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Rye is a city or noteworthy town of the Lady's Empire in the northern continent that was mentioned twice in The Black Company. Like the city of Elm, Rye is north of the Tower at Charm and south of the province of the Salient.

The Black Company[]

According to the Lieutenant, Rye was being besieged by the Rebel armies of the Circle of Eighteen concurrently with the Black Company's capture of Whisper's hidden base camp in the Forest of Cloud. One of the most effective of the Ten Who Were Taken, Shapeshifter, was sent to Rye to keep the city from Rebel hands. During Harden's siege of Lords, Croaker the Company Annalist recorded a rumor that Shapeshifter had been killed at Rye. The rumor was proven false as Shapeshifter reappeared later. The city of Rye is not mentioned again in the Annals but the rumor of Shifter's death strongly suggests it was captured by the besieging Rebels. It would have been recaptured by the Empire after the combined Rebel armies were crushed at the Battle of Charm.

The Silver Spike[]

Although Rye is not specified by name in The Silver Spike, the city was almost certainly attacked – and possibly sacked – by the Limper (the "wicker man"), Toadkiller Dog, and their ragtag army during their bloody southward march.

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