The Battle of Charm was the final confrontation between the Imperial armies of the Lady and the Rebel armies raised by the Circle of Eighteen. The Rebels besieged the Tower at Charm – the headquarters of the Lady and her generals, the Ten Who Were Taken – with a massive force of over a quarter of a million men, while the defenders were only roughly 21,000 strong, including the mercenaries of the Black Company.

The Black CompanyEdit

The Lady's order of battle Edit

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Battle of Charm by IanLIR

The Tower had only one approach in a small pie-wedge, while the rest was full of debris from the Tower construction for a full mile outwards from the Tower. The pie wedge had been constructed with three deep trenches, three walls of increasing height, and a large pyramid of dirt, in order towards the tower. Archers, soldiers, and siege equipment were stationed on the walls and the trenches prevented siege equipment from being brought forward initially. Eight of the Ten Who Were Taken, as well as Whisper (the first of the new Taken), were initially given spots on these walls. Feather and Journey, brand new members of the new Taken, as well as a rehabilitated Limper, would join in toward the end of the battle as well.

For the Empire, the defensive order of battle was as follows:

  1. On the first level were 9,000 soldiers, the least experienced defenders, who were from the north and from garrisons of cities abandoned to the Rebel. They were grouped into 3 divisions and commanded by Stormbringer in the center, and Moonbiter and Bonegnasher on the wings
  2. On the second level were 6,000 veteran archers from the east. They were also grouped into 3 divisions, and were commanded by the Howler in the center, and the Faceless Man and Nightcrawler on the wings.
  3. On the third level were 6,000 soldiers. Whisper commanded 1,500 eastern veterans on the left; Shapeshifter (later, Lord Jalena) commanded 1,000 western and southern troops on the right; Soulcatcher commanded 2,500 soldiers including both the Tower Guard and allies from the Jewel Cities in the center.
  4. On the pyramid itself, the Captain commanded the 1,000 brothers of the Company.

The battle Edit

The Rebel assaulted for several days in a row, slowly filling the trenches and bringing men and siege equipment forward. The Taken assaulted the troops frequently and arrows fell like rain on the Rebel. When the besiegers had all but taken the first wall, the Lady caused it explode outwards and concealed compartments revealed elephants and their riders who assaulted the Rebel. The elephants did a large amount of damage and destroyed many of the siege towers.

The Lady took little part in the battle. She had the Howler fly his carpet over the Rebel forces and drop metal balls containing a fast acting disease. When Soulcatcher betrayed her towards the battle's end, causing the Howler to crash his flying carpet and drop hundreds of feet, Croaker and the Lady chased after her and cut off her head.

When Croaker and the Lady returned, the Rebel had been decimated by the disease and the battle continued within the Tower, led by the newly restored Limper.

The remaining Rebel generals of the Circle of Eighteen were killed, and their armies were obliterated, hampering Rebel operations for years. Four of the remaining nine Taken were killed (Bonegnasher, Nightcrawler, Moonbiter, and the Faceless Man) and four others were believed killed (Shapeshifter, Stormbringer, the Howler, and Soulcatcher). Many of the casualties among the Taken were due not to enemy action but to internal betrayal orchestrated by the Dominator, who was also guiding some of the Rebel generals.

During the battle Darling's identity as the reincarnation of the White Rose is discovered by the Black Company, and she is hustled into hiding by Raven.