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The Domination is the period during which the Dominator established and ruled his empire in the north. The principal language of this period was TelleKurre, which became extinct after the Domination ended. There was also a regional vulgate of this language known as UchiTelle.

The Dominator's reign Edit

Starting his reign of terror, the Dominator entered into a political, unconsummated marriage to a beautiful sorcerer called only the Lady. He then defeated, captured, and performed the Rite of Taking on his ten most powerful rivals, the wizards who then became known as the Ten Who Were Taken. Although the Dominator himself performed the Rite of Taking, the Lady also knew all of the names of the Ten, forcing them to be equally loyal to her. The first to be Taken was Shapeshifter. The oldest was the Howler. Another of the Taken was the Lady's own sister, Soulcatcher, who personally reveled in the "pomp and dark glory" of the Domination.

Few details of the Domination were recorded by Croaker in his Annals, as he believed many of the stories were tainted by later propaganda of the White Rose. The surviving reliable facts are as follows:

  • Torture of captives – as Soulcatcher would recall in Soldiers Live, the Dominator had glassblowers create glass displays into which some of his "most important enemies" were deposited in public. Trapped, they were "kept alive and fed until they drowned in their own ordure". Also, as Lady would recall in Shadow Games, the Dominator had a man named Gastrar Telsar of Novok Debraken flayed for speaking out publicly against him.
  • Destruction of magic artifacts – as the Howler would recall centuries later during Dreams of Steel, the Dominator always destroyed every magic relic and enchanted object he could find. He did this to prevent his Taken from becoming too independent.
  • Shapeshifter's lover – during the Domination, Shapeshifter had a young woman as a lover, who then carried on an affair with the Limper, another of the Ten. Outraged, Shifter transformed the woman into what became his infamous walking staff, and carried on an unmitigated hatred of the Limper.
  • Failure to Take the Master – in an event which was erased from the historical record, the Dominator failed to kill or Take a sorcerer known as the Master, a rival at his own level of power who had his own group of Taken. Although the Dominator slew all but one (Blind Emon) of the Master's Taken, he could not conquer him. The Master escaped and remained in hiding afterward, independent for centuries after the Dominator's own downfall.

The White Rose Rebellion Edit

The Domination ended with the White Rose Rebellion, led by a woman called White Rose. She was the chief general of massive opposing armies operating out of the Great Forest. Despite her hard-won victory, she was unable to actually kill any of the Domination's twelve chief sorcerers, however, so she sealed them underground in a magical prison called the Barrowland. Also imprisoned with them were scores of demons, the Dominator's "pets". The dedicated ghosts of many of the White Rose's own soldiers were placed inside the Barrow as eternal spirit guards. Finally, a dragon was installed inside the underground chamber to consume any trespassers.

After the Rebellion, the followers of the White Rose proved not to be gentle victors. They burned books and cities, transported women and children, profaned ancient works of art and famous shrines. They also melted down any Domination coinage they could find. This made intact coins from the period incredibly valuable for collectors about 370 years later, during a "Domination trend" in the lifetime of antiquities dealer Bomanz. Despite the immediate postwar violence, the centuries following the Domination were primarily peaceful in the north.