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The evil brigant chieftain Barnak tricked Evald Senskell, administrator of the Duchy of Skeln while the Duke Corwin Calbraith was away to fight alongside the King, jailed both Evald and Corwin and took the power over Skeln, gaining this way the nickname of The Dark Usurper.[1]

Barnak and his cruel brigands in fact were a thorn in the side for the regent Senskell, that, unable to defeat him, proposed a treaty to stop the raids. The treaty was signed at the castle and followed by a big feast but, in the early hours of the morning, whilst everyone was sleeping off the excess of the night before, Barnak's creatures crept into the castle, captured Senskell and slaughtered anyone who put up any resistance, gaining this way control of the Duchy.[2]

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  1. White Dwarf 61 (January 1985) "The Dark Usurper" (p.28)
  2. White Dwarf 61 (January 1985) "The Dark Usurper" (p.28, section 13)

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