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Zhója was originally an archer in the Easterling army of Rhûn, at a fortress in Dorwinion. He was caught with several other soldiers selling weapons from the armory, but while awaiting execution, managed to kill a guard and escape in a wine cask. Fleeing Rhûn, he eventually came to Lithlad and joined the Vanishing Sons mercenary company under the leadership of Serka.
Zhója quickly tired of being given orders by the other mercenaries, especially Serka. When the chance came, he sold Serka to an Uruk named Ûshak who ran a fighting pit called "The Circus", and assumed leadership of the company. He was soon encountered by Serka's brother Baranor, who thereafter rescued Serka from the fighting pit. Serka then returned to The Oasis and executed Zhója for his betrayal by feeding him to the were-wyrms.