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Baron Senjak was the father of the Lady and Soulcatcher, mentioned in The White Rose. He was the patriarch of the Senjak family, but remains a mysterious figure about whom little is known.

Before Croaker's Annals[]

Baron Senjak was a nobleman from a "far western kingdom" (certainly in the northern continent) at least a few decades before the period known as the Domination. He fathered four daughters: Ardath, Sylith, Credence, and Dorotea, all of whom were rivals in their beauty. He and three of his daughters (Sylith, Credence, and Ardath) attended a gigantic aristocratic party where everyone's names and titles were announced by heralds and scribbled by a record-keeper.

Senjak's wife, and the mother of all four daughters, was in a comatose state. He made no attempt to heal or awaken her even before marrying her. One of his daughters claimed he preferred it that way. Virtually no other details survive about him, other than the fact that he was not a member of the TelleKurre ethnic group favored by the Dominator.

Of Baron Senjak's daughters, two became immensely powerful sorceresses: Credence became Soulcatcher, and Dorotea became the Lady. Both of them would be doomed, like their mother, to be trapped for long periods in enchanted coma-like states.

Port of Shadows[]

According to some disputed records, Baron Senjak's wife was named Banat Senjak, and not only did Banat lack any ability in sorcery whatsoever, she was also never comatose and known as a very clever manipulator whom even the four Senjak sisters dreaded dealing with to a degree. In addition to the four sisters, the Baron and Banat also produced an unidentified son who was their third child, but he died in infancy.

The Baron, Banat, and the Dominator possessed knowledge of the ritual called the Blessing which granted an individual semi-immortality; while those affected by the Blessing were endowed with decelerated aging such that they would physically age less than a year for every century that passed, they were still vulnerable to calamities such as poison, cancer, or a dagger in the heart. Only the Dominator knew the full secrets of the ritual, and he bestowed it only upon his most important and loyal subordinates as a means of guaranteeing loyalty, including the four sisters, the Ten Who Were Taken, and other elites of the Domination. Banat notes that knowing how to perform the Blessing would undermine the Dominator's influence over his own empire, even in light of his immense power.

The Baron and Banat allegedly negotiated an agreement with the Dominator in which the latter would marry one of the four sisters to gain the allegiance of the Senjak clan, but neither the Dominator nor his wife would know which of the four he had married. This arrangement also stipulated that the virginity of the four sisters was to be protected, and in the event of the death of the Dominator's wife, the Senjaks would sever ties with the Domination, which could have provoked a civil war.

The White Rose[]

Baron Senjak was presumed to be long dead, centuries before the events of Croaker's Annals. His surviving daughters, the Lady and Soulcatcher, disguised their origins by erasing as much evidence of their true names as possible, to protect their powers as sorceresses. The guest list of the party which Senjak and three of his daughters attended was lost or overlooked by both women and was never destroyed. About 400 years after the papers had been written, they were acquired by Whisper, the most fearsome Rebel general among the Circle of Eighteen, in the city of Lords. The papers changed hands several times and eventually became the Lady's undoing in The White Rose.