Learned was one of the new Taken, which was a group of eight powerful wizards enslaved by the Lady. Learned, and the rest of the new Taken with the sole exception of Whisper, dressed identically. The Annalist Croaker could not specify if Learned was male or female. Learned, 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
The Lady initially stationed Learned at a city or town called Rue during the imperial encirclement of the Plain of Fear. There, like the other Taken in their respective demesnes, Learned raised his or her 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.
After the encirclement, a pair of the new Taken was knocked out of the sky by both a swarm of mantas and Darling's null as the Plain army marched on Rust. Learned could have been one of these Taken. Croaker surmised that those two Taken had grim odds of survival that night. Later events would prove that these two must have survived, however, as all seven remaining new Taken were mentioned by name to be alive afterward.
Next, Learned 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. As a result, the new Taken also lost their ability to fly their carpets, and plummeted out of midair, "undone, and soon dead" according to Croaker. Learned would have automatically lost his/her power at this time, and Croaker incorrectly assumed this Taken was killed alongside the others.
Many years later, during the sixth chronicle, it was confirmed that Learned in fact did not die at the Barrowland. Otto and Hagop reported reliable testimony from Imperial officials that Learned, as well as Journey, Whisper, Blister, and Creeper, were all still alive and residing within the Empire's domain... albeit still stripped of their magic abilities.
|Whisper • Journey • Feather • Benefice • Blister • Creeper • Learned • Scorn|