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Change storms are supernatural weather phenomena that occur exclusively within the Plain of Fear, a desert at the heart of the northern continent. The Lady speculated that the storms are the dreams of Father Tree - a speculation Croaker shared and elaborated upon as he described the change storms as "the nightmares of a God". One such storm rapidly grew from 400 yards in diameter to 800. They feature terrible roaring winds, pastel-colored lightning, and most dangerously of all: the ability to temporarily change creatures into different sizes, shapes, and natures.

Creatures native to the Plain such as windwhales and mantas avoid change storms whenever possible. Windwhales, if unable to escape an approaching change storm, will instinctively land on the ground to minimize the possible harm.

Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, Tracker, Toadkiller Dog, and several other participants of the New White Rose Rebellion survived a change storm in chapter 23 of The White Rose. Before that, the Black Company had for 2 whole years on the Plain fortuitously avoided the phenomena since such storms seldom came nearer than 8 miles to the Hole, their headquarters. However, Croaker was familiar with reports of the storms' effects from his prior interviews with Whisper's veterans.

The White Rose[]

Croaker detailed how his first encounter with a change storm temporarily altered reality after the windwhale his group was riding grounded itself intentionally to avoid crashing. One effect was to reveal what was hidden, as was the case when the demons Tracker and Toadkiller Dog briefly lost their human disguises... although this was not understood by witnesses until later. Another effect was to transform human individuals into bizarre shapes and forms. One-Eye "swelled" in size, but he underwent a minor change compared to Goblin, whose head "swelled ten times normal size" and the "rest of him looked inside out". Croaker himself reportedly did not undergo much change, and Goblin joked that Croaker made a speech about the Company's historical campaign against Chew. The only fatality of this change storm was a single manta which crashed into the ground. Though shaken, the group continued on with their mission against Whisper and the other forces of the Lady's Empire the next night.

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