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Butterbutt was a sworn brother of the Black Company from Chimney who was mentioned (but not seen) in "Those Who Went Before", a short story of the On The Long Run arc. He and Spangler, another youth from Chimney, were intended to be the physician's apprentices of Croaker, but they shirked much of their training. His moniker came from his "huge behind" and he kept this name despite losing the weight from his buttocks during the Company's trek through the western wilderness.

Preceding events[]

Although Butterbutt is not mentioned by name before "Those Who Went Before", certain details about his life prior to those events are known.

Butterbutt was one of the young "lowlifes" who joined the Black Company sometime before their final embarkation onto Cranky Bitch at his birthplace, the city of Chimney. This means he may have participated in some or all of the Company's sea battles on the Gap against the pirates of the Pocatose archipelago. He was with them when they disembarked from the Bitch a final time and entered the western wilderness. It is likely he was one of the many men bedded by the supernatural woman called Leta in "Leta of the Thousand Sorrows" and he probably was in one of the bridge repair crews in "Wet Dream Fish Story".

"Those Who Went Before"[]

When the Black Company entered an old sorcery-charged cemetery called the Grand Memorial to Our Honored Dead, two of the other newcomers from Chimney – Spangler (Croaker's other physician's apprentice) and Rusty – and some others became incapacitated after touching white memorial posts. Croaker asked Elmo to fetch Butterbutt and Spangler to help assess the injuries before he learned that Spangler was among the injured. By the time the Company had continued their journey, leaving Croaker behind with Spangler and one other, Croaker still had not heard any news about Butterbutt's whereabouts. After Croaker and Spangler reunited with the Company two days later, they learned that Butterbutt and a few other new recruits from Chimney had disappeared without explanation into the wilderness. The Lieutenant forbade anyone from searching for them, for fear that they may lose even more men.

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