An evil sorceress whose collection of gems and minerals was without
compare. At one time she owned the Crocodile's Tear, which she
protected from thieves by hiding it in the Miznia Jungle to be guarded
by bloodworms and whatever traps the sorceress laid to confound the
unwary. Survivors of the jungle
came back to report that the Crocodile's Tear rested on a large idol's
face, just below one eye.
idol, possibly a construction of Y'Syska, but more likely a
remnant of a forgotten religion, was a crocodile in the shape and size
of a subway train, not counting the limbs and tail. Its maw hung wide
open with the lower jaw touching the ground to form an inclined walkway
lined with rows of stone teeth. The stone jaw, when stood upon, lurched
like one standing on a seesaw. Anyone wishing to steal Y'Syska's jewel
have to climb the idol without sliding into its mouth, and becoming
trapped. The same peasant who recovered the Coconut of Quendor in 966
successfully stole the Crocodile's Tear by luring a mother hungus to
stand at one end of the jaw. The weighty hungus was easily able to keep
the far end of the seesaw raised high while the light-weight peasant
reached up to grab the tear. The interior long, low chamber of the idol
was shaped much like the gizzard of a crocodile, with no non-magical
method of escape.
Y'Syska's final fate is
unknown, but her castle, now known as the "Lost Castle of Y'Syska" has
been discovered near the Miznia Jungle.