The Barrowland was a burial ground in the Great Forest, north of the city of Oar. This is where the White Rose sealed the Dominator, The Lady, the Ten Who Were Taken, and many lesser demons and monsters. A river, called the Great River Tragic, flows ferociously nearby.
The White Rose had the Barrowland surrounded by several features to keep its prisoners trapped. One was a network of protective spells which formed an invisible enclosure around the burial mounds. Anyone who passed into the range of these spells would suffer excruciating, slow, and certain death. The next was a group of soldiers called the Eternal Guard, tasked to patrol the area to prevent tampering. The Guard, a hereditary group, had a limited number of secret talismans which would permit them to walk unharmed through the protective spells. A third protection was a subterranean dragon. A fourth was the ghosts of White Rose soldiers, who eternally haunted the area, screaming at intruders in TelleKurre, UchiTelle and lesser-known languages. There was a fifth feature, a deep moat, but this had disappeared long before Croaker's lifetime.
Bomanz the Wakener Edit
The wizard Bomanz spent over thirty years trying to map the place and find a way to reach The Lady to learn her arcane secrets. As he did so, The Lady was released by Resurrectionists, with the Ten also escaping to become her minions. However she orchestrated her release and kept her husband imprisoned in the Great Barrow. Bomanz himself became trapped in the Barrowland as he attempted to stop her escape; history would incorrectly attribute The Lady's escape to him. The Lady wiped out the Resurrectionist movement that resulted in her release (to ensure the Dominator would stay buried); kept the Eternal Guard to watch over his burial site; and established her own empire.
The Dominator's escape Edit
Many years later, Raven attempted to access the Barrowland in spiritual form to determine the Dominator's status. His spiritual self is trapped there after he panics from seeing the Dominator awake and grinning. When he is trapped, the Dominator's servants Tracker and Toadkiller Dog are released. The Dominator manipulates the weather such that the River Tragic swells in size and threatens to tear open the Barrowland and sweep away its protections. The Lady and Darling and their allies face the Dominator, kill him, and trap his powers in a silver spike. They plant the Sapling, the son of Old Father Tree, above the Great Barrow and nail the silver spike into it for eternal protection.
The spike is later stolen from the Sapling by thieves, and becomes an object of obsession by many sorcerers, including the Limper who by this point was reduced to only his head. In the end, the spike is banished to a different dimension and the Barrowland's former prisoners are utterly wiped out.