Murgen was a brother of the Black Company, and as its standard-bearer and later Annalist, one of its most important members. Standard-bearers were responsible for displaying and protecting the Company banner, which was affixed to the ancient Lance of Passion. He was the Annalist for the events of Bleak Seasons and She is the Darkness. Murgen would gain the ability to leave his body and walk freely in spirit form, allowing him to supply priceless military intelligence. Like Croaker, he stood more than six feet tall. Murgen, introspective and taciturn, was described by Lady as "permanently sad" in Dreams of Steel.
Before the AnnalsEdit
Murgen's maternal grandmother had been captured by his grandfather, somewhere in one of the territories that would later become part of the Lady's Empire. The grandmother spoke Groghor, a language which Murgen would partially pick up from her. His grandmother's homeland was wiped out during the consolidation wars of the Lady's new empire, and Groghor became an almost extinct tongue. Much to Murgen's surprise many years later, it would be revealed that Lady herself somehow learned it.
Murgen was born and raised on a potato farm. To get away from farming, he joined one of the Lady's imperial armies. Sometime after this, a Rebel army destroyed his home. Disliking the army, he deserted and joined the Black Company. His mother and maternal grandparents were already deceased before he joined the Company.
The White RoseEdit
After serving in an imperial army, Murgen then joined the Black Company sometime after the end of Shadows Linger. He is mentioned briefly, only twice by name, in The White Rose. He was among the 10 Company survivors of the Battle of the Barrowland. At that time he was 28 years old and was the youngest among them. He set out with Croaker, Lady, One-Eye, Goblin, Otto, and Hagop southward, toward Khatovar, the fabled origin of the Company.
At the Tower at Charm, the Company's new captain, Croaker, was given the rank of general in the Imperial army, and was also appointed a legate. With his newfound powers, Croaker commissioned Murgen as an imperial lieutenant. Murgen made the journey with the 6 other remaining Company members across the Sea of Torments from Opal in the Northern Continent to Beryl in the Southern. At some point during this trek, Murgen started his training as understudy Annalist. Their march southward was prevented by the Shadowmasters and their armies. The Black Company was hired by Taglios to defeat them and Murgen fought in several battles. At first the Company was winning. They defeated several of their armies and even managed to eliminate one of the leaders: Stormshadow. During that confrontation at the Battle of Dejagore, Murgen used the ancient spearhead of the Lance of Passion (affixed to the same pole as the Black Company standard) as a weapon, slashing the forvalaka Lisa Daele Bowalk. In the pitched battle soon afterward, Murgen pierced the Shadowmaster Moonshadow with the Lance, thus rendering the sorcerer powerless.
The defeat of Moonshadow was not enough, and due to unforeseen circumstances the Black Company lost the Battle of Dejagore. Croaker was grievously wounded, so Murgen tried in vain to assume command of the army. He abandoned the standard to put on Croaker's Widowmaker armor, but, he could not stem the tide of retreat.
Dreams of Steel and Bleak SeasonsEdit
After the Battle of Dejagore, Murgen and most of the Company survivors retreated behind Dejagore's city walls, where they suffered the Siege of Dejagore at the hands of Shadowspinner for several months. This is when Murgen recorded the Annals for the events of Bleak Seasons. Lady managed to retreat far away, and she concurrently wrote the Annals of Dreams of Steel. The conditions were very harsh and the mortality rate was high. Mogaba, the highest ranking officer, was the official leader of the Company within the city. His ruthless methods, which involved executions and terror, were supported by the Nar recruits from Gea-Xle. Murgen lead the veterans opposed to Mogaba's actions.
During the siege Murgen fell in love with Ky Sahra, a beautiful Nyueng Bao woman who was the granddaughter of their Speaker, Ky Dam. She had remarkable green eyes, which was uncommon for her people. Murgen saved her and some members of her family, and she later became his wife against the loud protests of the rest of her race. After the siege ended, they went to Taglios with the Black Company. Murgen officially succeeded Croaker as Annalist and was also given his room. About a week later, several Stranglers raided the Palace of Taglios with the intention to kill Croaker, using outdated information about his lodgings. Sahra was supposedly strangled with a rumel during the attack and Murgen was completely devastated. During this time, Murgen frequently exercised "spirit walking" through space and time to gain valuable intelligence about the movements of friends and enemies alike. He was able to do this when in proximity to Smoke, a comatose wizard whose soul had lost its natural anchors to his body.
She Is the DarknessEdit
Murgen and the Company continued their war with the last remaining Shadowmaster: Longshadow. After a long campaign the sorcerer was defeated and captured by the Company during the Siege of Overlook. Longshadow's health was tied to the shadowgate leading to the Plain of Glittering Stone, so he was kept alive out of necessity. Murgen's standard allowed the group to enter the Plain to continue Croaker's search for Khatovar, but their expedition was not successful. They fell into a trap devised by Soulcatcher. Murgen and many of the Company's members became the Captured: frozen beneath the Fortress With No Name at the center of the Plain, within the Cave of the Ancients.
During his imprisonment among the Captured beneath the Plain, Murgen manifested his spirit walking ability again. He discovered his wife was actually alive. Sahra also felt his presence and realized he was imprisoned and in need of help. She and Sleepy led the remnants of the Company against the armies of Soulcatcher and Mogaba for years, referred to as the Kiaulune wars. They remained in touch with him using a magic apparatus called the mist projector, and eventually freed Murgen and the rest of the Captured.
Murgen was part of Croaker's eclectic group of Company members and allies permitted by Sleepy (who was now officially the Captain) to enter the Voroshk world to get revenge upon Lisa Daele Bowalk. Shortly after their arrival in the strange new world, Spiff and JoJo were killed by shadows under the command of the Voroshk. With conventional weapons, specially-prepared magic fetishes, and fireball projectors, they all subdued Bowalk despite her ferocious forvalaka shape. They also defeated 3 Voroshk wizards, one of whom, Shukrat, would later become a member of the Company. The group soon decapitated Bowalk and then incinerated her in a huge pyre. Others who were present during this operation were Lady, Willow Swan, Thai Dei, Uncle Doj, Cratch, Slobo, a group of Unknown Shadows called the Black Hounds, Goblin (possessed by the Khadidas) and the two Chu Ming brothers.
Murgen and several other valuable Company members and allies (most prominently the Howler, the First Father, and Nashun the Researcher) were all killed by shadows at the onset of the Battle of Taglios. This occurred during an ill-advised operation ordered by Sleepy to capture Mogaba in the Palace of Taglios which ended in failure and tragedy.