Rite of Taking

A victim is subjected to the Rite (The Black Company Campaign Setting)

The fragments I retain suggest that she was shattered, slain, revived and reassembled as a devoted slave. I recall her pledge of fealty to the Lady. Her voice dripped a craven eagerness to please.

Croaker recollecting Whisper's Taking, The Black Company

The Rite of Taking is a complex, terrifying, and notoriously difficult magic process by which one sorcerer enslaves another. Croaker, who witnessed parts of a Taking, believes that death and resurrection could also be part of the ritual.

The Dominator's Taken Edit

It was first used by the Dominator on the Ten Who Were Taken, powerful sorcerers such as Shapeshifter, the Limper, Soulcatcher, and Howler, who served as his generals. The Dominator's Taken were by far the most powerful and infamous of all the Taken historically.

The Lady's Taken Edit

Shortly before the Battle of Charm, the Lady revealed that she was powerful enough to Take. Until then, it had only been thought the Dominator was able to Take. She used the same magic to convert at least eight sorcerers into the Lady's Taken. The most intelligent, dangerous, and prominent of these was Whisper.

The Master's Taken Edit

Erased from the history books was the Master, who performed the Rite of Taking on contemporary sorcerers even before the Dominator Took the Ten. The Master's most prominent and only surviving Taken was Blind Emon.

Longshadow's attempt Edit

Longshadow attempted to do a "poor man's Taking" of the wizard Smoke in the city of Shadowcatch. According to Soulcatcher, it would be successful enough to make him an obedient minion of Longshadow. Howler disapproved of the taking however, seeing it as rushed and incomplete. As a result Smoke was inferior to The Lady's Taken.