Our heroes escape the Vivified Labyrinth, return their borrowed boat, and flee north to the small town of Harse, where Vencarlo’s old adventuring friend Jasan runs a horse ranch. When they arrive they are greeted by Jasan and their friend, Trinia! It seems she has been hiding out here, adventuring with some other humans and halflings. She seems more capable than when they last saw her.
After dinner, the group retires downstairs to try some of Jasan’s homemade brew and talk about the current situation. The discussion revolves around the current events in Korvosa, and the death of Marcus Endrin. Gidion expresses his concern for how Queen Ileosa may have gained her power to cheat death and kill Marcus. This is when Neolandus tells his story.
As the castle seneschal, Neolandus knew much of Korvosa’s history. He knew that the Chelaxians had fought and won the land from the Shoanti that once lived there, presumably guarding the flat-topped pyramid that existed there before even the Shoanti had. From what he knew, and then later gathered while he hid in Old Korvosa, the Shoanti had been potentially protecting an artifact of great evil from being unleashed upon the world, something they called the Midnight’s Teeth.
Hundreds of years ago, the kingdoms of Ustalav and Lastwall were being conquered by the Orcs of Belkzen, and they were losing ground by the day. They looked for a hero, and they found one in a warlord named Kazavon. He united the mercenaries and remaining troops of Lastwall and beat the orcs back, winning the war. It didn’t take long, however, for the people of Lastwall and Ustalav to realize their ‘hero’ wasn’t really into saving anyone. Kazavon was revealed to be a follower of Zon-Kuthon and had turned his eye and mercenary army to the very people he had been hired to protect. Beaten from the war as they were, they stood no chance against their former army.
Instead it took a small group of heroes to infiltrate Kazavon’s fortress and take him down. As they met Kazavon in his throne room, however, his true nature was revealed. He was indeed a favored follower of Zon-Kuthon, but also a powerful blue dragon. He was defeated, and his remains scattered. It is said in certain Zon-Kuthonian scripts that pieces of these remains still contained fragments of Kazavon’s essence. One of these relics is known as the Fangs of Kazavon. Neolandus suspects, to his dismay, that the Midnight’s Teeth are none other than the Fangs of Kazavon.
Before the King had fallen ill, the Queen liked to ‘borrow’ the treasury key from Neolandus, and he believes during one of these trips that she must have discovered the Fangs and become corrupted by them. Descriptions of the Queen’s Address where Marcus was murdered confirm his suspicions, as she was wearing a new crown made out of something suspiciously resembling dragon’s teeth. Neolandus suspects this happened sometime before the King fell ill, and that his death was perpetuated by the young queen’s new influence.
The seneschal reluctantly divulges that he had not had reason to suspect her involvement in Eodred II’s illness until the King’s half-brother, Venster Arabasti (a Tiefling and therefore with no birth record), disappeared. When he confronted her on the issue, she answered by sending the Red Mantis after him. With luck he escaped with his life, if only barely. The rest the heroes know through their search of him in Old Korvosa.
It becomes obvious that if the heroes wish to learn more of the Midnight’s Teeth and how to overcome their power, they should go to the long-ago protectors of said relic – the Shoanti. Neolandus recommends approaching a Skoan-Quah known as Thousand Bones, whom the group met early on in their adventuring careers, to see what he may know. He was recently a diplomat in peace talks with Korvosa before the King’s death. With a smile, Vencarlo asks when the party should be ready to depart.