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The Pillar of Anguish is an arrowhead of a chalk headland which thrusts out to the Sea of Torments a day's march east of Beryl. It got its name after the moan the wind made when passing thorough its countless caverns. It features a lighthouse at its edge, near Fortress Island, to guide ships into the city's harbor. It was briefly the headquarters for the Black Company during the first chronicle.

The Black Company[]

The mysterious legate (Soulcatcher) from the north set the anchor of her massive ship, The Dark Wings near Fortress Island. When meeting with Tom-Tom and Croaker and some others, she recommended that the Black Company make camp on the Pillar of Anguish after their contract with the Syndic was terminated. They did so, trusting that the legate would evacuate them as promised. They hedged their bets by killing hundreds of sleeping members of the Urban Cohorts at the Fork Barracks, to ensure their enemies would not besiege them on the Pillar.

On the Pillar of Anguish, the Black Company said their farewells to the camp followers who had joined them. Croaker parted ways with his local lover:

I spent a sad, gentle hour with a woman to whom I meant more than I suspected. We shed no tears and told one another no lies. I left her with memories and most of my pathetic fortune. She left me with a lump in my throat and a sense of loss not wholly fathomable.

They all boarded The Dark Wings and set sail for Opal in the mysterious northern continent.

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