The Avatar acquired a Jawbone from Erstam the mage. Erstam, after admitting to possessing it, wanted the Avatar to retrieve a Phoenix egg, so that he could begin his experiments to create life. Having acquired the egg, and having helped Erstam to create Boydon, a Frankenstein-like creature, Erstam gave the Avatar the key to a shed where a Jawbone was found.
A Jawbone alone is useless without the Serpent Teeth. Each tooth corresponds to a gate, and each gate is unlocked when a tooth is added to the Jawbone. Erstam once had a full set of teeth, but most of them were stolen by the mages of Moonshade, who thought of it as a test. Erstam gave the Avatar the teeth he had, leaving him to find the remainder.
|“|| It is perhaps best to note here what made all this investigation much simpler than I had expected. While investigating one of the ruins, I noticed a large, ivory-toned object in the shape of a half moon. As I picked up the item, requiring both hands, I realized it was made of bone. Though I saw no teeth, I surmised I held in my hands the jawbone of some creature. But what could it be?|
I returned to my laboratory for further observation. I was able to match the shape to sketches I had made both here and in Sosaria, pleased that I have always had the foresight to note my surroundings in journals. The jawbone matched that of a serpent in all aspects save its size. Then, remembering the many serpentine references I had seen throughout the land, including the runes, I realized what I had. This must be, I thought, an archaic relic, sacred to the continent’s original inhabitants. I was holding the jawbone of a giant serpent – a creature they must have worshipped!
I was determined to learn more. Returning to the ruins I continued my search. Spying more bone-like material, I dug through the debris and pulled out what looked like a large fang. And then I noticed another. And another! Soon I had several such teeth. Back in my study, I set the teeth inside the jawbone. The fit was better than one of Drogeni’s lambskin gloves.
Suspecting great powers were now in my possession, I began a series of experiments to learn what secrets I could. It was not long before I had discovered all I needed to know. Each tooth, when set within the jawbone, called forth magical pathways leading to other locations about the land. Sadly, other mages, envious of my new-found power, secreted away most of the teeth, leaving me powerless to explore the entire land. It is for this reason I have departed their petty, thieving company forever.
- The availability of the Serpent Jawbone and the teeth are engineered to control to where the party can travel as the plot progresses.
- For the location of all the Serpent Teeth and a map of the Dark Path, look to the Dark Path Help.
- There are duplicates of a number of Serpent Teeth, leading credence to a theory that there was once two full sets (one for each Jawbone).