The Lance of Passion was centuries-old artifact that the Black Company has carried since the group's creation in Khatovar. It was a wooden pole over 3 meters long and with a spearhead about 45 cm (18 inches). The pole was also used to carry the Black Company standard, which hung from a crosspiece. The position of standard-bearer was a highly-respected role within the Company.
|“||It did not look like something that ought to excite the envy of a blacksmith, let alone great powers. It was nothing but one rusty old spearhead atop a long wooden shaft. Five feet down from the head there was a cross-piece four feet long tied to the shaft. From that hung the black banner...||”|
The spearhead of the Lance was actually a Shadowgate key, allowing its bearer a safe passage through the Plain of Glittering Stone. But this functionality was utterly forgotten by the Company for hundreds of years, until the events of the Books of Glittering Stone.
The spearhead was an incredibly effective weapon when used against sorcerers. Wounds inflicted by it delivered horrible magic. The standard-bearer Murgen used it against Lisa Daele Bowalk to great effect, and shortly after impaled Moonshadow, rendering the powerful Shadowmaster helpless. Later, Croaker would stab the Howler with the Lance. Howler suffered excruciating agony and was barely able to escape, and his ally Longshadow spent almost a week, without sleep, removing the dangerous sorcery from Howler's body.
Before the Annals Edit
Mythic origins Edit
There were eight such spears and each of the Free Companies of Khatovar were given one. The metal spearheads were said to have been forged from the sword of a demon king devoured by Kina. The shafts of the lances were also legendary. The myths held that they were created from body parts of various deities (including bones from Kina herself), and some were created from the wood of a tree which imprisoned a goddess.
The brothers of the Black Company had forgotten that they possessed such a powerful weapon. It was just used as a shaft for their banner, of which there were at least two.
The White RoseEdit
Murgen used the spearhead of the Lance to inflict a terrible wound on Lisa Daele Bowalk during the Battle of Dejagore. Outside the city, he then impaled Moonshadow with it. When the battle turned against the Company, he discarded the Lance to put on Croaker's Widowmaker suit of armor in an attempt to stop the tide of fleeing soldiers. It was picked up by Soulcatcher and her minion Frogface.
Dreams of SteelEdit
Soulcatcher returned the Lance to Croaker during his captivity with her. He carried it with him in Taglios while he was disguised as a Shadar bodyguard of Soulcatcher, who was herself masquerading as her sister Lady. When they were attacked by the Howler (who had been sent by Longshadow to kidnap Lady), Croaker inflicted wounds on the Howler with the Lance. Longshadow spent almost an entire week, without stopping, removing the agonizing sorcery from the Howler's body.
She Is the DarknessEdit
The Lance was sealed beneath the Plain along with Murgen and the rest of the Captured. It never left the Plain of Glittering Stone. Once the Captured were rescued, they accidentally found Kina's resting place. Goblin attacked her with the Lance, trying to buy time so that others could escape. The Lance's spearhead remained inside Kina's body afterward, and was apparently disintegrated during Goblin's later attack on Kina.