Benefice was one of the new Taken, which was a group of eight powerful wizards enslaved by the Lady. Benefice, and the rest of the new Taken with the sole exception of Whisper, dressed identically. The Annalist Croaker would come to know that Benefice was male during his conversations with the Lady, but was unable to discriminate him from the others visually. He, and the other new Taken, would become the Lady's champions against the New White Rose Rebellion during the events of The White Rose.
The White RoseEdit
Benefice was the sub-commander positioned under the Limper at the major city of Rust during the imperial encirclement of the Plain of Fear. There, like the other Taken in their respective demesnes, Benefice raised his intimidating stella. This was part of the Lady's plan to entrap her enemies Darling and the Black Company, who had been directing Rebel activity from a cavern on the Plain called the Hole for two years.
As Darling and the Plain creatures approached Rust, they struck two of the other new Taken (non-fatally) from the sky; Benefice and the Limper were later seen on their flying carpets fleeing Rust.
Benefice was given the most responsibility of all the Taken in the airborne attack on the windwhales over Darling's army as it marched westward to Horse. In this battle, Benefice personally controlled a W-shaped formation of five massive carpets. Later, after the empire forged an alliance with Darling, he went on a two-day journey by carpet for the Lady, and tracked down an artifact that proved to be useless and was then used as a doorstop by the Eternal Guard.
Benefice next participated with the rest of the new Taken at the Battle of the Barrowland, during which the Dominator was finally killed. In the aftermath of the battle, Silent performed the Rite of Naming on the Lady, stripping her of all her magical power. Benefice automatically lost his power too, and was apparently killed after plummeting from the sky. Benefice was not among those Taken who were specified to have survived many years later, in Bleak Seasons, by Otto and Hagop.
|Whisper • Journey • Feather • Benefice • Blister • Creeper • Learned • Scorn|