The Hanged Man (also called Crooked Neck) was one of the immensely powerful sorcerers known as the Ten Who Were Taken. He was unnaturally tall and very thin. True to his name, his neck exhibited the discoloration of the bite of a noose, and his head was dramatically bent to one side. His face was frozen in a bloated rictus, and although Croaker initially expected that he would have difficulty speaking due to the gruesome wounds, the Hanged Man could communicate effectively in TelleKurre, the forgotten language of the Domination era.
Before the Annals Edit
Prior to or during the era known as the Domination, the Hanged Man was an independent wizard-king. He was then enslaved by the infamous sorcerer known only as the Dominator. He was forced to become one of the Dominator's enforcers and generals, but presumably was also one of his subordinate lords with control over much territory. The Hanged Man, alongside the Dominator, the Dominator's wife the Lady, and the other nine Taken, were all imprisoned in the Barrowland for 370 years after they were defeated by the original White Rose and her armies.
The Black Company Edit
The Black Company encountered the Hanged Man for the first time at the Stair of Tear. He was at the head of a group of reinforcements consisting of about 1,000 men. The Hanged Man was the fifth Taken to be personally seen by Croaker, after Soulcatcher, Limper, Shapeshifter, and, the first of the New Taken: Whisper. The Hanged Man brought the news that Whisper had captured Rust in the east and surrounded the enemy army of Trinket, one of the Circle of Eighteen. When some unseen Rebel wizards sent up magical banners of light which posed a threat to the Company and the Imperials, the Hanged Man defeated them. Soulcatcher revealed that the Hanged Man had arrived at the Stair specifically in anticipation of this sort of threat.
The Hanged Man was a participant in the successful ambush and killing of the formidable Rebel general Harden. He, two other Taken (Soulcatcher and Stormbringer), as well as Croaker and Raven from the Black Company, and at least 4 veteran Imperial soldiers, all descended upon Harden and some Rebel soldiers using flying carpets. The Hanged Man used a powerful spell on the Rebels, causing them to grasp at their throats in debilitating agony. Only Harden was able to shake off the Hanged Man's spell; the rest were defenseless and were cut down by Soulcatcher, Croaker, and Raven. Harden struck back with his own magic, which literally froze the three Taken in their tracks. However before he could kill them, Harden was attacked by his own horse, which was actually Shapeshifter in disguise the whole time. In desperation, Harden flung his sword toward the three frozen Taken just before he was finally assassinated. The sword punctured the Hanged Man through his head. When Shifter realized what happened, he was deeply disturbed and attempted to help his fellow Taken. But Soulcatcher and Stormbringer made it clear that the Hanged Man should be left to die, causing Shifter to feel betrayed. The Hanged Man did manage to pry the sword from his skull, but died moments later, sputtering unintelligibly and abandoned by his allies. He was the first of the Ten Who Were Taken to die.
Years later at the Battle of Dejagore, Shapeshifter would avenge the death of the Hanged Man by tracking down and attacking Stormbringer under her new guise as "Stormshadow". However, his revenge would cost him his life, as both Taken were killed during this event.
|Ten Who Were Taken|
| Soulcatcher • Limper • Howler • Shapeshifter • Stormbringer|
Hanged Man • Bonegnasher • Nightcrawler • Moonbiter • Faceless Man