Fireball projectors were an invention of Lady during the Black Company's campaigns of the south. They were used extensively to fight the shadows of Longshadow both before, during, and after the Siege of Overlook, the crows of Soulcatcher, and were even used to against human adversaries and to melt fortifications. Lady employs a fireball projector during the fight with Lisa Daele Bowalk, albeit unsuccessfully. Soulcatcher narrowly avoided being assassinated by the defector Khusavir Pete, who launched a fireball at her immediately after the Company and their Nyueng Bao counterparts passed through the shadowgate onto the Plain of Glittering Stone to rescue the Captured.
Construction and development Edit
Lady began acquiring vast amounts of bamboo while the Company was headquartered in Taglios. This served a double purpose, as it confounded her enemies as well as providing her with a strong sorcerous weapon in the upcoming fight against Longshadow and the traitor Mogaba, who had recently changed sides after the Siege of Dejagore. One-Eye was responsible for administering the vast armories of Lady, as revealed by Murgen during one of his ghost walks. Originally, the weapons could only be employed to fight shadows, as they were wildly inaccurate unless aimed at shadows.
Eventually, the weapons were developed and improved by the hands of the Company engineers Cletus, Longinus, and Loftus. These developments vastly improved their range and overall firepower, and became indispensable during the Siege of Overlook. The new weapons could accurately hit targets kilometers away with devastating force. The weapons were so versatile that from their inception through the voyage to the Land of Unknown Shadows, the Company continued to both carry and construct more of the weapons.