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The Dominator, recorded as Erin NoFather in his youth, true name unknown, was the great evil of the North. His wife, the Lady described him as one of only two forces she had encountered that was far beyond her own power (the other being Father Tree). The Dominator was the ruler of the empire called the Domination, controlling a large portion of the Northern Continent through sorcery and sheer force of will.
Before the Annals Edit
Little is known of the Dominator before he created the Domination, some 500 years before the Battle of the Barrowland. He first appeared as Erin NoFather, an unlanded priest of the god Vancer, from the town of Slinger in the kingdom of Vye. To conceal his true name, he destroyed Slinger, slaughtering anyone who had ever lived there. A few years later, when he began forging his empire, he destroyed the kingdom of Vye as well.
Erin NoFather married a woman he knew as Ardath, one of the four beautiful daughters of Baron Senjak. It was a political marriage. Supposedly they were killed by bandits while journeying between Lathe and Ova. A few months later, a new horror declared himself "the Dominator", and his wife was called the Lady.
The Domination Edit
During the Domination, the Dominator enslaved the immortal sorcerers known as the Ten Who Were Taken, absorbing ten of the most powerful wizards of his day as his personal servants (excepting, of course, the Lady, with whom he arranged a political marriage).
In an event which was erased from the historical record, the Dominator failed to kill or Take a sorcerer known as the Master. Although the Dominator slew all but one (Blind Emon) of the Master's own Taken, he could not conquer him. The Master escaped and remained in hiding afterward, independent for centuries after the Dominator's own downfall.
The Dominator was eventually defeated by the White Rose, a general who led a Rebellion against his rule in the Great Forest. Although he was too powerful for the White Rose to destroy, she possessed the strength to entomb the Dominator, the Lady, the Taken, and scores of his demons in the spell-bound, underground chambers of the Barrowland. The Dominator and his wife would lay side-by-side on a pair of stone tables in the middle of the Great Barrow, each enveloped in "humming, crackling forces", for 370 years.
Attempts to escape Edit
Most of the events of the Books of the North were the direct or indirect result of the Dominator's four major plots to escape from the Barrowland. In summary:
- The Black Company – he attempted to overthrow his wife by using the Circle of Eighteen and the three female Taken as his pawns.
- "Tides Elba" – he attempted to cause a child to be conceived by his granddaughter, Tides Elba; this child would become the vessel into which his spirit could escape.
- Shadows Linger – he attempted to create a portal within a Black Castle that would allow him to escape the Barrowland directly.
- The White Rose – he slowly and inevitably re-routed the Great Tragic River so its waters would demolish the Barrowland.
The Black CompanyEdit
Three hundred and seventy years later, the Dominator was left interred in the Barrowland by the Lady, who was freed by the Resurrectionists. Betrayed by his wife, the Dominator began to seek other methods of escape from his imprisonment. First, he managed to exert his influence over the three female members of the Taken and also the many of the Circle of Eighteen. However, the Lady anticipated the influence the Dominator would have over the female Taken, and responded accordingly.
In "Tides Elba", it was revealed that the Dominator was orchestrating the birth of a child who would become a vessel into which his spirit could escape. He was influencing his granddaughter, Tides Elba, to mate with an unidentified male descendant in the city of Aloe. This union was prevented by the Lady with the help of the Black Company.
The Dominator's next strategy revolved around the growth of the Black Castle in Juniper, which turned out to be his oldest escape plan. The inhabitants of that castle sought to create a portal powerful enough to simply draw the Dominator, alive, whole, and in the fullness of his power, out from the shadows of the Barrowland and into the waking world. However, the scheme in Juniper was foiled by the odd customs of the region, which made it hard for the Black Castle to collect corpses needed to power its gateway. When it finally began to grow close, it drew the attention of the Lady and her instruments, the New Taken and the Black Company. In the end, the combined forces of the Lady's Empire defeated the Dominator's Black Watchers, and left him defeated once more.
The White RoseEdit
The Dominator tried his escape one final time, using his power to exert influence on the weather of the region, flooding the Great Tragic River toward the Barrowland and naturally eroding his prison. Two of his powerful minions, Tracker and Toadkiller Dog, were freed from the Barrowland when Raven began to investigate the Dominator's stirrings. Raven's friend Case dispatched all of his findings and speculations to Croaker. Based on the information Raven had gathered, Croaker managed to convince the Lady of the danger. This led to an alliance between the Lady and the New White Rose Rebellion. Together, the combined forces of the Lady and Darling systematically wiped out the Dominator's pets during the Battle of the Barrowland and finally targeted him. In the end, the Dominator was killed, and his evil power was trapped inside the silver spike. However there was a great cost: the Lady lost all of her sorcery, Darling lost her null, and the Black Company was reduced to merely 10 men.
The Silver SpikeEdit
Even after death, the Dominator's shadow still had immense influence over subsequent events. His raw power, trapped within in the silver spike, was the object of a wide variety of power-hungry sorcerers... the most dangerous being the Limper, who was now reduced to simply his head. After violence across several major cities and devastating disease sourced to the spike in Oar, the spike was finally captured. It was disposed of by Father Tree in a cosmic abyss, where the spike would be forever irretrievable to anyone except those whose power already surpassed the Dominator's own.