The man known only as the Lieutenant was the lieutenant of the Black Company during the Books of the North. In his youth he sailed as a cabin boy, where he learned ships. Later he received an education in military engineering, specifically siege weapons. By the time he joined the Black Company he was already an experienced soldier and tactician.
The Lieutenant was a staunch traditionalist when it came to matters of the Black Company and did not often fraternize with the other members. When he did socialize it was over a game of tonk. He was a poor tonk player, even worse than One-Eye. According to Croaker he had a bizarre sense of humor though he seldom showed it.
The Black CompanyEdit
After the uprisings in Beryl, the Black Company entered into the service of the Lady. The Lieutenant and the rest of the Company sailed aboard the imperial flagship, The Dark Wings, from Beryl, across the Sea of Torments, to Opal. When he first saw the massive vessel, he implied that the oversize ship would not be seaworthy without sorcery, according to his seaman experience.
When the Captain died during the Battle of Juniper, the Lieutenant was distraught. He was elected captain of the Black Company but never assumed the title, still preferring to be called "the Lieutenant", even after leading the mercenary band for over 15 years. During his years of leadership the Company was the backbone of the New White Rose Rebellion and he reported to Darling, the White Rose reborn.