his eldest son, Mellar Sharon. Mellar is an elf, saved after his mother was sacrificed to Mesardee. Since Lord Sharon and his wife had no children and feared they never would, they adopted Mellar. To hide the child's heritage, they cut the points off his ears and rounded them so they would pass as human. To explain the four-fingered hands, they told all who inquired that they were a deformity.
About ten years after they adopted the elf child, the couple was blessed with the births of three children. Their first born, Aldris, is the heir to the throne of Ishmar. The second child, Shanzena, was born blind and can only see the world through her fingers. Shunned by the other children she came close to Mellar, calling him Little Brother. The last of the children is Matrim, named after his mother who died during his birth.