Artaz is a wizard and high ranking member of the East Mire Cartel. Under Ghast’s order he ambushed the party at sea while they’re chasing Paravel’s kidnapper to Eastfold Terminal. He defeats the party and takes them prisoner at The Rock hoping to get the dagger back. Since the party doesn’t carry the dagger he keeps them prisoner while awaiting orders from Ghast. This allows the party to escape and kill him. Among his possessions they find a strange black rod.