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 12 feet (3.6 meters) in length, with a spearhead of about 18 inches (45 cm). The lance supported the Black Company standard, which hung from a crosspiece. The role of standard-bearer was a highly-respected position 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, which, like the golden pickax, allowed 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 also 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 his ally’s body.
She Is the DarknessEdit
The Lance was used for its original purpose, as a shadowgate key, by Croaker, Lady, and a procession of about 50 others, including Black Company men, Nyueng Bao bodyguards, and even a few of their prisoners (Soulcatcher, the Howler, Longshadow, and Lisa Daele Bowalk). After they took it to the Fortress With No Name, Soulcatcher sprang her trap, and the Lance was sealed along with Murgen and the rest of the Captured in the Cave of the Ancients. It would never leave the Plain of Glittering Stone.
Once the Captured were rescued 15 years later, the Company accidentally found Kina's resting place, where she attacked them with dangerous wisps of smoke-like magic from her nostrils. Goblin fought back desperately with the Lance, penetrating her upper body with it to buy time for Sleepy, Tobo, Suvrin, and Master Santaraksita to escape.
The wooden pole of the Lance was destroyed after Goblin’s struggle with Kina, but the spearhead remained inside Kina's body. According to Goblin, Kina slowly migrated the spearhead through her flesh to her womb (presumably to expel it). If it was still present in the chamber with her, it would have been disintegrated during Goblin's final attack on Kina.