Dakar - Role in the Story (Destiny's Conflict)
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Destiny's Conflict.|
Third Age 5923: Dakar and Daliana transport a bound Lysaer through the Stacks. Daliana disagrees with Dakar's plan to create a proximity ward that will force Lysaer close to her, and leaves with the wagon holding Lysaer. Davien appears before Dakar can set up the ward and warns him not to interfere in Lysaer's fate.
By summertime, Dakar has reached Backwater, where a vision of Arithon accepting child-rights for Vivet's unborn child gets the Mad Prophet ejected from a whore-house. Tarens catches up to him in Daenfal. Dakar refuses to assist the clan effort to extract Arithon until he has contacted Elaira. Dakar and the clansmen spend weeks in Halwythwood, hoping to intercept Elaira. He explains Selidie Prime's current trap to Tarens as well as the reason why Arithon cannot remember Elaira.
Dakar has a Sighted vision of a headhunter ambush supported by True Sect diviners. The vision causes Cosach to give up the search for Elaira and travel north in defense. Dakar reveals to Tarens that he was keeping the clansmen busy until he was sure that Elaira had safely passed to the north. After he realizes that Sethvir has transferred Elaira directly to Althain Tower, he finally agrees to help Cosach reach the Ettinmere Settlement.
Third Age 5924: Cosach, Tarens, and Dakar depart from Halwythwood in the spring. Not eager to reunite with Arithon, Dakar does his best to stall and slips away in Backwater. Tarens searches the town while Cosach secures a boat. After learning about a lyranthe trade to one of the Ettinfolk, Dakar leaves town in the night. He is recaptured by Cosach while heading to Daenfal and the trio regroup to travel to Ettinmere. At the base of Tiendarion, Dakar fashions wards to avoid detection by the Ettin shamans.
Tarens travels ahead up Tiendarion and encounters Arithon capturing iyats with Shadow and song. Cosach follows and challenges the prince to help defend Rathain's clans from The Hatchet's invasion force. Dakar's arrival triggers a memory of Arithon's capture at Caith-al-Caen by Eriegal and the Koriathain in Third Age 5674. Because of the oath sworn over Rathain's crown at Athir in Third Age 5671, Dakar provided the Koriathain with Arithon's granted permissions and allowed them to take him into custody.
Cosach knocks Arithon unconscious, realizing that leaving him behind in Havish will allow the Fellowship to intercede in Rathain's defenses. Dakar leaves the unconscious prince a note pointing him towards Sanpashir Desert, then travels with Cosach. Kharadmon appears before Dakar and charges him with Halwythwood's defenses. When challenged, he disowns Cosach from his duties as caithdein.
Dakar is near Caith-al-Caen when he exposes a True Sect trap aided by Koriani spellcraft. In a surprise assault, True Sect arrows are spell-turned to aim at Cosach. Arithon appears on the battlefield in spite of his earlier refusal to assist. His use of Shadow and a storm of iyats provides Dakar with the space to see Cosach's war band to safety.
Dakar creates the illusion of Asandir's black horse to scare off all of the horses in The Hatchet's command post. In the ensuing confusion, Esfand's scouts capture one of the True Sect's copper rods. The clans plant the rod at Caith-al-Caen drawing lightning from seasonal storms to the Fourth Lane and triggering hallucinations in The Hatchet's men across Daon Ramon Barrens. Dakar accompanies the clans as they fall back to Strakewood on Tarens' urging.
Third Age 5925: In late spring, Dakar senses an imminent attack by The Hatchet and urges the clan council to retreat further. Siantra says that Esfand has already given the order but some families refused. A chance encounter with Tarens triggers an immutable prophecy concerning Ettin and Daenfal. Realizing that Deshir does not need a defense after all, Tarens and Dakar flee southward. They encounter Elaira leaving Kewar Tunnel. She reveals that Arithon has been captured by the Ettin shamans, as reported by Sethvir. The trio travel south across Daon Ramon Barrens with Dakar keeping knowledge of what is guaranteed to occur in Daenfal from Elaira.
After a scrying shows Arithon turning towards West Halla, Elaira considers the drastic measure of rejoining the True Sect host in subterfuge. She resumes her role as a True Sect harness mender with Dakar as her assistant, and arranges a position for Tarens under his father, who is now a True Sect veteran.
Elaira feels the effects when Arithon is captured by the Koriathain and bled to weaken him. She tells Dakar and Tarens that Lirenda Prime has made a bargain with the True Sect. In exchange for Arithon's execution, the High Temple of the Light will offer a sanctioned blessing of the Koriathain, allowing them to practice magecraft under Canon Law. When the True Sect army learns that Arithon has been captured, Tarens' father returns from patrol with orders to erect a scaffold for a noon execution.
The trio are hiding in the scaffold when Arithon is being transported to his execution. Elaira notes that Arithon has named Valien as his heir, not realizing that the Fellowship cannot intercede. Dakar and Tarens realize that they have seen the altar above the scaffold before with Sight and Dakar warns everyone to hold steady until the Koriathain's hold on the crown of Rathain has completed. After Arithon is struck by The Hatchet's sword, Elaira pushes past Dakar's objections and tends to Arithon. Dakar accepts his human weakness and helps by extinguishing the True Sect's pyre. He crushes The Hatchet's fingers when the man falls into the pit. As Dakar sets up a local ward, he realizes that Valien's spirit lingers. He helps the toddler cross the veil, simultaneously ending the Fellowship's oath of nonintervention.
Asandir arrives and raises a defensive ward around the scaffold across time and space. He asks Elaira to begin healing Arithon with Kharadmon's assistance. Dakar and Tarens build a litter to transport the prince. At twilight, they transport Arithon through Daenfal to Daenfal Lake, where they vanish.