Salt for Salt
Depicted as a great, blue scaled serpent, Lataste is said to be the great-grandmother of all the semi-tame snakes that live in Kosiba. Both the Serpent and Swarm and Serpent fountains in Kosiba are believed to represent the serpent, that is known as a kindly spirit with magical powers.
Lataste opposed the div Khayin, breaking him and binding him to the tunnels of Kosiba. The serpent features in the story of Mesgud, a guard whose caravan was beset by gnolls. Mesgud staged a fighting retreat to allow the people of the caravan to escape, but found himself alone in the wilderness with no food or water, and the caravan gone without trace. After a few days of trying to follow the caravan, he found himself helplessly lost, succumbed to exhaustion and collapsed. Awaking to find himself menaced by a vulture, and unable to defend himself, Mesgud was saved by the appearance of a giant blue serpent. Over the next weeks, he followed the snake as it moved from water hole to water hole, and in its presence, he felt not the burden of the suns heat, and awoke to find a nearby source of food and water each morning. One day, he looked up from the snakes tail to see the Genieswatch Towers of Kosiba, and looking back down, found the snake gone.