We followed a spoor of violence, a swath of destruction. Ruined fields fell behind us. Burned villages. Slaughtered people and butchered livestock. Poisoned wells. The Limper left nothing but death and desolation.
   —Croaker, The Black Company

The Limper, later known as the Wicker Man, was a short man usually dressed in brown. He was one of the original Ten Who Were Taken and was considered the most evil and violent of them all. He was one of the major antagonists throughout the series and both the Black Company and some of his fellow taken considered him their greatest enemy.

Appearance Edit

The Limper is described as being short, and notably wears ragged, brown clothing compared to the popular black of the Taken. He wore a leather mask, and had tangled grey hair peppered with black. Beneath the mask, Croaker describes his face as an improperly preserved mummy, with patches of rotting flesh and the right corner of his mouth below the nose exposing his gums and teeth.

Personality Edit

The Limper was considered the most sadistic and misanthropic of the Ten Who Were Taken. He was clearly mad, had a complete disregard for all life and actively promoted it under his minions. However, he had an unnatural willpower and self-preservation, much like the Howler which allowed him survive numerous attempts to kill him over the centuries.

Abilities Edit

The Limper primarily specialised in destructive magic which reflected his penchant for inflicting mass death and chaos among his victims. At his peak he was even capable of breaching one of the Dominator's Black Castle during Shadows Linger. During The White Rose the Limper was still capable of defeating Windwhale and Manta. In The Silver Spike, despite his weaken state he was capable of fighting a large army single handedly, and was only defeated due to Silent's sacrifice.

History Edit

The Limper was a former noble, and formidable Wizard of some repute prior to his taking by the Dominator. He had an intense rivalry with Shapeshifter, which was said to have sparked after he had a secret relationship with a woman who cheated on Shifter. Despite being universally hated among the other Taken he survived due to his virtually unrivalled mastery of necromancy and destructive magic. During The Lady's Empire the provinces under his rule were practically Robber Baronies or borderline Anarchy's. The armies under his command were ill disciplined and were little more than bandits.

The Black Company Edit

His feud with the Company started long ago. It was implied that Limper was the mastermind that ruined Raven's life and made him join the Black Company. After Raven killed some of his soldiers the conflict escalated to an armed confrontation, led by one of Limper’s men, Colonel Zouad. Eventually the colonel was captured and Limper tried to free his man. He did not suspect that he was lured into a trap by Shapeshifter and Croaker. The other Taken stunned him and collapsed the whole building over him.
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Limper survived the attack, but his forces suffered numerous defeats on the battlefield against the Rebel. When his true name was discovered by the enemy leader Whisper, Limper betrayed The Lady and caused numerous military disasters for the empire. Unfortunately for him, his betrayal was discovered. During one of his secret meetings with Whisper, he and Whisper were ambushed and captured by Raven and Croaker. After being gruesomely tortured by The Lady in the Forest of Cloud, he was sent away to be locked in the Tower at Charm. But his imprisonment did not last long. His treason was pardoned and he was summoned to fight during the Battle of Charm inside the Tower. He assisted The Lady in landing her dangerously compromised flying carpet at the top of the Tower.

Shadows Linger Edit

The Limper was restored to his former position. He continued to serve The Lady and demonstrated bravery and skill in Battle of Juniper, where he personally slew many of the Dominator's minions known as Black Watchers. After the Black Company abandoned The Lady, the Limper was ordered to return to the Barrowland. However, he disobeyed her, and pursued the Company to the city of Meadenvil. He sought not only to eliminate them but also to retrieve Whisper's stolen Domination-era papers, the ones which contained his name and also possibly The Lady's. However, Croaker turned the tables on the Limper. He was ambushed and suffered a broken arm, then was lured by Company wizard Goblin in front of a hidden ballista operated by Pawnbroker. After being pierced by two missiles from the ballista, the Limper was cut to pieces by several Company brothers. Croaker finally hanged him from a tree, stuffing the last Black Castle "seeds" into his mouth for The Lady to find and destroy.

The White Rose Edit

The Limper survived his dismemberment in Meadenvil, and was eventually rehabilitated by The Lady in what she reported to be a painful process. He was now reduced to "human wreckage" and was unable to physically move without the aid of a miniature flying carpet. He threatened Croaker with a slow death but was interrupted by The Lady, who made it clear if he disobeyed her one more time, she would destroy him. When The Lady ordered him to attack the Plain of Fear, he was very enthusiastic during the air battle against Darling's windwhales. Eventually the two armies made a pact and Limper had to work with his old enemies for the Battle of the Barrowland. Despite being utterly defenseless within Darling's anti-magic null field, he tried to betray The Lady once again during the battle. He attempted to name her true name (to strip her of her magic powers), and shot her with a crossbow, but he guessed the incorrect name. Croaker, flying into an insane rage, hacked what remained of his body to pieces yet again, this time slicing off his head.

The Silver Spike Edit

His second resurrection was orchestrated by the Toadkiller Dog. The demon dug up his head and forced the wild tribes from the Barrowland to attach it to an artificial body. The Limper, now also called the wicker man, and the demon dog organized the tribes into an army which headed south and destroyed every city on their way. Some citizens of the ruined cities joined them and at some point their army reached 5,000 men.

They pillaged Opal and crossed the Sea of Torments to attack Beryl. Finally they were defeated by Darling, which put an end to their alliance. The Taken's wooden body was completely burned. After receiving another artificial body, Limper returned to Oar in order to retrieve the Silver Spike, which contained the power of his old master, the Dominator. Limper breached the city walls, with his magic, but was attacked by numerous enemies and was eventually killed.

Ten Who Were Taken

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