During their stay in the North, the Black Company took down the Dominator and sealed his essence into a spike of silver. Now, after the Company has left, foolhardy people try to regain the spike, hoping to use it to gain power or wealth. But the essence of the Dominator is too evil, too powerful to be controlled, and everyone who tries to use it ends as its slave.
Nice side story that happens at the same time as “Shadow Games” and shows the final fate of Raven, a member of the Black Company who remained in the North after the departure of the others. Since it is a Cook book, his ending isn’t a nice one. The story was okay, but I thought there wasn’t really much plot, it felt stretched and padded out. If you like the Black Company it might be interesting.