Cheers!!! Looks like someone finally decided that the Black Company needed its own wiki. Anyway, I suggest adding the matter on these long defunct sites to the wiki. The company history and timeline is laid out pretty well on this site -
http://www.angelfire.com/bc/blackcompany/index.html And I think it would be great if someone who can handle Photoshop would refine and replot the rather rough maps on this site -
I am the only one to have done anything at all on this wiki for the last 6 months. Is anyone alive out there?Madscientistjaidev 15:32, September 10, 2012 (UTC)
Not Dead Just Poorly Advertised Edit
I'm reading through the books but I'm not knowledgeable enough for article making yet.
I think that it is sad that Cook never saw fit to release a definitive map for the BC series. They would be really helpful in fleshing out the world and mythology. If anyone is good with image editing, could they please use the maps in the link below to create high quality ones? Thanks. MadScientist (talk) 03:18, April 14, 2013 (UTC)
So I just found this wiki and I have a mixture of joy and sorrow. I haven't finished the series, but I just bought the last four books. I've read the first 5 and The Silver Spike. I'm really glad there is a wiki for The Black Company and I'm honestly surprised there wasn't one made long ago. I'm also a little bummed there is nothing here...yet.
Anyway, I found what I think is the best map of the setting I've seen yet. Here's a link:
On the maps, the cartographer's guild map (from Green Ronin's Black Company RPG) is definitely not accurate, pretty though it may be; it puts Taglios on the Main River. Cook isn't particularly consistent on geography, but one of the things he is clear on is that the Main River and the Great River are different rivers (though the Main River may meet up with the Great River in the delta or just before), and Taglios is just south of the Great River (straddling a small tributary), a good distance north of the Main. The maps Madscientistjaidev links to look closer to being accurate, though they could certainly be prettier. I kind of think both maps put too little space between Jaicur and the Dandha Presh, given that the Black Company supposedly took three years to fight their way from Jaicur to Charandaprash, but that's a point on which Cook's official descriptions in the books are pretty vague and inconsistent.
Geography is definitely one of the toughest parts to nail down in the Black Company, but Abderan Sophist isn't wrong. Green Ronin's book obviously had to extrapolate a lot to offer a complete campaign setting for d20 players to use, and they've used some guesswork, some conjecture, and some inaccuracies. One possibility is just to mark any material from Green Ronin's campaign setting as being such, and make it clear that the accuracy of some of their details is disputed.
Need more info in characters Wiki's on the books of the south and "The books of Murgen". I Wrote a crude addition of a large portion of the books of the south under Lady's link, Because I was a bit annoted that my predecessors only remark was lady and croaker had a baby the rest is inconsequential. Lets just note that Lady wrote her own annals which is the entire Dreams of Steel book... no characters events are inconsequential, especially not Lady; who is a central character!
Lets try to make this wiki a good source of information to future and even prior readers. I don't have time to perform edits often; and do not currently own a paper copy of the books.
Also Characters and plot information need to be added From The Silver Spike book. There is near to nothing written here.
Tarot Tonk Edit
I just finished the third omnibus about a month ago. That ends with She Is The Darkness. Anyway somewhere in the book, Murgen mentioned Tonk and something about a 9 of swords I think it was. Swords is a tarot suit. Is it possible that the company has been playing Tonk with tarot cards? Would this, nay, could this be a clever ruse by Cook to predict stuff? I was looking into the "major arcana" in tarot and there's anout 10 people as characters including one called the hanged man. Could there be Does anyone know enough about tarot to comment/elaborate? I know there's 4 suits of swords, pentacles, rods, and cups and in place of the classic faces there's squire, knight, queen, king, and of course ace. So this adds one card for each suit. There's the major arcana which is 21 cards with the fool, death and all that we've seen in popular culture. These are also numbered, so they could still used for Tonk. Is there a way the company has been playing with tarot cards the whole time and we should have been paying attention to their game to pass the time? 22.214.171.124 06:02, February 16, 2015 (UTC)ErikTheDestroyer