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Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humanity and evil. Some feel she is evil itself.

–From back cover of the The Black Company

The Lady (born Dorotea Senjak) was the ruler of much of the northern continent for generations: first, alongside her husband the Dominator for about a century; and later, as empress in her own right. She was an extremely powerful sorceress, a brilliant strategist, and a natural leader. Throughout her time in the north, four major milestones in her life were marked by passages of the supernatural Great Comet.

The Lady had a hand in the history of the Black Company for decades, and she would establish every sort of relationship with the storied organization imaginable: employer; enemy; ally; and, after joining the group: Annalist, Lieutenant, and even Captain. Her involvement with the Company began when her sister Soulcatcher hired them to serve alongside her Imperial forces in the war against the Rebel armies of the Circle of Eighteen. After tragically losing her ability to employ sorcery at the Battle of the Barrowland, she dropped her "the" honorific (becoming simply Lady) and departed her empire, never to return. In the southern continent, she would officially join the Black Company and even marry its Captain, Croaker, to whom she had been attracted for years. Her child with him was kidnapped by the cult of the Stranglers shortly after birth. She kept the Company alive with indispensable leadership and inventions during the Shadowmaster wars, and was a key player in the final struggle against the dark goddess Kina.

In her youth she may have been identified as Princess Bathdek, the central figure of the dubious Domination-era narrative found in Port of Shadows. Evidently she was given the nicknames Kitten and Koneko during her time in the Ghost Country.

Before Croaker's Annals[]

Early life[]

The Lady, born Dorotea Senjak, was one of four daughters of Baron Senjak, a noble from an unspecified western kingdom. She claimed that her mother was the basis of the Sleeping Beauty legend, and that her father took no pains seeking a cure for her ailment. Rather he was content to let her sleep as she bore him daughters. Centuries later, the Lady and her sister would spend years in similar slumbers, trapped inside both the Barrowland and then the cave of the ancients. Reminiscing about her mother, she would wonder if it were a curse that the women in her family were destined to spend much of their adult lives in enchanted slumbers.

Little is known about Dorotea's childhood, and the veracity of the information that was uncovered is questionable. It is certain that she and her three sisters Ardath, Sylith, and Credence, rivaled one another in their beauty. They all apparently inherited a powerful supernatural ability to command loyalty from men. It is also known that they swapped or obscured their true names, which was a typical practice employed by those who sought to protect their sorcery powers. Dorotea's sister, who became the Taken known as Soulcatcher, told Croaker once that the Lady murdered her twin sister. Subsequent details suggest the victim was Ardath. However, the genealogies that Croaker and Tracker translated state that "Dorotea" was the youngest of the daughters and did not mention a twin. Later information revealed that the histories were half-truths, promoted by the Lady and Soulcatcher themselves to protect their true names. Perhaps the only other recorded detail of Dorotea's early youth was that she was not present when her father, Baron Senjak, brought her three sisters (Ardath, Sylith, and Credence) to a gigantic aristocratic party, during which everyone's names and titles were announced by heralds and scribbled by a record-keeper. The paper records from this otherwise insignificant event would prove to be fateful about four centuries later, at the Battle of the Barrowland.

The Domination[]

Main article: Domination

In her youth she married a powerful wizard, and the couple staged their deaths, possibly more than once, to distance themselves from their family histories and their true names. They came to be known as "the Lady" and "the Dominator", and the rest of the world did not connect this vastly powerful couple to their prior identities. Their loveless marriage was a political alliance, and it was never consummated. They never knew one another's true names, so neither could directly control the other.

La Dame the Lady Black Company by Altie

La Dame, fan art by Altie

She and her husband orchestrated the defeat and capture of their ten most powerful sorcerer adversaries. The Dominator used the horrible Rite of Taking to transform these rivals into the Ten Who Were Taken: enslaved enforcers. The period of the Domination, which lasted for numerous generations, was remembered as an age of evil when the Dominator enforced his will on his subjects with the Lady by his side. 

Bathdek Senjak?[]

The Lady is closely associated with the figure known as Princess Bathdek Senjak in Port of Shadows. In a Domination-era narrative of questionable historical accuracy, Bathdek was kidnapped by a mysterious necromancer known as Papa and taken by him to the Ghost Country, where he referred to her as "Kitten". Kitten shared what knowledge she had of the Blessing, the Dominator's ritual that allegedly bestowed semi-eternal life, with Papa. He in turn used it to stabilize the condition of Laissa, a Senjak sister who had been murdered by the Dominator but was restored to life by Papa. Bathdek/Kitten eventually escaped from Papa and returned to the Domination, where her mother Banat Senjak determined that Papa had surgically removed her right ovary.

It is unclear which of the details regarding Bathdek Senjak in Port of Shadows match up with the truth about the Lady's past.

Defeat by the White Rose[]

None could stand against the Dominator and the Lady until a mysterious woman called the White Rose led a successful rebellion against them in the Great Forest. The final battle was fought under the light of the Great Comet. Despite their defeat, their power was so great that they could not be wholly destroyed. Instead, the Lady and the Dominator were locked away in the sorcery-guarded Great Barrow at the center of the Barrowland deep within the forest, north of their former empire. The Ten Who Were Taken and numerous subordinate demons like Tracker and Toadkiller Dog were interred in smaller barrows arranged in a geometrical pattern surrounding them.

Resurrection and new Empire[]

Main article: the Lady's Empire

Three hundred and seventy years after the end of the Domination, a wizard named Bomanz attempted to make contact with the Lady during her imprisonment. His goal was to learn arcane secrets from her, and he believed that he knew her true name, which could be used to protect himself and to compel her. Unaware that she was subtly guiding the hidden organization of the Resurrectionists the whole time (including Bomanz's own son Stancil) he accidentally played a role in liberating her and the Ten Who Were Taken exactly ten passages of the Great Comet (370 years) after her burial there. Somehow, she left her husband trapped in the Great Barrow, to build an Empire of her own. After wiping out the remaining Resurrectionists "root and branch" to ensure the Dominator remained imprisoned, she and the Ten constructed the imposing Tower at Charm, amassed huge armies, and bred the black stallions. The Taken marched forth from there and reconquered the old territories of her husband in the consolidation wars. Then, they expanded to new lands.

Eventually, the Rebel rose up against the Lady and her Taken. They rallied around the banner of the long-dead White Rose. They were commanded by a group of wizards who called themselves the Circle of Eighteen, and their strength was in the east, especially in giant border cities like Rust. The fighting grew fiercer and the Circle managed some impressive victories over the Ten and their Imperial armies. 

The Black Company[]

Lady by Mikey Patch

Fan art by Mikey Patch

Seeking to annex the oldest of the Jewel Cities, the Lady sent Soulcatcher to Beryl (located on the southern continent) as her legate. Soulcatcher sought to gain the service of Beryl's navy, but ended up with a much more fateful prize. The Black Company, last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, was under the employ of the Syndic of Beryl, though they wished to be free of their contract. Soulcatcher, never one to let an opportunity slip away, engineered the assassination of the Syndic, securing both the commission of the Black Company, and the support of Beryl through a new puppet Syndic who was loyal to the Lady's Empire.

With the Black Company supporting her army, the Lady continued her attempts to secure her empire. After several impressive victories, including the slaying of Raker (one of the Circle), the Lady began to take special notice of the Company. She eventually granted the Captain – the leader of the mercenary band – powers typically reserved to the Ten Who Were Taken. She also took an interest in the group's physician and historian, Croaker, who in his spare time had been writing romantic fantasies about the Lady.

When the Company stumbled into a cache of Rebel intelligence in the Forest of Cloud that documented the betrayal of one of her own Taken – the Limper – the Lady decided to reward the mercenaries. She chose two of their members, Croaker and the newest recruit, Raven, and had them lay an ambush for the Limper and the best Rebel general, Whisper. The trap was successful. Raven was rewarded with the chance to slay the Limper, who had engineered Raven's own downfall less than one year prior. Croaker was rewarded when the Lady arrived in person. After being subjected to her Eye, which laid his mind bare to her, he was permitted to see her perform the Rite of Taking on Whisper, making her the first person to be Taken in centuries, and the first of the new Taken. The Lady also tortured the Limper and had him flown by her dragonfly demon back to Charm, but only after all his hated enemies refused to execute him.

The Black Company Campaign Setting Cover Art by Wayne Reynolds

The Lady during the Battle of Charm, from the cover of the Campaign Setting RPG

After this, the Lady shifted focus to the far east of her realm, sending her new general Whisper to crush the Rebel there. Meanwhile the Black Company proved to be the Empire's best fighters but seemed to be stuck in a perpetual state of fighting retreat towards Charm. Harden and the bulk of the Rebel army dogged their steps. Once her forces had been gathered at Charm, the Lady's strategy became evident. She meant to stage one final battle on her own terms outside her Tower, to rid her empire of the Rebel once and for all. Using information gleaned from Croaker's mind via the Eye, she also confirmed that several of her Taken were plotting against her. Before the battle began in earnest, the Black Company managed to capture two recent replacement members of the Circle, the newlyweds Feather and Journey. Secretly, within the Tower, the Lady enslaved the pair by the Rite of Taking, making them the second and third new Taken.

Battle of Charm[]

The Battle of Charm began in force under the light of the Great Comet, exactly 37 years after her liberation from the Barrowland. The Lady chose Croaker to document it all as he saw it, even inviting him to her side. He wrote later that he thought her gravest concern was history portraying her inaccurately, should she lose. She granted Croaker a private meeting inside her personal residence within the Tower, and gifted him a magnificent black bow which he would use in the upcoming bloodshed. During the fighting, the Lady was betrayed by the three women among the Ten Who Were Taken. But even as the loyalists and traitors among the Ten killed each other, the Lady's gambit was a success. Through the battle she rid herself of disloyal Taken, the Rebel leadership (the Circle), and nearly the entirety of their forces. Of the Ten Who Were Taken, only the Limper would survive in her service (and secretly, Shapeshifter). Even her dangerous, traitorous sister Soulcatcher was decapitated by Croaker and presumed dead after a wild pursuit led by the Lady herself. She returned with Croaker to the Tower aboard her damaged flying carpet as the battle drew to a close.

Shadows Linger[]

Lady (Shadows Linger) by Виталий Стрелец

The Lady in Juniper, fan art by Виталий Стрелец

After the Battle of Charm, there was little resistance to the Empire. The highly decorated Black Company hunted remnants of the Rebel army in the eastern regions, and continued to stamp out the fires of rebellion where they could find them. But peace was not destined to last. 

The Lady received troubling news and a plea for help from Duke Zimerlan, ruler of Juniper, a port city far outside the borders of her empire, in the distant northwest corner of the world. Suspicious of her husband's involvement in this trouble, the Lady ordered the Black Company to the Barrowland. A select few trusted members, including Croaker whom the Lady had not forgotten, were flown to Juniper to investigate the mysterious black castle.

With the help of the new Taken and intelligence from the locals, the Lady's fears were confirmed. The black castle was a doorway the Dominator meant to use to break back into the world. The Lady traveled to the city to orchestrate the siege of the castle: the Battle of Juniper. The Dominator was foiled, but not without cost to the Lady. One of the new Taken, Feather, was slain and the entire Black Company deserted the Lady upon the discovery of Whisper's conspiracy against them. The Lady used her psychic connection to Croaker to attempt to lure him back, but he refused multiple times. Instead, he set a trap for the Limper, who was dismembered and left for dead once again. The Company escaped with a mute young girl named Darling (considered to be the reborn White Rose) into the Plain of Fear.

On The Long Run short story arc[]

The Lady orders her new Taken and some conventional armies to pursue the Black Company throughout the On The Long Run arc of short stories, a duration of 4 years. A total of 4 of her new Taken – not named in the Annals – are killed during this time frame.

In "Cranky Bitch", the Lady appears to Croaker in a brief, soundless vision, indicating that she has found him from afar. Sometime later, in "Leta of the Thousand Sorrows", Croaker believes that he was again observed by the Lady on two separate occasions, but he is less certain these times.

"Shaggy Dog Bridge"[]

Next, in "Shaggy Dog Bridge", the Lady contacts Croaker much more directly, this time speaking to him. This occurs while her new Taken are clashing with Blind Emon in a ferocious duel of sorcery nearby above the Master's castle. While Croaker relieves himself in the woods, the Lady's crow lands, emits a glow, and her face appears. He is terrified, but when she asks him to return to her service, he is genuinely tempted despite the foolishness of the idea. He becomes aware she is simultaneously examining his memories for the impressions left behind by Emon. Before he can answer, the vision departs without warning. Shortly afterward, the Lady berates her soldiers by speaking through this crow at the Master's bridge over the Rip, threatening to come out in person to take charge. The Lady's crow suddenly shrieks that she can "smell" the enemy nearby, and her men charge out, only to be killed in the ambush set for them by Emon and the Company.

Queen's Bridge[]

The Lady's pursuit of the Black Company finally produced results at the Battle of Queen's Bridge. There, her Nightstalker Brigade (probably commanded by Brigadier Wildbrand) killed or captured half the Company, helping restore the Lady's damaged prestige:

The proudest honor on the standard of the Nightstalkers was their defeat of the Black Company at Queen’s Bridge. Before Queen’s Bridge those mercenaries had been so glibly invincible that half the empire had been convinced the gods themselves were on their side.

The White Rose[]

Croaker and Lady by Pti-SPB Olga Sluchanko

Croaker and the Lady embrace for the first time, before Battle of the Barrowland, fan art by Pti-SPB (Olga Sluchanko)

During 2 years of calm, the Lady began amassing her forces on the borders of the Plain of Fear. She had added 5 additional members to the new Taken by this time, and all of their armies prepared to destroy the encircled Black Company and Darling, to end the New White Rose Rebellion. During a spectacular battle outside Horse, the Lady showcased her ingenious new flying carpets, and took a grave toll on Darling's force of bizarre monsters from the Plain. Their conflict was left unresolved due to the rise of a bigger evil: the return of the Dominator. After a risky gambit during which the Lady permitted herself to be powerless, she and Darling joined forces. No longer being on opposed sides, Croaker and Lady grew a bit closer. She even confided in him a frightening secret that would soon be known to all. She flew him to a point in the sky where the approaching Great Comet was visible. The celestial object which has so often been a harbinger of change in her life has supernaturally broken its astronomical cycle about 14 years too early.

Despite the odds, they defeated the Dominator at great costs at the Battle of the Barrowland. Immediately after the fighting was finished, the Lady closed the Rite of Naming on Darling, stripping away the young woman's anti-magic null power. In an immediate response, the Company sorcerer Silent did the same thing to the Lady. Though still alive, the Lady was now a mere mortal for the first time in her life, powerless in the ways of sorcery and vulnerable as never before. Her new vulnerability was not publicly known, however, so she still conducted herself as a vastly powerful sorceress. She headed back to the Tower at Charm with the 6 remaining members of the Black Company as her new personal bodyguard.

Shadow Games[]

The Lady decides to leave the Empire, as her loss of sorcery would eventually be discovered and she would be overthrown. But she wants time to set up a smooth transition to the heirs of the administration, leaving Croaker to wait and worry whether she will accompany him southward at all.

The Lady joins them shortly after their departure from the Tower, bringing a wagon filled with talismans (including Shapeshifter's bizarre staff and the ancient Carqui sword), as well as 8 priceless black stallions, and they set south for fabled Khatovar. She dines with Croaker in Opal, surrounded for the very last time by fawning, awestruck servants and subjects. She cancels the barge Croaker had arranged for the transit across the Sea of Torments, and instead orders that the flagship of the empire, The Dark Wings, sail them all to Beryl. During the trek, she drops the honorific "the", becoming simply "Lady".

Joining the Black Company[]

Lady with stallion by Виталий Стрелец

Lady with a black stallion, fan art by Виталий Стрелец

Although Lady is sworn into the Company, she initially avoids pulling her weight. Unaccustomed to being a subordinate, she shirks duty shifts and does not respect the chain of command, irking Croaker. In Gea-Xle, she meets up with Shapeshifter (in disguise as a mystic called Eldon the Seer) and Lisa Daele Bowalk (who is not recognized by the others), and she brings the pair along on their quest south without consulting Croaker. She does not disclose their identities, but Croaker surmises the truth.

Lady discovers that she is inexplicably regaining her talent for sorcery. She begins to train in secret to build up her lost power. Croaker gets suspicious of her two guests and calls her out on their journey down to the great river's Third Cataract aboard their fortified river barge. While they are being attacked by the Howler and his swamp pirates, she agrees to follow Croaker's orders and to stop keeping secrets from him. In return, Croaker has Frogface return Shapeshifter's staff, which Shifter uses to blast the Howler's pirates into complete defeat.

Taglios and the Shadowmaster wars[]

In Taglios, the Company's military expertise was requested by the Taglian prince, the Prahbrindrah Drah, and his influential sister, the princess Radisha Drah. With the Company now directing the Taglian military in the Shadowmaster wars, Lady decided to add some psychological warfare tactics to their arsenal by commissioning some terrifying armor sets. Astride their massive black stallions at the Battle of Ghoja Ford, Lady and Croaker suit up and take on new personas: she is known as Lifetaker and Croaker is Widowmaker. With her flashy armor and her talent for sorcery inexplicably being restored, they set off to liberate Dejagore, the city referred to by its captors as Stormgard. Unknown to Lady, her costume bore a resemblance to the imagery surrounding the goddess Kina, the true source of her restored sorcery powers. She and Croaker finally consummate their relationship in the bastion of Dejagore, the night before the battle with the Shadowmaster relief force.

At the Battle of Dejagore, Lady was one of the first to see the tide of battle turning against the Company. To her horror, Croaker is pierced by an arrow and unhorsed. While Murgen takes Croaker's Widowmaker armor and attempts to stem the tide of a dangerous route, Lady battles fiercely towards them, cutting down all in her path. But as the battle turns increasingly sour, her panic overwhelms her. Her focus breaks and her skill is replaced with desperation to save her beloved. The enemy senses her change and pushes her from her mount. Lost beneath a heap of corpses, she is believed by all to be killed.

Dreams of Steel[]

Lady pulled herself from the pile of dead men outside Dejagore. After recovering the priceless Carqui sword, she escaped the abandoned battleground and found a hollow, where she slept for the night. She awakened to a patrol of two Shadowlanders who had spotted her, and struggled to form a simple but flashy and dangerous spell called a Golden Hammer to defend herself. She next met two strange men, Narayan Singh and his companion Ram, who claimed to have stumbled upon her. They offer to be her bodyguards for the night and escort her to safety.

Back in Taglios, Lady put Narayan to work to rebuild a Taglian military. Along with Blade, Narayan was made a leader in her militia. Narayan instructed her in the bloodless rumel killing techniques of his cult, the Deceivers (also called Stranglers) who worship Kina. They involved her in murderous rituals in the Grove of Doom, and they seemed to think she was a messianic figure called the "Foretold" in their forbidden religion.

Dorotea Senjak in Taglios by Виталий Стрелец

Lady in Taglios, fan art by Виталий Стрелец

Meanwhile, her support within Taglios began to erode. The religious leaders tried to eliminate or at least undermine her by publicly announcing that the custom in Taglios was for a woman to commit ritual suicide (suttee) upon the death of her husband. The priests ignored the fact that Lady was not a follower of their customs and profaned her for not following suit as the wives of other dead soldiers did. Guided and assisted by Narayan, Lady infiltrated the priests' camp and killed the head Shadar priest Jahamaraj Jah by strangulation, per the traditions of Narayan's cult.

Later, Lady shared a dinner with the prince of Taglios, the Prahbrindrah Drah, at the opulent Taglian olive grove and mineral baths. She informed him that she had taken the Black Company's charter over and still expected the payment due for their service when she is finished, reminding him of the bloody penalty prior clients faced when they attempted to renege. Immediately after the meeting, she foiled an assassination attempt that had been set in motion by Chandra Chan Tal, one of the most influential Gunni priests, and soon had her Strangler allies kill him and several others.

She had still more confrontations with other religious leaders of Taglios, who refused to unify or cooperate with her despite the grave Shadowmaster threat and the Black Company's mandate. Lady finally grew tired of their meddling and plotted to get rid of them. She had the major priests of all three Taglian religions – Gunni, Shadar, and Vehdna – gather in a city square, where they were ambushed and killed by her soldiers. The Massacre at Khadi Junction succeeded in giving the Prahbrindrah and his sister, the Radisha Drah (the Black Company's employers) firmer control over their sovereignty, despite their horror over the unapproved bloodshed.

Lady next led the assassination of Shadowspinner. Instead of ending the Siege of Dejagore, however, she took command of the leaderless Shadowlander army and continued the siege. Her goal was to force Mogaba to withdraw his claim to the Captaincy of the Black Company.

After months of misinterpreting the signs and symptoms, Lady learns from the Radisha's personal physician Doctor Dahrhanahdahr that her nauseating condition is the result of pregnancy. In her new fortress south of Taglios, she completes her Annals and awaits Croaker's return until she finally gives birth. But before she can even name her newborn girl, her trust of her Strangler allies bears terrible fruit. The infant is kidnapped by Narayan Singh and his minions: it was Lady's unborn child, not Lady herself, who was Kina's "Foretold" messiah figure. During the abduction, her loyal follower, Ram – himself a Strangler – betrays his comrades to defend Lady's child, and kills four of them before being slain himself. Lady, still separated from Croaker by the surging and uncrossable Main river, and now without her newborn, swears vile vengeance upon Singh and the entire Deceiver cult.

Bleak Seasons and She Is the Darkness[]

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Lady as "Lifetaker" by Raymond Swanland

The Company, with Lady as her husband's Lieutenant (second-in-command), spent the next several years as the champions of Taglios in the final stages of the Shadowmaster wars. Lady personally invented and organized the mass production of the fireball projectors, a new type of weapon to counter the enemy's terrifying and lethal shadows. Without these weapons the Company would have been completely exterminated by the avalanche of shadows at the Battle of Lake Tanji, and again during the Siege of Overlook.

Throughout these years, she and Croaker also used resources of the Company, and Taglios in general, to mercilessly persecute the Stranglers and attempt to reclaim her kidnapped daughter.

At the end of She Is the Darkness, Lady, Croaker, and other members/allies/prisoners of the Company were outsmarted by Soulcatcher. Lady's insane sister imprisoned them in a frozen stasis in the cave of the ancients beneath the fortress with no name in the center of the vast and lethal glittering plain.

Water Sleeps[]

Lady and the other Captured remained frozen throughout the 15-year gap between She Is the Darkness and Water Sleeps. Sleepy, the ranking member of the Company (Annalist) not to be captured, still respected that Croaker was Captain and Lady was Lieutenant throughout this entire period, despite their coma-like imprisonment. After a carefully-orchestrated journey, Sleepy and her ragtag group arrived and awakened Lady alongside Croaker, Murgen, Thai Dei, and the Prahbrindrah Drah at the end of Water Sleeps.

Soldiers Live[]

Lady spent the next four years at the Abode of Ravens in Hsien, where she began aging quite visibly. She accompanied her husband to the Voroshk world in the special mission to assassinate Lisa Daele Bowalk, the forvalaka, to avenge the recent murder of One-Eye. She was stunned by her husband's move which tricked the Voroshk into blasting open their own Shadowgate, leaving their entire world open to a nightmarish shadow invasion.

In the homeworld, the long-awaited reunion with her daughter ended in tragedy, as the girl attempted to strangle her with a rumel. Croaker was late to intervene and Lady was left in a coma. She was healed with Tobo's intercession. Soon after, she was given an incredible gift: she had her immense talent with sorcery restored by Croaker after he switched places with Shivetya.

Many names[]

Ardath and Dorotea[]

The Lady (Dorotea) and her three sisters (Credence, Sylith, and Ardath), were the daughters of Baron Senjak. Dorotea may have been the eldest – she was older than Ardath and older than either Credence or Sylith, perhaps both. She may have also been a twin, though that sister reportedly died before she was old enough to marry. Like apparently all people who had access to sorcery, at least two of the sisters sought to protect their true names and would go on to become the Lady and Soulcatcher. Though the mechanics are not explained in detail, they may have murdered their other sisters and suppressed their original identities, obscuring their true names as diligently as possible.

The switch protected Soulcatcher until her true name was somehow uncovered and she was Taken by the Dominator. For unexplained reasons, Soulcatcher never used the Lady's true name against her sister... neither during the Domination nor during the Lady's Empire. She still referred to the Lady as "Ardath" as late as the events of Soldiers Live. Speculatively, a dead-man's loop might have been involved (like the one used by Shapeshifter on Lisa Daele Bowalk), or, the Lady used the Eye to erase her name from her sister's memory.

The Lady's true name was never known to the Dominator. Centuries after the Domination ended, at the Battle of Juniper, the Dominator tried to use the name "Ardath" in his first failed attempt to close the Rite of Naming against her. She mockingly used the name Ardath when she accompanied Croaker to the Hole in disguise. Later, at the Battle of the Barrowland, the Dominator incorrectly guessed "Sylith", which surprised Croaker since – after his research – he also thought Sylith was her true name. The Limper named her "Credence", also incorrectly, and suffered gravely for his mistake. Finally, Silent utilized her true name, correct only by process of elimination. And, although it was not stated explicitly in the Annals, this exposed Soulcatcher's true name to be Credence Senjak. The Dominator knew Soulcatcher's true name, using it to Take her centuries ago, and he would not have used Soulcatcher's name in his two attempts ("Ardath" and "Sylith") to disarm the Lady.

"The" honorific[]

In the northern continent, while she was one of the most powerful sorcerers alive, Dorotea Senjak was known as the Lady. Later, after she lost her powers and traveled south, she dropped the honorific and became simply Lady.

In other media[]

  • In the 1999 PC video game Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor, there is a non-playable character named Dorothy Senjac.
  • In Baldur's gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear two members of a band attacking your character and a would-be companion are names Dorotea and Senjak, respectively.


The gallery below contains fan art by Виталий Стрелец: