Raker got word of it and came to Roses to observe, incognito, for several weeks. Soulcatcher, waiting patiently from a window overlooking the trap, absolutely forbade the Company to assassinate Raker lest he become a martyr for the Rebel cause. The whole time the trap was set, Raker did not yield command of the Rebel presence in the Salient to another general, but was deeply distracted in Roses, making the Circle appear impotent. Meanwhile, the Empire made an amnesty offer which some Rebels chose to take, and, some critical supporters who followed Raker south into the Salient pulled out and returned north.
Worse, Raker made two "spectacular, vain" attempts to disarm the trap, discrediting him further. When the rest of the Circle finally ordered Raker to depart the Salient, he refused, causing a major rift that deeply harmed the faith of many Rebels in their movement, just as Soulcatcher intended. Although Soulcatcher was unconcerned if Raker lived or died, Raker's fate was sealed when he gave Otto , a Company soldier, a bloody but non-fatal knife wound.
Hagop insisted Otto's attacker was Raker. Raven and the physician Croaker doubted it, until Raven confirmed it to be true with his wizard's insight. Raven brought Croaker along for hours as he tracked Raker throughout the snowy streets of the massive city.
When they were close enough, Raven used Croaker as bait. Croaker confronted the tall, lean man who Raven assured him was Raker. Raker was confident and unafraid, and somehow knew Croaker's identity. After a brief exchange, Raker attempted to stab the physician twice. Before Croaker could strike back, Raker then used a spell which caused his target to become mesmerized and immobilized by his eyes. Then, just as Raker raised his sword to make the killing blow, he was stabbed in the back by Raven.
Despite the shock and pain, Raker was able to remove the knife. His very last action was to begin singing another spell to defend himself, but, he was quickly tackled and killed by Raven and Croaker.
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Raven decapitated the corpse with a serrated knife, and Raker's head was used to disarm the wardspells on the trap. Raven, Croaker, and Elmo claimed the infamous treasure for themselves. The Company then departed Roses for Meystrikt. Even in death, Raker was involved in one more major humiliation of his nemesis the Limper, who had come to seize the money in the trap.
While the Limper was stalking Raker's trap in Roses, a Rebel uprising took place in Elm , where Lady had essentially banished him. Although Shapeshifter quashed the uprising, the Limper fled Roses in terror of the Lady's wrath for his absence. Soulcatcher's goal of demoralizing the Rebels by discrediting Raker seems to have had only a temporary effect, if any, in the north. In a dramatic reversal, half the Circle of Eighteen rallied the rest of the Rebel in the north.
Most prominently Whisper , the strongest of the Circle, was now redeployed from Rust in the east. The Black Company fought hard but received little help from the two Taken who where with them: Soulcatcher and the Limper. Thousands of Imperials and Rebels died in battle around Roses, and as the Company retreated southward, the Salient fell to the Rebel very rapidly. It would be revealed that the Rebels' stunning victories after Raker's death were the direct result of the Limper's treachery.
Whisper had discovered the Limper's true name in the ancient research of the wizard Bomanz , and she used it to suborn him to betray the Lady and aid the Rebel cause. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Tourists must learn: MP.
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