- ... a tiny thing in black, almost impossible to take seriously as a danger... The combatants went on for maybe fifteen minutes, shredding each other. I got the impression things were not going as easy as Shifter had hoped. Bringer was putting up a damned good fight.
- — Croaker, Shadow Games
Stormbringer, sometimes just Bringer and later Stormshadow, was one of the original Ten Who Were Taken. A woman of unimpressive stature and small frame, she nevertheless had the ability to create devastating, utterly relentless storms which could last days, and which featured torrential downpours and targeted lightning blasts. During the time that the Black Company was employed by The Lady she would assist them with cover by sandstorms and the like. In unarmed, physical combat, she would also prove to be ferociously powerful and resilient.
During the Battle of Charm, she was secretly in league with the Dominator and betrayed the Lady by attacking two of her fellow Taken. First, she somehow caused such grievous injury to Shapeshifter that the entire Empire (with sole exception of The Lady) thought he died. She did this without being immediately identified as the attacker, and kept fighting alongside imperial forces for awhile longer. On another day of that battle, she openly attacked Bonegnasher, killing him, but reportedly dying in the process. However, Stormbringer survived, and fled south. Stormbringer faked her own death so effectively that The Lady herself thought she died. Only Shapeshifter knew, and he did not share this information with anyone except his shape-changing apprentice, Lisa Daele Bowalk.
In the south, Stormbringer took on a new identity as Stormshadow, allying herself with Longshadow and becoming one of the four Shadowmasters. At the Battle of Dejagore, she was cornered in the parapet of the castle by Shapeshifter, Lisa Bowalk, and a group of Company members including Croaker, the Lady, One-Eye, and Murgen. Shifter removed her mask, exposing her identity to everyone's shock but his own, and wrestled her to a total standstill at the cost of all his energy. One-Eye would take the opportunity to knock out both Shifter and Bringer, and with Goblin's help, soon burned them both to ash. The war against the Shadowmasters would continue, but after the deaths of these two Taken, only the Howler and Soulcatcher would remain of the original Ten.
|Ten Who Were Taken|
|Soulcatcher • Limper • Howler • Shapeshifter • Stormbringer|