The Captain, known by no other name, was leader of the Black Company during the time of Croaker's first and second chronicles. He served as commanding officer since, at latest, the events in Beryl, where the Black Company was maneuvered into the service of the Lady.
Croaker described the Captain as one of the Company's more enigmatic figures: a man who seemed to have successfully severed all connection with his past. Like every Company member at the start of The Black Company, it is known he was born in the Southern Continent. Of the few other concrete details from his past, Croaker recorded that the Captain: was born in one of the Jewel Cities (but not Opal); had been a professional soldier before joining the Black Company; and then became a wanderer after something traumatic overturned his personal life. When he joined the Company, he was eventually elected to become Captain, but by the time of "Tides Elba", no one in the band could remember why. Later events would reveal that the Captain had some minimal training in wizardry, just as Raven had in his youth. This was a common practice for the children of nobles, suggesting he came from an aristocratic family.
Croaker most often described the Captain's direct mannerisms. He was notorious for his bear-like demeanor and way of movement, and possessed a level of determination that seemed to match the Black Company's long trek through history.
The Black CompanyEdit
After the uprisings in Beryl, the Captain accepted a new contract with Soulcatcher, and the Black Company entered the service of the Lady. He and the rest of his men sailed aboard the imperial flagship, The Dark Wings, from Beryl, across the Sea of Torments, to Opal.
As commanding officer, the Captain was responsible for innumerable victories for the Lady's Empire in the North. Through discipline, deception, and execution, the Black Company under the Captain earned a reputation as the best soldiers in the Empire. As a result, the Company gained tremendous prestige, being granted field command over Imperial regulars, and being assigned to all of the most critical and difficult assignments. When the Company was placed in command of Meystrikt, the main fortress of the Salient, the Captain was assigned forces and powers usually reserved for one of the Ten Who Were Taken. This was an unprecedented vote of confidence directly from the Lady, which sent a shock waves of jealousy and surprise throughout the Empire's regular military. At the Battle of Charm, the Captain and the Company (now 1,000 strong) were given pride of place, situated above all the Taken, on the earthen pyramid itself.
Despite his years of excellent service to the Lady, the Captain and the Black Company were still seen as targets by Limper, Whisper, and Feather during the Battle of Juniper. The Captain managed to successfully send away most of the Company's senior membership, who were the most endangered, prior to the battle's climax. The Captain himself fled Juniper by stealing the Lady's flying carpet, revealing for the first time that he had at least some minimal talent for wizardry. He was able to pilot the craft, but, being wholly inexperienced, crashed into the sound and was lost several hundred meters from the fleeing Company ship. Croaker assumes that the Captain was attempting to rejoin his men and his death was not intentional. However, the Captain's sacrifice was not in vain: he succeeded in destroying the last flying carpet in the entire empire, severely handicapping the ability of the Lady and her Taken to hunt his men.