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The Crater was a tavern in the city of Juniper which was the site of a bloodless Black Company raid in Shadows Linger.

Shadows Linger[]

The Crater was the watering hole where a handful of fugitive Rebel survivors from the Lady's faraway Empire would gather, drink, and swap stories about their time in the service of the Circle of Eighteen. Two of Duke Zimerlan's undercover secret policemen infiltrated the "Crater crowd" to keep tabs on the foreigners who gathered there.

Inquisitor Bullock summoned these two secret policemen to learn about Raven, a member of the Crater crowd who was secretly a deserter from the Empire, not the Rebels. Raven, and two of the genuine Rebels, sold corpses to the black castle.

The Crater was then raided by the entire advance team of the Black Company that was present in Juniper at the time (including the physician and Annalist Croaker, Elmo, the wizard Goblin, Pawnbroker, Kingpin, Otto, Sharkey, Tickle, Crake, Walleye, and Stork), as well as Bullock, 12 of his 13 subordinate Inquisitors, and some of Duke Zimerlan's secret police. The worn-out Rebels had no idea that Raven was the intended target, and surrendered without a fight, stunned that the Black Company had traveled so far to capture them. The raid went "so smoothly there was hardly any notice from the neighbors" and Croaker considered it to be "the slickest raid I'd ever seen". However, it was not a success. Raven, the true target of the Crater raid, was late to the confab and witnessed the entire ordeal safely from a distance, undetected. Whisper and Feather, the new Taken who interrogated the Crater crowd, found them useless and simply turned them over to the Custodians for whatever punishment the locals deemed fit.

The Crater is not mentioned again in the Annals after the raid. However, its continued existence was in serious doubt after subsequent events. The city of Juniper suffered a major uprising led by the senior Custodian, Hargadon, who was protesting the Lady's unspeakably sacrilegious plundering of the Catacombs. The Lady's violent response reportedly laid waste to much of the city. In Pawnbroker's estimation, the city was effectively demolished.

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