One summer, a huge number of ships sailing into Cidaris began to sink because of kraken attacks. Soon after the kraken's first appearance, an odd boat with an equally strange girl named Sha was found ashore. Mathen believed she must have been sent by the kraken and that the attacks would cease if Prince Ethain married her. To entertain guests at pre-wedding feasts, Mathen invited three famed poets: Dandelion, Valdo Marx, and Ellen Daven.
Later, during the wedding reception, a servant rushed into the throne room and informed them that the kraken had attacked again, this time destroying an entire fleet. Enraged, Mathen accused Sha of lying and ordered her thrown into a palace dungeon. When Ellen and Dandelion defended her, he ordered them jailed as well. Feeling deceived, Mathen then sentenced Sha to be fed to the kraken the next morning.
Numerous people gathered on the shore as soon as the sun appeared on the horizon. A couple of men started to push a boat with tied Sha out to the sea but were stopped by Ethain in full armor. Even though he didn't love her, he felt obliged to protect her from horrific death. Mathen ordered him to go back to the palace immediately and during their dialogue the kraken appeared again causing tremor. Ethain went straight to the abandoned boat and started untying his wife. Mathen ordered guards to stop him and about a half of them rushed to do so while the other half sided with the Prince. The King encircled them and stabbed one of Ethain's defenders, Cavox, in the back. The guard managed to turn and stroke him.
Meanwhile Ethain freed Sha and she hugged him crying. She touched his cheek, gazed upon his eyes and jumped straight into the ocean, causing kraken and waves to disappear.
Mathen didn't survive the injuries and died in his son's arms.