Scorn was one of the new Taken, which was a group of eight powerful sorcerers enslaved by the Lady. Scorn and the rest of the Lady's new Taken dressed identically with the sole exception of Whisper. The Annalist Croaker could not specify if Scorn was male or female. Scorn, and the other new Taken, would become the Lady's Imperial champions against the New White Rose Rebellion during the events of The White Rose.
Scorn, alongside another new Taken called Blister, would eventually prove to be traitorous to their empress.
The White Rose[edit | edit source]
The Lady initially stationed Scorn at the city or town called Hull during the imperial encirclement of the Plain of Fear. There, like the other Taken in their respective demesnes, Blister raised her intimidating stela. 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. Scorn 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.
Scorn decided to partner with Blister to launch a surprise attack on the Lady in the Plain of Fear, knowing she was without magic inside Darling's null. The assassination attempt was foiled by Father Tree, who intercepted their projectiles and blasted Blister and Scorn from their flying carpets. Both of them dropped into venomous land-coral. Soon after, the Lady – thinking her attackers were the usual suspects Limper and Whisper – was somewhat surprised to find Blister and Scorn instead. She performed the Rite of Naming on them, stripping both of them of their powers, and they were left for dead. Scorn perished. (But Scorn's co-conspirator Blister survived: years later, Otto and Hagop informed Croaker and Murgen that Blister was among the five surviving Taken still living under the Empire's domain, albeit still stripped of their power.)
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