When a group of renegade Moths and Mantis-kinden set out to complete a ritual of great potence and scope, to cause their rebellious slaves to once more cower in fear of the dark, they failed. The result was to curse and twist the inhabitants and forest of the Darakyon into the fearsome aspect that they now have.
The focus of that ritual at some point became the Shadow Box, a box just bigger than can be comfortably held in one hand, of black wood, with intricate carvings of vines, flowers and insects on it. No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to follow a vine to anything interesting.
In the last few centuries, the Box made its way to the heart of Aptness, dormant in the house of an art collector in Collegium.
Blood of the MantisEdit
Betraying her employers, Scyla makes here way to Jerez with the box, there to auction it to the highest bidder. A motley collection of collectors assemble to buy it, while Stenwold Maker , General Maxin and Uctebri all despatch agents to ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands (ie anyone but theirs).
After much maneouvering that ends up in a fight with many people dead, the artifact is recovered by the group of Tisamon, Tynisa, Achaeos, Gaved and Thalric. However, they fail to keep it for long as the box's power conspires with the Mosquito to ensure that it ends up in the hands of the last living Rekef agent.
Salute the DarkEdit
Uctebri uses the power of the box to manipulate both Tisamon and Tynisa in such a way as to bring them to Capitas, where they will be part of his plot to put Seda on the throne of the Wasp Empire as his puppet.
Unfortunately for him, he has been manipulated in turn by Laetrimae, and the box is finally destroyed at the hands of Tisamon by the same blow that kills Uctebri.