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Dragon

The Barrowland dragon which guarded the Dominator's barrow

The Battle of the Barrowland occurred approximately 88 years after the the resurrection of the Lady. Imperial forces and the Eternal Guard entered into a brand new alliance with the remnants of the Black Company and the Plain monsters which following Darling at the request of Father Tree. This league led an all out attack on the enchanted Barrowland deep within the Great Forest, before the Dominator's plan to flood the Great Tragic River could free him and his demonic minions. While the combined forces accomplished their goal of ridding the world of the Dominator, the victory was a Pyrrhic one for the Black Company, the Lady, and Darling.

The White RoseEdit

Following the prior days rehearsal, the Black Company and the Imperials used a strategy of moving Darling's null field close enough to the minor barrows to break the protection charms over each one, allowing them to strike down the monsters contained within one at a time.  This strategy was successful for a large part of the day, allowing them to destroy these lesser minions with minimal losses. After the minor barrows were cleared, focus was shifted to the Dominator. Toadkiller Dog, the Dominator's loyal demon-hound, led a surprise attack with a horde of savages from the Great Forest. In the midst of the operation, the 50-foot-tall dragon that guarded the barrow was released. The wizard Bomanz was able to draw the dragon off and keep it occupied while the remaining forces went after the Dominator. The dragon was soon killed, and Bomanz missing, presumed to have been swallowed by the giant monster.

Breaking free of his barrow, the Dominator nearly escaped into the Great Tragic. He was briefly lifted out of the null by a windwhale, and in that moment had access to his full power. He let off an explosive spell that killed "scores" of people on both sides of the fighting and laid waste to much of the area. As he plummeted back into the null, Croaker shot him in the side with an enchanted arrow. Despite being back in the null and seriously wounded, the Dominator was a force to be reckoned with. He was still able to kill the Lieutenant, Elmo, and numerous others. Tracker, in his true form, and now a slave of Father Tree, attacked his former master. This distraction allowed Silent and many other soldiers to strike at the Dominator and wear him down slowly. He was eventually dismembered, decapitated, and incinerated with a silver spike embedded in his head. The Dominator's unholy essence was trapped in the spike, and driven into the trunk of Father Tree's Sapling son to guard for all time.

In the aftermath of the battle, the Limper betrayed the Lady and tried to name her true name. He chose the wrong name and paid for his mistake by being decapitated by Croaker. His body was burned with the Dominator, but his head was buried in the dragon's trench and survived. Darling attempted to help the wounded Lady, but was named by her instead, robbing Darling of her null. Enraged, Silent spoke for the first time anyone could remember, naming the Lady as Dorothea Senjak, erasing her powers in kind. The now helpless Lady was threatened by Raven, but Croaker stepped in to protect her, shooting his former friend and Company brother in the hip with an arrow.

The Black Company was now reduced to merely 10 men: Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, Silent, Otto, Hagop, Murgen the standard-bearer, and three others who had enlisted in the eastern portion of the Northern Continent, the Torque brothers: Stubby, Paddlefoot, and Brother Bear. After they all gathered at the Blue Willy inn, Otto voted for Croaker, and with no opposition, Croaker became the new captain. His first act was to fulfill his vow to return the Company Annals to their fabled origin, Khatovar. Silent and the three Torque brothers were released from the Company to travel south with Darling. Raven remained behind with a young Eternal Guard soldier, Case. Lady, now mortal and without magic, and realizing that she cared deeply for Croaker, expressed a desire to join the Company after setting the affairs of the Empire in order. Thus ended the Dominator's shadow looming over the world, and opened a new chapter in the adventures of the Black Company.

Notable fatalitiesEdit

DisappearancesEdit

  • Bomanz: presumed dead after fighting the dragon. His death was staged, allowing him to flee south without repercussion
  • The Limper: struck down by Croaker after guessing the Lady's name wrong and shooting her with a crossbow bolt. His head lived on and caused thousands of deaths in The Silver Spike.