TERROWIN OF ADDER’S NEST
No one trusts a Terrowin of Adder’s Nest and their poison is only half the reason. A Terrowin always carries poison, you see, whether it be laced in their blades or in hollow rings and lockets. Offend them on the wrong day and they might just slip you a little something in your wine to help you sleep—whether or not you wake up is another matter entirely.
For the other half, men distrust the Terrowins because of how careful they are with their words. Odd reason, but worth the caution. When Edmore Morcant demanded their support, they did not say that they would give it to him. They only reassured the boy that their men would be at his side at the Battle of the Green Veil. Fool that he was, Edmore took it as a pledge of fealty. But of course, we all know how that went. True enough, Terrowin men were at Edmore’s side when he faced his older brother Ostend in battle, but as soon as the signal was given, the men of Adder’s Nest revealed their true allegiances and slaughtered more than half of Edmore’s army. Ostend Morcant captured and executed his little brother shortly after and he came to owe his victory to the Black Serpent—a debt he neglected to pay.
It comes at no surprise, then, that when Ostend’s sun set and his other brother Evoric came closer to defeating him, the Black Serpent shed its skin once more, withdrawing their forces from Ostend’s camp and pledging them to Evoric. Turns out, the latter was a much better friend than his older brother.
For their service in the Second War of the Lions and for their continued service to the new king, the Terrowins of Adder’s Nest were named High Lords of the Westermarch and that was enough to win their loyalties—but only until the tides change once more.
Their words are: Always True