Plain of Fear

Map of the area of around the Plain of Fear

The Plain of Fear is a bizarre desert in the eastern portion of the northern continent. Among its many dangers are reality-distorting "change storms" which can transform any living thing unfortunate enough to be caught in them. It is inhabited by over 40 unique and intelligent species such as windwhales, flying mantas, reversed centaurs, talking buzzards, and mysterious talking stones called menhirs. Most important is Father Tree, an alien entity worshiped by all the creatures and the rare wild human tribes as their god.

The Plain was the home of the Black Company for two years before the opening events of The White Rose. The hordes of Plain monsters became critical allies to Darling's New White Rose Rebellion.

Before the AnnalsEdit

In the distant past, possibly 1,000 years before the Dominator, a profoundly powerful sorcerer became a monstrous tyrant but was overthrown and buried alive. To keep him within the ground, the victors summoned an "adolescent god" from another world or plane, who appeared in the shape of a sapling. The summoning was so explosive that "thousands perished and counties were devastated", indicating that the Plain had once been populated by humans. The god-tree grew his roots and entrapped the evil tyrant, and the Plain became populated with the bizarre species that leaked over from the tree's world. He became Father Tree, and he and his prisoner became all but forgotten by humanity.

For centuries afterward, Father Tree protected and commanded the Plain creatures, and was worshiped as a deity by "scarce wild human tribesmen" who inhabited the desert.

In the years leading up to The Black Company, Soulcatcher pursued the notorious Rebel general Whisper through the Plain of Fear after battling her at Were and at Rust.

The Black CompanyEdit

Whisper, after being Taken by the Lady, defeated the armies of her former allies Moth and Sidle in the Plain of Fear. Not long after that, the Taken Nightcrawler led an army through the Plain and approached the suburbs of the Rebel-held Thud.

Shadows LingerEdit

In the years leading up to Shadows Linger, the Black Company crossed the Plain of Fear alongside larger armies of Imperial regulars, under the aegis of the Taken Whisper and Feather. Despite their powerful backup, the Company still lost at least two men (Cougar and Fleet) to the dangers of the Plain. In the eastern town of Tome, Croaker would recall this memory with immense dread; to his chagrin, they would soon be ordered to return west, back across the Plain. The Company and a caravan were led across the Plain by the Limper, but Croaker was flown over the airspace via Whisper aboard her flying carpet. Despite a harrowing encounter with flying mantas, those on the carpet were unharmed.

The White RoseEdit

The diminished Black Company (now enemies of the Lady) and Darling entered at the Plain four years after the Battle of Juniper to escape the new Taken. With the menhirs' permission, they made their headquarters in a stinking, cramped series of caverns called the Hole, not far from Father Tree. For two years after their arrival, Darling and the Company orchestrated their New White Rose Rebellion against the Lady and her empire.

Father Tree begets a Sapling son, and gives him to his new servant Tracker to assist Darling and the Lady in their upcoming battle with the Dominator. The Sapling was removed from the Plain, replanted in the Barrowland, and had the silver spike containing the Dominator's dangerous power driven into its trunk.

The Silver SpikeEdit

A vast army of Plain creatures is granted by Father Tree to Darling during the events of The Silver Spike. A second, potentially larger force, is sent out from the Plain to rendezvous with the first group outside the city of Oar. There, the combined Plain horde helps defeat the Limper and secure the silver spike for the second, and final, time. The horde returns to the Plain and Darling gives Case a tour of the abandoned Hole.

Soldiers LiveEdit

Croaker mentions the Plain of Fear when observing the Unknown Shadows whilst at the Abode of Ravens. He speculates the inhabitants of the Plain of Fear may have came into being in a similar, but unrelated way much like the shadows on the glittering plain.